US Teen Pursues Ballerina Dream at Russia’s Bolshoi Academy

Photos by Alexander Zemlianichenko Among the dozen 15-year-old girls in lavender leotards in Tatyana Galtseva’s class at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one is different. And it’s not just because of her long, swan-like neck.

The Pakistani Women Risking All to Fight For Their Rights

Photos by Shakil Adil Kainat Soomro was 13 years old and on her way to buy a toy for her newborn niece when three men kidnapped her, held her for several days and repeatedly raped her.

Women’s Rock Climbing Gains Foothold in Iran

Photos by Ebrahim Noroozi In the mountains of northwestern Iran, Farnaz Esmaeilzadeh clings to a sheer rock face, ignoring the dizzying height and icy wind as she searches for the next handhold.

My Time with the Kings

In a new memoir, “My Time with the Kings: A Reporter’s Recollections of Martin, Coretta and the Civil Rights Movement,” retired Associated Press reporter Kathryn Johnson describes civil rights flashpoints she covered in the 1960s and details her close relationship with the movement’s leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and his family.

Haiti Searching for Mom

As Mariette Williams waited for her flight from South Florida to Haiti, she paced the departure lounge, folding and re-folding her ticket and clutching the handle of a bag sagging with gifts. She was excited but terrified: For the first time in nearly 30 years, she was about to see her mother.

Syrian Refugee Mothers’ Changing Lives

Photos by Muhammed Muheisen Here among the tents of this informal camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, pregnant mothers have given birth to children they struggle to care for amid sandstorms and crushing poverty.

Malala’s Call for Aid

Photos by Muhammed Muheisen Rich countries should spend less on weapons in the Syrian civil war and more on education, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai said Monday, calling world leaders “quite stingy” as she toured a camp for the conflict’s refugees.

In Iran, Female Motocross Racer Jumps Barriers

Photos by Vahid Salemi Iranian motocross rider Behnaz Shafiei’s passion for hurdling over dirt hills has led her to leap cultural and legal barriers in Iran, where women are banned from riding motorcycles in public.

The Faces of Afghan Refugee Mothers

Photos by Muhammed Muheisen Last year, in honor of Mother’s Day, TIME LightBox asked Associated Press photographer Muhammed Muheisen to photograph Afghan refugee mothers in Pakistan, and to find out what it is like to be a mother under these difficult circumstances.

U.S. Military Hopes to Learn from Victim of Chimp Attack

Photos by Charles Krupa Charla Nash never served in the military. She was horribly disfigured, not in combat, but in a 2009 attack by a rampaging chimpanzee. The Pentagon, though, is watching her recovery closely.

Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt

Photos by Nariman El-Mofty Raslan Fadl, the first doctor in Egypt to be put on trial for committing female genital mutilation, is still practicing even through a 13-year-old girl died after he performed the procedure.

Pakistani Girls Struggle to be Educated

Photos by Anja Niedringhaus & Muhammed Muheisen Malala Yousafzai’s struggle for girls to be educated in deeply conservative parts of Pakistan led to her being shot and nearly killed by the Taliban two years ago, while her relentless campaign for women’s rights was rewarded Friday when she was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Close Up: Photographer Wong Maye-E

Wong Maye-E joined AP as a staff photographer in 2003. Based in Singapore, Maye-E’s work is centered around Sports reportage, entertainment, politics, and regional news stories.

MAYA ANGELOU: Life In Pictures

Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died. She was 86. Her death was confirmed in a statement issued by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she had served as a professor of AmericanContinue reading “MAYA ANGELOU: Life In Pictures”