Peru Mining Ghost Town

Photos by Rodrigo Abd In April of 2014, Peru’s government dialed up a crackdown on illegal gold mining that has badly scarred the ecologically rich southeastern jungle region of Madre de Dios.

Egypt Election 2014

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who for the past 10 months has been the most powerful figure in Egypt, is the country’s newly elected president following the military ouster last year of the country’s first democratically elected leader, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, a retired military commander. The election was extended after reports of low voter turnout that threatened toContinue reading “Egypt Election 2014”

Depth of Focus Video Exclusive: Morry Gash Recounts Pussy Riot Attack

Our latest installment of the Depth of Focus series is a conversation with AP staff photographer Morry Gash, who was covering daily life during the Winter Games in Sochi when he captured the shocking images of members of the Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot as they were being attacked with horsewhips by Cossack militiaContinue reading “Depth of Focus Video Exclusive: Morry Gash Recounts Pussy Riot Attack”

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”

Gay Marriage 2014

Pennsylvania’s governor Tom Corbett ended his fight Wednesday, May 21, 2014 to stop same-sex marriage, allowing a growing number of couples to proceed with their wedding plans with greater peace of mind. Pennsylvania is now the 19th state to recognize same-sex marriages and the last northeastern U.S. state to do so. Others may soon followContinue reading “Gay Marriage 2014”

Nigerian Girls Kidnapped

Scores of protesters chanting “Bring Back Our Girls” marched Thursday, May 22, 2014,  to Nigeria’s presidential villa to demand more action to free nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic militants, but President Goodluck Jonathan did not meet with them, leaving a proxy to deliver a lecture that further angered the demonstrators. 

Close Up: Photographer Jerome Delay

Jerome Delay is AP’s chief photographer for Africa, based in Johannesburg. After working as an AP stringer in Denver, Colorado and as a staff photographer for Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Washington, DC, Delay has been on staff with the AP in a variety of roles: chief photographer in Jerusalem, staff photographer and international photo editorContinue reading “Close Up: Photographer Jerome Delay”

Worldview: Japan Daily Life

“World View: Daily Life Around the World,” a visual exploration of daily life imagery from around the globe. From bustling Chinese cities, to ice caves in Minnesota, to the rural farms of northern India, these stunning images depict the world beyond the familiar and remind us of the global community to which we belong. WhetherContinue reading “Worldview: Japan Daily Life”

Cannes Film Festival: Then and Now

The Cannes International Film Festival is held annually in Cannes, France and honors new films from all over the globe. Although the festival has origins beginning in the late 1930s, it was officially established in 1947. Cannes International Film Festival is considered to be one of the most prestigious film festivals, with the top awardContinue reading “Cannes Film Festival: Then and Now”

The Hats of The Kentucky Derby

Bold hats, big bets and thundering hooves were the order of the day at the Kentucky Derby, where the 140th run for the roses took place Saturday evening at Churchill Downs.

Peru’s Illegal Gold

Photos by Rodrigo Abd In a surprise raid, about 1,500 police and troops dynamited $20 million worth of heavy machinery as Peru’s government dialed up a crackdown on illegal gold mining that has badly scarred the ecologically rich southeastern jungle region of Madre de Dios.

Today In History: Hubble Telescope Launched

On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit on April 24, 1990, aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. It was named after American astronomer Edwin Hubble, who is considered one of the most important observational cosmologistsContinue reading “Today In History: Hubble Telescope Launched”

Archivist Update: Early Air Pollution

In this addition of Archivist Update, we highlight an image depicting a college student wearing a gas mask as he “smells” a magnolia blossom in City Hall Park on Earth Day, April 22, 1970, in New York.