Afghanistan

August 21 Photo Brief: Wildfires in Spain, endangered sea turtles in South Carolina and a battered swimmer in the Florida Straits

August 21 Photo Brief: Wildfires in Spain, endangered sea turtles in South Carolina and a battered swimmer in the Florida Straits

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Wildfires continue to sweep across Spain, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad abandons her fourth attempt to swim from Florida to Cuba, loggerhead turtle hatchlings begin their trip to the ocean, and more in today’s daily brief.
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August 14 Photo Brief with a 17-foot snake, a 4-inch elephant fetus, a 60-foot beached whale and a giant panda’s 9th birthday

August 14 Photo Brief with a 17-foot snake, a 4-inch elephant fetus, a 60-foot beached whale and a giant panda’s 9th birthday

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A 17-foot-7-inch Burmese python weighing 164 pounds and carrying 87 eggs is caught, killed and studied in Florida, a 60-foot female fin whale perishes on the English shore, the first artificially inseminated elephant continues to thrive in utero and more in today’s daily brief.
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August 9 Photo Brief: Fancy Hindu dressing, Singapore’s birthday, Philippine flooding continues

August 9 Photo Brief: Fancy Hindu dressing, Singapore’s birthday, Philippine flooding continues

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A fancy dress competition by Hindu devotees, Singapore celebrates 47 years of independence, heavy flooding continues in Manila and more in today’s daily brief.
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Disabled veterans attempt climb up Mt. McKinley

Disabled veterans attempt climb up Mt. McKinley

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Army Sgt. Kirk Bauer lost most of his left leg in a firefight in Vietnam, but that hasn’t stopped him from tackling some the world’s greatest challenges with Disabled Sports USA – Warfighter Sports. He’s been with the organization for 42 years, and is now its executive director. Their goal is to help wounded veterans returning from war realize that they can still achieve great feats.

In June 2012, Bauer led four Iraq and Afghanistan veterans — two double-leg amputees, one single-leg amputee and one with muscle damage – up North America’s tallest mountain, Mt. McKinley in Alaska.

Their tagline: Five wounded warriors, four good legs, three wars, two generations, one mountain.

Disabled Sports USA – Warfighter Sports gave us some of the photos and video clips from the climb for a story Catonsville Times reporter Brian Conlin wrote this week about Kirk Bauer.
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July 23 Photo Brief: Penn State hit with harsh penalties from NCAA, Colorado movie theater shooter makes first court appearance

July 23 Photo Brief: Penn State hit with harsh penalties from NCAA, Colorado movie theater shooter makes first court appearance

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James Eagan Holmes, accused Colorado movie theater shooter makes first court appearance, Penn State receives harsh penalties from the NCAA — including a $60 million fine and four-year bowl ban in aftermath of Jerry Sandusky scandal, and more in today’s daily brief.
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July 17 Photo Brief:The President and an Orangutan both get a kiss

July 17 Photo Brief:The President and an Orangutan both get a kiss

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An Orangutan gets a birthday kiss, a deadly shooting in Toronto kills two, strange Tiger golf fans in Britain and more in today’s daily brief.

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GRAPHIC CONTENT: Photos from weekend attacks in Afghanistan

GRAPHIC CONTENT: Photos from weekend attacks in Afghanistan

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The Los Angeles Times published controversial photos today showing U.S. soldiers posing with bodies of dead Afghan insurgents. The images were given to The Times by an American soldier, who provided a series of 18 photos on condition of anonymity.

On Sunday, Kabul was rocked by intense gunfire and explosions as part of a “spring offensive” claimed by the Taliban that lasted into Monday. According to reports, the attacks were focused on targets including the parliament building, the NATO force’s headquarters, and Western embassies.

Below are photos and reporting from war photographers in Kabul: Sabawoon Amarkhil, Johannes Eisele, Bay Ismoyo, Massoud Hossaini, Shah Marai, all of AFP/Getty Images, and Parwiz and Omar Sobhani of Reuters.

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