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The Sketchiest Andy   The Sketchiest Andy
Jared Alden / Aurora Photos
The world was introduced to 'Sketchy' Andy Lewis in 2012 when he performed a slackline routine alongside Madonna at the Superbowl halftime show. Already an acclaimed world championship slackliner, Lewis continues to dazzle audiences with gravity defying performances.
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Mercy On The Water   Mercy On The Water
Gael Turine / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
In October 2011, a ferry landed in the harbor Freetown, Sierra Leone. The boat “African Mercy” is a hospital ship that travels Africa providing needed help to the local population. During the past year alone, the hospital staff has completed over 3000 intensive procedures.
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A Look At North Korea   A Look At North Korea
Fredrik Harenstam / INVISION / Aurora Photos
North Korea, the world's most isolated nation, is one of the few remaining bastions of dictator-led communism and is a place where few photographers are offered entry. These rare images provide a fascinating snapshot of Kim Jong-il era North Korea.
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Images From The Republican Primary   Images From The Republican Primary
Brendan Hoffman / Guillermo Cervera / Aurora Photos
The Republican candidate field is still wide-open, despite Mitt Romney's efforts to close the nomination race out. It would seem the voters aren't convinced. Aurora photographers Guillermo Cervera and Brendan Hoffman have been on hand to cover the candidates and the voters they are hoping to win over.
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The Beach After War   The Beach After War
Ugo Lucio Borga / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
The Libyan revolution sparked a year ago, and Libyans are finding ways to return to normalcy amid uncertainty and lingering instability. For several seasons, the Tripoli's wide, sandy beaches were abandoned. Today, it is possible to see entire families pic-nicking, young couples strolling, or revolutionaries relaxing in the surf.
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Snapshot of the Year   Snapshot of the Year
Various / Aurora Photos
Aurora takes a look back at the images and moments that have shaped 2011 so far.
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The Final Walk To Freedom   The Final Walk To Freedom
Bruno Zanzottera / ParalleloZero/ Aurora Photos
On July 9th, 2011 the Republic of Southern Sudan will be born. This comes after centuries of oppression and war, culminating in a January 2011 referendum to secede from Sudan. Despite tension with the North and pressure from Ugandan rebels that threatens to destabilize the region, the people of Southern Sudan are determined to make their “final walk to freedom.”
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Albania: Revenge   Albania: Revenge
Cerio / ParalleloZero / Aurora Photos
The Kanun is a set of traditional laws used to rule the public and private lives of Albanians. Article 125 says, “All the male members of the murderer's family may be targeted by the revenge. If a member of one's family has been murdered, it is necessary to take revenge on the murderer or on the male members of his family.” Today, more than 300 families are affected by the Kanun, and they all have only one way to survive: remain at home for the rest of their lives.
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Ivory Coast Crisis   Ivory Coast Crisis
Zumstein / VU / Aurora Photos
In November the former prime minister, Alassane Quattara defeated the then president Laurent Gbagbo to be elected as the current president of the Ivory Coast. However, outgoing president Gbagbo refused to admit defeat, and kept power, causing fears of civil war to rise. Photographer Michael Zumstein captured the current state of this political emergency, as Quattara took refuge in the Golf Hotel and the international community sent envoys to put an end to this crisis.
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North Korea Utopia   North Korea Utopia
Ramazzotti / ParalleloZero / Aurora Photos
ParelleloZero Photographer Ramazzotti brings us an exceptional reportage from the heart of the impenetrable kingdom of Kim Jong Il, the absolute dictator of North Korea. Completely isolated from the rest of the world, the people try to survive the scorching summers, freezing winters, and ongoing hunger without neglecting their duty as good citizens: to honor the sacred name of their great leader every day of the year.
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Congo's Illegal Charcoal   Congo's Illegal Charcoal
Gael Turine / Vu / Aurora
Divided by civil wars, the Democratic Republic of the Congo must fight against the looting of its natural resources, among the richest on the continent. Gaël Turine follows guards in Virunga National Park as they combat the illegal production of coal. The Congolese Institute for the Preservation of Nature (CIPN) supplies local villages with machines which create vegetal bricks, a sustainable energy alternative which protects trees and vegetation inside of the Virunga park.
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Liberia: Trying To Recover   Liberia: Trying To Recover
Pascal Maitre / Cosmos / Aurora
Liberia is Africa's oldest republic, but it became better known in the 1990s for its long-running, ruinous civil war and its role in a rebellion in neighboring Sierra Leone. Around 250,000 people were killed in Liberia's civil war and many thousands more fled the fighting. The conflict left the country in economic ruin and overrun with weapons. The capital remains without electricity and running water. Corruption is rife and unemployment and illiteracy are endemic.
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Pakistan Media   Pakistan Media
Massimo Berruti / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Under the pressure of the Taliban and the government repression, the freedom of the media is jeopardized in Pakistan. According to the last report of Reporters without Borders, Pakistan is the country with the highest number of journalists killed in 2009.
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Peshawar Pakistan   Peshawar Pakistan
Massimo Berruti / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
For the past two years, the Taliban's terrorist attacks have claimed more than 2000 victims in Pakistan. These attacks are mostly located in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and its capital, Peshawar, where many deaths are caused by road-side bombs. The population is suffering and public opinion is putting the blame on the American military policy.
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Ostalgie Berlin   Ostalgie Berlin
Katja Heinemann / Aurora Photos
Since 1989, a generation of young Germans has come of age without lasting memories of life in communist East Germany, yet a powerful sense of separation remains lodged in the country’s collective consciousness. Today, in 'Ostalgie' Berlin, a commercial market has developed with a somewhat blurred vision of the past, and without serious commemoration of the victims of the Communist regime.
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Somalia's Struggle Continues   Somalia's Struggle Continues
Pascal Maitre / Cosmos / Aurora
Somalia has not had an effective central government since 1991, when the former government was toppled by clan militias that later turned on each other. Somalia remains a raging battle zone today, with jihadists pouring in from overseas, intent on toppling the transitional federal government, TFG.
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Working Towards Peace in Chad   Working Towards Peace in Chad
Frederic Noy/Cosmos / Aurora Photos
Since it’s independence in 1960, Chad seems to be locked in a destiny where power is taken at gunpoint and war is always on the horizon. Nevertheless, the streets of N’Djamena are filling up with public works, oil money is flowing, avenues are tarred, buildings are rising and farmers are attending to their job. As 11 million Chadians face enormous struggles from war and underdevelopment, they push forward with the hope for permanent peace in Chad.
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East Germany Change   East Germany Change
Stefan Enders/ Gruppe 28 / Aurora Photos
In November 1989, photographer Stefan Enders photographed the fall of the Berlin Wall. This was not only a great historic day, it was a day for him as a Western German to remember.
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20th Anniversary: Fall of the Berlin Wall   20th Anniversary: Fall of the Berlin Wall
Mark Tomalty / IPN/ Aurora Photos
November 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Long regarded as an iconic symbol of the Eastern Bloc, the wall fell after the seemingly unrelated act by Hungary to remove its border defenses with Austria on August 1989.
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New Europe   New Europe
Lukasz Trzcinski / Visavis / Aurora Photos
2009 marks twenty years since the events which led to the disintegration of the communist system in Central and Eastern Europe. Almost 50 years of communist indoctrination had been imprinted in the landscape, economy and mentality of people. It is now clear that the relative homogeneity of the socialist Central and Eastern Europe is on the decline. This part of Europe is increasingly diversifying. Photographer Łukasz Trzciński tried to portray this New Europe through the prism of local attitudes which reflect the history and the current reality of a given country and yet are representative of the region as a whole.
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall   The Fall of the Berlin Wall
Stephane Duroy / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Having decided to photograph West Berlin in 1979, Stéphane Duroy also wanted to understand Germany, the country that gave birth to Nazism, a unique phenomenon in history, generated by such a civilized nation. In 1989, ten years later, he took pictures of the fall of the Berlin wall.
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Iraqi Refugees in Denmark   Iraqi Refugees in Denmark
Ake Ericson / Aurora Photos
Many Iraqi refugees travel through Denmark to reach Sweden, one of few European countries that will still grant asylum to Iraqis. Having undertaken grueling journeys across the continent, often paying vast sums of money to smugglers, some end up in Danish refugee centers where they wait indefinitely for asylum in a country which has tightened immigration laws in recent years.
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North Korea   North Korea
Ĺke Ericson / Aurora Photos
Photographer Ake Ericson documented the totalitarian state of North Korea. It's citizens, and the few tourists who are let into the country, are strictly controlled. To be able to enter the country and take pictures requires ingenuity.
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German Democratic Republic in the 80's   German Democratic Republic in the 80's
Jens Rötzsch / Gruppe28 / Aurora Photos
Photographer Jens Rötzsch caught the mood of a country heading for a revolution and captured the faces of the GDR in the 1980's.
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U.S. Special Forces in Sahel   U.S. Special Forces in Sahel
Pascal Maitre / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
Far from Iran and Afghanistan, there is a lesser known part of the world where US Special Forces fight against terrorism and Al Qaida. It is in a very remote part of Africa, in the huge, uncontrolled territory of the Sahel, a region north of Mali and Niger. After September 11th, the US settled a 5-year program called the Sahel Plan, involving 500 million dollars and several countries, Algeria, Chad, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Mauritania, Morocco and Senegal, in order to train local units in the fight against terrorism.
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8 Years Later   8 Years Later
Rafal Gerszak / Aurora Photos
8 years after the invasion of Afghanistan, life goes on as does the war. In 2009, there has been the highest number of coalition forces' causalities since the beginning of the war in 2001. Kabul, the country's capital, has been attacked numerous times by suicide bombers, rockets and ambushes. Living in a country that has suffered over 30 years of war is difficult, but people still have hope and hang on to the dream of freedom. 
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The Uyghurs   The Uyghurs
Jakub Sliwa / Aurora Photos
Uyghurs are a Muslim minority ethnic group living in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwestern China. They have long campaigned for independence from Chinese rule, and their separatist demands have led to bloodshed over recent years.
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Yemen Female Counter-Terrorism Unit   Yemen Female Counter-Terrorism Unit
Catalina Martin-Chico / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
As a response to Al-Qaeda's strategy of using women's dress to avoid facing capture, the counter-terrorism unit has brought on female combat troops in Yemen. The use of female troops is necessary since the searching of women by male troops is strictly forbidden in Yemen.
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Srebrenica Memorial   Srebrenica Memorial
Matt Lutton / Invision Images / Aurora Photos
The Srebrenica Genocide occurred in July 2005 near the end of the Bosnian war when an estimated 8000 Bosniak men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb paramilitaries. Every year, on the anniversary of the tragedy, thousands from around Bosnia make a pilgrimage to the memorial site and cemetery in Potocari adjacent to the factory where many of the victims were offered protection by Dutch UN troops before the genocide.
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The Golden Astronauts   The Golden Astronauts
Bogdan Krezel / Visavis / Aurora Photos
In 2009, former Soviet-bloc countries are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe. Paweł Althamer, a Polish artist decided to honor this significant time in a completely different way. He dressed as a golden astronaut in a golden plane with a golden crew. Under the name ’Common task’, the golden crew flew to Brussels to spread positive vibrations to everyone they met, as a symbol of Poland's comeback to democratic Europe.
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Afghanistan Elections   Afghanistan Elections
Rafal Gerszak / Aurora Photos
Afghanistan's second democratic presidential elections in conjunction with the provincial councils elections were held on August 20, 2009. The top three presidential candidates for this year's presidential election are Presidaent Hamid Karzai, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani. It's been said that 87% of the country's population has been registered to vote. Some have disputed the numbers and are accusing the current government of fraudulent activities.
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Tajikistan-Afghanistan Border   Tajikistan-Afghanistan Border
Hans Juergen Burkard / Bilderberg / Aurora Photos
Under an agreement with Tajikistan, Russian border guards protect the border against drug smugglers and Islamic fundamentalist infiltrators. Drugs are mostly taken through Tajikistan into Russia. Afghan Taliban fundamentalists try to destabilize Tajikistan or move through Tajikistan into the Fergana valley of Uzbekistan to support the strong Islamic fundamentalist forces fighting the Uzbek government.
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Myanmar Behind Closed Doors   Myanmar Behind Closed Doors
Tomasz Padlo / Visavis / Aurora Photos
Under years of political oppression, Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a country struggling to find it's freedom. Though, daily life continues beyond Myanmar's closed doors.
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US Military   US Military
Araron Ansarov / Aurora Photos
Aaron Ansarov has traveled the world as a military photojournalist for more than 14 years. He has been recognized for many years as one of the most award winning photographers in the Department of Defense history. His pictures of life in the US military show a deep understanding and respect for the people who choose to serve our country as a career.
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China's 1989 Student Revolt   China's 1989 Student Revolt
Various Agence Vu Photographers / Aurora Photos
In 1989 several Agence Vu photographers documented the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. The movement lasted seven weeks, from , Hu Yaobang death on 15 April until tanks cleared Tiananmen Square on 4 June. In Beijing, the resulting military response to the protesters by the PRC government left many civilians dead or severely injured. Here are their images.
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Rwanda Prisons   Rwanda Prisons
Kevin Horan / Aurora Photos
Nsinda Prison, Rwanda's largest prison, about 60 km. east of the capital, still holds 11,200 prisoners, primarily from the genocide. About a thousand of them go out each morning to work in nearby fields, growing what they eat.
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Goz Beida   Goz Beida
Frederic Noy / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
Goz Beida is 70 kilometers from Chad's eastern border with Sudan's western Darfur Region.Thousands of refugees from Sudan live in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons)camps.
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Soy Farming in Paraguay   Soy Farming in Paraguay
Evan Abramson / Aurora Photos
The industry of soy production in Paraguay has generated social conflict and devastation. Small farmers, who, after living for years on government-allotted forestland, have begun to be uprooted. The area has also reported extreme rates of cancer, birth defects, and miscarriages believed to be associated with high levels of pesticides being used to treat the crops.
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Mary and Martha   Mary and Martha
Ryan Anson / Aurora Photos
With a majority of New England states passing laws allowing same sex marriage, and with the California Supreme Court about to make a decision, the tide seems to be turning on the issue of same sex unions. Aurora Photographer Ryan Anson has documented a committed couple, their marriage and the joyful addition of children to their family.
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New Days for Liberia   New Days for Liberia
David Yoder / Aurora Photos
After more than a decade of civil wars that left Liberia sacked and its population traumatized, Africa’s oldest republic now has a window of opportunity to remake itself from scratch. Stabilized by United Nations forces, rich in virtually untouched natural resources, and led by a charismatic president-- Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf , the first woman ever elected to rule an African country—Liberia may prove a test case in how to rehabilitate an African nation.
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Pakistan   Pakistan
Gyula Sopronyi / Invision Images / Aurora Photos
A nuclear power, a government under pressure, a neighbor to Afghanistan, all eyes today are on Pakistan.
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Introducing Noor   Introducing Noor
Various/ Noor/ Aurora Photos
Amsterdam based, NOOR is an international photography collective combining the talents and perspectives of nine photographers hailing from seven countries, producing cutting edge, and visually distinctive photographic reportage on news and culture.
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The Curse of Black Gold   The Curse of Black Gold
Ten Hoopen/ Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Photographer, Pieter Ten Hoopen, went to Iraq to see how the global hunt for the black gold has affected the Iraqi people, as it is now widely acknowledged that oil was one of the reasons for the 2003 invasion. While oil pirates and corrupt officials have become wealthy, civilians have been hit with chronic cancer and killings of loved ones by oil smugglers.
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Pakistan Cadet College   Pakistan Cadet College
Massimo Berruti/VU / Aurora Photos
Pakistan is a troubled country at the center of international interests. It's military is now in the spotlight as Pakistan plays a pivotal role in the "War on Terror". Pakistan's Cadet Colleges are the grounds where children begin their education to become future soldiers and officers.
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Dijbouti: A Small Island of Stability   Dijbouti: A Small Island of Stability
Pascal Maitre/Cosmos / Aurora Photos
The Republic of Djibouti is a country in the Horn of Africa, a small island of stability in an area in crisis. In 2001, the Djiboutian government leased the former French Foreign legion base Camp Lemonier to the United States. Their aim: to secure the strategic Bab al Mandeb strait, to fight terrorism, various trafficking, and to ensure oil supplies.
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Venezuela Elections   Venezuela Elections
Meridith Kohut / Aurora Photos
Venezuelans held pivotal elections that politically empowered the opposition movement against leftist President Hugo Chavez and his Socialist revolution on Sunday, Nov 23, 2008. Elections were held across the country for 22 of the 23 state governorships, 328 mayors and 233 state legislators. Aurora photographer, Meridith Kohut, captured some of the moments during the elections.
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Race to the White House   Race to the White House
Various Photographers/Aurora Photos
The 2008 U.S. Presidential election will take place on November 4, 2008. As the world watches, the race for president heats up between Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, and Republican nominee, John McCain.
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The Rez - Home of the Lakota Nation   The Rez - Home of the Lakota Nation
Svetlana Bahchevanova / Aurora Photos
Aurora photographer Svetlana Bahchevanova explores the contrast and psychological conflict between the reclaimed cultural and spiritual identify of the Lakota Sioux and the poverty and deprivation of life on the Rez, as it is familiarly known to its residents .
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Myanmar Behind Closed Doors   Myanmar Behind Closed Doors
Various Photographers/Aurora Photos
From political oppression to the aftermath of a cyclone, Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a country struggling to find it's freedom. Various Aurora photographers capture Myanmar's amazing culture and beauty behind it's closed doors.
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Pablo Vs. Chevron   Pablo Vs. Chevron
Ivan Kashinsky/Aurora Photos
Pablo Fajardo is the lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Chevron. This is possibly the largest environmental lawsuit ever filed in the world. For twenty years Texaco was responsible for recklessly disposing of crude oil and toxic waste, which leaked into the water supply of the people living in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
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China's National People's Congress   China's National People's Congress
Natalie Behring / Aurora Photos
The National People’s Congress of China, which convenes annually every March, is China's greatest spectacle of communist tradition. The cavernous building is populated by countless manicured attendants ready to provide security to China's elusive leadership.
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The Faces of Colombia   The Faces of Colombia
Dennis Drenner / Aurora
When you mention Colombia these days, most people imagine a lawless country overrun with guerillas and narcotics traffickers: The land of Pablo Escobar, car bombs in the streets of Bogota, a place where you might get kidnapped at any moment. While Colombia still has serious problems, the reality of the place is a far cry from the dismal stereotypes, and public safety has increased greatly in recent years. In an effort to present a more complex view of a country he has grown to love, Aurora photographer Dennis Drenner spent three years working on a series of portraits shot all over the country. The series aims to reflect Colombia’s great ethnic diversity and social structure, the nightmares of its past and its hopes for the future.
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The Next Democratic Hopeful?   The Next Democratic Hopeful?
Callie Shell / Aurora Photos
Barack Obama with his eloquent keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention confirmed his status as one of the Democratic party's freshest and most inspirational new leaders. Will he be the next Democratic hopeful?
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Timor Unrest   Timor Unrest
Agnes Dherbeys / COSMOS / Aurora
East Timor's president threatened to resign Thursday after the country's beleaguered prime minister refused to step down, deepening a political crisis following weeks of bloody street battles. In addition, tens of thousands of people displaced by the recent unrest in Timor Leste, both in the countryside as well as thousands who stayed at home in the capital, Dili, are in urgent need of food aid, according to assessments by WFP and its partners.
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An Arbitrary Line between Mexico and the USA   An Arbitrary Line between Mexico and the USA
Jim Lo Scalzo / US News / Aurora Photos
Lo Scalzo examines the landscape of the U.S.–Mexico border, a boundary with the highest number of both legal and illegal crossings of any place on earth. Some 350 million people cross legally every year. The differences in living standards between these countries are the primary force behind the migratory flows.
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Guatemala's Kaibil Commandos   Guatemala's Kaibil Commandos
Holly Wilmeth / Aurora
After years of secrecy Guatemala's Kaibil Operations Training Center allows Aurora photographer Holly Wilmeth to witness and document their demanding training. The goal: to develop elite commando forces. They specialise in jungle warfare tactics and counter-insurgency operations. The group claims to have shed its notorious history of massacre and human rights abuse.
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Abkhazia   Abkhazia
Beth Wald / Aurora
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Abkhazia declared independence, Georgia invaded and the country was ravaged. The Georgians withdrew in 1993, but since Abkhazia has endured an ironclad embargo from both Russia and Georgia. Although the Georgian troops are gone, Abkhazia is not recognized as a state by the international community, instead it is trapped in a brutal limbo- a country forgotten by the world.
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Presidential Debates 2004   Presidential Debates 2004
Arizona East Valley Tribune
Aurora brings you a selection of interesting images from the US Presidential debates on October 14, 2004. The complete set of images may be seen by searching for "80847*".
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Kerry-Bush Campaign 2004   Kerry-Bush Campaign 2004
Katja Heinemann
German-born photographer Katja Heinemann brings a fresh look to the US Presidential election.
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Women's Labor in Asia   Women's Labor in Asia
Fernando Moleres
In the global economy new centers of garment production have appeared in Asian countries like China, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Fernando Moleres documents these new centers, showing the working conditions and way of life of workers there.
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Haiti   Haiti
James Heil/Aurora
Looting over the weekend overwhelmed Port Au Prince and Jean-Bertrand Aristide departs for Africa. Armed rebel leaders swept into this capital and occupied the national police headquarters.
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Campaigning Comes to Iowa   Campaigning Comes to Iowa
Jim Lo Scalzo/US News/Aurora
Iowa in winter can be a lonely landscape--stark, frozen, and seemingly uninhabited. Yet in the months preceding the Iowa caucuses, inside countless diners and VFW halls, a second landscape emerges, one where the state's provincial populace hobnobs with presidential contenders. There is a saying that nobody in Iowa decides whom they will vote for until they have had breakfast with him twice. Indeed, the caucuses create an unlikely privilege: the chance for a reserved, rural state to determine a presidential frontrunner.
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Women Senators   Women Senators
Melina Mara/Aurora
Changing the Face of Power - Women are transforming this country's most prestigious governing body. Their bi-partisan teamwork, compassion for social issues, and coalition building, are laying a foundation for a new type of politician.
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The Military Enters American Public Schools   The Military Enters American Public Schools
Nina Berman/Aurora
In Oakland California, on a decommissioned naval base, 200 7th and 8thgrade children in military uniforms line up in platoon formation...
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New York City Pro-War Rally   New York City Pro-War Rally
Nina Berman/Aurora
Photographs by Nina Berman
On March 23, 2003 Supporters of the Iraq war, turn out for a support President Bush and the troops demonstration in Times Square sponsored by the Christian Coalition, pro-Israeli groups, and conservative organizations.
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Bush announces War   Bush announces War
Brad Markel/Aurora
After giving Iraq 48 hours, Bush announces War on National Television
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US Weaponry   US Weaponry

The arsenol of the United State military.
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Twelve Exonerated   Twelve Exonerated
Photographs by Andrew Lichtenstein
Despite international criticism, America is committed to executing criminals sentenced to death in its courts.
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September 11th Anniversary   September 11th Anniversary
Andrew Lichtenstein
People in New York City on the one year anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.
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Symbols of Freedom   Symbols of Freedom
Jeff Jacobson/Aurora
For Americans and visitors from other countries, these monuments embody the principles of freedom our founding fathers dreamed of and a nation has fought for.
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Israeli Settlements   Israeli Settlements
David Blumenfeld/Aurora
At the heart of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, these settlements stand at the edge between domestic calm and all out war.
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Heart Of The Taliban   Heart Of The Taliban
Nina Berman
The presence of the Taliban is both felt and evident in the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan.
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President Bush- Aftermath of 9/11   President Bush- Aftermath of 9/11
Brad Markel
The President confronts hard choices and a stunned nation.
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