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  • The Dangerous Lives of Combat Photographers in Michael Mann’s “Witness”

    The pictures are powerful. From the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy to a battle in the streets of Syria to the countless victims in the daily drug wars in Mexico. And behind every one of those images, there is a person putting his or her life on the line. Combat photographers are those who not only run into danger when everyone else is fleeing, but bear witness and document history.

    Combat photography is nearly as old as the invention of the medium itself. Mathew Brady is credited as the father of photojournalism as he documented the American Civil War in the 1800s, following troops on the bloody battlefields of that conflict. Photography has helped define later wars as well, each with its own iconic image: a girl fleeing a napalm strike in Vietnam; the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima during World War II.

    Yet in bearing witness, combat photographers have oftentimes become the victims. French photojournalist Remi Ochlik was killed alongside reporter Marie Colvin after a

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  • Extreme Global Weather: ‘the Unprecedented Is the New Normal’

    A rising death toll, the catastrophic flooding and destruction of entire neighborhoods, and billions of dollars in property damage. The impact of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast earlier this week, will be felt for years, both in the United States and in the Caribbean region where it had earlier killed more than 70 people.

    Sandy is being called the "Storm of the Century" but floods, droughts, heat waves and storms are only expected to get worse — with every part of the world facing deadlier and costlier weather disasters.

    Much of the world has experienced devastating weather conditions this year. Across eastern and western Africa, a one-two punch of severe drought followed by torrential rains resulted in flash flooding and the deaths and displacement of hundreds of thousands. Drought was also the worst it's been in a quarter century in the United States, shriveling corn crops and boosting prices worldwide. And over the last week, typhoon Son-Tinh has wreaked havoc on

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  • What the World Thinks of U.S. Elections

    Less than two weeks from now, Americans will head to the polls to elect the next president of the United States. As President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney go into the final stretch of their campaigns, it's a tight race to the White House.

    Opinion polls are tracking how citizens will likely cast their vote on Nov. 6. But what does the rest of the world think about U.S. elections?

    The international community is watching closely, though a survey done in June by the Pew Global Attitudes Project indicates there is less interest in this year's election than four years ago. Compared with that time, the next U.S. president will have to deal with major changes in how the rest of the world sees America. According to the Pew survey, which took a look at 20 representative countries, the global financial crisis led many to perceive American economic power in decline and China taking that top spot. And when it comes to military power, there is a widespread perception that the United States

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