Editor's Choice

Our top photos from the last 24 hours.

The rise of ISIS

A visual chronology of the rise of Islamic State.

Protests in Chicago

Demonstrations follow the release of a video of the 2014 police shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Snow in California

Storms blanket the Sierras with snow, thanks partly to El Nino.

Holocaust survivors beauty pageant

A beauty contest for survivors of the Nazi genocide in the Israeli city of Haifa.

A Syrian refugee in New Jersey

Sandy Khabbazeh carves out a new life in New Jersey after fleeing Aleppo last September.

Down river from Brazil dam flood

The mud from a burst mining dam in Brazil has flowed down the Rio Doce and into the sea.

Turkey downs Russian warplane

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, saying it had repeatedly violated its air space.

On the Montana border

The relatively porous U.S.-Canada border has attracted little attention, but in Montana, border agents are worried about Ottawa's plan to bring in 25,000 Syrians by year-end.

Belgium on high alert

Soldiers patrol the streets of Brussels during a security lock down over what the authorities say is a "serious and imminent" threat of an attack.

Desperation on the Macedonia border

Migrants sew their lips shut on a hunger strike and block train tracks, as they demand passage to Europe at Greece's border with Macedonia.

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Traces of migrants' unfinished journeys

The tattered possessions of migrants who perished at sea offers a glimpse into the lives of a few of the 3,500 people who have died this year crossing the Mediterranean.  Full Coverage 


Around the world in 45 toilets

Some 2.4 billion people around the world don't have access to decent sanitation and more than a billion are forced to defecate in the open, risking disease and other dangers.   Full Coverage 

REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The Legacy of "King Cotton"

Fields along the Mississippi River Delta once gleamed white in the autumn with acre upon acre of cotton ready to be picked.  Full Coverage 


Earthprints: Singapore

When Singapore celebrated its 50th birthday as an independent country in August, the city state bore little resemblance to the tiny island nation expelled from Malaysia.  Full Coverage