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Super spellers

Spellers in the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee range in age from nine to 15 and are the cream of more than 11 million hopefuls who took part in local contests.

China's smokers

China is set to raise the wholesale tax rate for cigarettes to 11 percent from 5 percent in a move to deter smokers in the world's biggest maker and consumer of tobacco.

Street battles in Burundi

Street battles and gunfire in the capital as protesters say President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term violates the constitution.

Migrant dinghy crossing

Hundreds of Syrian and Afghan migrants land on the Greek island of Kos in overcrowded rubber boats.

The beautiful game

A celebration of soccer's next generation.

Torrential floods in Texas

Heavy rains turned streets into rivers in the Lone Star State.

Most powerful women

The most powerful women in the world right now.

Idlib's last stand

Insurgents have taken control of all but a few government strongholds in Syria's northwestern province.

Life's a beach

People head to the beach to beat the heat.

Battle for Yemen

Houthi, Sunni and Islamist militias fight for control of Yemen.

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gay rodeo in Little Rock

Contestants at the International Gay Rodeo in Arkansas, a Bible Belt state with a same-sex marriage ban on its books, compete in events from barrel racing to bull riding.  Full Coverage 

REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Birth amid the ruins

This little girl had plans of her own, arriving in a makeshift shelter at Bhaktapur hospital on the day of a second earthquake in Nepal.  Full Coverage 

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Fruits of wrath

Fruit pickers in Baja California rail against the grind of picking strawberries, raspberries and blackberries for what they say is as little as $1 an hour.  Full Coverage 

REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Life beyond the protests

The realities of daily life in Burundi, as the country grapples with its worst crisis since the end of a conflict a decade ago.  Full Coverage 

REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Ghost factories of Greece

A trip from Athens to northeastern Greece and back via the Peloponnese region in the south shows the remnants of a once-flourishing Greek industry.  Full Coverage 

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The legacy of Agent Orange

As the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War approaches, people in Vietnam with severe mental and physical disabilities still feel the lingering effects of Agent Orange.  Full Coverage