A bride waits while a photographer attends to her groom’s hair at Beijing World Park. Muhammed Muhseisen/AP
Flood waters claim a house along the Vistula River in Sandomierz, southern Poland. Several days of flooding across the country caused some $2.5 billion in damage. Jaroslaw Kublaski/Reuters
Citizens of Bangkok, Thailand, participated in a cleanup operation in wake of Army clashes with protesters. Manish Swarup/AP
A student helped prepare a classroom ahead of National Teacher’s Day in Herat, Afghanistan, May 24. Reza Shirmohammad/AP
South Korean soldiers man speakers used to broadcast across the demilitarized zone at Yonhap. Leaders said May 24 that they would resume protests aimed at the North over the recent sinking of a South Korean ship. Lee Sang-hak/Reuters
Ferdinand Wimmer took a dip in Lofer, Austria, near Salzburg. The region was enjoying a stretch of late-May warmth. Kerstin Joensson/AP
A girl attended the Cavalhadas festival May 23 in Pirenópolis, central Brazil. It commemorates the medieval victory of Iberian Christian knights over the Moors. Eraldo Peres/AP
Eddy Nicolas (l.) embraced Todd Rocks before commencement exercises at the University of Virginia. Megan Lovett/AP
By targeting the Ukrainian government with a cyber weapon, the Russians are able to effectively engage in an aggressive, kinetic act without actually declaring war, or other countries reacting like it is an act of war. This will not last forever.
Alec Ross, Commentary contributor /
March 12, 2014
The playground fights I got into when I was a kid had closely observed, unwritten rules: You could punch, you could kick, and you could even choke your opponent, but you couldn’t use a weapon. Pick up a rock or a stick and bring that into the fight, and you were going to earn derision, and maybe a butt-kicking, from the entire playground crowd.