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  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 07/19

    This image from NASA's Terra satellite covers an area of 34 by 25 miles over the southwest part of the Malaspina Glacier and Icy Bay in Alaska. The composite of infrared and visible bands results in the snow and ice appearing light blue, dense vegetation is yellow-orange and green, and less vegetated, gravelly areas are in orange. The Malaspina Glacier is currently thinning. Its terminal moraine protects it from contact with the open ocean; without the moraine, or if sea level rises sufficiently to reconnect the glacier with the ocean, the glacier would start calving and retreat significantly.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 07/15

    Astronaut Stephen K. Robinson, STS-114 mission specialist, anchored to a foot restraint on the International Space Station's Canadarm2, participates in the mission's third session of extravehicular activity on August 3, 2005.

  • Bastille Day features Paris parade, but no presidential garden party

    Bastille Day features Paris parade, but no presidential garden party

    Bastille Day in France becomes a less lavish affair this year, as the country tries to keep a lid on spending.

  • In land of few burqas, France debates a ban

    In land of few burqas, France debates a ban

    France's proposed burqa ban is seen by many as a way to raise the issue of Islam in a secular society where religious identity is not a public subject. The bill is expected to pass.

  • World makes progress against slavery, but 13 nations lag

    The US State Department's annual report on modern-day slavery cites greater determination worldwide to stamp it out. But 13 nations are on the list of sluggards neglecting the issue.

  • Counterterrorism training to curb Al Qaeda threat in Africa

    Counterterrorism training to curb Al Qaeda threat in Africa

    US and European troops train local militaries in counterterrorism tactics in the face of threats from Al Qaeda and criminals in West Africa.

  • In Pictures Insect swarms

    Tourists on a beach run through a swarm of pink locusts near Corralejo, on the Spanish Canary Island of Fuerteventura, in November 2004. Authorities in the Canaries issued alerts as swarms of locusts arrived from western Africa, with environmental experts estimating that some 100 million of the insects reached the Canaries.

  • Niger coup: Can Africa use military power for good?

    Niger coup: Can Africa use military power for good?

    Niger's junta flexed its political and military power in ousting a strongman who overstayed his electoral mandate. Secretly, many locals are happy with the Niger coup.

  • Beware the Ides of March? A look at March 15 in history

    Beware the Ides of March? A look at March 15 in history

    Julius Caesar was forewarned about the "Ides of March." March 15 wasn't his best day.

  • Why the West Bank won't crown a Miss Palestine

    Why the West Bank won't crown a Miss Palestine

    The Palestinian government has indefinitely postponed a Miss Palestine contest in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where women often wear head scarves in public in deference to traditional Islam.