Typhoon Rammasun

Rammasun hit China late last week with winds up to 130 miles per hour — the strongest typhoon to hit the country in four decades. The storm was blamed for killing more than 150 people as it did major damage to the Philippines and Vietnam. Another storm named Matmo came ashore in southeastern China today after passing across Taiwan overnight. –Lloyd Young (33 photos total)
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1. A man pushes his electric bicycle against strong wind and heavy rainfalls along a flooded seaside street as Typhoon Rammasun hits Haikou, Hainan province on July 18. A super typhoon slammed into China on Friday as the government ordered an all-out effort to prevent loss of life from a storm that has already killed at least 64 people in the Philippines. Rammasun made landfall at Wenchang city on south China’s island province of Hainan on Friday afternoon. (Reuters)

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2. A Filipino Indigenous Badjao boy stands in front of damaged stilt houses after the Typhoon Rammasun in a village in Batangas City, Batangas province, south of Manila, Philippines, on July 17. At least 20 people have been killed as typhoon Rammasun batters the north-eastern Philippines, disaster relief officials and police say. (Dennis M Sabangan/EPA)

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3. A Filipino resident reinforces a roof in anticipation of strong winds brought by an upcoming typhoon at a fishing village in Las Pinas city, south of Manila, Philippines, on July 15. The southern part of Luzon island were placed under storm signals by state weather forecaster Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) as Typhoon Rammasun crosses westward, and warned residents to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides. (Francis R. Malasig/EPA)

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4. A Filipino sits on his tri-bike in a flooded area due to typhoon Rammasun in Manila, Philippines, on July 16. Typhoon Rammasun pounded the Philippine capital, cutting off power and forcing the Manila to shut down after leaving one person dead in an eastern province. Hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes as Rammasun, locally called Glenda, made landfall on 15 July in the eastern Philippines. The typhoon strengthened as it whipped Manila with maximum winds of 150 kilometres per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 185 kph, the weather bureau said. (Dennis M Sabangan/EPA)

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The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

With the Iraqi military facing a huge crisis, tens of thousands of Iraqis answered the government’s call for volunteers to fight the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Newly-recruited volunteers are undergoing military training in various parts of the country. –Thea Breite (14 photos total)
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1. Shi’ite volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), stand at attention during military training in Najaf, June 22, 2014. (Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters)

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2. A volunteer in the newly formed “Peace Brigades” trains near the Imam Ali shrine in the southern holy Shiite city of Najaf, Iraq, Friday, June 20, 2014, after calls by the radical Shiite cleric Muqtatda al-Sadr to form brigades to protect Shiite holy shrines against possible attacks by Sunni militants. (Jaber al-Helo/AP)

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3. An Iraqi man who volunteered to join the battle against jihadist-led Sunni militants takes part in a training organized by the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), an Iraqi Shiite political party, on June 18, 2014, in the southern city of Basra. Saudi Arabia warned of the risks of a civil war in Iraq with unpredictable consequences for the region, after Sunni militants seized large areas from Shiite-led government forces. (Mohamad Ali Harissi/AFP/Getty Images)

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4. Mehdi Army fighters loyal to Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march during a military training in Najaf June 19, 2014. The United States is contemplating talks with its arch-enemy Iran to support the Iraqi government in its battle with Sunni Islamist insurgents who routed Baghdad’s army and seized the north of the country in the past week. (Ahmad Musa/Reuters)

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World Refugee Day 2014

June 20 is World Refugee Day, an opportunity to draw attention to those who have been displaced around the globe. This is a collection of photos documenting a small percentage of the people who have been driven from their home. –Leanne Burden Seidel (21 photos total)
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1. A women and a girl wash at a tap at a temporary displacement camp set up next to a Kurdish checkpoint on June 13 in Kalak, Iraq. Thousands of people have fled Iraq’s second city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants. Many have been temporarily housed at various IDP (internally displaced persons) camps around the region including the area close to Erbil, as they hope to enter the safety of the nearby Kurdish region. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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2. An Eritrean asylum seeker looks through a gap of a temporary shelter on the sidewalk in Sanaa, Yemen, June 20. Since April 29, over 200 Eritrean asylum seekers including women and children living on the streets of Sanaa wait to be resettled to a third country. For the first time since the World War II era, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday. (Hani Mohammed/Associated Press)

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3. Afghan migrant Rahman Jan Safi, 24, (L) greets asylum-seeker receiving a haircut at their shelter at the harbour in Calais, northern France May 4. Safi fled his home country Afghanistan in 2007 and started his long journey through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, and Italy before finally arriving in France and making his way to Calais. Safi gained a French residency permit and now works for an association known as the “Auberge des Migrants”. The organization helps feed and clothe migrants who are in Calais and who, for the most part, hope to make it across the Channel to England. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

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4. A young mother holds her child in her IDP (Internaly Displaced Persons) shelter in the UNMISS camp on June 20 in Juba, South Sudan. The UNMISS will be closing the IDP site and relocating them to a new site in Jebel Area due to the congestion at the current site in Tomping. (CHARLES LOMODONG/AFP/Getty Images)

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