Sun Wenlin (L) and his partner Hu Mingliang during their wedding ceremony in Changsha city, Hunan province May 17, 2016. The city government rejected their application for a marriage license. (EPA)

Gay rights in China [program]

Homosexuality may not be illegal in China, but LGBT people in the world's most populous country often live their lives in the shadows. By one estimate, as many as 80 percent of the country's 20 million gay...
Elephant tusks are stacked in one of around a dozen pyres of ivory, in Nairobi National Park, Kenya, April 28, 2016.  (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, file)

The business of poaching [program]

Might your children or grandchildren someday live in a world without rhinoceroses or African elephants? The chances of that are probably higher than you might guess. There are just 350,000 elephants...
A huge portrait Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov stands beside the horse race track in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in May 2007. (EPA/Mikhail Klimentyev)

Turkmenistan’s silent election [program]

Most people outside of Central Asia know little about the gas-rich desert nation of Turkmenistan. The former Soviet Republic has virtually no independent media and just a handful of bookstores....
Indians from the tribe Munduruku attend a meeting with the government at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil,  June 4, 2013. The Indians, who had been occupying the controversial Belo Monte dam which is being built in the Amazon on the Xingu River, were flown to Brasilia by the government for talks to try to end the occupation. Environmentalists and indigenous groups say the dam would devastate wildlife and the livelihoods of thousands of people who live in the area to be flooded. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Amazonia’s last uncontacted tribes

They survive by hunting and gathering in the forest or by cultivating gardens with handmade tools. In some cases, they don't wear clothing and speak languages that aren't understood by almost anyone else on...
Clarkson's photo of Coach Adolph Rupp's University of Kentucky all-white men's basketball team after it lost the 1966 NCAA championship to Texas Western, which was the first major collegiate team to start five black players in the NCAA final.  The picture was a symbol of the changes taking place in the U.S. (Rich Clarkson)

Rich Clarkson, pioneering sports photographer

Rich Clarkson is one of the founding fathers of modern sports photojournalism. Born in 1932, Clarkson's early photos of Wilt Chamberlain playing basketball at the University of Kansas in the 1950s were...
Health workers carry a body of a person that they suspected died from the Ebola virus at a new graveyard on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, March 11, 2015.  (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Liberia after Ebola

A year ago the World Health Organization declared the Ebola epidemic in Liberia over. But though the immediate crisis may have passed, Liberia still faces huge challenges in recovering.   Two...
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Politico’s Canellos speaks out on 2016 coverage

At the time it seemed certain to fail. When two Washington Post reporters left the legendary paper to launch a start-up political website and free newspaper with publisher Robert Allbritton in 2007, many in...
In this March 28, 2016 photo, a porter walks with a massive load towards Everest Base camp near Lobuche, Nepal. The April 2014 avalanche, which killed 13 Sherpa guides and three other Nepali workers, was an immense blow to the Sherpa community. Nearly all the surviving Sherpas refused to continue working that year, demanding, among other things, better working conditions, more insurance, and free education for the children of those killed. Over the past two years the government has enacted a series of policy changes, from stationing officials at Base Camp to creating a welfare fund for the families of the Sherpa dead, in large part to convince climbers and trekkers to keep coming back to Everest. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa)

‘Sherpa’ highlights Everest’s inequalities

  Sherpa guides and porters do much of the work of getting foreign hikers up Mt. Everest. But despite doing an incredibly dangerous job in a lucrative industry, they receive just a small fraction of the...
Supporters of right-wing anti-foreigner Alternative for Germany (AfD) party protest against German asylum policy in Erfurt, Germany, Oct. 28, 2015. (EPA/Michael Reichel)

Rising nationalism in Europe

Donald Trump’s victory in November’s election came as a shock to many in America’s political establishment. But across the Atlantic in Europe, his rise on an America-first, anti-immigrant,...