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Soldiers of the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol of the German Armed Forces during an exercise prior the arrival of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Bundeswehr training ground on October 10, 2014 near Bergen, Germany.
Soldiers of the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol of the German Armed Forces during an exercise prior the arrival of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Bundeswehr training ground on October 10, 2014 near Bergen, Germany.
A woman pulls her shopping trolley as she walks past a building that was damaged by shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, October 15, 2014.

A woman pulls her shopping trolley as she walks past a building that was damaged by shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, October 15, 2014.

(Source: Shamil Zhumatov)

Mechanic and welder Sergei Kulagin, 32, tests the “Alien Samurai”, an electro-mechanical mobile robot made by Kulagin using car components, outside an automobile repair workshop in the town of Divnogorsk outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, October 15, 2014.

Mechanic and welder Sergei Kulagin, 32, tests the “Alien Samurai”, an electro-mechanical mobile robot made by Kulagin using car components, outside an automobile repair workshop in the town of Divnogorsk outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, October 15, 2014.

(Source: Ilya Naymushin)

An Afghan woman walks along a road in Herat province, Oct. 9.

An Afghan woman walks along a road in Herat province, Oct. 9.

(Source: Aref Karimi)

A couple kiss inside a room filled with pro-democracy messages outside Hong Kong’s Government Complex, Oct. 10. 

A couple kiss inside a room filled with pro-democracy messages outside Hong Kong’s Government Complex, Oct. 10. 

(Source: Chris McGrath)

Farmers race buffalos during a yearly festival in Chonburi, Thailand, Oct. 7.

Farmers race buffalos during a yearly festival in Chonburi, Thailand, Oct. 7.

(Source: Borja Sanchez-Trillo)

Folk dancers perform Dandiya, a traditional dance, during a rehearsal ahead of Navratri festival in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad September 24, 2014. Navratri, held in honour of Hindu Goddess Durga, is celebrated over a period of nine days where thousands of youths dance the night away in traditional costumes. Navratri starts on September 25th.

Folk dancers perform Dandiya, a traditional dance, during a rehearsal ahead of Navratri festival in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad September 24, 2014. Navratri, held in honour of Hindu Goddess Durga, is celebrated over a period of nine days where thousands of youths dance the night away in traditional costumes. Navratri starts on September 25th.

(Source: Amit Dave)

Gold medallist Iran’s Mohsen Shadi Naghadeh kneels to touch the Iranian national flag during the medal ceremony for the men’s single sculls race of the rowing competition at the Chungju Tangeum Lake International Rowing Center, during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, September 25, 2014.

Gold medallist Iran’s Mohsen Shadi Naghadeh kneels to touch the Iranian national flag during the medal ceremony for the men’s single sculls race of the rowing competition at the Chungju Tangeum Lake International Rowing Center, during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, September 25, 2014.

(Source: Kim Hong-Ji)

A Turkana man sleeps on the western shore of Lake Turkana close to Todonyang near the Kenya-Ethiopia border in northern Kenya on September 25, 2014. The Turkana have historically clashed over ethnic differences and precious resources such as fishing, pasture and fresh water with other tribes bordering their territory such as the Dassanach from southern Ethiopia

A Turkana man sleeps on the western shore of Lake Turkana close to Todonyang near the Kenya-Ethiopia border in northern Kenya on September 25, 2014. The Turkana have historically clashed over ethnic differences and precious resources such as fishing, pasture and fresh water with other tribes bordering their territory such as the Dassanach from southern Ethiopia

(Source: Goran Tomasevic)

Ukraine's Men in Black

As Ukrainians come to grips with the conflict against Russian backed separatists in the eastern region of Donetsk, many civilians are mobilizing, forming local irregular militias to help the fight.  These battalions come from all sectors of Ukraine’s population, but one group in particular, the all volunteer Azov Battalion, has been extremely effective and organized, tasked with especially tough or dangerous missions. However, the group, and others like it, is causing consternation and even fear in Kiev.  Why? Also known as “The Men in Black”,  The Azov Battalion is comprised almost entirely of Ukrainian National Socialists, so called ideological descendants of the Nazis… 

Pictured is a recent Islamic State wall mural in Aleppo province which reads “Whoever hangs an amulet commits idolatry”. Amulets and Talismans inscribed with verses from the Quran have long been used as tokens of good luck and fortune in the Islamic world, but are considered forbidden under the strict Salafi version of Islam practiced by the IS.
 

Pictured is a recent Islamic State wall mural in Aleppo province which reads “Whoever hangs an amulet commits idolatry”. Amulets and Talismans inscribed with verses from the Quran have long been used as tokens of good luck and fortune in the Islamic world, but are considered forbidden under the strict Salafi version of Islam practiced by the IS.

 

Members of the DeBlase family make a rubbing of their lost loved one James V. DeBlase during memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in New York, September 11, 2014.

Members of the DeBlase family make a rubbing of their lost loved one James V. DeBlase during memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in New York, September 11, 2014.

(Source: Robert Sabo)

Latvian Police Special Operations Unit during an Anti-terrorist and hostage Rescue Exercise being held at the National Library in Riga, September 5th, 2014.

Latvian Police Special Operations Unit during an Anti-terrorist and hostage Rescue Exercise being held at the National Library in Riga, September 5th, 2014.

(Source: Official Released LPSOU)

Indian Catholic Christians light candles to commemorate the annual feast of the birth of Virgin Mary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Health in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.

Indian Catholic Christians light candles to commemorate the annual feast of the birth of Virgin Mary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Health in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.

(Source: Mahesh Kumar A)

A buddhist monk holds an umbrella as he walks inside a temple in Bangkok September 8, 2014.

A buddhist monk holds an umbrella as he walks inside a temple in Bangkok September 8, 2014.

(Source: Athit Perawongmetha)