# 2 - Daily life around the World - March 19
look at daily life in various countries around the world by photographers at the Associated Press.(20 images)
An Indian boy bathes his buffalo in a pond at Macharia village in Moradabad, India, Friday, March 12. AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh
# 3 -Aerial images of the oil spill - May 5
EW ORLEANS (AP) -- The oil you can't see could be as bad as the oil you can. While people anxiously wait for the slick in the Gulf of Mexico to wash up along the coast, globules of oil are already falling to the bottom of the sea, where they threaten virtually every link in the ocean food chain, from plankton to fish that are on dinner tables everywhere. "The threat to the deep-sea habitat is already a done deal -- it is happening now," said Paul Montagna, a marine scientist at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Oil has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of at least 200,000 gallons a day since an offshore drilling rig exploded last month and killed 11 people. On Wednesday, workers loaded a 100-ton, concrete-and-steel box the size of a four-story building onto a boat and hope to lower it to the bottom of the sea by week's end to capture some of the oil. Crews also set fires at the worst spots on the surface Wednesday to burn off oil.
Here is a look at the oil slick from an aerial perspective. (18 images)
Shrimp boats are used to collect oil with booms in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La., Wednesday, May 5, 2010. AP / Eric Gay
# 4 - Deadly mayhem grips Bangkok - May 18
ANGKOK (AP) -- The Thai government rejected a proposal Tuesday for peace talks with leaders of the Red Shirt protesters to end the deadly mayhem gripping Bangkok, saying negotiations cannot start until the demonstrators disperse. The decision set back hopes of stemming the crisis after six days of violence that has left 38 people dead and destabilized a country once regarded as one of Southeast Asia's strongest democracies. Thousands of anti-government Red Shirts, many rural poor, remain camped behind barricades to press their demand for quick national elections. Their sympathizers battled soldiers in nearby streets. (29 images)
An anti-government protester 'Red Shirt' throws a tire toward a burning truck as the violence in central Bangkok continues on May 16, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. So far at least 154 have been injured and over 20 killed in the clashes as the military and the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for two months. A state of emergency is in effect that spreads to 17 provinces in the country. The Thai army declared certain protest areas where clashes are taking place as a "Live Fire Zone." Getty Images / Athit Perawongmetha
# 5 - Shanghai World Expo set to open - Apr. 26
HANGHAI (AP) -- Visitors to Shanghai's World Expo say organizers have plenty of kinks to iron out before the event -- the biggest-ever World's Fair -- formally opens on May Day. "Three big suggestions for fixes: space, time and mindset," the Shanghai Morning Post said Wednesday in the closest China's state-controlled media came to criticizing the Expo's first seven-hour trial run, involving 200,000 people. Visitors said they were disappointed with the food, the long lines and the limited number of pavilions open by the time they finally got through security checks and into the vast Expo park.
"Before I went, I was mentally prepared that it would be very crowded, but it turns out I underestimated," said Ding Yangshen, a 64-year-old retired engineer, who visited the park with his wife using trial-run tickets from his government-worker son.
The Expo, which runs May 1-Oct. 31, showcases the latest in concepts for "Better City, Better Life" in pavilions from practically every country and many international organizations, cities and big corporations. Some 70 million people are expected to visit, and organizers have said they will limit the number entering the park on any single day to 600,000. (27 images)
Elevated highways are illuminated by LED lights on April 18, in Shanghai, China. Shanghai World Expo will be held from May 1 to Oct 31, expecting 70 million visitors. Getty Images / Feng Li
# 6 - The Marines of India Battery - Oct. 15
ABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Three NATO troops were killed Friday in Afghanistan in a surge of attacks that raised the death toll to 17 in three days for international troops in the country. One service member died Friday in an insurgent attack in the east and another was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, an alliance statement said. It did not give nationalities or exact locations of the attacks. On Thursday, eight NATO troops were killed in a spate of attacks, including four separate roadside bombings. It has been the deadliest year for international forces in the nine-year Afghan conflict. Troop numbers have been ramped up to turn the screws on insurgents and casualties have mounted. The escalating toll -- more than 2,020 NATO deaths since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion -- has shaken the commitment of many alliance countries, with calls growing to start drawing down forces quickly.
Getty Images photographer Scott Olson is with the Marines of India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment who are responsible for securing the area near the Kajaki Dam on the Helmand River. (31 images)
U.S. Marines with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment prepare to begin an early-morning patrol near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 14, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. The Marines of India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment are responsible for securing the area near the Kajaki Dam on the Helmand River. Getty Images / Scott Olson
# 7 - Volcanic Ash Blankets Europe - April 16
ONDON (AP) -- Thick drifts of volcanic ash blanketed parts of rural Iceland on Friday as a vast, invisible plume of grit drifted over Europe, emptying the skies of planes and sending hundreds of thousands in search of hotel rooms, train tickets or rental cars.
"The skies are totally empty over northern Europe," said Brian Flynn, deputy head of Eurocontrol, adding "there will be some significant disruption of European air traffic tomorrow." The agency said about 16,000 of Europe's usual 28,000 daily flights were canceled Friday -- twice as many as were canceled a day earlier. U.S. airlines canceled 280 of the more than 330 trans-Atlantic flights of a normal day, and about 60 flights between Asia and Europe were canceled.
Southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull (ay-yah-FYAH'-plah-yer-kuh-duhl) glacier began erupting for the second time in a month on Wednesday, sending ash several miles into the air. Winds pushed the plume south and east across Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia and into the heart of Europe. The air traffic agency Eurocontrol said almost two-thirds of Europe's flights were canceled Friday, as air space remained largely closed in Britain and across large chunks of north and central Europe. (21 images)
The volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sends ash into the air just prior to sunset on Friday, April 16. Thick drifts of volcanic ash blanketed parts of rural Iceland on Friday as a vast, invisible plume of grit drifted over Europe, emptying the skies of planes. AP / Brynjar Gauti
# 8 - U.S. Marines in Afghanistan - May 12
ABUL (AP) -- Thousands of U.S., NATO and Afghan forces have poured into southern Afghanistan in recent months to try to rout Taliban from areas long ruled more by the militants than by the government of President Hamid Karzai. U.S. Marines and Afghan troops mounted a massive operation in the southern town of Marjah this spring and troops are increasing pressure in the southeastern province of Kandahar -- the birthplace of the former Taliban regime. With Karzai in Washington as part of a four-day U.S. visit, President Barack Obama was holding a series of closed-door meetings on Afghanistan and was due to meet with the Afghan leader on Wednesday. He has greatly expanded the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan since taking office, but plans to start drawing down troops in July 2011. The goal that is widely viewed as dependent on successful operations this summer.
Agence France-Presse photographer, Mauricio Lima, has been in Afghanistan for the last several months covering the war. Here is a look at some of his images from March and April. (21 images)
US Marines from India Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers move forward on foot patrol in a stronghold Taliban area in Marjah, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, on April 5, 2010. Nearly two months after US Marines led what was billed the biggest offensive against the Taliban in more than eight years of war, troops still come under daily fire from insurgents and bombs are still exploding. AFP / Getty Images / Mauricio Lima
# 9 - Shuttle Discovery's 15-day mission to the space station - April 20
APE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- Shuttle Discovery and its astronauts returned safely to Earth on Tuesday after making a rare flyover of America's heartland to wrap up their 15-day, 6 million mile journey to the International Space Station. The touchdown was delayed by rain and fog that dissipated as the sun rose, allowing Mission Control to take advantage of the morning's second landing opportunity. NASA had promised a spectacular show, weather permitting, for early risers in Helena, Mont., and all the way along Discovery's flight path through the Midwest and Southeast. With the space shuttle program winding down, there weren't expected to be any more continental flyovers. This was, in fact, Discovery's next-to-last flight. Only one more mission remains for NASA's oldest surviving shuttle. As soon as it's removed from the runway, it will be prepped for the final shuttle flight, scheduled for September. (21 images)
Astronauts Rick Mastracchio (right) and Clayton Anderson are seen working in Discovery's aft payload bay during the mission's third and final session of extravehicular activity Tuesday, April 13, as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. NASA
# 10 - Haiti from above - Jan. 14
ORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Desperately needed aid from around the world slowly made its way Thursday into Haiti, where a leadership vacuum left rescuers scrambling on their own to save the trapped and injured and get relief supplies into the capital. (20 images)
Haitians set up impromtu tent cities on Jan. 13, throughout the capital after an earthquake measuring 7.0 rocked the Haitian capital on Jan. 12. Getty Images / United Nations / Logan Abassi
# 11 - Riots in Greece over debt crisis - March 5
THENS, Greece (AP) -- The Greek parliament approved new spending cuts and taxes Friday aimed at defusing the country's debt crisis, while protesters opposed to the measures fought with police outside. Prime Minister George Papandreou headed abroad to seek European leaders' support for his efforts. Riot police used tear gas and baton charges to disperse rioters who chased the ceremonial guards in 19th-century kilts and tasseled garters away from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the parliament, while a top trade union leader was roughed up by left-wing protesters. It was the biggest outburst of violence since Greece's debt crisis escalated late last year. Police say they arrested 5 people, and seven officers were injured.
Greece's financial troubles have shaken the European Union and its shared euro currency, whose rules were supposed to prevent governments from running up too much debt. (22 images)
Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest outside the Greek parliament in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Aris Messinis
# 12 - Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan - June 12, 2009
ith insurgent violence at its highest point ever, U.S. officials acknowledge they are not winning in Afghanistan. While vastly superior in training and equipment, the combined U.S. and NATO militaries are hamstrung in certain parts of the country by an entrenched and flexible insurgency that relies on low-tech tactics, intimidation and payoffs. President Barack Obama has promised to make the fight his focus in a way that former President George W. Bush did not. The Afghanistan fight, then going relatively well, became an afterthought in Washington, and always second in line for resources, following the 2003 U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Here's a glimpse from Associated Press photographer David Guttenfelder of life with the U.S. Marines at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province(17 images)
U.S. Marines from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Battalion walk through the sand inside Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province Monday June 8. Some 7,000 of the new U.S. troops ordered to Afghanistan are fanning out across the dangerous south on a mission to defeat the Taliban insurgency and to change the course of a war claiming American lives at a record pace. AP / David Guttenfelder
# 13 - Hurricane Katrina , five years later - Aug. 24
n Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. As the five-year anniversary approaches, here's a look by Getty Images photographer Maria Tama at scenes from then and now. Following Tama's pictures are some of the powerful images of the disaster. (48 images)
(Top Photo) Robert Fontaine looks on at the scene where he fled a burning house fire in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina August 23, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Fontaine said he stayed in the house to take care of dogs who were left behind. He was using candles due to a lack of electricity when one of the dogs knocked over a candle, causing the fire. Fontaine said, "My whole life, my whole world crashed. For everyone, not just for me."
(Bottom Photo) Robert Fontaine walks past a burning house fire in the 7th ward September 6, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Getty Images / Mario Tama
# 14 - Gulf oil spill worst in U.S. history - May 27
OVINGTON, La. (AP) -- An untested procedure to plug the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico seemed to be working, officials said Thursday, but new estimates from scientists showed the spill has already surpassed the Exxon Valdez as the worst in U.S. history. A team of scientists trying to determine how much oil has been flowing since the offshore rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20 and sank two days later found the rate was more than twice and possibly up to five times as high as previously thought. The fallout from the spill has stretched all the way to Washington, where the head of the federal agency that oversees offshore drilling resigned under pressure Thursday. Even using the most conservative estimate, the new numbers mean the leak has grown to nearly 19 million gallons over the past five weeks, surpassing the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, which at about 11 million gallons had been the nation's worst spill. Under the highest Gulf spill estimate, nearly 39 million gallons may have leaked, enough to fill 30 school gymnasiums. (29 images)
Reporter Anderson Cooper is reflected in oil filled water during a tour of areas where oil has come ashore May 26, 2010 in Blind Bay, La. Getty Images / Win McNamee
# 15 - The Baduy of Indonesia - Feb. 8
he Baduy (or Badui), who call themselves Kanekes, are a traditional community living in the western part of the Indonesian province of Banten, near Rangkasbitung. Their population of between 5,000 and 8,000 is centered in the Kendeng mountains at an elevation of 300-500 meters above sea level. Their homeland in Banten, Java is contained in just 50 sq. kilometers of hilly forest area 120 km from Jakarta, Indonesia's capital.The word Baduy may come from the term "Bedouin", although other sources claim the source is a name of a local river. The Baduy observe many mystical taboos. They are forbidden to kill, steal, lie, commit adultery, get drunk, eat food at night, take any form of conveyance, wear flowers or perfumes, accept gold or silver, touch money, or cut their hair. Other taboos relate to defending Baduy lands against invasion: they may not grow sawah (wet rice), use fertilizers, raise cash crops, use modern tools for working ladang soil, or keep large domestic animals. -- Wikipedia (19 images)
A member of the traditional Baduy (or Badui) tribe cooks rice at their home in the hilly forest area of the Kendeng mountains on Feb. 7, in Banten, Indonesia. Getty Images / Ulet Ifansasti
# 16 - Safari in South Africa - Aug. 30
look at images from game reserves in South Africa made by Cameron Spencer of Getty Images. He made these pictures at the Kruger National Park and the nearby Edeni Game Reserve. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa, spanning 19,000 square kilometres. It is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Edeni is a 21,000-acre wilderness area with an abundance of game and birdlife. (29 images)
An elephant walks at the Pafuri game reserve on July 21, 2010 in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa spanning 19,000 square kilometres and is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Getty Images / Cameron Spencer
# 17 - Carnival in Rio de Janeiro - Feb. 16
IO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The extravagant samba parades began in Rio on Sunday night as the city celebrated Carnival. Tourism officials said almost 730,000 visitors arrived in Rio this year for the big party -- a 5 percent increase over last year. It's the first Carnival since Rio was named as host to the 2016 Olympics, and officials have been working hard to show that the city, known for the drug-gang violence that pervades its slums, can safely host major events.(22 images)
A member of Beija Flor samba school performs on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Monday, Feb.15. An estimated 700,000 foreign tourists are in town to take part, many of them fleeing snowy winter conditions in Europe and the United States. AP / Martin Mejia
# 18 - Mexico's 200th birthday bash - Sept. 16
EXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico looked beyond its drug war to throw a 200th birthday bash celebrating a proud history, whimsical culture and resilience embodied in the traditional independence cry: "Viva Mexico!" Across the capital, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets despite their fears, blowing horns and dancing alongside a parade of serpent floats, marching cacti and 13-foot-tall warrior marionettes and staying late into the night at open-air concerts. (28 images)
People form the word "Mexico" during bicentennial celebrations in Mexico City's downtown Zocalo plaza, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. AP / Marco Ugarte
# 19 - Looking back at the Vietnam War - April 29
he Vietnam War began on Nov. 1, 1955, and ended 35 years ago on April 30, 1975 when Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, fell. The United States entered the war to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam as part of their wider strategy of containment. Military advisors arrived beginning in 1950. U.S. involvement escalated in the early 1960s, with U.S. troop levels tripling in 1961 and tripling again in 1962. U.S. combat units were deployed beginning in 1965. Involvement peaked in 1968 at the time of the Tet Offensive. The war exacted a huge human cost in terms of fatalities, including 3 to 4 million Vietnamese from both sides, 1.5 to 2 million Laotians and Cambodians, and 58,159 U.S. soldiers. By this war's end, the Vietnamese had been fighting foreign involvement or occupation in various wars for over a hundred years. --Wikipedia (23 images)
In this Sept. 25, 1965 file photo, paratroopers of the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade hold their automatic weapons above water as they cross a river in the rain during a search for Viet Cong positions in the jungle area of Ben Cat, South Vietnam. The war ended on April 30, 1975, with the fall of Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, to communist troops from the north. AP / Henri Huet
# 20 - Winter arrives early in Europe - Dec. 3
ARSAW, Poland (AP) -- An Arctic chill killed a dozen people in Poland and snarled traffic and halted flights across Europe, freezing ducks in lakes and prompting animal lovers to open their cellars to shivering stray cats, officials said Friday. With the latest deaths in Poland, the total number of people in Europe who have died of exposure in recent days has risen to at least 40. It's "an early start to the winter because we are still in the autumn season," said Omar Baddour, a scientist with the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva. "It's not very, very unusual, but it is an extreme winter spell that is going to last a few days." (28 images)
A lamp covered with frozen snow shines on top of the Feldberg mountain near Frankfurt, central Germany, on a cold Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010. AP / Michael Probst