In 1991, Kurds fled a military operation by Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq. Today some are fleeing Islamic State. [ 30 photos total ]

This week we have unrest in Mexico, two events at the Tower of London, the world's tallest and shortest men share a handshake, a spacecraft lands on a comet for the first time, cityscapes shrouded in fog and smog, a massive sandcastle in Brazil, and much more. [ 35 photos total ]

Highlights from the MTV Europe Awards. [ 42 photos total ]

The red carpet at the world premiere of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" in London. [ 22 photos total ]

Sinkholes can be deadly - swallowing residents and damaging infrastructure. [ 30 photos total ]

The China of yesterday and the rising superpower of today. [ 30 photos total ]

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I in 1914. On this year's Armistice Day in London, a massive work of art dedicated to commonwealth servicemen and women lost a century ago reached its conclusion. The evolving installation, titled "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red", began back on July 17, with the placing of a single ceramic poppy in the moat of the Tower of London. In the months since, another 888,245 poppies were added, each representing a military fatality from World War I. The poppies were arranged to appear as a flowing sea of blood pouring from the Tower's "Weeping Window". More than four million visitors have already viewed the installation, which will start to come down soon. [ 16 photos total ]

It's time once again for a look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet. Today's photos include Beluga whales, Highland cows, rappelling dogs, a close encounter with a lion, Menswear Dog, a bull with flaming horns, Yaks on Mount Everest, and much more. These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from recent months, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers, part of an ongoing series on animals in the news. [ 31 photos total ]

Winter comes early to the Land of Lakes [ 13 photos total ]

Reuters photographer Siegfried Modola gained access to a circumcision ceremony in rural Kenya for young girls of the Pokot tribe, in Baringo County.
The traditional practice of circumcision is a rite of passage that marks the transition to womanhood and is a requirement for all girls of the tribe before they marry.
More than a quarter of girls and women in Kenya have undergone genital cutting, according to United Nations data. Despite a government ban on the life-threatening practice since 2011, the long-standing tradition remains a rite of passage for girls, particularly among poor families in rural areas. [ 26 photos total ]

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