Chile's Volcano Villarrica has recently entered a more active phase. [ 10 photos total ]

The 15 deadliest conflicts in the world last year. [ 15 photos total ]

Inspired by the war in Ukraine, growing numbers of Poles are joining volunteer paramilitary groups, where they receive basic army training and prepare to defend their homeland. [ 20 photos total ]

A partial eclipse was visible on Friday, the first day of northern spring, across parts of Africa, Europe and Asia. The total eclipse of the sun was only be visible in the Faroe Islands and the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean. [ 30 photos total ]

Gallery of pictures taken on the rodeo circuit in Havana. [ 15 photos total ]

Niger, Cameroon and Chad have launched a regional military campaign to help Nigeria defeat the Boko Haram insurgency. [ 30 photos total ]

The Panama Canal is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi) ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 26 metres (85 ft) above sea level. The current locks are 33.5 metres (110 ft) wide. An expansion project will allow bigger ships to transit, with two new sets of locks, one on the Pacific side and one on the Atlantic side. [ 20 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 falcons catching bait dangled from from drones in Abu Dhabi, bats in the Czech Republic, Monarch butterflies in Mexico, a Florida dog rescued from being  tied to a railroad track, cageless shark diving in Hawaii, chimps watching the BBC in China, several animal interactions in Ukraine, 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. [ 33 photos total ]

Spring has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. The vernal equinox is anticipated by many looking forward to warmer temperatures and a welcoming rebirth. In some areas of the world, the signs are more apparent. This year, the first day of spring held the distinction of coinciding with a solar eclipse. [ 27 photos total ]

Part of France's North Atlantic coast and southwestern England braced for their first giant tide of the millennium on Saturday as the alignment of the Sun and Moon created an ocean surge not seen since the 1990s. This so-called "supertide" or "tide of the century" with surges up to 14 meters high, actually happens every 18 years. The high tides have turned France's famed Mont Saint-Michel into an island, and sent bore tide waves into England's River Severn, and the extreme low tides have exposed areas of beach and rock unseen since 1997. [ 12 photos total ]

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