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GLOBAL-POY/
RTX7BPUV
December 04, 2019
Demba, 8, a Koranic student, called a talibe, attends karate training in the courtyard of Maison de la...
Saint Louis, Senegal
Pictures of the Year
Demba, 8, a Koranic student, called a talibe, attends karate training in the courtyard of Maison de la Gare, an organisation that helps talibe street children reintegrate into society, in Saint-Louis, Senegal, February 8, 2019. "My older brother brought me to the daara in Saint-Louis to learn Koran. We don't eat at the daara, they send us to beg. Everyday I have to bring back between 500 and 1000 francs to the marabout (Koranic teacher). If I fail, I'm sent back to the streets and I can only come back after I've collected the right amount. Sometimes I'm forced to spend the night outside," Demba said. "I'm learning karate so I can defend myself from the ones stronger than me. One day my mates from the daara and I were forced to stay out at night. At 6 a.m., a drunk man attacked us and took all the money we collected. I can't forget that. I decided to learn how to defend myself. Maison De la Gare gives me this opportunity. I also want to become a soldier to defend people and help them live in peace," he added. "I no longer feel anything towards my parents and I don't even know if I'm angry at them or not." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File Photo. SEARCH "GLOBAL POY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2019 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
INDIA-ENVIRONMENT/WATER
RTX74GX8
September 24, 2019
Siddharth Dhage, 10, and his family gather for breakfast at his home in Aurangabad, India, August 1,...
Aurangabad, India
The Wider Image: The Indian children who take a train to collect water
Siddharth Dhage, 10, and his family gather for breakfast at his home in Aurangabad, India, August 1, 2019. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water. "I don't like to spend time bringing water, but I don't have a choice," Dhage said. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas SEARCH "MASCARENHAS DROUGHT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
INDIA-ENVIRONMENT/WATER
RTX74GX5
September 24, 2019
Siddharth Dhage, 10, and his neighbour Gaurav Ganesh, 13, sit in the luggage compartment of a train on...
Aurangabad, India
The Wider Image: The Indian children who take a train to collect water
Siddharth Dhage, 10, and his neighbour Gaurav Ganesh, 13, sit in the luggage compartment of a train on their journey back to Mukundwadi railway station, in Aurangabad, India, July 18, 2019. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water. Gaurav accompanies Siddharth on his train journeys whenever he can and helps unload the water containers from the train. "I don't like to spend time bringing water, but I don't have a choice," Dhage said. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas SEARCH "MASCARENHAS DROUGHT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
INDIA-ENVIRONMENT/WATER
RTX74GX0
September 24, 2019
Siddharth Dhage, 10, waits to board a train with empty water containers, at Mukundwadi railway station,...
Aurangabad, India
The Wider Image: The Indian children who take a train to collect water
Siddharth Dhage, 10, waits to board a train with empty water containers, at Mukundwadi railway station, Aurangabad, India, July 20, 2019. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water. "I don't like to spend time bringing water, but I don't have a choice," Dhage said. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas SEARCH "MASCARENHAS DROUGHT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
INDIA-ENVIRONMENT/WATER
RTX74GWX
September 24, 2019
Sakshi Garud, 9, looks on as her mother Swati, ties her sister Aaysha's hair, as she gets ready to go...
Aurangabad, India
The Wider Image: The Indian children who take a train to collect water
Sakshi Garud, 9, looks on as her mother Swati, ties her sister Aaysha's hair, as she gets ready to go to school in Aurangabad, India, July 19, 2019. Garud is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water. "This is my daily routine," said Garud. Their cramped shanty homes are just 200 metres (220 yards) from the train station. "After coming from school, I don't get time to play. I need to get water first." REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas SEARCH "MASCARENHAS DROUGHT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
INDIA-ENVIRONMENT/WATER
RTX74GWV
September 24, 2019
Siddharth Dhage, 10, waits for the train to arrive after filling his containers with water at Aurangabad...
Aurangabad, India
The Wider Image: The Indian children who take a train to collect water
Siddharth Dhage, 10, waits for the train to arrive after filling his containers with water at Aurangabad railway station, India, July 17, 2019. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water. "I don't like to spend time bringing water, but I don't have a choice," Dhage said. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas SEARCH "MASCARENHAS DROUGHT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
INDIA-ENVIRONMENT/WATER
RTX74GWJ
September 24, 2019
Siddharth Dhage, 10, carries empty water containers along railway tracks at Aurangabad railway station,...
Aurangabad, India
The Wider Image: The Indian children who take a train to collect water
Siddharth Dhage, 10, carries empty water containers along railway tracks at Aurangabad railway station, in Aurangabad, India, July 18, 2019. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water. "I don't like to spend time bringing water, but I don't have a choice," Dhage said. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas SEARCH "MASCARENHAS DROUGHT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
INDIA-ENVIRONMENT/WATER
RTX74GWE
September 24, 2019
Siddharth Dhage, 10, sits at his desk in a classroom at a school in Aurangabad, India, July 18, 2019....
Aurangabad, India
The Wider Image: The Indian children who take a train to collect water
Siddharth Dhage, 10, sits at his desk in a classroom at a school in Aurangabad, India, July 18, 2019. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water. "I don't like to spend time bringing water, but I don't have a choice," Dhage said. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas SEARCH "MASCARENHAS DROUGHT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
INDIA-ENVIRONMENT/WATER
RTX74GW9
September 24, 2019
Sakshi Garud, 9, crosses the railway tracks at Mukundwadi railway station on her way to school, Aurangabad,...
Aurangabad, India
The Wider Image: The Indian children who take a train to collect water
Sakshi Garud, 9, crosses the railway tracks at Mukundwadi railway station on her way to school, Aurangabad, India, July 18, 2019. Garud is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water. "This is my daily routine," said Garud. Their cramped shanty homes are just 200 metres (220 yards) from the train station. "After coming from school, I don't get time to play. I need to get water first." REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas SEARCH "MASCARENHAS DROUGHT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
INDIA-ENVIRONMENT/WATER
RTX74GVV
September 24, 2019
As their classmates set off to play after school each day, nine-year-old Sakshi Garud and her neighbour...
Aurangabad, India
The Wider Image: The Indian children who take a train to collect water
As their classmates set off to play after school each day, nine-year-old Sakshi Garud and her neighbour Siddharth Dhage, 10, are among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water. Their families are some of the poorest in the hamlet of Mukundwadi, in the western state of Maharashtra, a village that has suffered back-to-back droughts. India's monsoons have brought abundant rain and even floods in many parts of the country, but rainfall in the region around Mukundwadi has been 14 per cent below average this year and aquifers and borewells are dry. "I don't like to spend time bringing water, but I don't have a choice," Dhage said. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas SEARCH "MASCARENHAS DROUGHT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: INDIA-ENVIRONMENT/WATER
SOUTHKOREA-JAPAN/KPOP
RTX6TUVB
April 30, 2019
Japanese Miyu Takeuchi, a trainee with the K-pop agency Mystic Entertainment, sings during a training...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Miyu Takeuchi, a trainee with the K-pop agency Mystic Entertainment, sings during a training session in Seoul, South Korea, March 22, 2019. Takeuchi said it wasn't a difficult decision to leave a 10-year career with a top idol band AKB48 back home in Japan to sign with the K-pop agency Mystic Entertainment in March as a trainee. Even with her experience, she has seven hours of vocal training a day and two-hour dance lessons twice a week, plus early morning Korean lessons. She is not allowed to have a boyfriend but she says she has no regrets, despite the fact there is no guarantee she will make it. "I don't know how long my training period will be, but it has to reach a point where my coaches and management company say 'Miyu, you are a professional!'" REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
VENEZUELA-SPAIN/
RTX6R5BV
March 14, 2019
Mariana Elias, 27, waits for a train to go home, at the station in Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2019....
Barcelona, Spain
The Wider Image: Venezuelans build new life in Spain, fret for homeland
Mariana Elias, 27, waits for a train to go home, at the station in Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2019. Before moving to Barcelona in January, Elias spent years in Caracas doing two degrees in chemical and production engineering. Her reason for moving to Barcelona was straightforward: "My job ambitions. As I really prepared myself academically, I wanted to have the opportunity in the long-term to progress and upgrade. I wasn't able to see that in Venezuela right now." REUTERS/Ana Maria Arevalo Gosen SEARCH "AREVALO SPAIN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
SENEGAL-ELECTION/CHILD-BEGGARS
RTX6NYJJ
February 22, 2019
Demba, 8, a Koranic student, called a talibe, attends karate training in the courtyard of Maison de la...
Saint Louis, Senegal
The Wider Image: Forced to beg, Senegal's "talibes" face exploitation and abuse
Demba, 8, a Koranic student, called a talibe, attends karate training in the courtyard of Maison de la Gare, an organisation that helps talibe street children reintegrate into society, in Saint-Louis, Senegal, February 8, 2019. "My older brother brought me to the daara in Saint-Louis to learn Koran. We don't eat at the daara, they send us to beg. Everyday I have to bring back between 500 and 1000 francs to the marabout (Koranic teacher). If I fail, I'm sent back to the streets and I can only come back after I've collected the right amount. Sometimes I'm forced to spend the night outside," Demba said. "I'm learning karate so I can defend myself from the ones stronger than me. One day my mates from the daara and I were forced to stay out at night. At 6 a.m., a drunk man attacked us and took all the money we collected. I can't forget that. I decided to learn how to defend myself. Maison De la Gare gives me this opportunity. I also want to become a soldier to defend people and help them live in peace," he added. "I no longer feel anything towards my parents and I don't even know if I'm angry at them or not." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "TALIBE BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
USA-IMMIGRATION/POY
RTX6J88W
December 19, 2018
Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States,...
Mexicali, Mexico
Pictures of the Year: Caravans: the new face of migration
Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, get on the back of a truck while making their way to Tijuana from Mexicali, in Mexicali, Mexico, November 20, 2018. Reuters photographer Kim Kyung-Hoon: "I took this photo at the last government checkpoint between Mexicali and Tijuana. The migrants had already travelled thousands of kilometres from their homes and the road that lay ahead was the last obstacle in their journey to reach the border with the United States. The group couldn't travel the rest of the journey by foot as there weren't places to stop for food and water, so when a train-sized truck stopped, hundreds of migrants desperately jumped onboard. Many of the drivers didnÕt let them hitch a ride, and forced them to get off the truck, refusing to drive until everyone got off. But the migrants knew this was their only way to reach the border and kept persevering until they managed to find a ride." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "IMMIGRATION POY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2018 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
USA-IMMIGRATION/POY
RTX6J881
December 19, 2018
A caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America, en route to the United States, makes its way...
ARRIAGA, Mexico
Pictures of the Year: Caravans: the new face of migration
A caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America, en route to the United States, makes its way to San Pedro Tapanatepec from Arriaga, Mexico, October 27, 2018. Reuters photographer Ueslei Marcelino: "The caravan had gone through a tense night in Arriaga - the famous train "La Bestia", which many migrants use to travel north, wasn't running which frustrated their plan to shorten their journey. They continued by road and arrived at a police blockade. The migrants moved closer together to try to protect themselves as they feared the police might take action to stop the advance of the caravan. Tense moments ensued before the police allowed the migrants to pass. When I saw a van parked at the side of the road I climbed on the roof and was astonished at how many people I could see from up above." REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino SEARCH "IMMIGRATION POY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2018 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
BRAZIL-ELECTION/BOLSONARO-WOMEN
RTX6GMIN
October 26, 2018
Community health nurse Larissa Lombardi, 46, supporter of Brazil's presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro,...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
The Wider Image: Polarizing Brazil election forces women off the fence
Community health nurse Larissa Lombardi, 46, supporter of Brazil's presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, poses for a portrait at her home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 22, 2018. "I lived in Venezuela for 12 years. I don't want my daughter to grow up in a country without good administration," Lombardi said. "I'm ashamed of what Lula did, I'm not going to vote for a man who is in jail. Bolsonaro, because of his military educational training, will rescue the values that the army teaches - family, the nation and God." REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "BOLSONARO ELENAO" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-WAMBA
RTS225ZJ
September 20, 2018
He fled hardship and unrest in Congo Republic with nothing but his ball and a change of clothes. Now,...
Thessaloniki, Greece
A Picture and its Story: A migrant's journey: Congo to a Greek hoop dream
He fled hardship and unrest in Congo Republic with nothing but his ball and a change of clothes. Now, not yet 18, Christ Wamba is training with a professional basketball club in Europe. Taking a well-trodden route north out of sub-Saharan Africa, Wamba clung on to his treasured ball until he had to jettison it on the sea crossing from Turkey to Greece. He is now under the wing of one the country's biggest clubs, Aris, as he waits for his asylum application to be processed. "I didn't have shoes to play basket," Wamba, a towering figure with boyish looks and bleached hair, said of life in Congo, a nation rife with poverty despite its oil wealth. "I played with flip-flops. Sometimes with nothing, without shoes, with only my legs, with blood sometimes," he said. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis SEARCH "KONSTANTINIDIS WAMBA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-WAMBA
FINANCIAL-CRISIS2008/LEHMAN
RTS20WJM
September 11, 2018
Jose Manuel Abel, 52, cleans a table in the restaurant where he works as a waiter in Chipiona, southern...
CHIPIONA, Spain
The Wider Image: Rebuilding lives, 10 years after Lehman's fall
Jose Manuel Abel, 52, cleans a table in the restaurant where he works as a waiter in Chipiona, southern Spain, August 23, 2018. Abel bade farewell to his wife and children and left his native Spain in 2012 after losing his job. He spent six years in Germany doing low-paid work before returning home last year. He now has a temporary job as a waiter, working 17 hours a day, but he expects to be laid off once the summer tourists stop coming to Chipiona. "I'm working as a waiter and I don't have a problem with that because I think that any kind of job is respectable," Abel said. "I have studies, training and I intend to use them in the future." Abel is also working with friends to set up a local political party which will contest municipal elections in 2019. "I don't want my sons to suffer and live what I had to live through," he said. "I don't want them to migrate and look for a job opportunity away from this marvellous place." REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo SEARCH "LEHMAN 10" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
TURKEY-TRAIN/
RTX5YK7H
April 26, 2018
Sinan Usta, 24, poses for a selfie as he stands on the steps of an open door on the Eastern Express as...
ERZINCAN, Turkey
The Wider Image: Turkey's Eastern Express puts romance back on tracks
Sinan Usta, 24, poses for a selfie as he stands on the steps of an open door on the Eastern Express as it travels through Erzincan province en route from Ankara to Kars, Turkey, April 10, 2018. Sinan decorated the wagon with candles and rainbow coloured flashing lights for his girlfriend. "We had this journey planned months ago. But my girlfriend's family didn't allow her," he said. "I don't like leaving things unfinished, so I took the train anyway." REUTERS/Umit Bektas SEARCH "BEKTAS EXPRESS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
TURKEY-TRAIN/
RTX5YK4E
April 26, 2018
University student Sinan Usta, 24, decorates his compartment with candles and lights as the Eastern Express...
Kayseri, Turkey
The Wider Image: Turkey's Eastern Express puts romance back on tracks
University student Sinan Usta, 24, decorates his compartment with candles and lights as the Eastern Express travels through Kayseri province en route from Ankara to Kars, Turkey, April 9, 2018. Sinan decorated the wagon with candles and rainbow coloured flashing lights for his girlfriend. "We had this journey planned months ago. But my girlfriend's family didn't allow her," he said. "I don't like leaving things unfinished, so I took the train anyway." REUTERS/Umit Bektas SEARCH "BEKTAS EXPRESS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
INDIA-HEALTHCARE/TRAIN
RTX5N9DW
April 12, 2018
Bhawri Devi, 41, travels home on a train after her middle ear surgery on the Lifeline Express, a hospital...
JALORE, India
The Wider Image: Hospital on wheels brings hope to Indian villages
Bhawri Devi, 41, travels home on a train after her middle ear surgery on the Lifeline Express, a hospital built inside a seven-coach train, in Jalore, India, April 7, 2018. "I was thinking that I had cancer in my brain. I had all kinds of thoughts. I went to the government district hospital, but there was no ENT surgeon. When I went to a private hospital they asked me for 50,000 rupees ($766). I didn't even have 5,000 rupees," said Devi. "I heard about this train a month back. It took me about 12 hours to reach the hospital from my village... I am glad that I will be able to hear my grandchildren's voice... I won't go deaf." REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "LIFELINE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
INDIA-HEALTHCARE/TRAIN
RTX5N9D6
April 12, 2018
Bhawri Devi (L), 41, watches as her husband and son push an auto-rickshaw which got stuck in the sand...
JALORE, India
The Wider Image: Hospital on wheels brings hope to Indian villages
Bhawri Devi (L), 41, watches as her husband and son push an auto-rickshaw which got stuck in the sand on the way home, in a village in Jalore, India, April 7, 2018. "I was thinking that I had cancer in my brain. I had all kinds of thoughts. I went to the government district hospital, but there was no ENT surgeon. When I went to a private hospital they asked me for 50,000 rupees ($766). I didn't even have 5,000 rupees," said Devi. "I heard about this train a month back. It took me about 12 hours to reach the hospital from my village... I am glad that I will be able to hear my grandchildren's voice... I won't go deaf." REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "LIFELINE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
INDIA-HEALTHCARE/TRAIN
RTX5N9CF
April 12, 2018
Bhawri Devi, 41, rests on the floor of her house after her middle ear surgery on the Lifeline Express,...
JALORE, India
The Wider Image: Hospital on wheels brings hope to Indian villages
Bhawri Devi, 41, rests on the floor of her house after her middle ear surgery on the Lifeline Express, a hospital built inside a seven-coach train, in Jalore, India, April 7, 2018. "I was thinking that I had cancer in my brain. I had all kinds of thoughts. I went to the government district hospital, but there was no ENT surgeon. When I went to a private hospital they asked me for 50,000 rupees ($766). I didn't even have 5,000 rupees," said Devi. "I heard about this train a month back. It took me about 12 hours to reach the hospital from my village... I am glad that I will be able to hear my grandchildren's voice... I won't go deaf." REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "LIFELINE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NORTHKOREA-CHINA/BORDER-DEFECTORS
RTX5N7E6
April 12, 2018
Wooden crutches made by Ji Sung-ho are seen in Seoul, South Korea, August 13, 2017. Sung-ho is from Hoeryong,...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: Escape from North Korea
Wooden crutches made by Ji Sung-ho are seen in Seoul, South Korea, August 13, 2017. Sung-ho is from Hoeryong, near the border with China. He left North Korea in 2006 with a pair of wooden crutches. "I lived as a child beggar in North Korea. I was stealing coals from a train when I fell off and lost my leg and my hand. I had to bring the crutches with me. If I didn't have them, I wouldn't have made it here. The state doesn't help you in North Korea, and people who need crutches make their own. Mine are therefore not factory-made, so they're not perfect and break easily. I had several pairs of crutches but they all broke, and this was the last pair. I used these crutches for 10 years, until I was 25, when I arrived in South Korea. I would steal coal from moving trains and fall off, destroying my crutches. Or I would get beaten up by the police and they'd take and then break my crutches. When they broke, I would make new ones. When I had new ones, I could go back outside. When I first arrived in South Korea I thought about throwing them out. South Korea's intelligence agency gave me a prosthetic leg. My friends said I should throw the crutches out and not think about North Korea. They said I should show Kim Jong Il I was living a new life in South Korea and throw out everything I had from the North. Some asked if I got upset when I saw my crutches. But I couldn't just throw them out. To make my crutches, my friends had given me some wood that they had bought, and someone I knew in North Korea who had carpentry skills had made them. It was my father who added the final touches. There is a lot of love from my North Korean friends and family in these crutches. So I didn't throw them out. The South Korean government gave me some new crutches because the wood from my North Korean ones is hard and painful. But I still keep them, so as not to forget those memories." REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji SEARCH "DEFECTORS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NORTHKOREA-CHINA/BORDER-DEFECTORS
RTX5N7DI
April 12, 2018
Ji Sung-ho, 35, poses for a photograph in Seoul, South Korea, August 13, 2017. Sung-ho is from Hoeryong,...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: Escape from North Korea
Ji Sung-ho, 35, poses for a photograph in Seoul, South Korea, August 13, 2017. Sung-ho is from Hoeryong, near the border with China. He left North Korea in 2006 with a pair of wooden crutches. "I lived as a child beggar in North Korea. I was stealing coals from a train when I fell off and lost my leg and my hand. I had to bring the crutches with me. If I didn't have them, I wouldn't have made it here. The state doesn't help you in North Korea, and people who need crutches make their own. Mine are therefore not factory-made, so they're not perfect and break easily. I had several pairs of crutches but they all broke, and this was the last pair. I used these crutches for 10 years, until I was 25, when I arrived in South Korea. I would steal coal from moving trains and fall off, destroying my crutches. Or I would get beaten up by the police and they'd take and then break my crutches. When they broke, I would make new ones. When I had new ones, I could go back outside. When I first arrived in South Korea I thought about throwing them out. South Korea's intelligence agency gave me a prosthetic leg. My friends said I should throw the crutches out and not think about North Korea. They said I should show Kim Jong Il I was living a new life in South Korea and throw out everything I had from the North. Some asked if I got upset when I saw my crutches. But I couldn't just throw them out. To make my crutches, my friends had given me some wood that they had bought, and someone I knew in North Korea who had carpentry skills had made them. It was my father who added the final touches. There is a lot of love from my North Korean friends and family in these crutches. So I didn't throw them out. The South Korean government gave me some new crutches because the wood from my North Korean ones is hard and painful. But I still keep them, so as not to forget those memories." REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji SEARCH "DEFECTORS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NORTHKOREA-CHINA/BORDER-DEFECTORS
RTX5N7D8
April 12, 2018
A combination picture shows Ji Sung-ho, 35, (top) and his wooden crutches, in Seoul, South Korea, August...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: Escape from North Korea
A combination picture shows Ji Sung-ho, 35, (top) and his wooden crutches, in Seoul, South Korea, August 13, 2017. Sung-ho is from Hoeryong, near the border with China. He left North Korea in 2006 with a pair of wooden crutches. "I lived as a child beggar in North Korea. I was stealing coals from a train when I fell off and lost my leg and my hand. I had to bring the crutches with me. If I didn't have them, I wouldn't have made it here. The state doesn't help you in North Korea, and people who need crutches make their own. Mine are therefore not factory-made, so they're not perfect and break easily. I had several pairs of crutches but they all broke, and this was the last pair. I used these crutches for 10 years, until I was 25, when I arrived in South Korea. I would steal coal from moving trains and fall off, destroying my crutches. Or I would get beaten up by the police and they'd take and then break my crutches. When they broke, I would make new ones. When I had new ones, I could go back outside. When I first arrived in South Korea I thought about throwing them out. South Korea's intelligence agency gave me a prosthetic leg. My friends said I should throw the crutches out and not think about North Korea. They said I should show Kim Jong Il I was living a new life in South Korea and throw out everything I had from the North. Some asked if I got upset when I saw my crutches. But I couldn't just throw them out. To make my crutches, my friends had given me some wood that they had bought, and someone I knew in North Korea who had carpentry skills had made them. It was my father who added the final touches. There is a lot of love from my North Korean friends and family in these crutches. So I didn't throw them out. The South Korean government gave me some new crutches because the wood from my North Korean ones is hard and painful. But I still keep them, so as not to forget those memories." REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji SEARCH "DEFECTORS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR
FRANCE-REFORM/SNCF-STRIKE
RTX5FKDV
April 03, 2018
The slogans "I love my train, SNCF 100% public service" and "Don't touch my status" is seen on a vest...
Lille, France
Slogans are seen on a vest of an employee of French state-owned railway company SNCF at the Gare Lille...
The slogans "I love my train, SNCF 100% public service" and "Don't touch my status" is seen on a vest of an employee of French state-owned railway company SNCF at the Gare Lille Flandres railway station as part of a nationwide strike by French SNCF railway workers, in France, April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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February 01, 2018
Ji Seong-ho, 35, a North Korean defector who appeared at President Trump's State of the Union address...
Washington, UNITED STATES
A Picture and its Story: Me and my crutches - a North Korean defector's story
Ji Seong-ho, 35, a North Korean defector who appeared at President Trump's State of the Union address this week, is from Hoeryong, near the border with China. He told Reuters last year about the wooden crutches that he left North Korea with in 2006. This is an edited translation of his story: "I lived as a child beggar in North Korea. I was stealing coal from a train when I fell off and lost my leg and my hand. I had to bring the crutches with me. If I didn't have them, I wouldn't have made it here. The state doesn't help you in North Korea, and people who need crutches make their own. Mine are therefore not factory-made so they're not perfect and break easily. I had several pairs of crutches but they all broke, and this was the last pair. I used these crutches for 10 years, until I was 25, when I arrived in South Korea. I would steal coals from moving trains and fall off, destroying my crutches. Or I would get beaten up by the police and they'd take and then break my crutches. When they broke, I would make new ones. When I had new ones, I could go back outside. When I first arrived in South Korea I thought about throwing them out. South Korea's intelligence agency gave me a prosthetic leg. My friends said I should throw the crutches out and not think about North Korea. They said I should show Kim Jong Il I was living a new life in South Korea and throw out everything I had from the North. Some asked if I got upset when I saw my crutches. But I couldn't just throw them out. To make my crutches, my friends had given me some wood that they had bought, and someone I knew in North Korea who had carpentry skills had made them. It was my father who added the final touches. There is a lot of love from my North Korean friends and family in these crutches. So I didn't throw them out. The South Korean government gave me some new crutches because the wood from my North Korean ones is hard and painful. But I still keep them, so as not to forget those memories." REUTERS/Jonathan
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July 18, 2017
The sound of bodies slapping against each other rocks the stifling sumo "stable" in the central Japanese...
Nagoya, Japan
The Wider Image: Getting to grips with sumo
The sound of bodies slapping against each other rocks the stifling sumo "stable" in the central Japanese city of Nagoya, as 11 gigantic wrestlers wearing only loincloths take turns throwing each other out of a ring of sand. The wrestlers, or 'rikishi', at the prestigious Tomozuna stable spend more than three hours each morning practising holds in Japan's 15-century-old national sport, with defeat facing the first to fall or be forced out of the ring. With rare permission granted by sumo's governing body, Reuters was able to observe the stable's wrestlers training at their temporary Buddhist temple base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament that kicked off last week, gaining insight into the intricacies of sumo. Entering the world of sumo is to eat, live, and breathe Japanese - from the samurai-style topknots to the rigid hierarchy. But the tough training and tradition-bound ways have put off many local youth from the sport, leaving sumo to be dominated by foreign Ð mainly Mongolian Ð wrestlers, who face a gruelling path to assimilation. "Language was the biggest source of stress," said Tomozuna Oyakata, better known by his fighting name Kyokutenho, the first Mongolian-born wrestler to lead a sumo stable. "I couldn't understand anything when I was being scolded, or even when I was being praised," said the master, one of the first six Mongolians to be inducted into the sport in 1992. REUTERS/Issei Kato SEARCH "KATO SUMO" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: JAPAN-SUMO/
OLYMPICS-RIO/PALESTINIAN SWIMMER
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June 28, 2016
Palestinian swimmer Mary al-Atrash can't wait to make a splash at the Rio Olympics in August, but participation,...
Beit Sahour, Palestinian Territories
The Wider Image: Palestinian swimmer's Olympic ambition
Palestinian swimmer Mary al-Atrash can't wait to make a splash at the Rio Olympics in August, but participation, rather than a podium finish, is probably the best she can hope for. Atrash competes in the 50 metres freestyle but her best time of 29.91 seconds is more than four seconds slower than the Olympic qualifying threshold of 25.28 seconds, in itself almost two seconds behind the world record. Atrash will be one of six Palestinians competing in Rio and the delegation will be the largest Palestine has sent to the Games since its first participation in the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. Five competitors appeared in London in 2012. "I am so happy, representing Palestine in competitions is a dream for any Palestinian athlete, especially the Olympics," Atrash told Reuters. The 22-year-old university graduate's preparations have been hampered because she does not have an Olympic-sized pool to train in. There are none in the Palestinian territories and she has to settle for a 25-metre pool. REUTERS/Ammar Awad SEARCH "Al-ATRASH AWAD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Matching text OLYMPICS-RIO/PALESTINIAN SWIMMER
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March 08, 2016
Runner LaShawn Merritt poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
Beverly Hills, UNITED STATES
Runner LaShawn Merritt poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills...
Runner LaShawn Merritt poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. "I don't really listen to music when I train," said Merritt. "When I grew up I was in a band, so I listened to jazz a lot to calm me down. I played the trumpet and the baritone for 8 years." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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March 08, 2016
Runner LaShawn Merritt poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
Beverly Hills, UNITED STATES
Runner LaShawn Merritt poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills...
Runner LaShawn Merritt poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. "I don't really listen to music when i train," said Merritt. "When I grew up I was in a band, so I listened to jazz a lot to calm me down. I played the trumpet and the baritone for 8 years." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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March 08, 2016
Runner LaShawn Merritt poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Runner LaShawn Merritt poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
Runner LaShawn Merritt poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 8, 2016. "I don't really listen to music when i train," said Merritt. "When I grew up I was in a band, so i listened to jazz a lot to calm me down. I played the trumpet and the baritone for 8 years." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Simone Manuel poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
Beverly Hills, UNITED STATES
Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Simone Manuel poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I haven't been listening to much music while training," said Manuel, "but I always listen to a lot of Christian and gospel music; that keeps me motivated and going". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Simone Manuel poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
Beverly Hills, UNITED STATES
Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Simone Manuel poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I haven't been listening to much music while training," said Manuel, "but I always listen to a lot of Christian and gospel music; that keeps me motivated and going". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Simone Manuel poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
Beverly Hills, UNITED STATES
Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Simone Manuel poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I haven't been listening to much music while training," said Manuel, "but I always listen to a lot of Christian and gospel music; that keeps me motivated and going". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Simone Manuel poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Simone Manuel poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I haven't been listening to much music while training," said Manuel, "but I always listen to a lot of Christian and gospel music; that keeps me motivated and going". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Simone Manuel poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Simone Manuel poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I haven't been listening to much music while training," said Manuel, "but I always listen to a lot of Christian and gospel music; that keeps me motivated and going". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I don't need to set a world record in practice," said Adrian of tough training sessions. "I just need to do the best I can do that day". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I don't need to set a world record in practice," said Adrian of tough training sessions. "I just need to do the best I can do that day". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I don't need to set a world record in practice," said Adrian of tough training sessions. "I just need to do the best I can do that day". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I don't need to set a world record in practice," said Adrian of tough training sessions. "I just need to do the best I can do that day". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I don't need to set a world record in practice," said Adrian of tough training sessions. "I just need to do the best I can do that day". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I don't need to set a world record in practice," said Adrian of tough training sessions. "I just need to do the best I can do that day." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I don't need to set a world record in practice," said Adrian of tough training sessions. "I just need to do the best I can do that day." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I don't need to set a world record in practice," said Adrian of tough training sessions. "I just need to do the best I can do that day." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
Beverly Hills, UNITED STATES
Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I really like '90s hip hop but I actually don't listen to music when I train or before a race," said Coughlin. "I like the quiet in my own head." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I really like '90s hip hop but I actually don't listen to music when I train or before a race," said Coughlin. "I like the quiet in my own head." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I really like '90s hip hop but I actually don't listen to music when I train or before a race," said Coughlin. "I like the quiet in my own head." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I really like '90s hip hop but I actually don't listen to music when I train or before a race," said Coughlin. "I like the quiet in my own head." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I really like '90s hip hop but I actually don't listen to music when I train or before a race," said Coughlin. "I like the quiet in my own head." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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March 08, 2016
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills,...
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Spotlight: U.S. athletes: eyes on the Olympic prize
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. "I really like '90s hip hop but I actually don't listen to music when I train or before a race," said Coughlin. "I like the quiet in my own head." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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February 21, 2016
The Apple logo is pictured at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York, February 21,...
New York, UNITED STATES
The Apple logo is pictured at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York
The Apple logo is pictured at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York, February 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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February 21, 2016
The Apple logo is pictured behind the clock at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New...
New York, UNITED STATES
The Apple logo is pictured behind the clock at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New...
The Apple logo is pictured behind the clock at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York, February 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A picture and its story
A picture and its story
Migrants struggle through Balkans winter
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STORY-YEAR ENDER/2015
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December 09, 2015
A Syrian refugee holding a baby swims towards the Greek island of Lesbos, September 12, 2015. Alkis...
LESBOS, Greece
Yearend 2015: A Picture and Its Story
A Syrian refugee holding a baby swims towards the Greek island of Lesbos, September 12, 2015. Alkis Konstantinidis: Another inflatable boat packed with dozens of migrants and refugees heading towards the shore. That’s what I noticed in the distance. The sea was calm and they were cheering on the dinghy. Suddenly, some 200 metres away, the rear of the boat deflated for no obvious reason, and people started falling into the sea. Screams replaced cheers as they frantically tried to stay afloat on life tubes, or by clinging on to the boat. Those who could swim tried to help those who couldn’t. As this dramatic scene unfolded and people drifted away from each other, the biggest challenge was to capture as many of the different scenes as I could. There were people falling overboard; two men trying to keep their friend afloat; a man still on the boat lifting his child in the air; another man, nearing collapse from exhaustion, swimming towards the shore; volunteers rushing towards the boat. In this hectic moment, one man, tense and yelling really loudly, caught my eye so I shot some frames. Later, as he tried to catch his breath on the beach, I asked him where he was from. “Syria," he told me before heading towards a volunteer holding a baby. The distance of the shot hadn’t allowed me to see the details of the picture clearly. It was only when I began editing that I could make out the tiny head of a baby in a life tube, and the screaming man trying to keep himself and the baby above water. Everything I cover, from riots to politics and sports, trains me to be on the alert and try to get the best from what I am shooting. I learned from this experience that disaster can occur even in what appears to be the calmest of situations. Looking back, the most memorable moment was when I opened the picture and saw the baby, who looked fast asleep as if in a cradle - dreaming or listening to a lullaby. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis SEARCH "STORY-YEAR" FOR ALL 14 PICTURES
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November 19, 2015
German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a speech at the 9th national IT summit in Berlin, Germany, November...
Berlin, Germany
German Chancellor Merkel makes speech at 9th national IT summit in Berlin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a speech at the 9th national IT summit in Berlin, Germany, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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November 19, 2015
German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a speech at the 9th national IT summit in Berlin, Germany, November...
Berlin, Germany
German Chancellor Merkel makes speech at 9th national IT summit in Berlin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a speech at the 9th national IT summit in Berlin, Germany, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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November 19, 2015
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (L) are shown an exhibit...
Berlin, Germany
German Chancellor Merkel and German Economy Minister Gabriel visit 9th national IT summit in Berlin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (L) are shown an exhibit during a visit to the 9th national IT summit in Berlin, Germany, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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November 19, 2015
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel looks at a 3D printer during a visit to the 9th national IT summit...
Berlin, Germany
GermanEconomy Minister Sigmar Gabriel looks at 3D printer during a visit to 9th national IT summit in...
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel looks at a 3D printer during a visit to the 9th national IT summit in Berlin, Germany, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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