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The elephant funeral

A villager offers flowers to a female adult elephant lying dead in a paddy field in Panbari village, India. The elephant was hit by a train and killed while crossing railway tracks with a...

Mexican vigilantes legalised in the war on drugs

As the war on drugs continues to fail in Mexico, President Peña Nieto’s government has given legal backing to vigilante groups fighting against the cartels. The vigilantes will be known as the Rural Defense Corps and will fight alongside the army and police.

Four Planet Sunset

You can see four planets in this serene sunset image, created from a series of stacked digital exposures captured near dusk on May 25. The composite picture follows the trail of three of them, Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury (left to right) dropping toward the western horizon, gathered close in last month’s remarkable triple planetary conjunction.

Panama Canal turns 100 (24 pictures)

Panama Canal turns 100 years old in 2014. The Panama Canal is a 48-mile (77.1 km) 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.