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In Focus, a news photography blog from the Atlantic Online. Updated 4 to 5 times a week with stories told in large-format images from some of the best photojournalists in the world. Curated & Edited by Alan Taylor

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About 8 weeks ago Viewing the Earth From Space - 28 photos - - Despite any political differences between the United States and Russia, the space agencies of the two countries continue their cooperative work in Earth's orbit, aboard the International Space Station. Apart from the research being done in microgravity, ISS crew members continue to send back amazing images of our home world, photographed from low Earth orbit. Gathered here are recent images of Earth from aboard the ISS, and from a handful of other NASA satellites.
About 6 weeks ago Afghanistan: Dogs of War - 40 photos - - Throughout the course of the long war in Afghanistan, Coalition troops have relied on thousands of military working dogs to help keep them safe, and make their jobs easier. The dogs are trained to detect explosives, to find illegal drugs, to search for missing comrades, or target enemy combatants. Not only are they active on the front lines, but behind the lines they serve as therapy dogs, service dogs, and loyal companions. They also share the same risks as the ground troops, suffering injuries and sometimes death on the battlefields.
About 21 hours ago Bloody Weekend in Gaza - 42 photos - Warning: Many of the photographs in the full entry are graphic in nature - - Sunday was the deadliest day yet in the recent battles in the Gaza Strip, capping a bloody weekend where more than a hundred Palestinians were killed, as well as 18 Israeli soldiers, following an Israeli advance into Gaza. Israel said on Sunday it had expanded its ground offensive, and Hamas militants kept up rocket fire into the Jewish state with no sign of a diplomatic breakthrough to end the worst fighting between Israel and Hamas in two years.
About 2 weeks ago Animals in the News - 32 photos - - It's time for another look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet. Today's photos include a 366 lb tortoise, elderly pet care in Japan, a newborn Poison Dart frog, and fishing by firelight with cormorants.
About 7 weeks ago 1964: Beatlemania - 42 photos - - At the start of 1964, the Beatles were at the top of the charts in the UK, but had just started to attract audiences overseas. Radio airplay quickly drove huge record sales and enormous enthusiasm among new fans -- the band and their sound were something new and exciting, and they were coming to America. John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison set off on a series of tours in 1964, starting in Europe, later visiting the United States and Australia. Beatles fans were so excited and determined to see the band that police sometimes resorted to using fire hoses to hold them back. Below are images of the Beatles' big year, in roughly chronological order, as the world discovered Beatlemania.
About 3 weeks ago 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, Part II - 28 photos - - The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is under way, and entries will be accepted for just one more week -- until June 30, 2014. First prize winner will receive an 8-day Alaskan expedition for two. National Geographic was once again kind enough to allow me to share some more of the entries with you here, gathered from four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. Photos and captions by the photographers.
About 4 days ago Typhoon Rammasun Slams Philippines - 26 photos - - Typhoon Rammasun, named after a thunder god, struck the Philippines yesterday, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, toppling trees and power lines and causing floods and blackouts. Philippine authorities evacuated almost 150,000 people from their homes and shuttered financial markets, government offices, businesses and schools. Residents and officials have now begun clearing debris, reconnecting power and rebuilding flattened houses. The typhoon, locally known as Glenda, killed at least 38 people, with another eight still missing, rescue officials said.
About 1 week ago The 2014 World Cup, Part II - 39 photos - - Now that the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals have been decided, only two matches remain, with the Final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup -- between Germany and Argentina -- taking place on Sunday. Host nation Brazil suffered a stinging defeat on July 8, as Germany moved on to the Final with a score of 7-1. Gathered here are images from the last group of games, and some of the fans riding the emotional rollercoaster of cheering for their teams as they battled in Brazil, anticipating this weekend's final two matches.
About 12 weeks ago World War I in Photos: Introduction - 45 photos - - A century ago, an assassin, a Serbian nationalist, killed the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary as he visited Sarajevo. This act was a catalyst that ignited a massive conflict that lasted for four years. More than 65 million soldiers were mobilized by more than 30 nations, with battles taking place around the world. Industrialization brought modern weapons, machinery, and tactics to warfare, vastly increasing the killing power of armies. Battlefield conditions were horrific, typified by the chaotic, cratered hellscape of the Western Front, where soldiers in muddy trenches faced bullets, bombs, gas, bayonet charges, and more. On this 100-year anniversary, I've gathered photographs of the Great War from dozens of collections, some digitized for the first time, to try to tell the story of the conflict, those caught up in it, and how much it affected the world. Today's entry is part 1 of a 10-part series on World War I,...
About 5 weeks ago Photos of the Week: 6/7-6/13 - 35 images - - In this week's edition, scenes from Brazil as the World Cup begins, Argentina's overflowing Iguazu Falls, a flaming crater in Turkmenistan, a regimental funeral in New Brunswick, Canada, a view of an X-class solar flare and much more.