Thursday, December 3, 2009


2007: Mourning slain soldier-fiancé
Mary McHugh visits the grave of her fiancé, Sgt. James Regan, in Section 60, the newest portion of Arlington National Cemetery, outside Washington, D.C., on May 27. Regan, a U.S. Army Ranger, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq in February.

2006: Resisting West Bank evacuation
A Jewish settler struggles with Israeli security officers as authorities evacuate the Amona settlement in the West Bank on Feb. 1. Thousands of troops clashed with hundreds of settlers after the Supreme Court cleared the way for the demolition of nine homes in the illegal settlement.

2004: Tsunami's devastation
A woman mourns Dec. 28 in Cuddalore, India, over the death of a relative in a tsunami that struck around the Indian Ocean two days before. A magnitude 9.0 earthquake triggered massive waves, killing more than 200,000 and dislocating millions in one of the worst natural disasters in modern history.

1999: On the march
An ethnic Albanian woman feeds her baby as she and 2,000 more Kosovo refugees walk along a muddy track after they were allowed to enter Macedonia on March 30. The refugees were fleeing one of a series of violent ethnic conflicts fought in the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s and 2001.

Chechen woman from Grozny looks through a bus window while crossing the Chechen-Ingush border from Chechnya on Jan. 10, not far from the Ingush village of Sleptsovskaya, a haven for refugees fleeing the fighting between Russian troops and Chechen rebels. Large-scale fighting would not end until 2009.

2002: Afghanistan's scars
Mohboba, 7, with ointment applied to her face for a skin ailment called leishmaniasis, stands against a bullet-pocked wall waiting to be treated at a health clinic March 1 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The parasitic disease plagues many poverty-stricken children in Afghanistan.

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