Editor's Choice Pictures

Our top photos from the last 24 hours.

Floods in India

Floods triggered by heavy rains have killed hundreds of people in India in the past few weeks.

New life amid the ruins of Mosul's maternity hospital

Al-Khansa Hospital in East Mosul may be a shell of its former self but it is still the city's main government-run maternity facility. in July alone, despite severe shortages of medicines and equipment, it delivered nearly 1,400 babies.

Deadly mudslide in Sierra Leone

Hundreds are dead after a mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown.

World's highest-paid actresses

The ten highest-paid actresses in the world, according to Forbes.

Battle for Islamic State's de facto capital

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are on the verge of seizing full control of the southern neighborhoods of Islamic State-held Raqqa.

Anti-Trump protests in the wake of Charlottesville

Anti-Trump protesters march on the White House and Trump Tower in New York in the wake of violence in Charlottesville.

Tensions on the Mediterranean sea

A humanitarian rescue ship in the Mediterranean is intercepted by the Libyan coastguard as well as anti-immigration activists.

Blazes burn across Greece

Firefighters battled more than 90 forest fires across Greece, in an outbreak fed by dry winds and hot weather.

U.S. and Japan hold joint military drills

U.S. and Japanese troops held joint-live fire drills on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido as part of the Northern Viper exercise amid rising tensions with North Korea.


Spanish migrant rescue ship threatened by Libyan coastguard

The Libyan coastguard intercepted a humanitarian rescue ship in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, ordering it to sail to Tripoli or risk being targeted, Reuters photographer, Yannis Behrakis, aboard said.  Full Coverage 


Splash! Life as a mermaid

In Brazil, the mythical creature of the sea is quite real: women turn to mermaiding for an emotional lift and for fitness, incorporating free diving and underwater dancing skills.  Full Coverage 


Former 'crackland' addict turns trash into livelihood

Fabiana Silva called the streets of São Paulo home for 16 years as one of hundreds of people trapped in cracolândia, the open-air drug markets in South America's biggest city. Now the street has become a livelihood for Silva, who has kicked an addiction to crack cocaine and moved into an informal two-story dwelling in a nearby slum.  Full Coverage 


Carving out Michelangelo's marble dream

In 1517, Michelangelo climbed Mount Altissimo in Tuscany and found the marble of his dreams. It was, the Renaissance master wrote, "of compact grain, homogeneous, crystalline, reminiscent of sugar". He deemed it perhaps even more precious than that from nearby Carrara, where he had obtained marble for some of his most famous statues.  Full Coverage 


Spacecraft blast-off on the edge of day and night

For more than a decade, Shamil Zhumatov has photographed spacecraft taking off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome. After dozens of launches, he says the challenge is to find new and better ways of taking pictures.  Full Coverage