Seoul, South Korea Ahn Young-joon/AP
TV screens show a North Korean newscaster reading a statement from the North's Nuclear Weapons Institute
It is often forgotten that the stark and terrifying fact that North Korea's bellicose, erratic and authoritarian regime possesses nuclear weapons is in part the result of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq, according to observers. U.S. invasions and military actions around the globe continue to make the world a more dangerous place.
–Daniel Denvir, staff reporter
Sanaa, Yemen Mohammed Huwais/Getty
Yemeni children inspect the aftermath of two improvised explosive devices
Today marks the one year anniversary of Alan Kurdi's death, the Syrian toddler immortalized in a chilling photograph on a Turkish beach -- a symbol of the cost of the refugee crisis. His father said this week that he didn't believe the international attention ultimately made any difference. This picture is the only hope I have to think he may be wrong.
–Sophia Tesfaye, deputy politics editor
Chatsworth, England Christopher Furlong/Getty
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire view "Tear," by artist Richard Hudson
Who knew monuments of excess could be so simple? The eleventh edition of the Sotheby’s Beyond Limits Monumental Outdoor Sculpture Show opened Friday in Chatsworth, England. The exhibit attracts leading pioneers in contemporary outdoor sculpture and the most prominent buyers in the art world. The installations will be on display at the Chatsworth House until the end of October. In the meantime, the occupiers of the house, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, seen in the photo, have high-priced, oversized sculptures decorating their historic lawn.
–Taylor Link, editorial intern
US Open, New York Julie Jacobson/AP
Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, kicks the ball after hitting a shot into the net
Julie Jacobson's photograph is an exercise in frustration. The symmetry of the lines on the court and the net appear to box Caroline Wozniacki in, such that even though the viewer knows her frustration relates to a botched shot, it also seems more profound than that. Wozniacki's kicking of the ball suggests an act of defiance against that symmetry, an attempt to break free from it -- which only makes its result all the more disheartening, as the ball strikes and stretches the net without actually damaging it. Moreover, the extreme angle from which Jacobson shoots Wozniacki suggests an almost omniscient perspective, as if the viewer is somehow complicit in the act of trapping her, and perhaps even takes some small joy from her desperation.
–Scott Eric Kaufman, assistant editor