Langlaagte, South Africa Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
A suspected illegal miner is questioned by police
Much of the world’s workforce — literally an amount no one can calculate — consists of people doing “illegal,” unofficial or undocumented labor. We’ve been hearing a lot about that from Donald Trump during this presidential campaign, but the number of undocumented immigrants working in the United States (although long an important factor in our labor market) is insignificant compared to the hundreds of millions of people around the world who perform jobs without the appropriate status or paperwork. This miner in South Africa was apparently arrested on suspicion of working illegally in the country’s largest gold mine. Was the company or contractor who paid him arrested too?
–Andrew O'Hehir, senior editor
Frankfurt, Germany Michael Probst/AP
A little girl takes a picture of a lion in the zoo
I can't help but wonder what this lion, being photographed by a child in Frankurt, Germany is thinking. "What has happened to my life? Before I was the 'king of the jungle,' now I'm merely a tool for Facebook shares and Instagram likes! And there's nothing I can do about it! I didn't say you can take my photo! What if I'm having a bad hair day! My friends are going to mock me. Oooh wait, please use a good filter that makes me look younger. AND TAG ME IN THE PHOTO!!"
–Pete Catapano, executive editor
Berlin, Germany Tobias Schwarz/Getty
A journalist uses a smartphone equipped with a Google Cardboard mount
Maybe about three months ago, I got a package in the mail from The New York Times. I tore it open, barely containing my excitement (no one sends me anything!!!), and found a heap of cardboard. What the HELL am I supposed to do with a bunch of cardboard I could easily have found strewn across my Bushwick stoop? Turns out it was a pair of virtual reality goggles like in this picture. Needless to say, my roommate and I spent approximately the next five hours exploring the depths of the earth and bumping into our real-life furniture along the way. I still have bruises.
–Tatiana Baez, social media coordinator
Lahore, Pakistan Arif Ali/Getty
Pakistani Muslims pose for a selfie after attending Eid al-Adha prayers
If you’re young in Lahore, Pakistan, why not use a mobile to capture a holiday’s exuberant spirit after morning prayers on Eid al-Aha? Considered the Festival of Sacrifice, Eid al-Aha takes its cue from Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice a son for God. Many observant Muslims worldwide take the hajj to Mecca at this time. Some Muslims will distribute meat from a freshly slain sheep or cow to those who are less fortunate, according to CNN. Then it’s time to feast, exchange gifts and celebrate.
–Marjorie Backman, copy editor