U.S. military drone surveillance is expanding to hot spots beyond declared combat zones
” The steel-gray U.S. Air Force Predator drone plunged from the sky, shattering on mountainous terrain near the Iraq-Turkey border. For Kurdish guerrillas hiding nearby, it was an unexpected gift from the propaganda gods.
Fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, filmed the charred wreckage on Sept. 18 and posted a video on YouTube. A narrator bragged unconvincingly that the group had shot down the drone. But for anyone who might doubt that the flying robot was really American, the video zoomed in on mangled parts stamped in English and bearing the label of the manufacturer, San Diego-based General Atomics.”
Having a laugh: Two old friends share a few jokes while smoking their pipes in Vietnam captured by Huu Hung Truong
” These stunning pictures represent just a handful of the thousands of entries submitted to the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – with this year’s competition looking set to become one of the most impressive to date.
From brilliant nature shots to moving real life portraits, photographers both amateur and professional have submitted the very best of their work in the hope of scooping some of the $30,000 (£19,000) of prize money on offer.
And it’s not too late to enter. Anyone can submit a picture but with just a week left until the deadline, the judges are keen that nobody should miss out on the chance to win. “
Wallflower: A member of Ethiopia’s Hamer tribe shows off her brilliantly colourful costume as she poses for Belgium photographer Pascal Mannaerts in Harar, a Muslim enclave in the very Christian Ethiopia