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Our own photo editors take a closer look at the latest news photos you might not have seen.

The Prevalence of Pepper Spray in Protests

Wayne Tilcock—The Enterprise/AP

Nothing disperses a crowd like a shot of chili pepper to the eye. A number of incidents have called attention to the liberal usage of the spray against protesters appearing both defenseless and peaceful.

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Owen Humphreys—PA/Landov
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Murmurations: Spectacular Starlings Signal Winter Is On Its Way

Birds create phenomenal flocking and beautiful patterns in the sky at dusk.

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Fredrik Broms / National News / Zumapress
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Norway’s Northern Lights

This fall saw a series of spectacular light shows from the aurora borealis.

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Alexandre Meneghini—AP
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The Blood of Bird and Beast: The Persistence of Animal Sacrifice

Animal sacrifice is older than history. The rituals continue to this day, as the photographs in this collection show.

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Wang Peng—Xinhua/Landov
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Animal Magic: Curious Critters

LightBox presents the fourth installment of recent news images that reveal the endless wonders of the animal kingdom.

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Johannes Eisele—AFP/Getty Images
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The Casualties of War: Afghanistan’s Medevac Missions, Up Close

Photographer Johannes Eisele finds humanity amongst the cruelty of the war in Afghanistan.

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John Moore—Getty Images
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Somalia: One Mother’s Unspeakable Loss

The US government estimates that some 30,000 children have died in southern Somalia in the last 90 days from the famine and drought crisis. Returning, nearly two decades after covering Somalia’s last famine in the early ’90s, photographer John Moore writes on the current tragedy affecting a stricken country.

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Rodrigo Abd—AP
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Rodrigo Abd and Guatemala’s Indigenous Beauty Queens

Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd recently traveled to Coban, Guatemala to document the women competing to become this year’s National Indigenous Queen of Guatemala.

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Fredrik von Erichsen—Newscom
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Trading Faces: A Weeklong White-Knuckle Ride on the World’s Stock Markets

They became the unofficial faces of economic panic in 2008, traders looking angry, traders looking lost, traders looking sad and now as the world markets collapse they’re back.

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REUTERS—Andreas Franke—Florida Keys News Bureau
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Undersea Exhibition: Andreas Franke’s Photo Exhibiton, 90 Feet Below Sea Level

Austrian photographer Andreas Franke created and installed a dozen digitally composited images for an exhibition 90 feet below the surface of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key West, Florida.

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