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Change in the Gobi: Mongolia’s Economic Boom

Davide Monteleone—VII for TIME

Mongolia is the most sparsely populated country on the planet, yet it is also, by some estimates, the world’s fastest growing economy. David Monteleone's photographs depict the industry, landscapes and people of this country of contrasts.

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Nicole Tung
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A Syrian Tragedy: One Family’s Horror

Photographer Nicole Tung writes for LightBox about the horror she witnessed during the battle between Assad loyalists and the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, Syria.

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Dominic Nahr—Magnum for TIME
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Somalia in Transition: Photographs by Dominic Nahr

TIME contract photographer Dominic Nahr traveled to Somalia to photograph Mogadishu’s return to life after 21 years of civil war.

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Chinese weight lifters training for the London 2012 Olympics
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The Gold Standard: James Nachtwey Photographs China’s Female Weight Lifters

China has developed some of the toughest women weightlifters in the world. TIME contract photographer James Nachtwey documented China’s team as they prepared for the 2012 Olympic games in London.

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Tomas Munita for TIME
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A Young Olympian: Diver Carolina Mendoza’s Path to London

Although she is one of the youngest athletes set to compete in this summer’s Olympic games, 15-year-old Carolina Mendoza displays a maturity beyond her years through her training. TIME commissioned photographer Tomas Munita to photograph Mendoza as she prepared for London.

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Yuri Kozyrev–NOOR for TIME
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The Wrestlers of Chechnya: Photographs by Yuri Kozyrev

The dusty Russian town of Khasav-Yurt, which the locals like to call the Wrestlers’ Mecca, boasts the greatest concentration of wrestling champions in the world. Photographer Yuri Kozyrev documented the young athletes at their school in the North Caucasus.

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Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for TIME
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Paradise Lost: 20 Years of Independence in Abkhazia

20 years after Abkhazia declared independence from Georgia, TIME contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev returned to the region to document the place where he vacationed as a boy and later photographed a brutal war.

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Andrea Bruce—NOOR for TIME
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For a Female Boxer from Afghanistan, An Olympic Journey Ends

Afghan boxer Sadaf Rahimi’s path to London has ended after the International Boxing Association decided on July 18 that she could not compete, citing concerns that boxing against opponents of much higher standards might threaten her safety in the ring.

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Lauren Lancaster for TIME
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The Living Book of Mormon

Every summer for the past 75 years, the earliest stories of Mormonism come to life, up high on the Hill Cumorah in Palmyra, N.Y. LightBox sent Lauren Lancaster to photograph the show and spoke to the 16-year-old playing Joseph Smith.

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Jim Naughten for TIME
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The Way We Were: 1948 London Olympians Look Back

Olympic medalists from the 1948 games in London remember their experiences in the post-war ‘austerity’ Olympics. Even with a tiny budget and a war-worn country, the athletes managed to have a good time.

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