These boys danced in a very empty Times Square amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Whether they're holding hands and singing Ring Around the Rosie or posing during a TikTok video, kids connect to each other and find joy through dance.
An inmate inside the nursing unit at Louisiana State Penitentiary.
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In the 10 years leading up to 2016, the rate of prisoner mortality rose by 15%. End-of-life options can be limited for inmates.
The coronavirus pandemic has created an environment of uncertainty, fear and despair – emotions that erode mental health.
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COVID-19 patients are spending weeks in intensive care units, isolated and alone, knowing they have a disease that doctors don't fully understand. It's a recipe for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Who’s on his list? And would it matter?
Vice presidential picks don't have much direct effect on campaigns, but can give voters insight on a candidate's judgment and leadership ability. Early Cabinet selections are likely to be similar.
Even before COVID-19, El Salvador’s prisons were contagious disease hotspots. Here, MS-13 gang members with tuberculosis at Chalatenango prison, March 29, 2019.
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El Salvador is arresting thousands of people for violating its COVID-19 quarantine, further packing a 'hellish' penal system once described as a 'petri dish' for infectious disease.
People wearing protective masks leave the Cook County jail complex in Chicago, Illinois.
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Half of incarcerated individuals have either a chronic medical or a mental health condition. But social distancing and rigorous hygiene are unattainable for many US jails and prisons.
The Plague of Athens.
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The Greeks treated their city-states like bodies. To protect them from disasters, it was the poor that were often sacrificed.
Syrians board a dinghy bound for Greece.
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The war in Syria has reached a crisis point, with close to 400,000 deaths and more than 11 million people displaced.
Gigi Bryant, looking up to her dad on the court in 2016.
Before a helicopter crash brought about their tragic deaths, Kobe Bryant's daughter Gianna aspired to carry on his legacy as a pro basketball champion.
A studio group portrait of the Fisk University Jubilee singers.
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Spirituals were created out of the experience of enslaved people in the US. They weren't songs of anger – but of an abiding belief in the victory of good over evil.
Rush Limbaugh reacts as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address.
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Researchers have analyzed data from the last 50 years of medals to learn what presidents consider important and what legacy they hope to leave behind.
Advocates for lower drug prices held a vigil on Sept. 5, 2019 outside of Eli Lilly in New York City, honoring those who have lost their lives due to the high cost of insulin.
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Drug prices for many life-saving drugs have skyrocketed in recent years. The reasons may surprise you.
The identity that people choose most often is actually ‘independent’ – not Democratic or Republican.
The true number of people who do not favor either of the two major political parties in the US has actually remained stable in recent years.
A wall-size image at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum that shows Jewish prisoners marching. The Nazis killed prisoners during these marches.
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On Holocaust Remembrance Day, a scholar of mass atrocities explains the power of Holocaust images and why these images, despite critiques, 'humanize suffering' rather than 'dehumanize victims.'
Before an election the media closely follows polls.
If you want to understand the American public, don't look at national poll numbers.
Deaf worshippers sign a hymn while following sign language interpreter Diely Martinez at Holyrood Episcopal Church-Iglesia Santa Cruz in New York City, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.
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Deaf Christians can often feel excluded in churches. But the Christian contemplative tradition that celebrates silence and considers it a form of prayer can bring a new understanding of faith.
It’s one of your body’s most basic vital signs.
Trying a new exercise routine? Strapping on a new wearable monitor? An expert in human physiology explains the ins and outs of your heart rate and why it's a valuable number to understand.
All voting-age Indians may soon be asked to submit government-issued ID to prove citizenship. That may be a challenge for women, religious minorities and members of oppressed castes.
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Many women, Muslims and members of oppressed castes in India lack government-issued ID. Yet these documents may soon be required to prove their citizenship.
I heard him saying…
Both political parties are trying to draw analogies between the impeachment process and a criminal trial – for political reasons, not legal ones.
Two autocrats: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, left, and Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, right, in Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 7, 2019.
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Today’s autocrats rarely use brute force to wrest control. A human rights and international law scholar details the modern authoritarian's latest methods to grab and hold power.