Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga troops are now two weeks into their military campaign to root out Islamic State jihadists from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. As government forces entered the strategic city, retreating ISIS soldiers have lit fire to the surrounding oil fields, scorching the sky above.
After a 20-year decline following a peak in the 1980s, arms exports are again on the rise. Here are the world's top 5 exporters of conventional military weapons in 2011-2015 – from small arms to naval warships.
From service dogs receiving awards for bravery in battle to aerial operations over Iraq in the fight against ISIS to soldiers competing for Europe's title of "Best Sniper Squad," soldiers around the world faced a number of challenges in July. Here are some highlights in pictures.
Katy Perry took her love of Hillary Clinton seriously as she and a pal dressed up as the Democratic presidential nominee and her husband, Bill, while Nina Dobrev and Taylor Lautner channeled disgraced U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, as they and other celebrities partied for Halloween.
Participants march up Sixth Avenue in costume at the 43rd annual Halloween Parade on October 31, 2016, in New York City. Thousands participate in the parade which features traditional and non-traditional costumes, dancers, giant puppets and music.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama invited kids into the East Room of the White House on October 31, 2016, for the final Halloween party of the Obama presidency. The first couple hosted local children and children of military families for trick-or-treating at the White House.
Week 8 saw the Washington Redskins and the Cincinnati Bengals cross the pond to play at Wembley Stadium where they battled to an epic stalemate, while Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks traveled down south to take on Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony perform for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during a GOTV rally at Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami on October 29, 2016. Clinton went over the importance of this election and encouraged supporters to get out and vote early.
Master carver Hugh McMahon chiseled the faces of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump into a giant 250-pound pumpkin as New York City decked out the streets with clowns and zombies in preparation of Halloween.
Models wear creations made of chocolate during a fashion show at the inauguration of the 22nd annual Salon du Chocolat in Paris on October 27, 2016. The show, the world's biggest festival dedicated to chocolate, brings together fashion designers and chocolatiers from around the world.
Israeli archaeologists sift through debris from the Temple Mount, or Al-Haram Al Sharif, at the Temple Mount Sifting Project in east Jerusalem, on October 25, 2016. The Temple Mount Sifting project has recovered numerous archeological remains from the First and Second Jewish Temple periods from the debris.
Residents of Florida, the nation's largest battleground state with 29 electoral votes, began early voting on Monday, October 24, 2016, as the country settles into the final two weeks of the 2016 presidential election.
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