GERMANY. Breslau. May 1945. “All Quiet on the Oder River”. Soviet soldiers overlooking the last major European city to fall under the control of the Allies after a three-month-long siege (February 13, 1945 - May 6, 1945) and two days before the end of the war in the West.

Breslau was transferred to Poland after the war and rebaptised Wrocław. 

Photograph: Dmitry Baltermants

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Last days of the FARC

Photography by John Vizcaino/Reuters, Story by Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta/Reuters

After three decades fighting in the remote mountains of Colombia for a Marxist revolution, 60-year-old FARC rebel Cesar Gonzalez must now return to a society he barely recognizes.

A peace deal unveiled on Wednesday between Colombia’s government and guerrilla leaders will end half a century of war and allow the rebels to set up a political party and seek power peacefully, at the ballot box.

But reintegrating 7,000 fighters of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) – many of whom have spent at least half their lives at war - will be a crucial part of making the peace deal work, and it is no easy task.

“The world has changed so much – technology – we are out of date, but we must get up to speed,” said Gonzalez, who says he left his wife and their four children and took up arms to prevent being killed for his Communist beliefs in the 1980s and hasn’t seen them since…

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PONDERING THE PAST - He once led a life dedicated to not only destroying the Congo (DRC) government, but also one of committing heinous atrocities against the people of the country - rape, murder, looting, etc. His life has changed now, and he has done a turnaround. 

I recently had to put together a new and revised photo essay on a story Caught in the Crossfire that I did awhile ago. It was a story based out of the Congo (DRC) and had three parts: rebels who had committed horrible atrocities; victims of such atrocities; and redemption for both rebels and victims. So, I thought i would run the series here, including a few images that I have already posted.

Read the full backstory here.

IRAQ. Diyala governorate. Near Baquba. March 24, 2007. U.S. soldiers shield a wounded comrade from debris kicked up by a rescue helicopter descending. Fighting between U.S. forces and insurgents erupted at dawn, when U.S. troops stormed the city and began house-to-house searches for guerrilla fighters. Two U.S. troops were wounded in the clashes. Sixteen suspected insurgents were​ killed. 

Photograph: Yuri Kozyrev/Noor for TIME

A pedestrian pushes a bicycle across the 11th Street bridge over the Big Sioux River Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in downtown Sioux Falls, S.D.

These photos and more like them can be seen in the Argus Leader ‘A Slice of Life - Summer’ photo gallery here.

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THIS CHRISTIAN PASTOR SOUGHT OUT THE CONGO REBELS, HUDDLED IN THEIR DENS OF ANONYMITY - He sought them out, counseled with them, listened to them, loved them, and led them to a different life - one of repentance and forgiveness. The rebels left their lives of war against humanity, joined the national army, and became active in a local Christian church.

I recently had to put together a new and revised photo essay on a story Caught in the Crossfire that I did awhile ago. It was a story based out of the Congo (DRC) and had three parts: rebels who had committed horrible atrocities; victims of such atrocities; and redemption for both rebels and victims. So, I thought i would run the series here, including a few images that I have already posted. 

Read the full backstory here.

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Indian floods wreak havoc

Misery eased somewhat, with rains ebbing over the past three days in Uttar Pradesh state, where 200,000 people had moved to relief centers after their homes were submerged.

Heavy monsoon rains have ended two successive drought years in India with the Ganges River and its tributaries rising above the danger level, triggering evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from flooded homes in north and eastern India. (AP)

Photos: (from top) AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash, AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

See more images of Indian floods on Yahoo News

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TAKE THE LEAP

By Lee Litumbe

It’s now been forty-eight hours since I arrived in Dakar, Senegal. Forty-eight glorious hours filled with connecting with incredibly talented creatives, drinking Bissap and eating my weight in Thieboudienne since I left my old life back in Atlanta - a life I had been desperately trying to break free from for years. Even with all the hard work I’d put in, it still didn’t feel real. Not when I emptied ten years worth of memories from my house to move in with a childhood friend. Not when I gave notice, then quit my corporate day job after living a double life for the past two years. Not even when I sold my car and pretty much everything else I owned. Maybe it’s because I was still existing in a fear filled fog, too scared to dare risk jinxing my plans by truly believing my move was real. But as I packed up my entire life into two and a half suitcases a few hours before my flight (yeah, yeah I know – I’m terrible), it finally hit me. The idea I had been willing, wishing and working vigorously towards for the past few years and dream that inspired the creation of this website (hence the name Spirited Pursuit) was actually happening. Finally. read more

A man seen lying and praying on top of the tomb of Jesus Christ, as thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers take part in the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed to be the burial site of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Easter holiday. April 30, 2016. Photo by Hadas Parush

IRAQ. Diyala governorate. Baquba. U.S. soldiers detain suspected insurgent sympathisers after killing a militant caught laying a roadside bomb on the outskirts of the governorate’s capital. Women from the village begged for the release of the men as U.S. soldiers led them away.

Photograph: Yuri Kozyrev/Noor for TIME

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Shooting rampage at Florida nightclub

A gunman killed at least 49 people and injured 53 others in a crowded gay nightclub in Florida early on Sunday before police shot him dead in what U.S. authorities described as a “terrorism incident.”

A police officer working as a security guard inside the Pulse club exchanged fire with the suspect at about 2 a.m., police officials said.

A hostage situation quickly developed, and three hours later a squad of officers entered the club and shot dead the gunman. It was unclear when the gunman shot the victims.

“Do we consider this an act of terrorism? Absolutely, we are investigating this from all parties’ perspective as an act of terrorism,” said Danny Banks, special agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Danny Banks. (Reuters)

See more photos of tragedy and our other slideshows on Yahoo News.

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“This is the thing: When you hit 28 or 30, everything begins to divide. You can see very clearly two kinds of people. On one side, people who have used their 20s to learn and grow, to find themselves and their dreams, people who know what works and what doesn’t, who have pushed through to become real live adults. Then there’s the other kind, who are hanging onto college, or high school even, with all their might. They’ve stayed in jobs they hate, because they’re too scared to get another one. They’ve stayed with men or women who are good but not great, because they don’t want to be lonely. … they mean to develop intimate friendships, they mean to stop drinking like life is one big frat party. But they don’t do those things, so they live in an extended adolescence, no closer to adulthood than when they graduated. Don’t be like that. Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal. Ask yourself some good questions like: “Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? Do the people I’m spending time with give me life, or make me feel small? Is there any brokenness in my life that’s keeping me from moving forward?” Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love, and with people who believe life is a grand adventure. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path.” - Unknown