Visa Pour l’Image: A peek at the exhibitions at the International Festival of Photojournalism

The 26th annual Visa Pour l’Image, the Cannes Film Festival” of photojournalism, kicks off next week, filling the French city of Perpignan with more than 3,000 of the world’s best photojournalists and photo editors, along with agencies from around the world, converging to share tips, contacts, more than a few drinks, and the best of the world’s photographic images.

This year’s Visa Pour l’Image showcases 26 exhibitions around the city. In a year renowned for violence against journalists, many are anticipating a retrospective of recently fallen Associated Press photographer Anja Neidringhaus’ work, as well as images from the late Chris Hondros tribute book ‘Testament.’ The exhibition ‘Amateurs make the front page’ promises some surprises on a variety of subjects.

Meetings, seminars and lectures fill the days, followed by nightly outdoor screenings. Each evening event begins with a news reel of the best work from the breaking news of the year and award presentations. Among the most anticipated is this year’s video presentation of the new book ‘Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960-1990,’ by award winning veteran photojournalist Jean Pierre Laffont.

Visa Pour l’Image, directed by Jean-François Leroy, starts August 30 and continues through September 14.

Here’s a preview of the exhibitions.

(Photographs by Klaus Nigge / National Geographic Creative for National Geographic Magazine, Anja Neidringhaus/Associated Press, Philippe Lopez  / Agence France-Presse, Olivier Laban-Mattei / The Mongolian Project / MYOP, Doan Công Tinh, Yunghi Kim / Contact Press Images, Guillaume Herbaut / Institute)

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Photos of the day - August 29, 2014

A mural depicting British musician, David Bowie is seen in south London, Afghan youths sit on the gun barrel of a Soviet-era tank, in Kabul, Afghanistan and Malaysian students performs during the Malaysia’s Independence Day rehearsal celebrations in Kuala Lumpur are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs, while Israel’s premier said the end of the war could mark resumption of peace talks with Abbas.

Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that it is still early to tell “if the new reality” would allow a political process to resume but said he is examining the possibility.

The remarks by the leaders come a few days after Israel and Hamas militants reached a truce after 50 bitter days of fighting.

More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of civilians. Seventy one people on the Israeli side, including six civilians were killed.

Several Egyptian mediated cease-fire attempts during the conflict failed. Hamas eventually accepted almost the same truce offered at the beginning.

"It was possible for us to avoid all of that, 2,000 martyrs, 10,000 injured, 50,000 houses (destroyed)," Abbas told Palestine TV in remarks broadcast Friday. He said Hamas had insisted on discussing demands first before ending the war, which only served to prolong the violence needlessly.

Besieged UN peacekeepers in Syria ready to use 'deadly force'

Seventy-five Filipino members of a UN peacekeeping force besieged by Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights are ready to use “deadly force” to defend themselves, their commander in Manila said Friday.

Talks were underway to free a separate group of 43 peacekeepers from Fiji who have been taken hostage by the anti-Damascus fighters, officials said.

The United Nations Security Council “strongly condemned” the assaults against the peacekeepers, which it said were carried out by “terrorist groups and by members of non-state armed groups”.

The Filipino peacekeepers trapped at two posts on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights were prepared to fight back rather than surrender, their commander in Manila said.

"We can use deadly force in defense of the UN facilities," Colonel Roberto Ancan told reporters.

"I (would) just like to emphasize our troops are well-armed, they are well-trained… they are well-disciplined warrior peacekeepers."

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it can be made.

The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after they were infected with the virus and when most were showing symptoms. That is several days later than any other experimental Ebola treatment tested so far.

The drug also completely protected six other monkeys given a slightly different version of it three days after infection in a pilot test. These two studies are the first monkey tests ever done on ZMapp.

"The level of improvement was utterly beyond my honest expectation," said one study leader, Gary Kobinger of the Public Health Agency of Canada in Winnipeg.

"For animal data, it’s extremely impressive," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which had a role in the work.

U.S. says no precise threat to homeland from Islamic State

The United States is not aware of any specific threat to the U.S. homeland from Islamic State militants, the Department of Homeland Security said on Friday after Britain raised its international terrorism threat level.

Islamic State militants and their supporters, however, “have demonstrated the intent and capability to target American citizens overseas,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement. He noted DHS has taken steps over the summer to strengthen security at overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.

Johnson said he has spoken to UK Home Secretary Theresa May about Britain’s decision to raise its terrorism alert to the second-highest level. It is the first time since mid-2011 that Britain has been placed on this high of an alert level.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said there was no plan to raise the U.S. threat assessment level.

"This is a threat that the United States has been focused on. We’ve been coordinating closely with our allies, both the Brits, but others in Europe, about countering this threat and mitigating it," he said at a news briefing.

Tony Stewart delivers emotional three-minute statement about Aug. 9 accident

Tony Stewart didn’t answer any questions from media members Friday in his first public appearance since striking and killing Kevin Ward Jr. on Aug. 9 at a dirt track in upstate New York. Instead, Stewart read a nearly three-minute statement that clearly was emotional for him to compose.

A visibly shaken and stressed looking Stewart spoke softly but pointedly. He paused often, as if he was gathering himself at every opportunity. After his statement, Stewart-Haas vice president Brett Frood took questions about Stewart’s return to the track. Frood said that Stewart had sent the Ward family flowers and a card for Ward’s funeral.

"Tony has sent the family flowers and a card for the services," Frood said. "Besides that, he’s been very respectful of them and their time to grieve. It is very important for Tony to spend time with the family and I do believe that will happen at the appropriate time."

Ward was racing with Stewart at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in a sprint car race. Ward, 20, hit the wall as the two were side-by-side and after his car came to a stop, he exited and went down the track to confront Stewart. He was hit by Stewart’s right-rear tire.

Sunday’s race at Atlanta is Stewart’s first appearance back in the Sprint Cup Series since the incident. He sat out races at Watkins Glen, Bristol and Atlanta.

What If Teachers Were Paid Like Athletes?

Summer is almost over and well-rested students are on their way back to school. Some teachers on the other hand are not so well-rested. Many take summer jobs to earn extra cash.

The average public school teacher makes $52,000 per year for approximately 10 months of work. Your average “big 4” professional athlete on the other hand makes $3.16 million for 7 months of work.

So we wondered, what if teachers were paid like professional athletes?

The US ranks 1st when it comes to per student spending - that’s $15,171 per student, per year. And what about that return on investment? More spending would mean smarted students right? Well, not necessarily. The US ranks 35th when it comes to math. Some educators believe those numbers would flip if teachers were paid like our favorite sports stars.

“You’re going to see substantially higher retention,” says Ben Nelson, founder and CEO of the Minerva Project. “You’re going to see much lower issues of students falling behind and not being able to catch up. It allows many more people to be successful and that’s very important for society.”

Nelson believes a world where teachers make more money is coming – because of innovation in education – a fully digital experience catered to the individual student. Nelson says teachers who are going to create and curate those adaptive learning platforms could be paid like athletes. “They’re going to be making millions and millions of dollars because their work will be used by millions of students around the country.”

North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia: South Korea newspaper

A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper reported on Friday, citing an unidentified source.

Yun Tae Hyong, a senior representative of North Korea’s Korea Daesong Bank, disappeared last week in Nakhodka, in the Russian Far East, with $5 million, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported.

The Daesong Bank is suspected by the U.S. government of being under the control of the North Korean government’s Office 39, which is widely believed to finance illicit activities, including the procurement of luxury goods which are banned under U.N. sanctions.

The bank was blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2010.

The newspaper said North Korea had asked Russian authorities for cooperation in efforts to capture Yun.

U.K. Raises Its Terror Threat Level to 'Severe' in Response to ISIL

The United Kingdom has raised its terror threat level to “severe” in response to the advances of the Islamic State, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Friday.

Cameron, in a televised statement from London, said it was the first time in three years that the nation’s threat level had been that high. It had previously been at “substantial.”

A “severe” threat level means an attack is “highly likely,” Cameron said, although he did not cite specific intelligence.

The change was made by Britain’s Joint Terrorism Assessment Centre following ISIL’s advance in Iraq and Syria and its videotaped beheading of American photojournalist James Foley earlier this month. Cameron noted the British accent of Foley’s killer in the video, and he said “at least 500” people have now traveled from Britain to fight with ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

ISIL, Cameron said, presents “a greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before.”