Nineteen-year-old Army Pvt. Cody Dollman has a look in his eyes that makes you think he probably used to fight much bigger kids on the playground back home in Wichita, Kan. He says he always wanted to be a soldier — both his grandfathers served in the military — but he's the first in his family to see action overseas.
Voice of America was criticized after the veracity of its interview with a Russian anti-corruption activist was questioned. In this photo provided by the network, a control room is seen during a Russian-language Web show.
European finance ministers are expected to vote on the latest $171 billion bailout package for Greece Monday. The package needs to be approved so Greece can make payments on bonds that come due a month from now. Even if the bailout is approved, it is likely to be only a temporary solution to Greece's troubles.
Across the Atlantic in New York, Hans Humes likes to ride his bike from his home in Brooklyn to his office at Greylock Capital Management in Manhattan. On a recent morning he showed up for our interview still carrying his bike helmet.
The British producer SBTRKT wears one of his many the African-inspired masks.
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Alley-Barnes' pieces (he prefers to call them headdresses rather than masks) are hand-formed from refuse, wrapped in tape and painted. This one hangs on the wall of his Seattle studio.
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Another mask on Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes' studio wall. "The thing I'm talking about predates language," Alley-Barnes says. "It's primal."
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While he was the lead singer for the band Genesis, Peter Gabriel often performed in masks or full costume. Here, Gabriel performs dressed as "The Slipperman," during the stage show for the band's 1974 album <i>The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway</i>.
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The French duo Daft Punk, which never appears without custom-made robot helmets, performs at the 2006 Coachella Valley Music Fesival in Indio, Calif.
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When Odd Future emerged in 2010, rapper Tyler the Creator often performed wearing a ski mask, but a representative says he's now done with masks forever.
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Deadmau5 in Los Angeles. The DJ's shows are often filled with fans wearing homemade versions of his trademark mouse-head mask.
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Guitarist Buckethead, who has played with Guns 'n' Roses, Bootsy Collins and Les Claypool, performs with the band Praxis at the Vegoose music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Mask-wearing can blur into full-time theatricality. Legendary heavy metal band GWAR films a video for their new album <i>War Party</i> in Times Square in New York.
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The mask worn by DOOM, shown here at the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, is so closely-identified with the rapper's persona that he has been known to send doppelgangers wearing the mask on stage to lip-sync to his songs.