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Charles Dharapak's Biography

Charles Dharapak was born in New York City and received degrees in print journalism and economics at New York University. He joined the Associated Press in 1995 as a staff photographer based in Southeast Asia. While in Bangkok he covered the Cambodian civil war and the pro-democracy movement in Burma. He later became AP’s chief photographer and photo editor in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he covered the unrest in the ...

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What was your first job as a journalist?

My first paid gig was freelancing for a neighborhood newspaper in TriBeCa, New York. I got paid $25 for a photograph of a veterinarian.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Of course! Typing class was compulsory in 7th grade. Thank you New York City Public Schools system!

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

The photojournalist as played by Dennis Hopper in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.

United Technologies CEO retires, succeeded by CFO - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Business News From The AP

timesdispatch.com — He steered United Technologies' $18.4 billion purchase of aerospace parts maker Goodrich Corp. in 2012. It was the industry's largest deal and boosted the company's presence in the profitable commercial airline business as its military segments declined. The company said he informed the board of directors that his retirement from both posts was effective immediately.

After midterm sweep, Canadian asks: 'What were you thinking, America?'

csmonitor.com — Through the 'hope and change' highs and the 2014 midterm lows, Canadians have generally stuck by Obama - certainly more so than Americans. However detested President Obama and his party may be to the many Americans who expressed their disapproval in a midterm election that has been called "Shellacking 2.0," the president can take comfort in the fact that he is loved by America's neighbor to the north.

Midterm elections: Why environmental groups are backing Republicans

csmonitor.com — Hoping to make climate change a bipartisan issue, environmental groups are endorsing Republicans and moderate Democrats in the midterm elections. The strategy is a pragmatic shift for green groups, who have more money and clout in this election than ever before. She's as green as they come.

Judge Rebukes Government, Keeps Gitmo Force-Feeding Hearing Open

firstlook.org — A federal judge has knocked down the government's attempt to hold a secret hearing in a case challenging the military's practice of force-feeding Guantanamo detainees who are on hunger strike. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler called the government's desire to close the proceedings "deeply troubling," and chastised the Department of Justice for appearing to "deliberately" make the request "on short notice."

Knife-Wielding Intruder Breaches White House : People.com

people.com — 09/21/2014 AT 11:55 AM EDT The Secret Service tightened security outside the White House after an embarrassing breach in which a man with a knife scaled a fence, ran across the lawn and made it all the way inside before agents stopped him.

Gwynne Dyer: Rwanda: The Kagame dilemma

ocregister.com — "Whoever betrays the country will pay the price, I assure you," Rwanda's President Paul Kagame told a rally soon after the country's former intelligence chief, Patrick Karegeya, was found strangled in a South African hotel room last January.

Top 3 questions about Obama's Islamic State speech

csmonitor.com — "This is the most important thing the president needs to lay out for the American people," argues retired Col. Peter Mansoor, former executive officer to retired Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq and now an associate professor of military history at The Ohio State University.

As Obama addresses US strategy on Islamic State, how do Americans feel? (+video)

csmonitor.com — Six in 10 Americans say they are 'very concerned' by the rise of the militant Islamic State and other extremist groups, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Americans feel increasingly worried about Islamic extremism around the world - with 6 in 10 saying they are "very concerned" by the rise of groups including the militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Half of Europeans want to tackle international issues without US meddling (+video)

csmonitor.com — An annual trends survey by the German Marshall Fund of the US tracks how the US and Europe view the most pressing international concerns of the day - and each other. When President Obama addresses the American public today on his strategy to fight the Islamic State, he might wish he were speaking to Europe.

As Obama gropes for a strategy, a quest for moderates in Syria (+video)

csmonitor.com — Expect strong words from President Obama on confronting evil and bringing Islamic State militants to justice. But where are the capable allies and plug-and-play moderate rebels? It's not hard to read the tea leaves ahead of President Barack Obama's big speech on the self-styled Islamic State.
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Nov 10, 2014

Eyewitness to Typhoon Haiyan: @AP Bullit Marquez's images and recollection on 1st anniversary via @CNNPhotos apne.ws/1srEvD0

Oct 31, 2014

Portraits of Hong Kong protesters: Images of determination by Vincent Yu apne.ws/13pstp8 via @AP

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