The Big Picture blog (part of the Boston Globe) features a short current news story from around the world accompanied by a spectacular photo (think National Geographic). Their motto is "news stories in photographs."
Here's a note from the author, Alan Taylor: "The Big Picture is still a very new blog, and even though the posting frequency is close to daily right now, that's mostly due to the backlog of ideas I've had sitting in my head. Expect the frequency of posts to slow down in a while - my goal is 2-3 posts per week eventually. Remember, we're trying for quality, not quantity."
Many of these stories won't make the evening news or your local paper. And in addition to the photo featured on the blog, there's a link to more images below each article.
What a great site to spark a discussion about important current events happening around the world.