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Ottobre 2011
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Anti-Gaddafi fighters flash a victory sign before they move forward in their vehicle in an area about 1 km (0.6 miles) from the center of Sirte. (Reuters)

A Roman statue riddled with bullet holes lies at the Old Sirte City Museum, at the Sultan area taken over by anti-Gaddafi fighters, about 50 km (31.1 miles) east of Sirte, October 2, 2011. (Reuters)

An Arab-Israeli man inspects a mosque in northern Israel which was torched overnight in the Bedouin village of Tuba Zangaria in the Upper Galilee. (AFP)

Activists of Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Sunnah and supporters of convicted killer Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri disperse after police fire teargas during a protest in Lahore. (AFP)

A Cambodian boy rows a container through floodwaters at a village in Kandal province, east of Phnom Penh. (AFP)

Lamu residents stand at the beach at Ras Gitau, in Manda, Lamu archipelago, where a disabled Frenchwoman was abducted Saturday from her beachfront resort home. Kenya has sent mediators to Somalia to negotiate her release, a security official said, October 2, 2011. (AFP)

Devotees of the Bang Neow Chinese Shrine stand amidst exploding firecrackers as they take part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand, October 2, 2011. (Reuters)

A Bavarian rifleman in his traditional costume stands in front of the 'Bavaria' statue in Munich, southern Germany. (AP)

New Zealand All Blacks' Sonny Bill Williams (L) and Mils Muliaina tackle Canada's Phil Mackenzie (C) during their Rugby World Cup Pool A match at Wellington Regional Stadium, October 2, 2011. (Reuters)

An image of the Antennae Galaxies (also known as NGC 4038 and 4039), a pair of distorted colliding spiral galaxies about 70 million light-years away in the constellation of Corvus (The Crow). (AFP)

A man rows his boat past the Chaiwattanaram temple which was hit by flood in Ayuttaha province, central Thailand. (AP)

An Afghan boy leans against a wall as he cries on the outskirts of Kabul. Afghanistan is at the bottom of the Mothers' Index, compiled by the nonprofit group Save the Children. The 12th annual Mothers' Index shows mothers and their children endure "grim conditions," with one in six kids dying before age five and one in three suffering from malnutrition. (AFP)

The Torresol Energy Gemasolar thermasolar plant in Fuentes de Andalucia near Sevilla, southern Spain, is the first commercial-scale plant to apply central tower receiver and molten salt heat storage technology. (AFP/Gemasolar)

People row a long-boat with their legs at a traditional rowing competition during the annual Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival at Inle Lake, Burma. (Reuters)

A grey crowned crane cleans himself in its enclosure in Berlin's Zoo, Germany. In the wild, the birds live in Africa's dry savannas south of the Sahara. (AFP)

A model presents a creation by Indian fashion designer Manish Arora for Paco Rabanne's spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection, in Paris, France. (AP)

Children sit on a tire in Turkham Nangarhar bordering Pakistan. Turkham is a border-crossing town in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan and the Khyber Agency of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas. (AFP)

Indonesia's navy soldiers march during a ceremony to mark the 66th anniversary of the Indonesia National Military at the Cilangkap military headquarters in Jakarta. (Reuters)

Indian artists Kandha Panday, right, and Shiva Sharma dressed as Hindu god Rama and his brother Lakshman have paint applied to their faces ahead of a religious procession during the Dussehra festival in Allahabad, India. (AP)

A riot policeman punches Greek photojournalist Tatiana Bolari during a demonstration in Athens' Syntagma (Constitution) Square. (Reuters)

A worker lies on cotton as he rests at a cotton purchase station in Wuhu, Anhui province. (Reuters)

Dancers participate in a celebration of Matsu, the Chinese goddess of the sea on Nangan Island in Taiwan's outlying Matsu Island chain. Falling on the ninth day of the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, worshipers celebrate the anniversary of the island's beloved goddess Matsu, known as the protector of fishermen. (AP)

A photo provided by the Association of Surfing Professionals shows Ramzi Boukhiam, of Morocco, competing in the Quiksilver Pro France surfing competition, in Hossegor, France. (AP)

An ethnic Pa-O woman carries firewood near the Inle Lake. Inle Lake, Burma's second largest lake, is located 908 meters above sea level at Shan Hills and is one of the country's most popular tourist sites. (Reuters)

Malaysians of Chinese descent walk on burning charcoals during the Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Kuala Lumpur. The festival welcomes the emperor gods that live in the stars under the reign of "Thien Hou" or the "Queen of Heaven" who brings good fortune, longevity and good health. (Reuters)

A girl plays with a horse during the "Equiros" international horses exhibition in Moscow, Russia. (AFP)

Portraits of the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc., illuminate computer monitors in an Apple retail store, in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP)

Tributes to the late Steve Jobs are left outside the Apple Store in London. (Reuters)

Workers load rice at a warehouse in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP)

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu looks at a painting of himself inside a church during his book launch in the city of Cape Town. (AP)

A Nepalese Hindu devotee places burning oil lamps on his body as part of rituals to celebrate the tenth and final day of Dashain festival at Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Katmandu. The festival commemorates the slaying of a demon king by Hindu goddess Durga, marking the victory of good over evil. (AP)

A detail of a giant fresco representing English comic actor, film director and composer Charlie Chaplin on display on the two 40-meters-high Gilament towers in Vevey, Switzerland. (AFP)

A doll made by designer Nel Groothedde is on display during "The International dolls salon" exhibition held in Moscow, Russia. (AFP)

Yemeni Tawakul Karman reacts in her tent at Tagheer square in Sana'a as she receives congratulations from a supporter after she won the Nobel Peace Prize. (Reuters)

Fans leave condolence notes at an Apple retail store in Hong Kong, to pay tribute to the late Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs. (AP)

A Libyan revolutionary fighter fires his machine gun while attacking pro-Gadhafi forces inside the Ouagadougou conference center of Sirte. (AP)

A boy carries sludge containing gold, which leaked from the pipelines belonging to US Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold mining, in Kwanki Lama village in Indonesia's Papua province. (Reuters)

Sheep grazing on a field at the "Crete Senesi" (Siennese clays) area near Asciano. The Crete Senesi, located in the Italian region of Tuscany to the south of Siena, consists of an untouched natural landscape of hills and woods. (Reuters)

Guatemala's Ana Sofia Gomez Porras performs on the balance beam during the Women's qualifying of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. (AP)

A model displays a creation by designer Zara during a Fashion show in Karachi, Pakistan. (AP)

An Armeninan fan with the current score painted on his face watches a Euro 2012 qualifying match between Armenia and Macedonia in Yerevan, Armenia. (AP)

Gymnasts perform during the world premiere of the circus show 'Storm' in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary islands, October 6, 2011. (Reuters)

Egyptian Christians raise crosses during a protest against the Military Ruling Council in Cairo, a day after at least 24 people were killed when Christians, Muslims and security forces clashed outside the state television building. (AP)

Egyptian Coptic Christians clash with soldiers and anti-riot police during a protest in Cairo against the attack on a church in southern Egypt on October 9, 2011. Hundreds of Muslims and Coptic Christians exchanged blows and threw stones Sunday near a Cairo hospital treating wounded from earlier deadly clashes. (AFP)

Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters flash the V-sign for victory as they man a checkpoint south of Bani Walid. ( AFP)

Pumpkins decorated with the faces of bankers are displayed at the Occupy LA protest camp in Los Angeles, California, October 9, 2011. (Reuters)

British musicians Miss Dynamite (5th L) and Charlie Simpson (6th L) join unemployed young people in line outside a job center in central London during a photocall for the Battlefront Campaign, raising awareness of the large number of young people currently unemployed in the UK. (AFP)

Part of an ancient temple - one of a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Thailand's Ayutthaya province - is inundated with floodwaters. (AFP)

A water bomber drops water over a forest fire near the village of Soveria on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. Firefighters said some 570 hectares were destroyed in the last 72 hours. (AFP)

Moroccan fans celebrate their team's victory over Tanzania in their group D match in the Cup of African Nations (CAN) qualifying match in Marrakesh on October 9, 2011. (AFP)

Bhutanese Buddhist monks perform during a rehearsal for a dance to be performed during the wedding festivities of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and future Queen Jetsun Pema, in the capital of Thimphu. 31 year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan Kingdom will wed his commoner bride later this week. (AP)

Bhutanese workers place a picture showing King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and future Queen Jetsun Pema, at an intersection in the capital of Thimphu. (AP)

Cars submerged in floods waters at a Honda car factory outside the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, Thailand. (AFP)

Families displaced from the fighting in Sirte, Libya, sit during the fighting between pro and anti-Gadhafi forces. (Reuters)

Residents use donkey carts as they flee from renewed fighting between Somalia government forces and Islamist militants in the Horiwaa district of southern Mogadishu. (Reuters)

Andrea Bauer of the German publishing house Droemer-Knaur makes final adjustments on a large bookshelf to present the latest publications at the book fair in Frankfurt. The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world's largest trade fair for books and will run until October 16. (Reuters)

A worker walks over debris in front of the Mitholz tunnel in Mitholz in the Bernese Oberland. Heavy rainfall during the last days HAS flooded rivers in parts of Switzerland and destroyed roads and railway tracks. (Reuters)

Baha' Abdelrahman of Jordan, left, and Aleksandar Duric of Singapore, right, go for the ball during their FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifier soccer match at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. (AP)

Spix's macaws Felicitas (L) and Frieda sit on a branch in their aviary at the association for the protection of endangered parrots in Schoeneiche, eastern Germany. According to the association, the Spix's macaw is the rarest parrot species in the world. (AFP)

A book is taken out of a shelf on the first day of the Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. (AP)

A woman goes to throw garbage on to a pile in Athens, Greece. Mounds of garbage lie uncollected on Athens streets as municipal workers blockade landfill sites. (AP)

Comedian, actor and political prisoner Zagana, who was released from Myitkyina prison in northern Burma, smiles at the Rangoon domestic airport. (Reuters)

A man transports dogs on a raft made of inner tube during an evacuation after floods hit his village in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand. (AP)

Activists from the environmental organization "Friends of the Earth Europe" dressed as cows protest outside the European Commission's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, against proposals which are part of a planned reform of the EU's common agricultural policy. (Reuters)

A dead cormorant soaked in oil from the grounded Liberian-flagged container ship 'Rena' lies on Papamoa Beach near Tauranga, New Zealand. Up to 70 containers of the ship fell into rough seas and a black tide of oil washed up on beaches. (AFP)

Anti-Gadhafi fighters return fire during clashes with Gaddafi forces in Sirte, Libya. (Reuters)

Masooma, a three-year-old Pashtun girl, sits on a log at a timber yard in Quetta, Pakistan. (Reuters)

A picture of a cat is projected on a giant plaster face at Berlin's Potsdamer Platz on the eve of the opening of the yearly "Festival of light" in the German capital. (AFP)

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema pose after they were married at the Punakha Dzong, in Punakha, Bhutan. The 31-year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan Kingdom wed his commoner bride in a series of ceremonies. (AP)

A member of the Mongolian army adjusts the uniforms of the State Palace honor guards as they stand in line before an official welcoming ceremony for visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Ulan Bator. (Reuters)

People transport iron rods on a horse cart to a construction site of a residential complex on the outskirts of Jammu, India. (Reuters)

The Liberian-flagged container ship Rena stuck aground on a reef off the coast of Tauranga, New Zealand. The cargo ship has spilled hundreds of tons of oil. (AP)

A green stain at sea off the coast of the village of La Restinga on the Spanish Canary Island of El Hierro, a day after two underwater volcanic eruptions were recorded. (AFP)

A woman cries as she searches for her son near the wreckage of a passenger bus that swerved from the road and fell into the Sunkoshi river bank at Jhagajholi, in Sindhuli district, some 56 miles (90km) from Kathmandu, Nepal. At least 42 passengers were killed and 16 others injured. (Reuters)

Brazilian swimmer Felipe Franca during a training session at the Aquatic Center, preparing to compete in the 2011 Pan American games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (AFP)

The Swiss House of Parliament illuminated by giant light projection representing the map of Switzerland during a show by French company "Les Allumeurs d'Images" in Bern. (AFP)

A visitor stands in front of a video installation with 3D glasses at the exhibition 'Kraftwerk 3D Video Installation' at the state gallery in the southern German city of Munich. (AFP)

Actor David Comrie dressed as "Mufasa" adjusts his mask as he performs during the press rehearsal of "El Rey Leon" ("The Lion King") musical show in Madrid, Spain. (Reuters)

A dress adorned with glasses is displayed on a mannequin at the "Body's Limit" exhibition in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Reuters)

A New York City police officer runs over a National Lawyers Guild observer as Occupy Wall Street demonstrators march through the streets near Wall Street in New York. (AP)

Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration to demand the resignation of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana'a. (AP)

Protesters advance toward the capital as they walk between Yolosa and Sacramento, Bolivia. Opponents of President Evo Morales, indigenous and environmentalist groups, began an estimated 242-mile march from Trinidad to La Paz to protest a government - planned highway that would cut through the Isiboro-Secure Indigenous Territory National Park, home to 15,000 indigenous people. (AP)

Israeli troops rain teargas on Palestinian protesters during a demonstration against the expansion of the nearby Jewish settlement of Halamish in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah. (AP)

School girls holding Bhutan's national flags race down a hill to line-up with thousands of others gathered to see King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema in the capital Thimphu. (Reuters)

Treetops and their reflections in a flooded area in Pathum Thani province, on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand (Reuters)

A woman gestures towards passing boats as her dog stands on a fence in flooded Pathum Thani province, Thailand. (Reuters)

Artists perform during the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (AP)

An Indian television cameraman watches proceedings during the first one day international cricket match between India and England at The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. (AFP)

An inflatable sculpture is set on a facade of the Louvre museum as part of the international contemporary art fair FIAC, in Paris, France. (AFP)

Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso (R) of Italy leads Suzuki rider Alvaro Bautista (C) of Spain and Ducati rider Loris Capirossi (L) of Italy during the second practice session for the Australian Grand Prix motorcycling MotoGP race at Phillip Island, Australia. (AFP)

A cat passes by graffiti reading "re-evolve" in front of a closed hotel, occupied by protesters, next to Madrid's landmark Puerta del Sol. (Reuters)

A flag made by Occupy Wall Street campaign demonstrators is seen in Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street in New York. (Reuters)

A banner reading 'Capitalism is Crisis' is displayed in front of St Paul's Cathedral in the city of London on October 16, 2011 as part of a global day of protests inspired by the "Occupy Wall Street" and "Indignant" movements. (AFP)

A Yemeni looks from inside his tent at pro-democracy Change Square in Sanaa. Eight people were killed in overnight clashes in Sanaa as tension spiked following a new wave of killings of anti-regime protesters. (AFP)

Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters fire at forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi during street battles in Sirte. (AFP)

People commute through floodwaters in Pathum Thani province, suburban Bangkok, Thailand. (AFP)

Visitors walk past an installation representing an exploding wall by Cuban artists Dagoberto Rodriguez and Marco Castillo during an exhibit at Es Baluard museum in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic islands. (Reuters)

A New Zealand All Blacks fan attends the 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-final match Australia vs New Zealand at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland, October 16, 2011. (AFP)

Ostriches look at the camera at "Artestruz" ostrich farm outside the village of Campos in the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, October 16, 2011. (Reuters)

Anti-government protesters rush a wounded fellow protester on a motorcycle after clashes with supporters of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh and police in Sana'a. (Reuters)

An Indian woman paints earthen lamps on the outskirts of Jammu ahead of Hindu festival Diwali. Diwali, the festival of lights, will be celebrated on Oct. 27. (AP)

Kanjeng Pangeran Haryo Yudanegara (L) and his wife Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Bendara wave to people as they were driven in a horse-drawn carriage on the street of the ancient city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Yudanegara married Bendara, the youngest daughter of Sultan Hamengkubuwono X after three days of continuous ceremonies. (Reuters)

The Black Eagles, an aerobatic team of T-50 jets belonging to South Korea's Air Force, fly in formation during the opening of the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition 2011 at the Seoul Military Airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul. (AFP)

CSKA Moscow fans celebrate a goal during their teams' Champions League soccer match against Trabzonspor at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. (Reuters)

US swimmer Daniel Madwed competes in the final of the men's 200-meter butterfly swimming event during the 2011 Pan American games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (AFP)

A river bend in the Main river lies in morning fog as sun rises in Escherndorf in southern Germany. (AFP)

Tibetan exiles, with faces painted in the Tibetan flag colors, participate in a rally to express solidarity with the plight of the people in Tibet, in New Delhi, India. (AP)

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stop to buy pumpkins at Wood's Orchard in Hampton, Virginia. (AP)

A youth throws a petrol bomb at police during riots in Athens' Syntagma (Constitution) square, Greece. Greek unions begin a 48-hour general strike, the biggest protest in years, as parliament prepares to vote on sweeping new austerity measures. (Reuters)

An Irish traveler resident holds up a cross, in front of a burning barricade during evictions at the Dale Farm travelers site, near Basildon England, 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of London, Britain. (AP)

Faculty of medicine first year students run while seniors spray them with different types of sauces, liquids and flour as part of an annual tradition during a celebration in honor of their patron Saint Lucas at Granada University in Granada, southern Spain. (Reuters)

A woman walks past sculptures of ten seated figures at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, northern England. The installation "Ten Seated Figures", measuring ten feet in height (three meters) is a new work by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz and will be on permanent display at the park. (Reuters)

A member of an animal rescue team carries abandoned cats during an evacuation OF a flooded temple in Ayutthaya province, Thailand. The animal rescue team said there are about 300 dogs and cats trapped in Ayutthaya that will be evacuated to A dry area. (Reuters)

Lion triplet cubs Asali, Simba and Nala, from left, in the Serengeti park Hodenhagen, Germany. The lions were born six weeks ago. (AP)

Libyans celebrate Moammar Gadhafi's death in Tripoli. Gadhafi was killed when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte. (AP)

A revolutionary Libyan fighter inspects the tunnels where former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is claimed to have been found, in Sirte. (AP)

Anti-Gadhafi fighters celebrate the fall of Sirte in the town, Libya. (Reuters)

Veiled Muslim women, with a girl, stand at the airport to send off their relatives departing for Mecca, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. The first batch of 301 Hajj pilgrims set off for the annual pilgrimage to the holiest place for Muslims in Mecca.

A masked Occupy Wall Street campaign demonstrator stands in Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street in New York. (Reuters)

Kosovo Serbs clash with Kosovo Force (KFOR) soldiers from Germany in the village of Jagnjenica, near the town of Zubin Potok in Kosovo. (Reuters)

Containers on the stern deck of the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena hang precariously, about 12 nautical miles (22 km) from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. (Reuters)

Policemen are set ablaze on fire by a petrol bomb thrown by protesters during clashes near the Parliament building in Syntagma (Constitution) square in Athens, Greece. (Reuters)

South Korean army's K-21 infantry fighting vehicle fires smoke bombs during a live-fire military exercise as a part of the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition 2011 on the Seungjin fire training field in Pocheon, about 46 km (28 miles) northeast of Seoul. (Reuters)

A cobbler fixes a rubber sole at a shop in Quetta, Pakistan. (Reuters)

Actresses play soccer during a presentation of the musical "Sister Act" in front of Duomo Cathedral in Milan, Italy. (AP)

Zhang Mo of Canada serves during women's singles quarter-final table tennis match at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Reuters)

A model loses her balance on the runway as she presents a creation by Japanese fashion designer Sara Arai during the Araisara 2012 spring/summer collection during Tokyo fashion week. (AFP)

Female protesters display their hands, painted with colors of the Kingdom of Libya flags, during a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana'a. (Reuters)

Turkish soldiers carry the coffin of slain soldier Eyup Colakoglu, who was killed in an attack in southeastern Turkey, during a funeral ceremony in Istanbul. (AFP)

People evacuated from areas affected by floods find shelter at a check-in hall that is not in use at Don Mueang airport in Bangkok, Thailand. (Reuters)

A vendor arranges artificial garlands for sale at his stall ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in Jammu, India. Flowers are offered to Hindu gods and goddesses on the occasion of Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated across the country on October 26. (Reuters)

Queen Elizabeth II meets Australian basketball player Liz Cambage, 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) tall, at a Parliamentary Reception at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia. (AP)

A model presents a creation by Russian designer group Labratoriya 13 during their show at the Mercedez-Benz Fashion week in Moscow. (Reuters)

Four busts, "Bacchante aux Roses", by French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, are displayed at Sotheby's in Paris. (Reuters)

A dog jumps through a ring of fire during a multi-nation National Cadet Corps (NCC) passing out ceremony in the Sri Lankan central town of Kandy. (AFP)

Australian Wallabies right wing James O'Connor (R) is tackled by Wales' flanker Toby Faletau during the 2011 Rugby World Cup bronze final match Wales vs Australia at Eden Park in Auckland. (AFP)

Yunus, a 13-year-old earthquake survivor with a hand of a victim on his shoulder, waits to be rescued from under a collapsed building by rescue workers in Ercis, near the eastern Turkish city of Van. (Reuters)

Rescue workers work to save people trapped under debris after an earthquake in Ercis, near the eastern Turkish city of Van. (Reuters)

A young Libyan girl looks on during the celebration of Libya's liberation at Martyrs Square in Tripoli, October 23, 2011. (AP)

A statue of Ronald McDonald sits outside the fast food chain in floodwater in Bangkok. (AFP)

Visitors walk around the installation "Love is in the air (inox editon)" of Spanish Gallery ADN as part of the Bogota's International Art Fair on October 22, in Bogota, Colombia. (AFP)

New Zealand All Blacks' Cory Jane (L) and Israel Dagg make "snow angels" in confetti as they celebrate beating France to win the Rugby World Cup final at Eden Park in Auckland, October 23, 2011. (Reuters)

Jason McClintock, of Canada, competes in the men's water skiing slalom final competition during the Pan American Games in Chapala, on the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico, October 23, 2011. (AP)

A cat is displayed at a cat exhibition in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province, October 23, 2011. (AFP)

Actors are suspended on a 21m vertical stage, the tallest temporary structure ever built in London’s Trafalgar Square, in a show sponsored by the Vienna Tourist Board. (Reuters)

An Afghan man working in tandoor shop takes a break in Kabul. In most Afghan villages women cook Nan-I-tandoori, oval or circle bread, the Afghani national bread in tandoors, a cylindrical clay oven. (AP)

A man dresses up as monkey god Hanuman to participate in a procession as part of the Hindu festival of the Hanuman Jayanti in Allahabad, India. (AP)

An internally displaced boy, whose family fled military operations in Bara, pushes his sibling in a wheelbarrow at Jalozai camp in Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. (Reuters)

Kyrgyz Interior Ministry special force soldiers march in Bishkek’s central Ala-Too Square during the Trooping the Color ceremony as a part of preparation for the upcoming presidential elections to be held October 30. (AFP)

Policemen garland and apply vermillion on the foreheads of their dogs during the Tihar festival, also known as Diwali, in Katmandu, Nepal. Dogs are worshipped to acknowledge their role in providing security as part of festival rituals. (AP)

Buddhist monks pray behind bags of food donated by the government at a flooded area in Bangkok. Thailand announced a five-day holiday on Tuesday to give people the chance to escape floods closing in on the city. (Reuters)

Prospective customers shop for gifts and decorative items ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali - The Festival of Lights - at a busy market place in New Delhi, India. (AFP)

A model displays a creation by NE TIGER Couture 2012 collection with the theme "Tang Dynasty" during China Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2012 in Beijing. (AP)

Autumn colors on the trees at Sheffield Park near Haywards Heath, southern England (Reuters)

Tents of Occupy Franfurt activists stand near the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. (AP)

Claudio Barbato (L), a member of the opposition FLI party, fights with Fabio Ranieri (R) from the Northern League in Parliament in Rome. The Italian deputies exchanged blows in parliament as tensions over a tough economic reform program came to a head. (Reuters)

Protesters of the Occupy Atlanta demonstration are arrested as Mayor Kassim Reed revoked an executive order allowing them to remain in Woodruff Park in Atlanta, Georgia. (AP)

A woman worker dumps the sand near the track at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, 38 kilometers (24 miles) from New Delhi, in advance of Indian Formula One Grand Prix. (AP)

A man tries to pull a camel into the back of a truck after buying it from a cattle market in advance of the Eid al-Adha festival in Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters)

Female Yemeni protesters burn veils during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana'a. (AP)

A woman walks along a network of makeshift ramps raised above floodwater that surrounds houses after a heavy downpour in Ikorodu, Nigeria. (AP)

A woman and her dogs sit in a boat as they are evacuated from a flooded area in Bangkok, Thailand. (Reuters)

A residential area in Pudong district in Shanghai. Property sales in Shanghai, the most populous city in China, have fallen by more than a tenth over the first nine months of the year, prompting developers to cut prices and in some cases sparking protests. (Reuters)

Passengers sit on the rooftop of a commuter train as it arrives at the Manggarai train station in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Reuters)

A man paints a tombstone at the cemetery of Casabermeja, near the southern Spanish city of Malaga in advance of All Saints Day on November 1. (Reuters)

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates her victory against Samantha Stosur of Australia during their WTA tennis championships match in Istanbul, Turkey. (Reuters)

Kopatch, a 15-year-old weeper capuchin monkey, carries her one-week-old baby at their enclosure in the Ramat Gan Safari, an open-air zoo near Tel Aviv, Israel. (Reuters)

A column of steam rises from the Hudson volcano near Coihaique town some 1649 km (1025 miles) south of Santiago, Chile. (Reuters)

Activists from CCFD Terre Solidaire (Catholic Committee against Hunger and for Development) wear masks portraying US President Barack Obama, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a protest action in Paris, France. (Reuters)

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, right, and his South Korean counterpart Kim Kwan-jin, center, make an inspection during an honor guard ceremony at Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea. (AP)

Massive sandbag wall in front of Kasikorn bank on Bangkok's busy Phahonyothin Road, Thailand. (VOA Photo - D. Schearf)

Destruction in Borghetto Di Vara, in the Italian north-western region of Liguria, following violent rains and floods that struck in the area. (AP)

Ballet dancers perform during a dress rehearsal of 'Samsara' by Spain's Victor Ullate in Madrid. (Reuters)

An entertainer is searched prior to the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II, for a State Reception at Government House in Perth, Australia. (AP)

The last light of the day sets on Mount Everest as it rises behind Mount Nuptse as seen from Tengboche, in the Himalaya's Khumbu region, Nepal. (AP)

Dr. Ross Bremner, left, a lung surgeon at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, is declared the winner of the St. Joseph's Hospital Doc-O-Lantern Pumpkin Carving Contest by The Phoenix Suns (basketball team) Gorilla, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. (AP)

Pumpkins carved by artists Ray Villafane and Andy Bergholtz are displayed during a pumpkin carving exhibition in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (Reuters)

Fireworks go off in New York Harbor to celebrate the 125th birthday of the Statue of Liberty. (Reuters)

A Delta II rocket launches with the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft payload from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Muslim pilgrims attend Friday prayers around the Kaaba, a black cube, inside the Grand Mosque, during the annual Hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)

Afghan youths play atop a destroyed bus in front of the palace of former Afghan King Darul Aman, which was destroyed during the civil war, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)

A Thai man takes pictures with his son on a bicycle which he custom built to go through floodwaters in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP)

Czech soldiers hold historical flags below the statue of the legendary warrior Jan Zizka during a ceremony at Prague's Vitkov hill, marking the 93rd anniversary of the creation of the independent Czechoslovak state in 1918. (Reuters)

An emu makes its way through a wheat field on a farm near Chinchilla, about 250km (155 miles) west of Brisbane, Australia. (Reuters)

A woman looks at an art installation named "Forever Bicycles" by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei during a media preview of the "Ai Weiwei Absent" exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan. (Reuters)

Gravestones are seen with high rise residential blocks in the background in Hong Kong. (Reuters)

Students from the Brainshire Science School dress in Halloween costumes as they parade along the main street of Paranaque, in Metro Manila. (Reuters)

British skier Julian Ball performs a jump in the Battle of Britain ski competition next to Battersea Power Station during the Freeze Festival in London. (AP)

US singer Lady Gaga arrives at a press conference in New Delhi, India. (AP)

A monkey reaches out to a carved pumpkin at the "Bioparco" in Rome, Italy. (AP/Rome's Bio-Park press office)

A Kia Sorento painted by Ghulam Sarwar. The Pakistan native has been in the US for several months and has painted several cars in the colorful style of Pakistani trucks and buses. (VOA Photo/Matt Hilburn)

Newborn girl Serafima sleeps shortly after being born at Moscow City Hospital at 11:55 a.m. local time. (Reuters)

A woman walks past a sign in front of United Nations headquarters in New York announcing symbolically that world population hit 7 billion. (AFP)

Hubert de Canson, head of France's permanent delegation to UNESCO, sends a text message on his mobile phone with the results of the vote at UNESCO headquarters, where the UN agency gave Palestinians full membership in Paris. (Reuters)

A wounded U.S. soldier is carried to a medevac helicopter after being wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Helmand province, Afghanistan. (AFP)

A boy swims at a flooded warehouse in Chinatown in central Bangkok, Thailand. (Reuters)

Owners walk their dogs with pumpkin pails hanging on their necks as they make the rounds of homes in the annual "Trick or Treat" tradition on Halloween Monday at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines. (AP)

A Chinese woman poses during a Halloween party at Mao Livehouse club in Shanghai. (Reuters)

A dancer performs during the closing ceremony of the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, October 30, 2011. (Reuters)