High school students get an impromptu lesson on the murals in the library from Paul Schrade on the opening day of the new Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools complex, which is on the site of the historic Ambassador Hotel. Schrade was with Kennedy at the hotel when he was assassinated on June 5, 1968, and was also shot in the head but survived. He was a key player in getting the school built on the site.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles TimesLink
A demonstrator holds a picture of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in front of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran to protest plans by a Florida pastor to burn the Koran, which he later dropped.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CAREN FIROUZ / REUTERSLink
A boy tries to mop his house in flooded Tlacotalpan, Veracruz state, Mexico. At least 25 people have died since the end of August due to heavy rains and flooding, which have affected almost 1 million people in south and eastern Mexico.
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Rescue workers search for victims at the place where an ATR-42 plane crashed in Puerto Ordaz. The passenger plane owned by Venezuela's state-run airline Conviasa crashed with about 50 people on board, killing at least 13 as it came down just outside a steel mill.
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A renovation worker climbs atop the Capitol Dome. A new layer is being painted onto the dome for the first time in eight years. The project is expected to be finished by December.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MICHAEL REYNOLDS / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
A poster for Guinea presidential candidate Alpha Conde is displayed on a street in Conakry. Police deployed extra forces around the Guinea capital after street fighting between supporters of rivals for its presidential election left one dead and 50 injured over the weekend.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERSLink
A pedestrian walks across a checkerboard plaza on a rainy day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BOB STRONG / REUTERSLink
Belarussian schoolchildren salute during the Pioneer youth organization's anniversary at Victory square in Minsk. Early pro-communist Pioneer movements appeared in Russia after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. In May 1922, they were organised into the Young Pioneer Organization of the Soviet Union. In Belarus, the Young Pioneers has remained a government loyal youth movement.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VASILY FEDOSENKO / REUTERSLink
Chinese babies accompanied by their parents take part in a baby swimming contest, which the organizer hopes will break the Guinness World Record for the most babies swimming together, at a stadium in Beijing on Sept. 11.
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Mullah Tarakhel (Mohammadi), a Kuchi member of Parliament seeking reelection, addresses his supporters during a campaign stop in a room on the outskirts of Kabul. Afghanistan will hold parliamentary elections Sept. 18.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAYAZ KABLI / REUTERSLink
A Sotheby's gallery technician hangs "La Femme Qui Pleure" by Pablo Picasso, which is estimated will fetch up to $1.1 million at an auction of prints at Sotheby's in London on Thursday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUZANNE PLUNKETT / REUTERSLink
Books are shelved at the Vatican Apostolic Library, which is reopening to scholars following a three-year renovation to improve its cataloging and security measures. The library, which houses one of the world's best collections of illuminated manuscripts, opens its doors Sept. 20.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pier Paolo Cito / Associated PressLink
Vania King, right, of the United States and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan return a shot against Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova of Russia to win the women's doubles final on Day 15 of the 2010 U.S. Open.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Bello / Getty ImagesLink
An oil pump works at sunset in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. A warm response to new global banking rules and robust Chinese economic data shored up sentiment in the markets Monday with stocks up strongly, the euro climbing and oil prices spiking to a one-month high.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hasan Jamali / Associated PressLink
A man looks at a newly opened display at the Museum of Natural History, which includes a temperature-controlled exhibition room with 85,000 specimens of animals preserved in alcohol.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRIZIO BENSCH / ReutersLink
A vendor sleeps near sacks of grapefruit as he waits for customers at a fruit wholesale market.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STRINGER SHANGHAI / ReutersLink
An activist with the animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plays the role of a fish in a net during a protest.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARC MUELLER / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
An exterminator in a classroom takes aim at mosquitoes that cause dengue fever.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROMEO RANOCO / ReutersLink
Pakistani flood victims, desperate for aid, struggle against the dust churned up by an army helicopter delivering supplies.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARL DE SOUZA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Kashmiri boy shouts slogans during a protest fueled in part by a report of the Koran being desecrated in the United States.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Altaf Qadri / Associated PressLink
A man is apprehended by police officers after he tried to fight with antiwar protesters denouncing the visit of Stephen Bosworth, the U.S. special envoy to North Korea, at the Foreign Ministry.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TRUTH LEEM / ReutersLink
A Palestinian farmer harvests sesame seeds.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohammed Ballas / Associated PressLink
Raindrops add texture to the surface of a crimson leaf.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MATTHIAS HIEKEL / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Two members of the Trocks, New York's all-male ballet company.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alastair Grant / Associated PressLink
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