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A woman shields herself from the sun in Chinatown. Reaching 113 degrees Fahrenheit, Monday was the hottest day ever recorded in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times

A helicopter approaches to make a water drop as a brush fire burns west of Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

A deputy from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigates a fatal hit-and-run accident. Three people involved in the two-car crash fled the scene; one person died.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Two U.S. soldiers injured in a roadside bombing clasp hands as they are airlifted to safety.


A protester wearing a mask depicting former French President Jacques Chirac attends a demonstration in front of Paris City Hall to protest the city council's vote to accept a payment of nearly $3 million from Chirac and his right-wing UMP party in exchange for dropping a corruption case against him.


A boy runs past a new schoolhouse built for children of the 33 trapped miners in Camp Esperanza, where the miners' families are living in tents as the rescue operation continues.


A wind farm generates electricity behind a hay bail field in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near the town of Pincher Creek. The energy generated is fed into the provincial electrical grid that powers Southern Alberta industries and residences.


Farmer Guo Sangcun creates the Chinese flag using corncobs as stars and red chiles as the background. Guo made the flag to help celebrate China's upcoming National Day.


The world's largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, will have dining, shopping and racing-inspired rides, including the world's fastest roller coaster, when it opens in October.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi / REUTERS

An AirTran Airways jet takes off from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Southwest Airlines, the largest U.S. low-fare air carrier, has agreed to buy the airline for about $1.4 billion in cash and stock.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Rank / Bloomberg

Principal dancer Polina Semionova performs during a dress rehearsal of the Staatsballett.


A kite surfer soars above the Mediterranean at sunset.


Visitors to Kensington Gardens are reflected in Anish Kapoor's sculpture "C-Curve, 2007." Four works are being displayed in the park in an exhibition titled "Turning the World Upside Down," open to the public through March 13.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A bulldozer removes earth and rocks as construction work begins on private homes in a Jewish settlement just hours after the government's partial freeze on new construction expired. Late Sunday, intense negotiations were underway to keep Palestinians from walking out of peace talks with Israel.


European Ryder Cup team member Ian Poulter, at the first tee, gets in some practice for the Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor golf course in Newport, Wales, where the competition begins Friday.


Alex Dove of Lyon & Turnbull holds a walking stick that belonged to British spy and explorer William Gill. The stick, valued at about $630, was used to Bedouin tribesmen to murder Gill when in the Sinai desert. The walking stick will be auctioned by Lyon & Turnbull on Sept. 29

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images Europe

A customer makes use of the services of an "ear cleaner." Traditional ear cleaners are common in the old quarters of many Indian towns and roam about the streets in search of customers looking for relief from itches and discomforts.


An exiled Tibetan Buddhist monk at the Rumtek Monastery, home to the followers of the Karma Kagyu sect, one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The head of the sect, Karmapa Orygen Trinley Dorjee, is barred by India from traveling to or taking his place at this monastery, located near the Chinese border.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anupam Nath / Associated Press

A scavenger sifts through garbage from a rubbish dump on the Sidon seafront in southern Lebanon. The dump, located near schools, hospitals and apartments in Lebanon's third biggest city, has partially collapsed into the Mediterranean Sea several times.


A woman and her children sleep on a street in Manila. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has said that, despite opposition from the Roman Catholic Church, the government will provide contraceptives to poor couples who request it. Speaking in a satellite-elevision interview from the United States, where he was on a seven-day visit, Aquino stressed that the number of children a couple had was a matter of personal choice.


A pedestrian is well protected from Germany's autumn rains.


A fisherman throws his net. Bangladesh is one of the poorest nations on the planet, with 40% percent of its population living on the equivalent of less than $1 a day.


Outside the presidential palace, a supporter holds aloft a poster of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez after learning the outcome of congressional elections. Chavez held on to a congressional majority in elections Sunday, but his opponents made gains that could help them challenge his grip on power.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ariana Cubillos / Associated Press

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