Pedestrians break out umbrellas on the Santa Monica Pier as light rain fell on parts of Los Angeles.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles TimesLink
Raindrops form an abstract pattern on a window as cooler temperatures and rain bring a welcome respite from last week's record-breaking heat.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles TimesLink
A brave bather welcomes a crashing wave with open arms on the beach at the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKHAIL MORDASOV / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A woman cleans the floor beneath the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft in the assembly hangar at Baikonur cosmodrome. The Soyuz, with U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka, is due to lift off for the International Space Station on Oct. 8.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHAMIL ZHUMATOV / REUTERSLink
Jazz great Sonny Rollins pauses during his concert in Tokyo on Oct. 4. Rollins is on an 80th birthday tour in a nation long known for its love of jazz.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Junji Kurokawa / Associated PressLink
Lukas Tichacek of the Czech Republic dives to save the ball during the third-round match between his country and Brazil at the Volleyball World Championships.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Jason Scott of Canada performs on the rings during the men's artistic gymnastics qualification on Day One of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARK DADSWELL / GETTY IMAGESLink
Demonstrators protest against the demolition of the historical Stuttgart train station to make way for the Stuttgart 21 underground railway.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MICHAELA REHLE / REUTERSLink
A thermal power plant chimney emits steam near a public sculpture in Tianjin, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference is being held.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON LEE / REUTERSLink
European Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari of Italy reacts on the 17th green after the European team wins the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEFAN WERMUTH / ReutersLink
Commuters line up for buses outside Victoria Station during morning rush hour in London. London Underground workers are staging a 24-hour walkout over plans to cut jobs, causing large disruption to the capital's transport network.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oli Scarff / Getty ImagesLink
An African penguin swims in his pool at the Servion Zoo near Lausanne, Switzerland.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DENIS BALIBOUSE / ReutersLink
An Afghan policeman guarding a road places flowers near the barrel of his rifle in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIK DE CASTRO / ReutersLink
A woman touches a larger-than-life portrait of Ernesto "Che" Guevara hanging at the pavillon of Argentina at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. Argentina is this year's guest of honor at the book fair, which runs from Oct. 6 to 10. More than 7,000 exhibitors from 113 countries are slated to participate.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RORIS ROESSLER / EPALink
A woman holding burning incense prays at a temple in Shanghai. China began a weeklong celebration of its 61st anniversary of communist rule on Oct. 1. Locals reunite with family members and visit temples during the "Golden week" holidays.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
South Korean police officers participate in a field training exercise for the G20 Summit South Korean security unit in Seoul. The G20 Summit will be held in Seoul on Nov. 11 and 12.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty ImagesLink
Wales' Marco Loughran, bottom, and Australia's Daniel Arnamnart compete in a men's 50-meter backstroke semifinal during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Victor R. Caivano / Associated PressLink
Firefighters work at the scene of a house fire that killed five people in Bartles, Ohio. Seven other people were injured in the rural-area blaze.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jessica St. James / Ironton TribuneLink
A health worker administers polio vaccine to a child in Herat, Afghanistan. The country has taken major steps toward polio eradication in recent years.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JALIL REZAYEE / EPALink
A car passes through a group of monkeys on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway near India's Nadani forest. Deforestation in the area has made wildlife species homeless and monkeys have been the worst hit. Unable to find food and shelter, the monkeys have moved toward inhabited areas and can be seen on the highway expecting food from passersby and tourists.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAIPAL SINGH / EPALink
Supporters of imprisoned former Sri Lanka Army Chief Sarath Fonseka, at right, reach out to his vehicle near the island nation's Supreme Court complex in Colombo. The former general was stripped of his rank, medals and other perks in a court martial that found him guilty of indulging in politics while still in uniform. Another court martial found him guilty of irregular procurements for the army and sentenced him to three months' imprisonment, which was commuted to 30 months when the president ratified the sentence. Fonseka was being brought before the Supreme Court in yet another civil case against him.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: M.A. PUSHPA KUMARA / EPALink
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