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Zahiraa Zareef caresses her son Hashim, 10, at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, where he is being treated for injuries from an IED blast in Baghdad. The boy was unconscious for 55 days after the blast.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Arrow signs light up the Indoor Carnival at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. The four-day, which begins Friday, will feature performances and a variety of nostalgic games, authentic carnival rides and other activities.


The Phillies' Roy Halladay throws no-hitter in a 4-0 playoff victory over the Cincinnati Reds, becoming the first to throw a postseason no-hitter since Don Larsen's perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Trotman / Getty Images

A delegation of Bolivians arrives at the San Jose mine to support Bolivian miner Carlos Mamani, one of 33 trapped underground for two months, as hope rises for a rescue soon.


Pope Benedict XVI is aided by his private secretary, Georg Ganswein, as he prepares for his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square.


Air Force One, with President Obama aboard, receives a military salute as it prepares to depart Andrews Air Force Base.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press

Seized weapons are displayed for journalists at a public square. The director of Venezuela's Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigative Police said that 632 weapons were seized nationwide in September.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ariana Cubillos / Associated Press

Trucks are dwarfed by the mast of a wind turbine under construction near Stoessen. The German government recently set ambitious goals for renewable energy sources in a new energy plan that calls for heavy investment in wind, solar and biogas electricity production.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sean Gallup / Getty Images

Athletes compete in the Men's 5000 meter Track and Field final at the 19th Commonwealth Games. Uganda's Moses Kipsiro won the title with Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge coming in second and Kenyan Mark Kiptoo finishing third.


Competitors take part in the Women's Points Race cycling event at the Commonwealth Games.


Pakistani soldiers watch as a NATO oil tanker burns, allegedly attacked by militants. Gunmen in northwest Pakistan torched a dozen tankers carrying fuel to NATO troops, the latest strike against supply convoys heading for Afghanistan since Pakistan shut a key border crossing last week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohammad Sajjad / Associated Press

Traffic crawls along the rain-slicked 210 freeway in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A villager is reflected in a flood of toxic mud while walking through his backyard. After a gigantic sludge reservoir burst its banks at metals plant in Ajka, hundreds of people were evacuated and emergency workers worked to clear roads and homes of the hazardous waste.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bela Szandelszky / Associated Press

A visitor to the Albertina Museum passes a poster reproducing Michelangelo's painting "The Creation of Adam" during a pre-opening event for the exhibition "Michelangelo: Paintings of a Genius."


Australians Matina Moutzouris, left, and Samantha Hickey, members of street-performance group Erth, wear transparent boxes containing water as they take part in the Hi Seoul Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press

Snake handler Faizal Ahmad plays with a radiated rat snake during a show at the National Museum.


Three-week-old Sumatran tiger cub Daseep growls during her first public appearance at the local zoo.


A spider sits in a wet web on the Uetliberg, a mountain.


A woman stands in front of an ad for the 62nd annual International Book Fair.


Seth Degbe Fetrie of Ghana is pinned under the bar after an unsuccessful lift during the men's 69-kilogram weightlifting competition at the Commonwealth Games.


Australia's Emily Seebohm swims to win the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke at the Commonwealth Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Victor R. Caivano / Associated Press

A climber scales the wall of a bunker at a former steel plant that was converted into a public park where visitors can go on an adventure course.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Augstein / Associated Press

An Orthodox priest blesses a mission specialist and the Soyuz spacecraft that is scheduled to carry a new crew to the International Space Station on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dmitry Lovetsky / Pool

The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant looks on during practice at Palau Sant Jordi, where the NBA champions are scheduled to play Euroleague champions FC Barcelona in an exhibition game.


Palestinian young people dance during a student celebration.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohammed Ballas / Associated Press

Police detectives and forensic personnel stand next to a bullet-riddled car in which two men were killed in a drive-by shooting.


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