A footprint dries in the red toxic sludge that flooded this town of 5,400 people, which was placed on evacuation alert.
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Rescuers successfully test a rescue capsule that will be used in an attempt to bring to the surface 33 miners who have been trapped 2,000 feet underground for more than two months. The operation is expected to begin late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Four rescue workers will be lowered down to the miners to help with the rescue effort and will be the last ones brought back aboveground.
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Passengers at the Gare du Nord railway station await their evening trains several hours before the start of a general transportation strike. Transport workers planned to disrupt train and air travel on Tuesday over President Nicolas Sarkozy's push to change the retirement age to ease the deficit in the pension system.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BENOIT TESSIER / REUTERSLink
Members of a color guard twirl flags at the Columbus Day parade in New York City.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JESSICA RINALDI / REUTERSLink
The Hyde Park memorial to victims of the July 7, 2005 rush-hour bombings in London draws visitors on the day inquests into the attacks began. Officials said it took five years to gather evidence from multiple jurisdictions in the subway and bus bombings that killed 52 and injured 700. The inquest will focus on trying to determine if the attacks on the capital's transport system could have been prevented.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUKE MACGREGOR / REUTERSLink
At Gendarmenmarkt square, the Berlin concert hall, center, and the German and French cathedrals, left and right respectively, are illuminated during a rehearsal for the upcoming Festival of Lights.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRIZIO BENSCH / REUTERSLink
A horse is taken for a early morning gallop through the fog at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Opening day for the course is set for late November.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alexander Barkoff / Associated PressLink
The English soccer team's Italian manager, Fabio Capello, is silhouetted as he supervises a training session at Wembley stadium. England will play Montenegro in a Euro 2012 Group G qualifying soccer match on Tuesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated PressLink
A man stops at a light box featuring a Kimjongilia flower at a show in Pyongyang.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vincent Yu / Associated PressLink
U.S. Air Force Pararescueman Alejandro Serrano from the 46th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, with a machine gunner next to him, test fire their weapons in the open desert. The helicopter was flying over the red dunes en route to pick up two Afghan casualties.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Guttenfelder / Associated PressLink
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, takes California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for a drive in his Soviet-era Chaika, a vintage luxury car, near Moscow. The governor, on a trade mission for the expansion of Silicon Valley companies, praised Russia as a "gold mine" for foreign investors.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dmitry Kostyukov / Associated PressLink
Dancers warm-up backstage before a rehearsal of "Giselle" at the National Theater.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MATKO BILJAK / REUTERSLink
A herd of sheep graze on turf placed on Saville Row at an event to promote the use of English wool on a street synonymous with British tailoring and fine clothing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LEON NEAL / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A man waits his turn for eye surgery at the Armed Forces Central Hospital. U.S. military medical specialists from the Madigan Army Medical Center of Ft. Lewis, Wash. and physicians of the country's armed forces performed surgeries free of charge on more than 400 poor patients with cataracts, glaucoma and retinopathies.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: EDUARDO MUNOZ / REUTERSLink
Canaries perch in their cages as Pat McKeefrey makes repairs to his bird shed.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CATHAL MCNAUGHTON / ReutersLink
A worker hangs an Iranian flag along the main airport highway in Beirut in preparation for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon, set for Wednesday and Thursday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAMAL SAIDI / ReutersLink
Two British speleologist divers prepare to dive inside of the Dragonniere cave in the Ardèche gorge in an attempt to find French speleologist Eric Establie, who did not return after a difficult dive in the gorge several days ago.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Acehnese jockeys ride their horses, crossbred from Acehnese and Australian stock, during a traditional horse race in the Aceh territory of Indonesia. Traditional horse races with jockeys 10 to 13 years old are popular in the highlands of central Aceh.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOTLI SIMANJUNTAK / EPALink
A deer rests beneath a tree in the early-morning sun as cooler temperatures signal the fall season at the Dunham Massey estate in Lymm, England.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty ImagesLink
A Palestinian boy, outside the International Red Cross building in Gaza City, has his hands in chains for a weekly protest calling for the release of Palestinians held in Israeli jails.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALI ALI / EPALink
Robert John Auerbach of Trinidad and Tobaggo ejects spent cartridges during the men's pairs skeet event at the Karni Singh shooting range in New Delhi. The Commonwealth Games are taking place in the Indian capital through Oct. 14.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Gabe Armstrong-Scott of New Zealand competes in a women's diving competition at Mukherjee Aquatics Complex.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt King / Getty ImagesLink
Heavyweight boxer Shannon Briggs, of the U.S., attends a press conference at the Interconti Hotel. Vitali Klitschko will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Briggs on Oct. 16 at the O2 World in Hamburg.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Rose / Getty ImagesLink
A resident cleans a shop in the flooded village of Devecser, Hungary. The population of the neighboring town of Kolontar was evacuated Saturday, and Devecser, with a population of 5,400, is also in the likely path of a possible new sludge deluge.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BERNADETT SZABO / ReutersLink
An employee of Serbia's Hydrometeorological Service measures oxygen levels in water samples from the Danube River in Bezdan. Fears for the ecosystem of the Danube, Europe's second-longest river, appeared to recede as readings showed contamination levels from Hungary's toxic sludge disaster were down. Serbia, Croatia and Romania said they were stepping up monitoring of the river given the risk of drinking-water contamination in towns along the river.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARIJA JANKOVIC / AFP / Gettu ImagesLink
A devotee of the Chinese shrine of Samkong, pierces his cheeks with toy guns during a procession of the Vegetarian Festival. Participants in the festival perform acts of body piercing as a means of shifting evil spirits from individuals onto themselves and bringing the community good luck.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Athit Perawongmetha / Getty ImagesLink
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