During a test, Chile's Mining Minister Laurence Golborne checks the capsule that will carry the trapped miners to the surface at the San Jose mine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Government of Chile / Associated PressLink
Police stand guard outside the Luigi Ferraris stadium during a clash with supporters of Serbia's soccer team after the suspension of the Euro 2012 qualifying soccer match against Italy.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERSLink
A pilgrim and his his son pray at the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, named Brazil's National Saint in 1930. The Basilica is Latin America's most popular shrine and one of the world's largest cathedrals.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NACHO DOCE / REUTERSLink
A lone employee walks between rows of new cars at the Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co. Ltd., Ford's joint venture in China. In September, Chinese automakers shipped 19.3% more passenger cars to dealers than a year ago, extending a rebound that began in August.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERSLink
Geese intended for the traditional Martini Gansl dinner celebrating St. Martin get ready to feed on oats in the province of Burgenland, south of Vienna.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LISI NIESNER / REUTERSLink
An aerial view shows the village of Kolontar, west of Budapest, evacuated as a result of a toxic industrial waste spill. An emergency dam is being readied to prevent another spill as the Hungarian government prepares to take over the aluminum firm responsible for the accident.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sandor H. Szabo / REUTERSLink
Visiting German Chief of Staff Volker Wieker is surrounded by images of Jewish Holocaust victims in the Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Memorial. The museum commemorates the 6 million Jews killed by Nazis during World War II.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SEBASTIAN SCHEINER / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
An image released by NASA shows Hurricane Paula southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. Paula has strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane off the Yucatan Peninsula with winds of 100 mph.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA / Associated PressLink
Aerial tankers of the 101st Air Refueling Wing face an uncertain future as the Maine Air National Guard awaits word on the fate of the program that refuels military aircraft crossing the Atlantic.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael C. York / Associated PressLink
Balloons with images of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fly over Beirut International Airport. The Iranian leader is due to arrive on Wednesday for his first state visit to the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hassan Ammar / Associated PressLink
Alexandra Mantcheva of Canada performs her rope routine during the rhythmic gymnastics team final and individual qualifying round on day nine of the Commonwealth Games.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adam Pretty / Getty ImagesLink
An athlete competes in the women's pole vault final at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at the Commonwealth Games.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Steele / Getty ImagesLink
A Chilean policeman looks at letters exchanged by trapped miner Mario Gomez with his family at the San Jose mine in Copiapó. The 33 trapped miners there are set to travel nearly half a mile through solid rock in a shaft just wider than a man's shoulders on Tuesday night, as their two-month ordeal after a cave-in draws to an end.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID MERCADO / ReutersLink
Daniel Marin holds a flag he used during February's earthquake in southern Chile at the San Jose Mine near Copiapó. Andres Sougarett, the Chilean engineer leading the rescue effort, said all would be in place at midnight Tuesday to begin the rescue of the 33 trapped miners.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Natacha Pisarenko / Associated PressLink
People walk over the interactive LED art project "Onskebronn," made by the Berlin artists network phase7 performing.arts at the main railway station, Hauptbahnhof, in Berlin.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRIZIO BENSCH / ReutersLink
Life-size, shrink-wrapped figures of women are on display in Mark Jenkins' "Chrysalis 1-6," part of the "Hell's Half Acre" exhibit at the Old Vic Tunnels in south London. The Lazarides Gallery has collaborated with the Old Vic Tunnels to convert the unused railway arches into a large-scale evocation of Dante's Inferno. The exhibit is free to enter and runs until Sunday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LEON NEAL / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Firecrackers explode as an effigy of a deity is carried in a procession at the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand. Ritual vegetarianism in Phuket Island traces it roots back to the early 1800s. Participants in the festival perform acts of body piercing as a means of shifting evil spirits from individuals onto themselves.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Athit Perawongmetha / Getty ImagesLink
A boy is seen amid the fog of fumigants in the streets of Mumbai. The Indian government has launched an all-out effort to wipe out the female Aedes mosquitoes, which transmit dengue fever, malaria and other diseases. India's annual outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases normally falls off with the end of the mosquito breeding period in November.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rafiq Maqbool / Associated PressLink
Students demonstrate in Paris as part of a massive rally, called by the French Trade Unions, against the French government's new pensions bill. Polls show a majority of French support the social movement against the bill.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: IAN LANGSDON / EPALink
A passenger walks through an empty terminal at Nice airport during a nationwide strike to protest pension reform. French trade unions began a fresh wave of strikes against the reform Tuesday, testing the resolve of the French government as the unpopular bill edges closer to becoming law. Rail services, flights and sea ports ran below capacity as the unions kept up their battle against a plan to make people work longer for their pensions, including raising the minimum retirement age to 62 from 60.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIC GAILLARD / ReutersLink
England's Mark Lewis-Francis reacts as he crosses the finish line ahead of India's Md Abdul Najeeb Qureshi, center, and Australia's Matt Davies, right, in a men's relay final at the Commonwealth Games at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated PressLink
Golden autumn leaves frame a view over Titi Lake.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROLF HAID / EPALink
A newborn orangutan is a new attraction for visitors at the zoo in Duisburg. The daughter of organgutan Amatis was born two weeks ago. As yet, she has no name.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Meissner / Associated PressLink
The Eagle Patrol of the Spanish Air Force performs during National Day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DOMINIQUE FAGET / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Oystercatchers take to the air at the RSPB Snettisham Nature Reserve. The reserve lies on the edge of the Wash, one of the most important bird estuaries in the United Kingdom, supporting more than 300,000 birds.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dan Kitwood / Getty ImagesLink
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