Pictures in the News | Oct. 14, 2010

Beginning today’s Pictures in the News, and oceans apart, the White House in Washington is pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month while the Royal Castle in Oslo, Norway, is multicolored, illuminated to honor a state visit by the president of Switzerland.

We have images of the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in India; autumn fog rolling through Indiana, and a motorcyclist in Cuba attempting to roll through inclement weather brought on by Tropical Storm Paula.

Outside the Japanese Embassy in Cape Town, South Africa, environmental activists and wildlife supporters protest the killing of dolphins; a Chilean flamingo chick at a Seattle zoo explores a new world, staying close to its father; and a Queen butterfly, together with 500 of its closest friends, finds itself on display at the Natural History Museum in New York.

In Russia, 650,000 census-takers hit the streets, asking people questions about their household, birthplace and nationality in the nation’s first census since 2002; Russian Cossacks bless themselves during a religious service dedicated to the feast of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God in Novocherkassk; and in St. Petersburg, a wreath is laid for 45,000 German soldiers killed in World War II.

In the quirky department, the Siesta Championship in Madrid has prizes for the first person to fall asleep, the loudest snorer, best original sleeping position and best-dressed sleeper; and a Nepalese man is named the world’s shortest man by Guinness Book of Records officials.

Images from Lebanon, Thailand, the Ukraine, and Mountain View, Calif. round out today’s gallery.