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A traveler stops at a currency exchange on Friday after the Australian dollar hit parity with the U.S. dollar for the first time since it floated in 1983, having rallied in recent months to a 27-year high.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeremy Piper / Associated Press

Roy Webster makes a snow angel as his wife, Amanda, and 2-year-old daughter, Raegan, look on. The area was hit by an unexpected snowstorm, the season's first, which dropped a reported 5 to 10 inches of snow.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vyto Starinskas / Associated Press

Members of Argentina's Peronist CGT labor confederation, the largest political backer of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, take part in a rally as a demonstration of strength before the 2011 presidential election.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANIEL GARCIA / AFP/Getty Images

Kasey Kahne, driver of the #9 Budweiser Ford, readies to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rusty Jarrett / Getty Images for NASCAR

Sitting in the passenger seat and reflected in the side view mirror, Chopper, an English Bullldog, looks formidable as he awaits the return of his owner.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Ryan / Associated Press

A jellyfish swims past the Taylor Shellfish oyster nursery during a tour of the facility by Gov. Chris Gregoire. The governor led officials and members of the media on a five-stop, two-county tour of Puget Sound to highlight efforts to restore the estuary.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

Palestinian children play at a Gaza City beach at sunset.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED ABED / AFP/Getty Images

Tourists pose for a picture from a nearby hill as the closed Acropolis is seen in the background. Striking workers shut the Acropolis for a third day, but riot police were guarding the entrance to ensure Greece's most famous monument couldn't be taken over by protesters.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press

Jordan Zamora tumbles into the gravel after a crash during the first practice session for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rob Griffith / Associated Press

Challenger Shannon Briggs of the U.S. reacts at the official weigh-in prior to his heavyweight boxing title bout against WBC champion Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Meissner / Associated Press

Miners watch as a drill breaks through rock for the final section of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. At 35 miles long through the Alps, it will be the world's longest train tunnel when it becomes operational, scheduled for the end of 2017.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTIAN HARTMANN / Pool

A gymnast from Argentina falls as he performs on the high bar during a training session for the World Gymnastics Championships.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated Press

Nautical school cadets take the oath aboard the museum ship Aurora.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP/Getty Images

Lyrics from a Misfits song, "Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?" decorate the helmet of Marine Cpl. Jonathan Eckert of Oak Lawn, Ill. Eckert is one of the Marines responsible for securing the area near the Kajaki Dam on the Helmand River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott Olson / Getty Images

Israeli police fire tear gas canisters as a police vehicle shoots a spray of liquid toward Palestinian stone throwers. Protests broke out after it was announced that Israel has given permission to build over 200 new housing units in two areas of East Jerusalem.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABIR SULTAN / EPA

The White House is bathed in pink light for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, observed every October with public service groups, medical professionals and government agencies joining forces to promote awareness of the disease.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Win McNamee / Getty Images

The Royal Castle is illuminated by Swiss master of light, Gerry Hofstetter, during a gala dinner in honor of Swiss President Doris Leuthard, who is on a two-day state visit to Norway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CORNELIUS POPPE / European Pressphoto Agency

An ethnic Karen boy smiles in front of a blackboard at the school in the Mae La refugee camp near the Thai-Myanmar border. Ethnic Karen refugees continue to pour into Thailand, fleeing decades-long fighting between Karen rebels and Myanmar troops and its guerrilla allies.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAMIR SAGOLJ / REUTERS

Pins with portraits of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, left, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, and Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri are on sale in the southern Lebanese border town where the Iranian president addressed several thousand supporters on the second day of his first official visit to the country.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOSEPH EID / AFP/Getty Images

A man attempts to ride a motorcycle through wind and rains churned by Tropical Storm Paula.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Javier Galeano / Associated Press

The Queen butterfly, Danaus gilippus, a native of North and Central America, settles on a flower at the American Museum of Natural History's Butterfly Conservatory exhibit. Over 500 butterflies from around the world are on display until May next year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE SEGAR / REUTERS

Colorful G-bikes are lined up outside Google's Silicon Valley headquarters.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Avelar / Bloomberg

Runway models wear creations by Ukrainian designer Victoria Gres during Fashion Week in the capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Efrem Lukatsky / Associated Press

A baby Chilean flamingo stands on one leg as it rests near its father at the Woodland Park Zoo. The chick was born on Oct. 3 and is one of two chicks born from eggs currently being incubated at the zoo. Baby flamingos can take up to three years to fully develop the pink feathers of mature adults.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Sebastien Zietz of Hawaii flies over a wave as he competes in the O'Neil Cold Water Classic surfing competition in British Columbia. The event runs through Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press

Indian schoolchildren perform during the closing ceremony for the 19th Commonwealth Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gurinder Osan / Associated Press

Fall color is seen amid the fog in a valley in the Midwest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Conroy / Associated Press

South African activists and wildlife supporters protest the killing of dolphins outside the Japanese Embassy in Cape Town, South Africa. The protest was held simultaneously with protests at Japanese consulate offices around the world as environmentalists called for action by the Japanese government to stop the controversial dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIC BOTHMA / EPA

A resident of the Russian village of Murino answers questions from a census taker on the first day of Russia's nationwide census. About 650,000 census will canvass Russia, asking people about their household, birthplace, nationality and other personal details in the first census since 2002.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP / Getty Images

Joe Tizzard, riding Intac (yellow), clears the water before winning the Higos Insurance Services Handicap Steeple Chase at Wincanton racecourse.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images

A French railway worker waits to cast his ballot on a vote about the SNCF railway strike. The nationwide protest against pensions reform has reached a third day in France. The slogan on the wall reads: "We don't want to die at work."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIC GAILLARD / Reuters

An anti-North Korea protester slashes a portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's youngest son, Kim Jong Eun, during a rally denouncing the three generations of North Korean leaders from the Kim family and mourning the deceased Hwang Jang-yop in front of the Seoul railway station. Hwang, the highest-ranking North Korean official who had defected to the South, was found dead on Sunday morning, a local report said. YTN TV cited an unnamed government official as saying that Hwang, 87, a former North Korean Workers' Party secretary, appeared to have died of a heart attack at his home in South Korea.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JO YONG-HAK / Reuters

Russian Cossacks and cadets bless themselves during a religious service dedicated to the feast of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God at a Russian cathedral.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reuters

Workers unload coal from a truck at Cigading harbor. Indonesia, the world's top thermal coal exporter, has projected an increase in production to 340 million tons of coal in 2011, according to the chairman of the Indonesian Coal Mining Assn.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DADANG TRI / Reuters

Nepal's Khagendra Thapa Magar is weighed on a scale at a local hospital. He was declared the world's shortest man by Guinness record officials on Thursday, measuring 26.4 inches. He weighs just over 12 pounds.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Altaf Qadri / Associated Press

A judge watches as people sleep during the first Siesta Championship in Madrid. The participants in the siesta contest win points for the first person to fall asleep, the loudest snorer, best original sleeping position and best-dressed sleeper. Doctors are present to check if the contestants are really asleep.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul White / AP

Culture ministry protesters clash with riot police at the entrance to the Acropolis. Police stormed the Acropolis, Greece's best-known monument, on Thursday to break up a blockade by protesting culture ministry staff that had kept the site shut this week. The police broke into the monument perimeter through a side entrance and pursued dozens of protesters, who grabbed onto fence railings to prevent their removal from the hilltop site overlooking central Athens.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP / Getty Images

A meoldy is played on horn as German soldiers salute during a wreath-laying ceremony at a Russian graveyard for German soldiers killed in World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: WOLFGANG KUMM / EPA

Chilean miner Luis Urzua, center, gestures alongside President Sebastian Pinera after reaching the surface. He was the last of the 33 miners rescued.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERS

A man wears a protective mask as he walks on a mix of gypsum and toxic red sludge covering a street. Authorities said the threat of another chemical spill had been averted and villagers could return home, and the plant where the spill occurred prepared to resume production.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BALINT PORNECZI / AFP/Getty Images

A man interacts with "Adaptation: Test Room Containing Multiple Stimuli Known to Elicit Curiosity and Manipulatory Responses," an installation by Mike Kelley, part of the "Move: Choreographing You" art exhibit at London's Hayward Gallery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GEOFF CADDICK / AFP/Getty Images

A woman moves along "Green Light Corridor," an installation by Bruce Nauman, part of the "Move: Choreographing You" art exhibit at the Hayward Gallery in London.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GEOFF CADDICK / AFP/Getty Images

Gas conduits are lighted by the morning sun at a Gaz-System compressor station outside Warsaw. Polish and Russian negotiators will meet again Sunday in Moscow for talks aimed at securing sufficient gas supplies for Poland.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KACPER PEMPEL / REUTERS

3D imagery is viewed through glasses at the Content & Communications World Expo 2010 in New York City. The expo features dozens of vendors in communications, media and entertainment technology.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

An ice sculpture depicting Don Quixote takes center stage at the newly inaugurated Ice Bar in the downtown Victory Plaza Hotel. The bar was constructed with 180 blocks of ice, each measuring 35x20x10 inches.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIGUEL ROJO / AFP/Getty Images

Parisian commuters await an RER suburban rapid transit train at Auber station during the second day of a nationwide strike by French SNCF railway workers to protest pension reform.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BENOIT TESSIER / REUTERS

In eastern France, a striking state railway worker uses a fumigator to express his feelings on the street during a nationwide day of protest against pension reform.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEFF PACHOUD / AFP/Getty Images

Fireworks light up the sky above an illuminated Brandenburg Gate during the city's Festival of Lights. Many landmarks of the German capital, including boulevards, squares, towers, historical and modern buildings, will be bathed in colored light for the duration of the event.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRIZIO BENSCH / REUTERS

Fighter jets of the Swiss air force streak ahead of flares fired during an Alpine air show.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER KLAUNZER / European Pressphoto Agency

Singers perform on stage during a dress rehearsal of Paul Hindemith's opera "Cardillac" at the State Opera House. The opera, directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf and conducted by Franz Welser-Moest, premieres October 17.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HERWIG PRAMMER / REUTERS

With Table Mountain and Lion's Head fading from view at dusk, a kite surfer becomes airborne across the bay at Blouberg Strand as strong southeasterly winds buffet the city.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS

Chilean miner Mario Sepulveda celebrates after leaving the "Fenix" rescue capsule during the rescue operation at the San Jose mine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HUGO INFANTE / GOVERNMENT OF CHILE

Chilean miner Osman Araya embraces his wife, Angelica, after being pulled from deep below the earth's surface.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HUGO INFANTE / GOVERNMENT OF CHILE

Residents observe the rescue of the miners trapped in the San Jose mine on a large screen in a public square in Copiapo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARIANA BAZO / Reuters

A wooden shack with a small tower and flag is brought to the ground by a bulldozer as Israeli security forces dismantle unauthorized structures in the settlement of Ramat Migron in the West Bank. Young Jewish protesters clashed with Israeli security forces, who used pepper spray and arrested three youths.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM HOLLANDER / EPA

Schoolchildren wear goggles and masks to protect against toxic dust from dried mud in the village of Devecser, inundated by red sludge from an alumina plant.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LASZLO BALOGH / Reuters

Singers Ildiko Raimondi, left and Matthias Link take part in a dress rehearsal for Paul Hindemith's opera 'Cardillac' at the state opera house in Vienna. The opera premieres Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HERWIG PRAMMER / Reuters

Japanese Butoh artist Mayumi Fukuzaki enacts scenes from a Japanese dance theater in Berlin. Fukuzaki is to perform during the Japan Festival Berlin 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEPHANIE PILICK / EPA

Commuters make their way through Grand Central Terminal as the sun shines in through the east windows.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DON EMMERT / AFP / Getty Images

Pakistani soldiers begin work to repair a bridge that was washed away by flooding Pakistan's Swat Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RASHID IQBAL / EPA

Pope Benedict XVI waves to a member of the International Circus Festival as he climbs the steps of St. Peter's Basilica on a BMX bike during the pontiff's weekly general audience.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP / Getty Images

Australia's Jaele Patrick competes in a women's springboard final at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIM WIMBORNE / Reuters

North Korean soldiers march during a massive military parade to mark the 65th anniversary of the communist nation's ruling Workers' Party.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vincent Yu / Associated Press

A person passes through morning sunlight shining through vented steam in a sidewalk in Philadelphia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Rourke / Associated Press

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 Press

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: REUTERS

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 / REUTERS

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: REUTERS

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 / REUTERS

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 / REUTERS

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 Images

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 Press

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 Press

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 Press

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 Images

An athlete competes in the women's pole vault final at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at the Commonwealth Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Steele / Getty Images

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 / Reuters

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 Press

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 / Reuters

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 Images

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 Images

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 Press

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 / EPA

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 / Reuters

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 Press

Golden autumn leaves frame a view over Titi Lake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROLF HAID / EPA

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 Press

The Eagle Patrol of the Spanish Air Force performs during National Day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DOMINIQUE FAGET / AFP / Getty Images

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 Images

A footprint dries in the red toxic sludge that flooded this town of 5,400 people, which was placed on evacuation alert.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BERNADETT SZABO / REUTERS

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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HUGO INFANTE / AFP/Getty Images

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 / REUTERS

Members of a color guard twirl flags at the Columbus Day parade in New York City.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JESSICA RINALDI / REUTERS

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 / REUTERS

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 / REUTERS

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 Press

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 Press

A man stops at a light box featuring a Kimjongilia flower at a show in Pyongyang.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vincent Yu / Associated Press

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 Press

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 Press

Dancers warm-up backstage before a rehearsal of "Giselle" at the National Theater.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MATKO BILJAK / REUTERS

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 Images

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 / REUTERS

Canaries perch in their cages as Pat McKeefrey makes repairs to his bird shed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CATHAL MCNAUGHTON / Reuters

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 / Reuters

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 Images

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 / EPA

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 Images

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 / EPA

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 Images

Gabe Armstrong-Scott of New Zealand competes in a women's diving competition at Mukherjee Aquatics Complex.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt King / Getty Images

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 Images

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 / Reuters

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 Images

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 Images

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Each week we bring you the best images from around the world in our Week in Pictures photo gallery.

It was a busy week, dominated by the successful rescue in Copiapo, Chile, of all 33 miners trapped 2,000 feet underground for more than two months.

We ‘re at the Commonwealth Games in India for many events and the closing ceremony; the White House in Washington, D.C., is bathed in pink light in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month; and a Queen butterfly, together with 500 others, is 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. Japan Festival 2011 is underway in Berlin, along with the city’s Festival of Lights. In London, shrink-wrapped figures of women are on display at the Old Vic Tunnels; and in Paris, a railway strike protests the government’s pension bill with supportive, rowdy students taking to the streets.

We’re in Jerusalem at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial; in Brazil at the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, one of the world’s largest cathedrals; and in Lebanon for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s first state visit to the country.

Scotch on the rocks takes on a whole new meaning at an ice bar in Montevideo, Uruguay; we’re at a dress rehearsal of  ‘Cadillac’ at the State Opera House in Vienna; and the Hayward Gallery, on the banks of the Thames in London, presents an exhibition of interactive art.

This is just a glimpse of the scope of this week’s images — there are tons more for you to enjoy.

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