People gather to mourn the death of former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner around the Plaza de Mayo square in front of the Presidential Palace. Kirchner, one of Argentina's most powerful politicians, died today. The husband of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Nestor Kirchner was considered her closest advisor and a major power broker in her government. He had been expected to run again for president in next year's election.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARTIN ACOSTA / REUTERSLink
Men attend the funeral of Sheikh Saqr al Qasimi, the ruler of the United Arab Emirates' fourth-largest emirate, who died Wednesday. He will be succeeded by his crown prince son Sheikh Saud. Sheikh Saqr al Qasimi, believed to be in his late 90s, had ruled the northern emirate of Ras al Khaimah for more than 60 years, dating back to before the UAE's inception in 1971.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AHMED JADALLAH / REUTERSLink
Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants patrol a street in Gaza City as they mark the 23rd anniversary of the movement's establishment.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED ABED / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
President Obama gestures during a commercial break as he talks with host Jon Stewart during a taping of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" in Washington.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Dharapak / Associated PressLink
A campaign poster for Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan is posted on a bus in the commercial capital, Lagos.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE / REUTERSLink
Guests are silhouetted at a dinner reception for the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Ministers from around the world began a final push Wednesday for a U.N. deal to protect nature.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURIKO NAKAO / REUTERSLink
Singer and songwriter Taylor Swift, right, poses with her wax likeness during its unveiling at Madame Tussauds.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE SEGAR / REUTERSLink
The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used by 007 in the James Bond movies "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" is on display before it sold at auction for more than $4 million.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated PressLink
Visitors attend the opening of the world's biggest indoor theme park, Ferrari World.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AHMED JADALLAH / REUTERSLink
A police officer uses a welding torch to break down a rifle for disposal. It was part of a cache numbering more than 1,800 firearms, which were confiscated from criminals or collected during exchanges for medicine and food.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALBERTO LOWE / REUTERSLink
Souvenir jerseys are offered for sale before Game 1 of Major League Baseball's World Series featuring the San Francisco Giants playing the Texas Rangers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE BLAKE / REUTERSLink
Tiger cubs Tschuna, right, and Daseep play together as they meet for the first time at the Wuppertal Zoo. Daseep was moved from the zoo in Frankfurt to allow him to grow up with another tiger cub. Tschuna was born on Aug. 22 and Daseep on Sept. 10.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Augstein / Associated PressLink
The sun makes an appearance Wednesday morning after storms passed through in Kentucky, bringing cooler temperatures as well as fog to low-lying areas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Danny Vowell / Kentucky New EraLink
A man reads next to a restaurant in the capital city. The words on the wall read, "The Creole awaits you."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DESMOND BOYLAN / REUTERSLink
A security guard stands at the exit of the Shanghai Nightmare haunted house attraction. While China has a rich tradition of ghosts and ghouls of its own, Halloween is a non-event for most Chinese, who hold their own commemoration for the dead during the Qingming Festival or Tomb Sweeping Day, usually marked in April.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARLOS BARRIA / REUTERSLink
The landscape is flattened in the village of Kinaredjo after the eruption of Mount Merapi. The death toll is estimated at 28, Indonesia health officials said. Mount Merapi erupted Tuesday, spewing clouds of hot ash into the sky and sending hot debris down its slopes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADI WEDA / EPALink
Ash covers the interior of a house in a village near the Mt. Merapi volcano in central Java, Indonesia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SLAMET RIYADI / Associated PressLink
An aerial view shows a devastated village two days after a tsunami hit the island of Siporapora, part of Indonesia's Mentawai Islands. Disaster officials in the provincial capital of Padang put the death toll at 154 after 10 villages were swept away by waves caused by a magnitude-7.2 quake. More then 500 people were said to be missing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MAST IRHAM / EPALink
NASA has released a new photo made up of a mosaic of 330 individual images of the Andromeda galaxy, taken by the ultraviolet/optical telescope aboard NASA's Swift spacecraft. It is the highest-resolution image of the galaxy ever recorded in the ultraviolet wave length. The Andromeda galaxy is more than 220,000 light-years across and lies 2.5 million light-years away. On a clear, dark night, the galaxy is faintly visible as a misty patch to the naked eye.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA / EPALink
Swiss guards wait for Pope Benedict XVI before his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ETTORE FERRARI / EPALink
Soldiers stand in formation during a send-off ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo. The Philippine military will send 370 officers and soldiers to join a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Golan Heights next month.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHERYL RAVELO / ReutersLink
Giant pandas eat carrots at Bifeng Gorge, a breeding center in the Wolong Giant Panda Protection and Research Center.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHINA DAILY / ReutersLink
Trade union members take time out for a smooch under a banner during a protest against government austerity measures. On Wednesday, Romania's centrist government survived a no-confidence vote in parliament over deep spending cuts and tax hikes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RADU SIGHETI / ReutersLink
Residents stand next to a stranded humpback whale on Geriba beach. The whales migrate north from Antarctica to mate from July to November off the coast of Brazil. The whale died after rescue workers failed for the second straight day to tow it off the beach.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGIO MORAES / ReutersLink
A Palestinian boy is reflected in a mirror as he sits at the Hamam al-Samra, a traditional Turkish bath. The Hamam al-Samra, open 24 hours daily with separate hours for men and women, is about 1,000 years old and frequented by local Palestinians for bathing purposes as well as treatment for various ailments.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUHAIB SALEM / ReutersLink
An Afghan Kuchi girl covers her face as she attends a class in a tent in front of the ruins of the Darul Aman Palace on the outskirts of Kabul. More than 300 Afghan Kuchi tribal nomads settled into the palace several months ago under the protection of Afghan paramilitary police, who use the ruins as a makeshift patrol base, after being driven from a nearby area in Kabul during a bout of ethnic riots earlier this summer.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHAH MARAI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Israeli riot and undercover police grab an Arab-Israeli demonstrator in Umm Al-Fahm, as extreme right-wing Israelis marching under heavy police escort through this Arab town in northern Israel were met by scores of stone-throwing residents.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Vietnamese woman carries her bicycle over railway lines. The Vietnamese capital is set to host the ASEAN Summit and related summits from Thursday to Saturday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
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