At a feeding center at the world’s largest refugee complex in Dadaab, Kenya, a mother looks for signs of recovery in her severely malnourished 1-year-old son. The worst drought in decades has blistered large parts of the Horn of Africa, leaving villages deserted, rivers dead and some 12 million people needing emergency aid.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles TimesLink
A woman passes a mural honoring the victims of Sept. 11 at the FDNY Engine Company 205 and Hook & Ladder Company 118 firehouse in the Brooklyn borough of Uniondale.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHANNON STAPLETON / REUTERSLink
A student reads the Koran at the Al-Mukmin Islamic boarding school in Solo before morning prayers for the holy month of Ramadan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEAWIHARTA / REUTERSLink
A woman is silhouetted as she ascends a colorful staircase in a shop in Rome. Italy's financial system remains stable despite market tensions created by international uncertainties, a committee of senior Italian financial officials reported after an emergency meeting on Tuesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TONY GENTILE / REUTERSLink
A man walks up stairs covered with an image of a refugee, part of an awareness campaign by the U.N. High Commission for Refugees throughout the city.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LEO RAMIREZ / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
An image provided by the Nacogdoches Police Department shows a remnant of the shuttle Columbia on a dry lake bed in eastern Texas, exposed due to the severe drought. The globe-shaped object was one of 18 tanks on Columbia that helped power the shuttle, according to a NASA spokesperson. The shuttle disintegrated on its return to Earth in 2003, killing all seven astronauts on board and leaving a trail of debris that spanned several hundred miles.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nacogdoches Police Dept. / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
The flight data recorder from Caribbean Airlines flight 523, a Boeing 737-800 that crashed Sunday while trying to land in Guyana, is displayed for the media at National Transportation Safety Board headquarters in Washington.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cliff Owen / Associated PressLink
An illuminated board at the New York Stock Exchange displays the final trading numbers for the day. The S&P 500 turned negative as wrangling over the U.S. debt ceiling ended and investors turned their attention to the stalling economy.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BRENDAN MCDERMID / REUTERSLink
An unusual advertising billboard at the corner of Grand and West Broadway acts as a mood meter by analyzing Twitter, gauging the number of happy and sad emoticons tweeted at any given moment, causing the billboard's face to change between a smile and a frown.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Burton / Getty ImagesLink
Drew Petersen of the U.S. performs during a free-skiing session at Snow Park in Wanaka, New Zealand. Petersen is ranked second in the Junior Freeskiing Tour, a big mountain competition held in the United States.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cameron Spencer / Getty ImagesLink
A man in his underwear and a tie holds a sign at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., as part of a Men's Wearhouse clothing drive to help at-risk people transitioning into the workforce.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Visitors to Salisbury Cathedral stop to look at Sean Henry's sculpture Man Lying on His Side (2000) on exhibit at the Nave in Salisbury, England. The exhibition, "Conflux: A Union of the Sacred and the Anonymous," features more than 20 contemporary sculptures of dramatically different scales occupying vacant plinths and open spaces inside and outside the iconic 13th century building. This exhibition brings to the Cathedral the biggest single group of polychrome sculpture since the Reformation and runs until the end of October.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesLink
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. The Dow opened lower due to investor fears about a slowing economy after the release of a weak consumer spending report.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Burton / Getty ImagesLink
Masses of seaweed are cleared away along the French coastline at St. Michel-en-Greve. The mysterious death of 36 wild boars on France's northwestern coast baffled authorities on Tuesday after tests suggested large amounts of rotting seaweed strewn across beaches may not be to blame. Environmentalists had said that toxic, foul-smelling hydrogen sulfide gas emitted by the rotting seaweed had poisoned the animals in the Cotes d'Armor region of Brittany.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BENOIT TESSIER / X02011Link
Young women attend the funeral of Mona Abdninur, 18, in Hoeybraeten, Norway. The teenager was one of the 77 people killed in a July 22 bombing and shootings. Anders Behring Breivik has confessed to the attacks.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STOYAN NENOV / ReutersLink
A boy swims in a knee-high flood waters brought about by continuous rainfall from typhoon Muifa along a main street in Maceda, metro Manila.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ReutersLink
EdgeWalk is CN Tower's most thrilling attraction in its 35-year history and the first of its kind in North America. It is the world's highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5-foot-wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower's main pod. Visitors are able to walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. Trained EdgeWalk guides encourage participants to push their personal limits, allowing them to lean back over Toronto where they can view the area.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Somali refugees are gathered at a registration center in Dadaab, Kenya, to receive aid after being displaced from their homes by a famine that is ravaging the horn of Africa region. An estimated 3.7 million people in Somalia -- about a third of the population -- are on the brink of starvation. Relief agencies are struggling to cope with the daily influx of Somalis escaping not only drought but also al-Shabab extremists.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TONY KARUMBA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A boat passes a sculpture of a gigantic mermaid designed by German artist Oliver Voss on Alster River in Hamburg, Germany. The Styrofoam and steel sculpture will be on exhibit for 10 days.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Axel Heimken / Associated PressLink
Former Russian paratroopers with Airborne Forces flags celebrate Paratroopers Day in a fountain in Moscow's Gorky Park. Russian Paratroopers' Forces celebrated the 81st anniversary of the forces creation on Tuesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mikhail Metzel / Associated PressLink
Tiger Woods watches his iron shot on the front nine during practice for the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marvin Fong / The Plain DealerLink
A car drives at sunrise along Chapmans Peak, part of the Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, South Africa. Situated at the southwestern tip of Africa, the Table Mountain National Park is part of the Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIC BOTHMA / EPALink
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