An electronic board displays trading activity on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Mounting fears about the health of the global economy sent the Dow Jones industrial average plummeting more than 500 points, putting new pressures on financial and political leaders to find a way to prevent a double-dip recession.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jin Lee / Associated PressLink
A woman reads a copy of the Koran on the fourth day of Ramadan at the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta. Muslims around the world celebrate the month of Ramadan by abstaining from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk each day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADEK BERRY / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Bank of Japan governor Masaaki Shirakawa takes questions at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday. Shirakawa said the central bank closely communicates with the finance ministry on economic and financial developments.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURIKO NAKAO / REUTERSLink
The San Jose mine in Copiapo remains shuttered a year after 33 miners were trapped deep below the surface and survived for 70 days before being rescued in one of the most complex mine rescue operations ever undertaken.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Trueba / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Team Oracle's Sean Tucker files inverted in his Challenger II biplane over Puget Sound during a practice flight for the annual Boeing Air Show at Seafair taking place this weekend.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ted S. Warren / Associated PressLink
Prayer beads are placed around a religious symbol at a holy shrine in northern Tehran during the month of Ramadan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MORTEZA NIKOUBAZL / REUTERSLink
Xavier Paul of the Pittsburgh Pirates tries to catch a fly ball during a game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jared Wickerham / Getty ImagesLink
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia sports nail polish matching her outfit as she serves to Alberta Brianti of Italy during their match at the WTA Championships in Carlsbad.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE BLAKE / REUTERSLink
Silhouetted against a dusk sky, two people practice walking a slackline at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated PressLink
A pedestrian passes in front of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stock markets plunged, with the Dow down about 250 points, as increasing pessimism about the economy overtook investors around the globe.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott Eells / BloombergLink
Laborers unload coal from a supply truck at a wholesale market in the outskirts of New Delhi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PARIVARTAN SHARMA / ReutersLink
International mountaineers scale the Jungfrau, one of the main summits in the Bernese Alps, situated between the cantons of Valais and Bern in Switzerland. Together with the Eiger and Mönch, the Jungfrau forms a massive wall overlooking the Bernese Oberland and is considered one of the most emblematic sights of the Swiss Alps.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Boesch / Associated PressLink
Costumed participants fight as part of the "Conquest of Mythodea" Live Action Role-Play. Thousands of people from all over the world attend the world's second biggest interactive game, which takes place in an old castle for several days.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER STEFFEN / EPALink
Heavy metal music fans dance during a performance at one of the smaller stages on the first day of the Wacken Open Air heavy metal music fest. About 75,000 heavy metal fans from all over the world have descended on this north German village for the annual three-day fest.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sean Gallup / Getty ImagesLink
A member of NoFit State Circus performs in the "Labyrinth" show at the Eden Project. "Labyrinth," created especially for Eden to celebrate the Cornish attraction's 10th birthday, blends aerial acrobatics with surreal circus stunts and live music and dance, and uses the entire project as a stage.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesLink
Rescue workers and residents search for survivors amid the debris of a residential building that collapsed, killing at least two people, while some 45 people, mostly women, are still feared trapped in the debris.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REHAN KHAN / EPALink
A worker loads sugar cane onto a truck during harvesting at Karanganyar district. The Tasik Madu sugar mill produces 260 tons of sugar per day. Indonesia will not issue any additional import permits for raw or white sugar in 2011 because of ample supply, the trade minister said on Thursday, dashing hopes of more purchases by Southeast Asia's largest consumer.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEAWIHARTA / ReutersLink
Afghan men watch fuel tankers that caught fire. Police said they are investigating the incident in which no casualties were reported but have so far dismissed any terrorist involvement.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHAH MARAI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Thai Muslim women pray during Ramadan at the Central Mosque in the restive province of Pattani. Muslims around the world abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABDULLAH WANGNI / EPALink
A young woman offers a flower to police during a protest. Police have prevented hundreds of anti-austerity protesters from entering the central plaza where they have held numerous demonstrations since May, railing against the political status quo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arturo Rodriguez / Associated PressLink
A hot-air balloon flies as the sun sets in eastern Germany at the site of a three-day balloon festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JENS WOLF / DPALink
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