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American Christian Taylor is seen in silhouette during triple jump qualifying at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu Stadium.


Libyans celebrate with their new flag at Martyrs' Square in Tripoli.


A bungee jumper free falls against the backdrop of downtown Auckland. New Zealand is gearing up for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Sept. 9 to Oct. 23, in Auckland.


A photograph of Salvador Dali is projected onto a wall at an exhibition of the Spanish artist's work at Moscow's Pushkin Museum. The exhibition is part of a cultural exchange between Russia and Spain this year.


National colors are proudly worn by Argentine fans during a friendly soccer match between Argentina and Venezuela in Kolkata, India. The Argentine team will also travel to Bangladesh to play Venezuela and Nigeria in matches designed to boost the popularity of soccer on the subcontinent.


The red-carpet show at the 68th Venice Film Festival gets an added dash of that color as model Natasha Poly arrives for the screening of "W.E.," directed by Madonna. The film, about Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee for whom England's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne, is presented out of competition.


Seized bricks of cocaine are thrown into a fire. A recent operation in Villa Hayes netted 422 kg. of the drug.


Fans of England's soccer team, dressed as crusaders, pose with their beers as England faces Bulgaria in a Euro 2012 qualifying match.


Maori warriors perform a traditional haka dance in ceremonies welcoming the Japanese rugby team to New Zealand for the 2011 Rugby World Cup starting next week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: William West / AFP/Getty Images

Polish military veteran Josef Ladrowski, 90, salutes as a wreath is laid at the Polish war monument in Berlin in ceremonies commemorating Germany's attack on Poland in 1939. The attack on Sept. 1 marked the start of World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Markus Schreiber / Associated Press

A rebel fighter prepares to search a vehicle at a traffic checkpoint as the hunt for Moammar Kadafi continued.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francois Mori / Associated Press

Riot police use shields to protect themselves in a clash with pro-Kurdish demonstrators during an International Peace Day rally that was marred by violence on the Asian side of Istanbul.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Osman Orsal / Reuters

Elementary schoolchildren wearing fireproof hoods gather in their playground as part of a nationwide earthquake preparedness drill. It was the nation's first such drill since the March 11 disasters that left 20,000 dead or missing and triggered a nuclear crisis.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP

A participant in La Recuerda (The Remembrance) festival throws a fireball in the main street of Nejapa, north of San Salvador. The festival dates from 1922 and recalls the 1658 eruption of a volcano that destroyed the town.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jose Cabezas / AFP/Getty Images

Spectators flee as waves created by a tidal bore crash over a barrier on the Qiantang River east China's Zhejiang province. About 20 people were injured when they were caught too close to the river while viewing the annual tidal bore, which occurs when sea water from an unusually high tide funnels into the river, creating high waves.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AP / Associated Press

Amber Houghton, 8, tries out the new glass floor at the top of the Blackpool Tower, a British seaside icon newly reopened after an extensive refurbishment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

Workmen put the finishing touches on a giant art installation on Blackpool Promenade, viewed from the observation deck of the refurbished Blackpool Tower.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

Police and residents run as waves from a tidal bore surge past a barrier on the banks of the Qiantang River.


A reveler slides on a street covered with squashed tomatoes during the "Tomatina" fight. Tens of thousands of revelers splattered each other with 120 tons of squashed tomatoes in the gigantic annual food fight. The streets ran red with slippery juice as nearly 40,000 people, many stripped to the waist and drunk with sangria, pelted each other in the Plaza Mayor and nearby streets.


A dog jumps into the water after Haim, a loggerhead turtle making his way back into the Mediterranean Sea after his release at Givat Olga beach. Haim was hooked by mistake in May by a fisherman. Since then he has been treated by the medical clinic of the Israeli National Park Authority.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tsafrir Abayov / Associated Press

A woman with fingers painted in the colors of the Libyan flag celebrates in Martyrs Square. Thousands of Libyans gathered in the square to celebrate the success of rebel fighters against Col. Moammar Kadafi's forces and the beginning of the Muslim festival Eid al-Fitr.


Iranian women pray in the historic Naqsh-e Jahan Square on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan.


Girls pray next to a cemetery for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.


Squatters try to stop riot police from escorting a team to demolish their homes. Hundreds of informal settlers scuffled with police as authorities tried to enforce a demolition order to pave the way for the development of the area.


Challenger Tomonobu Shimizu, left, of Japan grimaces upon receiving a right by champion Hugo Fidel Cazares of Mexico during their WBA super flyweight title match. Shimizu defeated Cazares, 2-1.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shizuo Kambayashi / Associated Press

A visitor looks back at lanterns lining a staircase at the Donghwasa Temple, built in AD 493. The temple is home to the 98-foot-high Tongil-daebul Buddha statue, the largest Buddha statue in the world.


A Chinese tourist poses with a North Korean flag. Since South Korean tourists have been barred from this luxury resort, known abroad as Diamond Mountain, North Korea has begun courting Chinese and other international tourists.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ng Han Guan / Associated Press

New Yorker Carl Henry, 21, left, has no problem with the chilly morning on the Third Street Promenade while Encino resident Tim Anderson-MacDonald, 22, right, tries to stay warm as they wait for the opening of Desigual. The Spanish apparel company held an undie party, allowing the first 100 people dressed in only their skivvies a one-hour shopping spree for a free two-piece Desigual outfit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A Muslim woman shows her henna-decorated hands during "Chand Raat," or "Night of the Moon," traditionally held on the eve of the festival of Eid al-Fitr. Muslims all over the world began Eid al-Fitr celebrations at the sighting of the crescent moon, marking the end of Muslim's holy fasting month of Ramadan.


Robert Harting of Germany celebrates winning the men's discus throw final at the IAAF World Championships.


Parents help their children leave an elementary school as Typhoon Nanmadol brought heavy rains. Taiwan deployed more than 50,000 troops Monday and evacuated thousands of people as the storm pummeled some of the island's most densely populated areas.


Passengers atop an overcrowded train are headed for Jamalpur, Bangladesh. Millions of residents of the capital city of Dhaka are traveling home to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Bangladesh will celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday.


Camels stand on the motorway between Misrata and Surt, Libya. Libyan rebels were advancing toward Surt, Moammar Kadafi's hometown and the last bastion of loyalists.


Residents attend the departure ceremony of a cruise ship from the North Korean special economic zone of Rason, northeast of Pyongyang. Destitute North Korea's push to breathe new life into its economic relationships with China and Russia appears to be bearing fruit in the far north of the country, where foreigners are busily helping to rebuild the region's creaking infrastructure. A top local official told reporters that China and Russia had invested heavily in the region in order to gain access to its three east coast ports in the towns of Rajin and Songbon, which are the main centers for the secretive North's Rason Special Economic Zone.


Pigeons fly as a policeman guards residents praying outside a mosque on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr in Kabul.


A family member lights butter lamps during a commemorative service during the 28th International Day of the Disappeared. According to the organizers, an estimated 1,350 people disappeared during the armed Maoist insurgency against the now-toppled monarchy, and their fates are still not known. The purpose of the event was to draw attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned under poor conditions at places unknown to their relatives or legal representatives.


Mexican police with five men arrested in connection with the attack on a casino in Monterrey. Mexico arrested the suspected drug gang members in connection with the torching of the casino last week that killed at least 52 people, one of the worst attacks on civilians in the country in years.


A resident surveys the scene on North Main Street, left under water by Tropical Storm Irene. Thousands of Vermont utility customers were without power Monday, and hundreds of roads were closed and a number of bridges were destroyed by the flooding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Glenn Russell / Free Press

Highway 12 on North Carolina's Outer Banks, the main road that connects Cape Hatteras National Seashore to the mainland, was destroyed by Hurricane Irene.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jose Luis Magana / Reuters

The sun rises Monday on Coney Island, a day after Hurricane Irene swept through the New York City area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mario Tama / Getty Images

A young man jumps over a charging bull during the second of the five encierros, or bull runs, held during the local feast of Nuestra Senora del Rosario.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Juan Martin Misis / European Pressphoto Agency

Valerie Adams of New Zealand celebrates after winning the women's shot put competition at the 13th IAAF World Championships.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Franck Robichon / European Pressphoto Agency

Young dancers wait backstage before performing at a local school.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carlos Barria / Reuters

A worker polishes the exterior surface of an unfinished miniature submarine at the workshop of Zhang Wuyi, a local farmer who is interested in scientific inventions. Zhang has successfully tested his self-made miniature submarine Shuguang Hao, which is 12 feet long, 6 feet tall and has a maximum diving depth of 65 feet. "I hope to sell my submarine as a civil product with the price of about 100,000 yuan ($15,670) after safety tests, and a merchant has decided to order one in this month", Zhang said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jason Lee / Reuters

Rescuers and volunteers search for a fourth person believed to him been buried alive in an avalanche of rubbish at the city dump at the height of Typhoon Nanmadol. The storm left at least 16 people dead after hitting the Philippines, and the toll is expected to rise as hopes of finding those missing fade, officials said.


Israeli soldiers search for Hamas members during an operation in the West Bank city of Hebron.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Abed al Hashlamoun / European Pressphoto Agency

Libyan rebels stand on the charred tail section of an Afriqiyah Airways plane from the national carrier's fleet in Tripoli.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick Baz / AFP / Getty Images

A performer takes part in the Notting Hill Carnival in London. Monday, a public holiday, is the second and busiest day of the two-day festival, which attracts about a million people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carl Court / AFP / Getty Images

Kristin Hedstrom, left and Julie Nichols, competing for the U.S. at the World Rowing Championships, cross the finish line in the lightweight women's double sculls competition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Filip Horvat / Associated Press

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We started off the week on the East Coast with the damage wrought by Hurricane Irene. Almost 50,000 Vermont utility customers were left without power, hundreds of roads were closed and a number of bridges were destroyed by flooding caused by by the remnants of Irene.  Highway 12 in North Carolina, the main road that connects Cape Hatteras National Seashore to the mainland,  was destroyed.

Mother Nature was also on display in China, where police and residents scrambled to safety after a tidal surge roars past a barrier along the Qiantang River. In California, a storm near Antarctica, Australia and New Zealand created a strong southwest swell that served up waves as high as 15 feet along south-facing beaches, and rescuers and volunteers searched for bodies in the northern Philippines after an avalanche of rubbish at the city dump was triggered by Typhoon Nanmadol.

In the arts, a picture of Salvador Dali is projected at Moscow’s Pushkin Museum, where the artist’s work is being shown as part of a cultural exchange between Russia and Spain this year, and the red carpet is rolled out in Italy for the 68th Venice Film Festival.

On the festival front, Tens of thousands of revelers in the town of Bunol, Spain, splatter one another with 120 tons of squashed tomatoes in a gigantic annual food fight known as the “Tomatina.” Also, a dancer in London takes part in the Notting Hill Carnival, a two-day festival that attracts about a million people; English soccer fans dressed as crusaders invade Sofia prior to a  Euro 2012 qualifying football match against Bulgaria; and a dog herds a loggerhead turtle back into the Mediterranean Sea after his release at Givat Olga beach in Israel. The turtle, named Haim, was accidentally hooked in May by a fisherman and was treated by the Israeli National Park Authority before its release.

Elsewhere, women pray in historic Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan on the first day of Eid al-Fitr in Iran; residents of a squatters’ camp attempt to stop riot police from escorting a demolition team to their homes in Manila; and a Chinese tourist poses with a North Korean flag as he visits Mount Kumgang in North Korea. Since South Korean tourists have been barred from the luxury resort, known abroad as Diamond Mountain, North Korea has begun courting Chinese and other international tourists.

That’s our report for this week. Enjoy.

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