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Jordanian demonstrators hold a giant Jordanian flag during an anti-government demonstration after Friday prayers.


Capt. Padraic Heiliger plays with a boy while on patrol in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan.


Tawakul Karman, right, receives congratulations from supporters near her tent in the area known as Change Square after it was announced that she was one of three people to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Karman won for organizing peaceful protests against Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.


A Libyan revolutionary fighter fires his machine gun while attacking forces that support Moammar Kadafi. Rebel forces have besieged Surt since Sept. 15 but have not managed to penetrate the heart of the city.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bela Szandelszky / Associated Press

Palestinian children walk in an alley in a refugee camp.


Arnold Schwarzenegger unveils a statue of himself as his son Patrick, left, watches. The statue is outside his childhood home, which in now a museum.


Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during a practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix.


Villagers gather at a river to process sludge containing gold.


Kangal fish, also called doctor fish, nibble on the feet of a customer at a therapy center. The fish, which feed on dead skin, are often used as a treatment for psoriasis.


A Guatemalan gymnast performs on the balance bar during the qualifying of the artistic gymnastics world championships.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Koji Sasahara / Associated Press

Prisoners wade through a flooded jail as they evacuate to another lockup at Ayutthaya prison north of Bangkok. At least 224 people have died in flooding in Thailand since mid-July and water has inundated the 400-year-old Chai Wattanaram temple in the ancient city of Ayutthaya, a World Heritage Site, officials said.


Firefighters battle a wildfire in Portugal.


Palestinian women inspect the site where Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian water well built without a permit on the outskirts of Hebron. Reports state that tensions rose as Palestinian homes were destroyed by Israeli authorities for allegedly not having a building license and because the Israeli-built concrete "separation barrier" will cut through their land in Hebron. Two other homes were destroyed for the same reason in Beit Ola in Hebron.


A Libyan rebel fires a weapon mounted on his vehicle during battles with pro-Moammar Kadafi fighters. According to media sources, street-to-street fighting raged Thursday between Libyan rebels and loyalists of fugitive leader Kadafi in Surt as the battle entered its final stages. Rebel forces are saying they now control more than half of the city but were still fighting to reach the center of Kadafi's birthplace.


A North Korean boy works in the field of a collective farm in an area damaged by summer floods and typhoons in this photo taken during a government-controlled tour. Isolated North Korea has appealed for food aid following the disasters and years of mismanagement. In South Hwanghae province, which traditionally produces about a third of the country's total cereal supply, officials say a savage winter wiped out 65% of the barley, wheat and potato crops.


An Indian devotee holding a pot of holy smoke dances before an idol of Hindu goddess Durga being brought for immersion in the Brahmaputra River. The immersion of idols marked the end of the five-day Durga Puja festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anupam Nath / Associated Press

Pictures of bomb victims sit outside the U.S. Interests Section before a ceremony honoring those who died on Oct. 6, 1976, when a Cubana Airlines plane flying from Barbados to Havana exploded in midair. The event also honored people who the Cuban government says were killed in attacks against the nation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Javier Galeano / Associated Press

Advanced Light Helicopters of the Indian air force's Sarang aerobatics team perform during the full dress rehearsal for the Air Force Day parade at Air Force Station Hindon in Ghaziabad town on the outskirts of New Delhi. The Indian air force will celebrate its 79th anniversary Saturday.


Competitors flex their muscles during a women's category of the Asian World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Apichart Weerawong / Associated Press

A man escapes Athens' Constitution Square after being assaulted by a group protesting Greece's fresh batch of austerity measures. The demonstrators had accused him of being a fascist.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yannis Behrakis / Reuters

A riot officer swings his baton at a protester during clashes that erupted as workers staged a 24-hour nationwide strike to demonstrate opposition to austerity measures taken by the Greek government.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alkis Konstantinidis / European Pressphoto Agency

Romanian youths gather to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs in the biggest such demonstration in Romania to date.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adrian Piclisan / AFP / Getty Images

A girl shows her affection for a horse during the Equiros international horse exhibition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Natalia Kolesnikova / AFP / Getty Images

Members of an Indian band play religious tunes at the Dussehra festival, which commemorates the victory of Rama over Ravana, an evil ruler who had abducted Rama's wife, Sita.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Altaf Qadri / Associated Press

Malaysian ethnic Chinese walk barefoot over burning coals on the final day of the Nine Emperor Gods festival at a temple in Kuala Lumpur. The men have abstained from meat for the last nine days to purify their bodies in preparation for this ritual.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vincent Thian / Associated Press

Models joke before Russian fashion designer Alena Akhmadullina's spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection is presented.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francois Mori / Associated Press

Australia's Mick Fanning competes in the Quiksilver Pro France surfing competition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kelly Cestari / Associated Press

A man who has been homeless since typhoons Nesat and Nalgae struck the area looks over the scene at a fishing village.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Javellana / Reuters

Two residents smile as they cross a flood-hit area north of Manila after back-to-back typhoons affected more than half a million people in northern Philippines.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aaron Favila / Associated Press

Residents whose homes have been severely damaged or destroyed by typhoons Nesat and Nalgae play at a beach near an abandoned ship at a fishing village. Scores of people living in flood-hit towns north of Manila continue to struggle, having not seen dry land for nearly a week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Javellana / Reuters

An image taken with a slow shutter speed shows Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hitting a return against opponent Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia during their match at the China Open in Beijing.


Using their legs, men row a long boat in a traditional competition during the annual Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival at Inle Lake, Myanmar. The lake is the country's second-largest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters

Men carry the body of a victim who was killed in a car bomb explosion in war-torn Somalia's capital of Mogadishu. More than 50 people were reported to have been killed in the explosion, which took place in front of the Ministry of Education building. Al Qaeda-linked Islamic militia al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack.


A U.S. soldier discards the empty shell of a mortar after successive rounds were fired at Taliban positions in Shalay Valley near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Erik de Castro / Reuters

In Libya, a National Transitional Council fighter walks past a plume of black smoke at the front line in Bani Walid, southeast of capital city Tripoli. Leaders of the council say their group is trying to guide Libya into a post-Moammar Kadafi era.


Occupy Wall Street demonstrators stage a march dressed as corporate zombies during a protest near Wall Street in New York. The protestors, speaking out against corporate greed and other issues, carried on their occupation of Zuccotti Park, near the New York Stock Exchange, despite mass arrests over the weekend.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP

An Indian boy sells effigies of the Hindu demon King Ravana at a roadside stand in Amritsar before the Hindu festival of Dussehra. The festival, which will be held Oct. 6, symbolizes the victory of good over evil in Hindu mythology.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Narinder Nanu / AFP

Children displaced by Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae hang out at a school-turned-evacuation center in Calumpit, a town north of Manila. A number of towns are still flooded three days after the last typhoon, on Saturday.


Matti Noor Khan, 35, combs his beard while sitting in front of his home shortly before heading to a fruit market where he works, in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press

A police officer with a baton charges toward Kashmiri government employees during a protest in Srinagar, India. Government employees are seeking salary increases, among other demands.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mukhtar Khan / Associated Press

Amanda Knox is whisked away from the courthouse in Perugia after she was acquitted of murder and sexual assault in a dramatic end to her four-year legal battle.


The hands a mixed race couple protect a candle flame from the wind as they protest with supporters of the Dalai Lama outside the Houses of Parliament in Cape Town. The Dalai Lama was invited to attend fellow Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday celebration later this week but thus far his visa application has been rejected by the South African government, fearing reprisals by China, the country's largest trading partner.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIC BOTHMA / European Pressphoto Agency

Pakistani Shaima Akram, 12, left, and her sister Shamila, 9, rest while working with their family in a brick factory on the outskirts of Islamabad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press

Against a backdrop of London's skyline, Zora Bishop, 22, left, and Leanne Golightly, 23, relax in the autumn sunshine on the South Bank of the River Thames. Britain's heat wave will soon come to an end, with temperatures expected to drop later this week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Quigley / Associated Press

Colorful arrows hit their targets with precision during the women's ranking round on the first day of the London Archery Classic at Lords Cricket Ground.


An engineer of the "Difficult Access Team" uses a hammer to sound for loose stones on the Washington Monument to determine the extent of damage caused by the 5.8-magnitude earthquake in August.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alex Wong / Getty Images

The White House is bathed in pink light in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness month.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

Protesters with Yemeni and Syrian flags painted on their faces chant slogans during a demonstration to demand the resignation of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The Arabic writing on the man's face at right reads, "Get out."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hani Mohammed / Associated Press

Amanda Knox is escorted into an appeal hearing at the Perugia court. The 24-year-old looked tense as she entered a packed courthouse. She is expected to address the court in a final plea of her innocence. A verdict is expected later today. American student Knox and her former Italian boyfriend were found guilty of the murder and sexual assault of a British woman, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Antonio Calanni / Associated Press

Devotees to the Chinese shrine of Jui Tui shield themselves as fireworks explode as they carry a shrine during a street procession at the annual Vegetarian Festival on Phuket. The traditional Chinese vegetarian festival held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar emphasizes ritual cleansing to mark the nine-day festival featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism.


Residents walk past a tattered Philippine flag at an area where most of the houses were wiped out by strong currents from recent typhoons along a coastal village in Tangos. Flood waters slowly receded Monday in many parts of the northern Philippines after two typhoons.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aaron Favila / Associated Press

A man carries ducks to a livestock market in Kathmandu. The Hindu festival of Navaratri, also known as the Dasain festival, celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Hindus offer sacrificial animals during the festival.


High school students clash with riot police during a protest march against economic austerity and planned education reforms. Clashes broke out when police attempted to free traffic after the students blocked a main avenue in front of Parliament.


Families of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel protest in front the International Committee of the Red Cross in Nablus. The inmates started a hunger strike Sept. 28 to protest punishments such as lengthy stays in solitary confinement, officials said.


A memorial ceremony at Minora Monument pays tribute to victims of the Nazi massacre of Jews at Babi Yar ravine in Kiev 70 years ago. The Nazis shot 33,771 Jews at Babi Yar from Sept. 29 to 30, 1941, in an atrocity that has been commemorated only in recent years.


Judges walk to Parliament from Westminster Abbey in London. The start of the legal year is marked with a traditional religious service and procession. The judges arrive from the Royal Courts of Justice for the service followed by a procession to the Houses of Parliament, where the lord chancellor hosts a reception.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

Nurses look after babies inside a postpartum center. Taiwan had the world's lowest fertility rate at 0.9 children per woman on the island of 23 million people last year, according to the Ministry of the Interior. Taiwan wants to raise its birthrate before the sinking number of newborns threatens productivity for its export-driven $390-billion economy.


An anti-Kadafi fighter fires an RPG-7 during fighting in an area about a half mile from the center of Sirte. The city of Sirte on the Mediterranean coast is the birthplace of Kadafi and is at the center of a battle for control between fighters loyal to Libya's deposed leader and forces with the National Transitional Council, the country's new rulers.


Indian children eat food at their temporary shelter on the side of the road in Hyderabad. In an affidavit filed to the Supreme Court, India's Planning Commission shared a new estimate on India's poverty line, setting it at $19.50 per month for people living in cities and at $16 for people living in rural areas to spend on food, education and health.


British fashion designer Bill Gaytten for John Galliano's fashion house presents his spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francois Mori / Associated Press

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