Bangkok, Thailand — A Buddhist monk walks in floodwaters at a temple in Bangkok's historic center. Thailand's premier warned nervous residents of the capital that flooding could last for four weeks as waters inched nearer the city center on the eve of an emergency five-day holiday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christophe Archambault / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Moscow, Russia — Candles, portraits and flowers are laid on the steps of the Dubrovka Theater to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the day that Chechen rebels took over the building, beginning a siege that ended three days later with the deaths of more than 150 people. On Oct. 23, 2002, during the second act of the musical "Nord-Ost," gunmen took about 800 people hostage in an audacious attempt to prod Russian authorities into ending the war in Chechnya. On the morning of Oct. 26, Russian special forces pumped a narcotic gas into the theater to knock out the rebels and then stormed the building, killing all 40 hostage-takers. But 129 hostages also died, almost all from the effects of the gas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Misha Japaridze / Associated PressLink
Ercis, Turkey — A man walks in front of buildings jolted from their foundations in Turkey's devastating earthquake. Homeless survivors of the quake endured sub-zero temperatures Wednesday as the government admitted that it was struggling to cope with the demand for shelter.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mustafa Ozer / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Tokyo — Farmers attend a rally in opposition to Japan's participation in rule-making negotiations for the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The agreement would, in principle, eliminate all tariffs within the zone, including on farm products, which have been excluded from Japan's previous free-trade deals.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yuriko Nakao / ReutersLink
Katmandu, Nepal — A Hindu devotee performs rituals during the Tihar festival, or the festival of lights, also known as Diwali. The second day of the five-day festival is dedicated to the worship of cows, considered as an incarnation of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated PressLink
Agartala, India — An Indian Border Security Force soldier lights candles inside a bunker in observance of the Hindu festival of Diwali, the annual festival of lights, at the India-Bangladesh border.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jayanta Dey / ReutersLink
Casabermeja, Spain — Tombs get a fresh coat of paint at the cemetery of Casabermeja, near the southern Spanish city of Malaga, in preparation for All Saints Day on Tuesday, which Roman Catholics mark by visiting cemeteries and graves of relatives and friends.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jon Nazca / ReutersLink
Nice, France — French National Police Intervention Groups conduct commando training exercises ahead of next week's G-20 summit in nearby Cannes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lionel Cironneau / Associated PressLink
Dortmund, Germany — Dresden fans set off fireworks in the stands during the German Soccer Cup match between German champion Borussia Dortmund and second-division club Dynamo Dresden. Police say 15 people were arrested and several injured in clashes between officers and Dresden supporters. Borussia won the match 2-0.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Meissner / Associated PressLink
Damascus, Syria — Supporters of President Bashar Assad rally at Umayyad Square a few hours ahead of a visit by senior Arab officials probing ways to start a dialogue between the Syrian regime and the opposition.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bassem Tellawi / Associated PressLink
Sana, Yemen — Protesting Yemeni women burn their veils during a street demonstration demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hani Mohammed / Associated PressLink
Colombo, Sri Lanka — A laborer fumigates a poor neighborhood as part of effort to control disease-carrying mosquitoes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eranga Jayawardena / Associated PressLink
Manila, Philippines — A man relaxes in a hammock along Manila Bay.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Javellana / ReutersLink
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