Shenyang, China — A student stretches with the help of a teacher and a classmate during a physical training session at a fine arts school in Liaoning province. Students are required to complete 12 years of training before they may take the national entrance examination to attend art college, according to local media.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sheng Li / ReutersLink
El Monte, Calif. — Steven Hinton, 20, and others from California Conservation Corps celebrate their 35th anniversary with a ``work celebration,'' by cleaning a blighted area behind Madrid Middle School in El Monte.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles TimesLink
Hyderabad, India — A Hindu devotee crawls under a sacred cow on the eve of the Gopastami festival, which commemorates Lord Krishna becoming a cowherder, and is observed by preparing food and offering religious rituals to cows.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Noah Seelam / AFPLink
Soweto, South Africa — Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla , Duchess of Cornwall, watch schoolchildren perform a dance during a visit to Freedom Square in Soweto as part of their five-day tour of South Africa.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gareth Fuller / Associated PressLink
Seoul — A lantern in the shape of a traditional Korean warrior stands guard over the Seoul Lantern Festival, which continues through Nov. 20.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated PressLink
Vatican City — Altar boys lead the procession at St. Peter's Basilica during a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI for Roman Catholic cardinals and bishops who have died this year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Gentile / ReutersLink
Rome — An autumn moon hangs low in the sky as floodlights illuminate Saint Peter's Basilica.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alessandro Bianchi / ReutersLink
Seoul — Marchers protesting the South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement are dispersed by riot police using water cannon near the National Assembly building. Thousands of protesters including farmers, union members and university students took part in the rally. South Korea's parliament was locked down on Thursday amid a deepening political standoff over the ruling Grand National Party's push to wrap up a free-trade deal with the U.S. in the face of bitter liberal opposition. The red banner reads: "Block the South Korea-U.S. FTA!"
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jo Yong-hak / ReutersLink
Oakland — A demonstrator waves a flag as trash burns at an Occupy Oakland rally. Police in riot gear clashed with protesters in the early morning hours, firing tear gas to disperse crowds lingering in the streets after a day of mostly peaceful rallies against economic inequality and police brutality.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Stepham Lam / ReutersLink
Bangkok, Thailand — An enterprising boat owner turned water taxi driver, center, makes change for a resident paying for a ride across a flooded area of the capital. Floods in Thailand have killed nearly 400 people and disrupted the lives of more than 2 million since July.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADREES LATIF / ReutersLink
Bangkok, Thailand — Jets are marooned by floodwaters, reachable only by boat, at the closed Don Muang airport
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paula Bronstein / Getty ImagesLink
Mumbai, India — Crowds gather to watch as fire rages at the offices of the Admiral Superintendent Department, built during the British regime in the early 18th century, at Mumbai's naval dockyard. The cause of the blaze was not yet known and there was no word of casualties or damage estimates.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFPLink
Aqaba, Jordan — Fire boats pour water on a ferry carrying 1,230 passengers on which fire broke out after it left the Jordanian Red Sea port of Aqaba bound for the Egyptian port of Nuweiba.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABRAHAM FARAJYAN / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
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