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Villagers stand in neck-deep water in protest against the move by the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh to increase water levels of regional dams. The demonstrators say more than 1,000 acres of land is already submerged and 60 villages are threatened if the water level in the Omkareshwar dam is increased further.


Catholics stand by a gate in the walled community of Nueva Jerusalem as teachers march in demand of the right for secular education at this religious community. A quarter of the population of this ultra-Catholic community of 4,000 has been confronting the majority in their demand to access Mexico's secular education.


A 3-year-old girl named Maiyu plays with gold neck rings that are marketed to tourists. She lives in Baan Tong Luang, a village created in 2005 in an attempt to preserve the old traditions of the ethnic Hill Tribe while also providing income for them.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

Activists participate in a hunger strike outside Chinese government headquarters against a plan to introduce 'national education' classes into the school curriculum. Opponents of the classes say the move amounts to brainwashing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Associated Press

A koala makes an appearance at the Martin Place public square as Australia's zoo and aquarium association marks the National Threatened Species Day.


News photographers work at a crime scene in the French Alps where three people were found shot to death in a British-registered car. A cyclist was also found dead nearby.


A firefighter watches a practice session for the Formula One Italian Grand Prix.


A city worker fumigates a residential area to check the spread of dengue fever. Dengue, a flu-like illness, is spread by mosquitoes, and it spikes during the annual monsoons, when the rains leave puddles of stagnant water where the insects breed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bikas Das / Associated Press

Bronze medalist Wildan Nukhailawi of Iraq, left, and silver medallist Ahmed Naas of Iraq celebrate following the men's javelin throw final at the 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images

Britain's Prince Harry, left, is shown around Camp Bastion by a member of his squadron. The prince has been redeployed to the region to pilot attack helicopters.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Getty Images Europe

Protesters hold placards during a weekly anti-nuclear power rally in front of the Japanese prime minister's official residence. In the wake of last year's Fukushima nuclear crisis, ralliers want the nation's nuclear power policy changed.


Confetti fills the hall after President Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

North Carolina delegate Judith Porter sports a 1960 hat at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Democrats cheer Vice President Joe Biden's address at the Democratic National Convention.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

People run for cover as smoke rises from the site of a fire at a fireworks factory on the outskirts of Sivakasi, India, on Wednesday. Police in southern India said they have arrested six employees of the fireworks factory for a massive blaze that killed 40 workers and injured 60 others.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Former President Bill Clinton is joined on stage by President Obama after Clinton's speech Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention 2012 in Charlotte, N.C.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Afghan National Police personnel march during a graduation ceremony at a police training center in Herat on Thursday. The Taliban are involved in a quarter of Afghan security personnel attacks on NATO colleagues, according to a military commander. The surge of assaults, unprecedented in modern warfare, have seen Afghan troops opening fire on their NATO colleagues more than 30 times this year, killing at least 45 foreign troops -- most of them Americans.


Protesting students carry a friend to a hospital after he accidentally burned himself while lighting an effigy of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai during a protest against a hike in fuel prices in Katmandu, Nepal. On Sunday, the state owned Nepal Oil Corp. announced the rise in prices effective Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated Press

A protester reacts as an Indian riot policeman charges a crowd during a demonstration in Bhubaneswar. Dozens were injured as police fired tear gas during a Congress party rally against India's Odisha state government, a report said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STRDEL / Agence France-Presse

Lebanese firefighters try to extinguish a fire in a landfill in the southern port city of Sidony on Thursday. The blaze, caused by a methane gas leak, forced the industrial sector to shut down because of smoke and toxic fumes that will require at least 48 hours to extinguish, a source at the Civil Defense Department said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohammed Zaatari / Associated Press

Ukraine's Ruslan Katyshev competes in the men's triple jump F11 final during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LEON NEAL / Agence France-Presse

Matthew Cowdrey of Australia competes in a men's 200-meter individual medley heat on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Clive Rose / Getty Images

Daniel Dias of Brazil competes in a men's 50-meter backstroke heat on Day 8 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Clive Rose / Getty Images

Lion mother Layla holds one of her two babies by the tail in their enclosure at the zoo in Dresden, eastern Germany. Two 5-week-old lion babies were presented to the public for the first time.


Six-year-old quadruplets from Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province have their hair shaved with numbers by their parents to make it easier for teachers and classmates to tell them apart.


Thousands of striking miners singing and carrying sticks march on on the Lonmin Marikana mine, as workers accused police of shooting their colleagues in cold blood during a crackdown that killed 34. Armored police trucks and two police helicopters kept watch as around 3,000 miners arrived at the entrance to the mine owned by the world's No. 3 platinum producer, Lomin, where a deadly strike has killed 44 people


Marcel Hug of Switzerland competes in the Men's 800-meters on Day 7 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julian Finney / Getty Images

Competitors wearing Spider Man costumes lift a race model up before the start of the Cannonball 2000 annual car race. Fifty high-performance cars will race from London to Milan, Italy, and back via Barcelona, Spain; Monte Carlo and Paris.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, left, receives flowers from Thai Muslim women during a visit. Security was tight during the prime minister's visit to the south, where a complex insurgency has plagued the area near the border with Malaysia since 2004, claiming thousands of lives, both Buddhist and Muslim.


A teju lizard sits in the grass during a pet fair. The annual pet fair with more than 90 exhibitors takes place this weekend.


An Afghan villager is processed for biodata by a soldier from U.S. Army's 3rd Platoon, Delta Company during a patrol in Kandahar. NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen shared his "deep concerns" over the rising number of insider attacks on NATO troops with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. There have been more than 30 such attacks so far in 2012.


This image taken from video filmed by an independent cameraman shows Syrian men throwing buckets of water toward a burning building in Myasar neighborhood. Government jets bombed the residential area of Myasar, reducing many of its buildings to rubble and causing a huge fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Indian policemen detain a Tibetan exile shouting slogans during a protest against the visit of Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie. The defense ministers of India and China agreed Tuesday to resume joint military exercises frozen two years ago, signaling a thaw between the Asian giants even as regional relations are tense over the disputed South China Sea.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saurabh Das / Associated Press

Steve Chavez drinks water from his backpack after fighting a brush fire near Adobe Road. In Northern California, several fires broke out, including one in Colusa County north of Sacramento that had surged to 1,000 acres and forced the closure of Highway 16.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

Israeli military cadets check their gear during training in a forest at training grounds in northern Israel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ariel Schalit / Associated Press

Bharatiya Janta Party's (BJP) pro-Telangana activists brave water cannons as they break through barricades toward Indian police during a protest in New Delhi. The activists are demanding the UPA government to immediately take steps to form a separate state of Telangana. New Delhi agreed in 2009 to the partition of Andhra Pradesh, India's fifth-largest state in terms of territory, but soon after it said the proposal needed more consultation following a fierce political backlash.


Women supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami raise their hands to take an oath to continue to wear the hijab during a rally. Rallies were organized nationwide to observe the Hijab Day to highlight what the group sees as the importance and value of hijab for Muslim women.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shakil Adil / Associated Press

A Syrian child stands next to rebel fighters checking a house that was damaged in bombing by government forces in Marea, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press

A goat walks on a pathway near a refuse-choked, water-logged area at Rabia Nagar in Ahmedabad. Heavy monsoon rains have lashed the western Indian city causing difficulties for residents.


South Korean marines search for land mines swept from North Korea by a recent typhoon, in Gimpo, north of Seoul. North Korea said a typhoon that hit the peninsula last week killed 48 people and left 21,000 homeless.


Ukraine's Laroslav Semenko, top, is seen from an underwater window swimming during a practice session at the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park.


The Swedish submarine HMS Neptun is towed to its final resting place at a naval museum. The sub was launched in 1978 and mothballed at the turn of the century.


Flames burn along the mountains of the Angeles National Forest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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The Democrats held their national convention this week in Charlotte, N.C., as President Obama offered a sobering message about the future as he asked Americans for another term to help complete the country’s recovery from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. (more photos).

Thousands of striking South African miners sing and carry sticks as they march on a Marikana mine.  Armored police trucks and helicopters kept watch as about 3,000 miners arrived at the entrance to the mine owned by the world’s No. 3 platinum producer, Lomin. The strike has killed 44 people, including 34 gunned down by officers in the worst episode of police violence since the end of apartheid.

Villagers in India stand in neck-deep water to protest the government’s move to increase the water levels of regional dams. The demonstrators contend that more than 1,000 acres of land are already submerged and that another 60 villages are at risk of being flooded over if the water level in the Omkareshwar dam is increased further.

Elsewhere in Asia, veteran activists stage a hunger strike outside government headquarters in Hong Kong; a worker fumigates a residential area in the southern area of New Delhi to check the spread of dengue fever in the capital city; and thousands of people in Tokyo protest the country’s nuclear power policy in the wake of last year’s Fukushima crisis.

In other parts of the world, Prince Harry is redeployed to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan to pilot attack helicopters; a koala is displayed in Sydney’s central district as Australia’s zoo and aquarium association marks National Threatened Species Day; and news photographers work at the scene where a British-registered car was found with three people  shot dead inside.

The 2012 Paralympic Games continue in London; a lion mother named Layla holds one of her two cubs during its first public presentation at the zoo in Dresden, Germany; and 6-year-old quadruplets have their hair shaved with numbers by their parents to make it easier for teachers and classmates to tell them apart in China.

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