Phil Mickelson runs off the second tee during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Medinah Country Club.
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European fans watch the play during the 39th Ryder Cup competition at Medinah Country Club.
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Bob Burnquist of Brazil flies through the air over a vert ramp during a practice session at the 2012 Skateboarding World Championships Maloof Money Cup.
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Jadson Andre of Brazil competes in the Quiksilver Pro France surfing competition.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kelly Cestari / Associated PressLink
Tibetan Buddhist monks watch the Dalai Lama conduct a prayer meeting at the Namgyal Monastry. The prayer meeting was held during the second Special General Meeting of Tibetans, which included discussions of the recent self-immolations by Tibetans protesting Chinese policies in their region.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MANJUNATH KIRAN / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Onlookers survey the burning wreckage of a Sita Air plane that crashed site near Katmandu. The aircraft carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board.
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Rescue team members work around the wreckage of a Sita Air plane that crashed in a community on the outskirts of Katmandu.The plane, which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital, was hit by a bird, the pilot reportedly told air traffic controllers moments before the crash.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest rally against the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saurabh Das / Associated PressLink
Workers take part in a protest, part of a general strike by public-sector employees over planned budget cuts.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MASSIMO PERCOSSI / EPALink
Models display body paintings by a Balinese artist during an art festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Firdia Lisnawati / Associated PressLink
BASE jumper Andrei Nefedov from Russia leaps from the top of the 1,400-foot Kuala Lumpur Tower during the International Tower Jump in Kuala Lumpur. About 95 professional jumpers from 18 countries are taking part in the annual event.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHD RASFAN / AFPLink
Indian boys dive into the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. Varanasi is among the world's oldest cities, and millions of Hindu pilgrims gather annually here for ritual bathing and prayers in the river considered holiest by Hindus.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
A couple ride their bicycles during an autumn day in Moscow's Izmaylovsky Park. An exhibition and entertainment complex imitating the architecture of old Russian churches and palaces is seen in the background.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mikhail Metzel / Associated PressLink
Visitors tour the illuminated decorations set up at Victoria Park to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong. Like ancient Chinese poets, Hong Kong people appreciate the beauty of the full moon in the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sunday this year. Chinese people believe that on that day, the moon will be the biggest, roundest and brightest, and the term "round" implies family reunion in Chinese.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Associated PressLink
A Hindu holy man, also know as a Sadhu, smokes marijuana outside a temple in New Delhi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated PressLink
Russian soccer fans light flares during a fourth-round Russia Cup match between Dinamo Moscow and Torpedo Moscow at the Eduard Streltsov Stadium in Moscow.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURY MARTYANOV / AFPLink
Wolves discover the outdoor enclosure at the wildlife park in Eekholt, Germany, just dedicated on Thursday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARSTEN REHDER / DPALink
A rebel fighter wields a machine gun to fight Syrian government forces as they attempt to capture the Al Arqub neighborhood of Aleppo during an intense battle between rebels and Syrian army forces. More than 305 people were killed across Syria on Wednesday, making it the bloodiest single day of the 18-month revolt, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
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A rebel fighter carrying a rocket-propelled grenade moves across open ground under heavy tank fire by Syrian government forces during an intense battle at the Al Arqub neighborhood of Aleppo.
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Emergency workers and firemen salvage the wreck of a tour bus on German federal highway A10 near Michendorf, Germany. A truck had hit the Polish tour bus, killing two passengers and causing the A10 to be closed from Berlin to Hanover.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAY NIEFELD / DPALink
Protesters march in front of the parliament during a 24-hour general strike in Athens. Police clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of the large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A riot policeman is engulfed in flames after a petrol bomb thrown by protesters ignited during a nationwide general strike.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated PressLink
A protester stands in front of riot police on Syntagma Square during a 24-hour general strike. Wednesday marks Greece's first big anti-austerity strike since the coalition government took power in June.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Milos Bicanski / Getty ImagesLink
People sit in flood waters outside a bar as water levels continue to rise on the River Ouse in York. Britain was bracing for more torrential rain as hundreds of people spent the night away from their flooded homes following two days of heavy downpours.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAUL ELLIS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Walkers view the lake pyramid at Fuerst Pueckler Park near Cottbus. The wild ivy and vines which grow on the pyramid are wearing their autumn colors.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK PLEUL / EPALink
A restaurant worker cleans beneath lanterns hanging above a street ahead of the Mid Autumn Festival. Traditionally recognized as a symbol of good luck, red lanterns are hung during the Mid-Autumn Festival which falls on the 15th day of the lunar new year, which is Sunday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ED JONES / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Relatives pay their respects at the graves of the victims of the Joola ferry disaster on the 10th anniversary of the sinking of the Senegalese ferry, one of the worst maritime disasters ever recorded in peacetime, leaving well over 1,800 people dead or missing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SEYLLOU / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic eyes a ball against Maria Sharapova of Russia during their third-round match of the Japan Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shizuo Kambayashi / Associated PressLink
A member of the Kosovo Security Force clears a dense forest section of mines and explosives near the border with Albania. Land mines and explosive devices dot areas in Kosovo where separatist ethnic Albanians and Serb forces fought during the 1998-99 war.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VISAR KRYEZIU / Associated PressLink
A forensic archaeologist with the International Commission on Missing Persons inspects human remains at a mass grave near the Bosnian town of Kalesija. Forensic experts have found 10 bodies as they begin to excavate a mass grave where Muslim Bosnians killed during the 1995 massacre in the eastern town of Srebrenica are believed to have been hidden.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Amel Emric / Associated PressLink
People gather to watch rescue operations after a bus fell into the Purna River. Police said 17 passengers died when the bus plunged into the river in western India. India has the world's highest road death toll. More than 110,000 people die in road accidents there each year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated PressLink
Children attend their madrassa, or Islamic school, in a mosque.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated PressLink
Supporters of South African populist firebrand Julius Malema demonstrate near the courthouse of Polokwane. Malema is charged with money laundering, fraud and corruption in a case that his supporters say is politically motivated.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
South Korean Special Army soldiers perform martial arts during a ceremony to mark the 64th Korea Armed Forces Day at the military headquarters in Gyeryong, South Korea.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JUNG YEON-JE / AFPLink
South Korean honor guard soldiers perform during a rehearsal for the 64th anniversary of Armed Forces Day at the Gyeryong military headquarters in Gyeryong, South Korea.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated PressLink
Chinese visitors walk among statues of Chinese leaders and soldiers at a memorial for the 1931-45 war against Japan at the Jianchuan Museum in Chengdu.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARK RALSTON / AFPLink
British police officers stand for a minute of silence during a vigil near the scene in Mottram, England, where colleagues Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes were killed while on duty last week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAUL ELLIS / AFPLink
A Japan coast guard vessel, right, sprays water at Taiwanese fishing boats, while a Taiwanese coast guard ship, left, also sprays water in the East China Sea near Senkaku islands, as they are known in Japanese, or Diaoyu Islands, in Chinese.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YOMIURI SHIMBUN / AFPLink
A surfer rides in the barrel of a wave in the Atlantic Ocean off Noordhoek beach in Cape Town, South Africa.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIC BOTHMA / EPALink
Traditionally dressed Bavarian men raise their steins and enjoy a sunny day during the Bavarian Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, Germany.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matthias Schrader / Associated PressLink
Volunteers take part in a flash mob to mark the 500 days before the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKHAIL MORDASOV / AFPLink
Two Afghan children watch U.S. military soldiers from the 3rd platoon, C-company, 1-23 infantry on patrol in Genrandai village at Panjwai district, Kandahar, Afghanistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TONY KARUMBA / AFPLink
Residents throw stones and bottles at anti-riot police while a demolition team clears an informal settlers area to make way for a local government project in Manila. More than 2 million people in Manila's metropolitan area -- roughly a fifth of the sprawling city's population -- live in shanty towns.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOEL CELIS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Isangi, a poached 9-month-old Grauer's gorilla that was moved to Virunga National Park headquarters at Rumangabo, will be quarantined for a month. Isangi will then move to an orphanage for Grauer's gorillas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUANNE CADD / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Tibetan exiles in traditional dress rotate prayer wheels at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala. More than 400 delegates will attend the second Special General Meeting of Tibetans to discuss their response to the self-immolations in Tibet in protest of Chinese rule.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ashwini Bhatia / Associated PressLink
A climber injured in an avalanche, center, is rescued at the base camp of Mt. Manaslu in northern Nepal. The avalanche swept away climbers on a Himalayan peak Sunday, leaving at least nine dead and six others missing, officials said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated PressLink
Conservation staff at Westminster Abbey clean the Cosmati pavement surrounding the tomb of Edward the Confessor in London. The highly decorative stone pavement, made of a dark limestone called Purbeck marble, is embedded with small precious stones such as onyx and porphyry. A shrine was erected in 1163 after the Confessor's canonization and St Edward's body was brought on Oct. 13, 1269, to its new resting place.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oli Scarff / Getty ImagesLink
Visitors make their way through an exhibition honoring the architect, artist and 20th century publisher Le Corbusier in the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum in Moscow.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ivan Sekretarev / Associated PressLink
A cleaning team can be seen polishing the steel Atomium building in Brussels.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIEN WARNAND / EPALink
Cheered on by a crowd, a man pours a glass of beer over his head at the Oktoberfest in Munich. The world's largest fair takes place from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANK LEONHARDT / EPALink
Fans participate in the third edition of the Budapest Guinness Street Dance in the Pecsa Music Hall.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BALAZS MOHAI / EPALink
An Afghan villager rides a donkey on a dusty road in the Zadyan district of Balkh province.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: QAIS USYAN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
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