Kai Otton from Sydney, Australia escaping through the 'doggy door' on an 8ft shorebreak wave during the Quiksilver Pro France in Hossegor.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kelly Cestari / EPALink
Photographers and spectators watch as a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket is carrying a Global Positioning System IIF-3 satellite for the U.S. Air Force.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Craig Bailey / Associated PressLink
Members from Faslane Peace camp take action outside the SNP headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland. The activists were acting as part of a the No To Nato Scotland Coalition, using chalk to draw 24,000 figures on the pavement to represent the deaths of people that have been killed, to date, in the current Afghanistan campaign.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty ImagesLink
Roses thrown by members of the public and police lay on the bonnet of a hearse that carried the coffin of police Constable Fiona Bone to Manchester Cathedral during her funeral service. Police Constables Fiona Bone, 32, and her police colleague Nicola Hughes, 23, were killed as they responded to what they thought was a routine burglary call in Mottram, Greater Manchester and were murdered in a gun and grenade attack.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty ImagesLink
A worker of the Skaramangas shipyard is seen injured by tear gas as he protests outside the police headquarters demanding the release of his colleagues arrested by riot police during clashes outside the Defence Ministry in Athens. Riot police were called and scuffles broke out, as workers protested the lack of payment for the last six months.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU / EPALink
A Cambodian woman lights a candle for prays at a pagoda in Phnom Penh to mark the Pchum Ben Festival. The Pchum Ben festival, the festival of death, is a popular holiday in Cambodia which consists of 15 days of prayers for the deceased, visits to temples and bringing food to monks.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TANG CHHIN SOTHY / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
South Korean rapper PSY, who sings the popular "Gangnam Style," performs during his concert in front of Seoul City Hall in Seoul.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated PressLink
Visitors gathered on the Great Wall of China outside Beijing. Hundreds of millions of tourists crowded into scenery spots, resorts and other tourism destinations scattered across the country while millions of visitors arrived in the capital city over the National Day "Golden Week" holidays.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STR / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A dying star throwing a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer. In death, the star's dusty outer layers are unraveling into space, glowing from the intense ultraviolet radiation being pumped out by the hot stellar core. This object called the Helix nebula, lies 650 light-years away in the constellation of Aquarius.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASALink
Indian policemen use a water cannon to disperse Congress party workers who were protesting against alleged corruption and the deteriorating law and lack of order in the state.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajeev Gupta / Associated PressLink
Sri Lankan police speak to cricket fans waiting to buy tickets for a Cricket World Twenty20 semi final match in Colombo. Sri Lanka plays against Pakistan in the first semi-final on October 4, while West Indies play Australia on October 5 in Colombo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ISHARA S.KODIKARA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Raindrops glide off a Brown Pelican's feathers at the zoo in Hanover.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOCHEN LUEBKE / EPALink
Stephanie Bowers looks through the charred remains of her late mother's trailer home in Mitchell. Bowers mother, Cheryl Roop, died in the fire that destroyed the home.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Huber / Mitchell Daily RepublicLink
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