A woman walks amid autumn leaves at a Moscow park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURI KOCHETKOV / EPALink
The background is a blur in this image from a camera tracking the Polish team in the men's 3km team pursuit qualifying race at the European Track Cycling Championships in Panevezys, Lithuania.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mindaugas Kulbis / Associated PressLink
Women known as sahumeadoras burn incense in a procession in Lima, Peru, during the annual festival honoring the Lord of Miracles, a venerated painting of Christ on the cross painted in a Lima church in the 17th century.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GERALDO CASO / AFPLink
A man carries an injured boy from the scene of an explosion in the mostly Christian neighborhood of Achrafiyeh, in Beirut. A car bomb ripped through the neighborhood, shearing balconies off residential buildings and sending bloodied victims pouring out into the streets in the most serious blast this city has seen in years.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hussein Malla / Associated PressLink
Afghan national police line up for the official flag-lowering ceremony at the end of the day at their base in Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan's Helmand province. In eastern Afghanistan earlier this week, a suicide car bomb exploded near the gate of a U.S.-Afghan combat outpost, wounding at least 10 Afghan soldiers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anja Niedringhaus / Associated PressLink
Firefighters approach the tower flames that erupted after a gas pipeline exploded in Zapotlanejo, Mexico, near Guadalajara. The explosion injured two people and forced the evacuation of 600 residents, according to local authorities.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HECTOR GUERRERO / AFPLink
Syrians react after an airstrike by government forces in Maaret al-Numaan. Syrian regime warplanes launched a new wave of strikes on the northwestern town seized by rebels last week, an AFP correspondent reported.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BULENT KILIC / AFPLink
A demonstrator clashes with riot police during a 24-hour strike in Athens. Greek riot police fired tear gas to disperse protesters at an anti-austerity rally held during a national general strike as EU leaders were to tackle the eurozone crisis at a summit. The protesters had broken through a police line outside luxury hotels on central Syntagma Square and scattered groups of youths later attacked police with stones and firebombs, an AFP reporter said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIS MESSINIS / AFPLink
Miners sing as they run during their strike at the AngloGold Ashanti Mine, in Fochville near Johannesburg. Thousands of South African gold miners say they will continue striking despite a plea by the president that they return to work. President Jacob Zuma had urged the striking mineworkers to return to work "as soon as possible" in order to normalize South Africa's crucial mine sector, which has been reeling from strike action since August.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Themba Hadebe / Associated PressLink
A Cambodian woman mourns the death of late King Norodom Sihanouk at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. The body of Sihanouk returned to his homeland on a plane from China on Wednesday, welcomed by tens of thousands of mourners who packed tree-lined roads in the Southeast Asian nation's capital ahead of the royal funeral.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wong Maye-E / Associated PressLink
A soldier reacts to al-Shabab militants who fired on his convoy as it advanced along the road to Baidoa. A Ugandan contingent of the AMISOM forces, along with the Somali national army, advanced from Ballidoogole airbase to Balewin town on the road to Baidoa. Only minor resistance was met along the way.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOBIN JONES / AFPLink
The shadow of a man holding a child falls on clothes hung to dry on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad, on the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswathi, is one of Hinduism's important centers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
Kelly Slater of the U.S. in action during the Rip Curl Pro Portugal surfing competition as part of the ASP World Tour in Peniche. Slater was wiped out during round three of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Slater's 13th-place finish leaves the world title race open heading into the next event in Santa Cruz, Calif.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIRSTIN SCHOLTZ / ASP INTERNATIONALLink
Runners take the water jump in the Bathwick Tyres Yeovil Handicap Steeple Chase at Wincanton racecourse in Wincanton.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alan Crowhurst / Getty ImagesLink
A larger-than-life image of an eye stares out from a wall in the exhibition "Max Planck Science Tunnel" at the Heinz Nixdorf Museumsforum in western Germany.
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Workers are fighting time -- and gravity -- with the grape harvest underway in the Grand Cru Rangen in eastern France.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A paraglider prepares for a jump on the Hochries mountain near Samerberg.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER KNEFFEL / EPALink
A clown and other circus workers protest in front of the Italian parliament in Rome's Piazza Montecitorio while the parliament is holding a session to talk about the treatment of circus animals.
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Students protest government cuts in education funding, a product of the nation's strict austerity measures.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Emilio Morenatti / Associated PressLink
Lawyers and doctors scuffle with riot police during a protest outside the Greek Finance Ministry offices as civil servants and private sector workers staged a nationwide general strike Thursday to protest new austerity measures the government is still negotiating with the debt-ridden country's international creditors.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Thanassis Stavrakis / Associated PressLink
A Nepalese farmer harvests paddy on the outskirts of Katmandu.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated PressLink
Filipino priests and nuns light candles in front of a church in downtown Manila as part of a ceremony commemorating the first anniversary of the death of Italian priest Rev. Fausto Tentorio, who was killed when a gunman shot him several times within the church compound in North Cotabato province's mountainous Arakan township.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AARON FAVILA / Associated PressLink
Women burn electricity bills during a protest against the Power Development Department in Srinagar. Residents blocked traffic as they protested the government's decision to hike their electricity rates and cap the number of subsidized cooking gas cylinders they can receive.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPALink
A boy scout throws a package of marijuana into the fire as officials destroy drugs seized from traffickers in Banda Aceh. Aceh police have destroyed as much as six tons of marijuana seized from marijuana farmers and distributor in Aceh this year. Aceh is one of the largest marijuana-producing regions in Indonesia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOTLI SIMANJUNTAK / EPALink
People gather outside the Royal Palace to mourn their former King Norodom Sihanouk.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wong Maye-E / Associated PressLink
Mourners burn incense and offer prayers at the Royal Palace in honor of the late King Norodom Sihanouk. Tens of thousands of Cambodians lined the streets of the capital to pay last respects to their former leader.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Mourners gather to mark the death of former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Cambodians prayed for the soul of Sihanouk on Tuesday and world leaders sent condolences as the country prepared for the return of his body. Sihanouk died Monday at age 89 of a heart attack in Beijing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wong Maye-E / Associated PressLink
A Pakistani health worker gives a polio vaccine to a boy, while a group of women holding their children wait their turn, in an alley of a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated PressLink
People watch an installation entitled "Maison tombée du ciel" by French artist Jean-Francois Fourtou displayed as part of Lille's Fantastic Festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A demonstrator takes part in a protest against the Portuguese government's 2013 state budget as police officers stand guard in front of the Portuguese Parliament.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Fans set fire to stands at Léopold Sédar Senghor stadium in Dakar during Ivory Coast's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Senegal. Senegal was disqualified from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after the crowd trouble forced their qualifier with Ivory Coast to be abandoned.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SEYLLOU / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
An Israeli soldier argues with a Palestinian man during a protest near the West Bank village of Beit Ur. Palestinians blocked a road to protest against attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinians and their property.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nasser Shiyoukhi / Associated PressLink
Palestinian activists raise the Palestinian flags as they stand on the top of an Israeli car on the highway leading from the Israeli city of Tel- Aviv toward Jerusalem. Reports state that about 50 Palestinian and international protesters blocked the road for more the 30 minutes, causing a traffic jam in protest against the Israeli separations policy.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ATEF SAFADI / EPALink
Firemen in heavy protective clothing stand on the premises of Kraft Foods after a chemical accident. A tank of sodium hydroxide solution was by filled with nitric acid by mistake, producing a cloud of nitrous gases considered extremely harmful if they come into contact with the skin or are inhaled.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE / EPALink
Japan's forward Shinji Kagawa, left, vies for the ball with Brazil's defender Thiago Silva at the municipal stadium in Wroclaw, during the Japan vs. Brazil friendly soccer match ahead of the World Cup 2014.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JANEK SKARZYNSKI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A teacher distributes free midday meals to Indian schoolchildren at a government run school on World Food Day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aijaz Rahi / Associated PressLink
Huntington Beach native Brett Simpson flies off the lip at the RipCurl Pro Portugal at Supertubos in Peniche.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kelly Cestari / EPALink
A fluorescent tube artwork by U.S. artist Dan Flavin, part of the "Dan Flavin Lights" exhibition at the Mumok Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, draws a visitor's photographic interest.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDER KLEIN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A tourist sits outside a cafe in St. Mark's Square as high tides flood parts of Venice.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luigi Costantini / Associated PressLink
An Indian artist paints earthen pots that will be used by Hindu women during the Navratri festival in Bhubaneswar.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Biswaranjan Rout / Associated PressLink
A Pakistani police officer inspects a burned police check post following an attack on the outskirts of Peshawar. Militants armed with guns and rockets attacked the post overnight, sparking gun battles that left six police officers dead.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: A. MAJEED / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A government employee in the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir shouts slogans as he is detained by police during a protest. The employees demanded the government compensate them for unpaid salaries and raise the retirement age.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mukhtar Khan / Associated PressLink
Filipino Muslims celebrate after hearing news of the signing of a preliminary peace pact between the government and the nation's largest Muslim rebel group. The news came during a rally outside the gates of the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aaron Favila / Associated PressLink
Bangladeshi vendors sell hilsa at the Shwarighat wholesale fish market in Dhaka.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: A.M. Ahad / Associated PressLink
Snow coats the trees as flakes fall in Churwalden.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arno Balzarini / Associated PressLink
A brambling, a type of finch, is caught in a mist net erected by British Trust for Ornithology volunteers at Spurn Point coastal reserve in Spurn Head. The BTO office there captures migrating birds in mist nets before weighing, sexing and recording the birds' details to monitor populations and migration.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dan Kitwood / Getty ImagesLink
Visually impaired people walk together while marking White Cane Safety Day in the Belarus capital. White Cane Safety Day is celebrated in many countries on Oct. 15. The date was set aside in 1964 to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and to bring awareness to the symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VIKTOR DRACHEV / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
The Capitol is silhouetted against a brilliant Monday sunrise.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated PressLink
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