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An Israeli soldier holds Torah scrolls as he conducts morning prayers at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border in preparation for a potential ground operation in the Palestinian coastal enclave. Israeli air strikes killed 10 Palestinians, raising the toll to 87, as Israel pushed raids against Gaza militants into a sixth day amid a flurry of efforts to broker a truce.


Palestinians search the debris of the al-Dallu family home following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Sunday. At least seven members of the same family, including four children, were among nine people killed when an Israeli missile struck a family home in Gaza City, the health ministry said.


Kenyan police officers detain a man in the Somali district of Eastleigh in Nairobi. Police used tear gas and fired into the air to contain the violence, which erupted after a bomb exploded in Eastleigh on Sunday killing seven people and wounding many more. Kenyan residents in Eastleigh turned on Somalis and attacked their shops and stalls, accusing them of being responsible for the bomb.


Firefighters are seen next to a taxi crushed during an accident with two double-decker buses in Hong Kong. Three people died and about 50 were injured in the crash, which occured in the eastern district of Shau Kei Wan.


M23 rebels stand at a small base in the hills of Kanyarucinya on the outskirts of Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. DR Congo's M23 rebels who have closed in on the main eastern city of Goma warned that they will continue their fight against the government unless it opens direct talks with them within 24 hours. The rebels said in a statement they will "pursue the resistance against the government of Kinshasa until it falls" unless it starts "direct political negotiations" with the insurgents within the next 24 hours and demilitarizes Goma and the city's airport.


A North Carolina Department of Transportation worker jumps over ocean water as he moves traffic cones on the damaged section of North Caolina highway 12 just north of the Mirlo Beach area in Rodanthe on Hatteras Island, N.C. The road was damaged by storm surge from Hurricane Sandy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Earley / The Virginian-Pilot

Recovery vehicles surround the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft seen shortly after landing with the International Space Station crew of Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide, Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams near the town of Arkalyk, northern Kazakhstan. Three astronauts touched down in the dark, chilly expanses of central Kazakhstan onboard a Soyuz capsule Monday after a 125-day stay at the International Space Station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Remezov / Pool

A man ferries tourists under maple trees on the Katsura river in Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan. Thousands of tourists come to enjoy the autumn colors of the maple leaves every year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Buddhika Weerasinghe / Getty Images

Indian Hindu devotees pray during rituals at sunset near the holy Yamuna River during the Chhath Puja festival. Chhath prayers, an ancient Hindu festival popular among the working class, is performed to thank the Sun God for sustaining life on Earth.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press

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