Against the mighty Sierra Nevada mountain range, 100 mules approach the diversion gates of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in the Owens Valley. The event was choreographed to coincide with the 100th birthday of the L.A. Aqueduct and to honor the mule power that built it.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Kelsen / Los Angeles TimesLink
Firefighters look out from a charred balcony after putting out a fire in an 11-story apartment high-rise building in Brentwood.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles TimesLink
Lindsay Bustillos, her son Kai, and her mother Diane Bustillos, right, watch as firefighters contain a fire to an 11-story apartment high-rise building in Brentwood. "I smelled the smoke and immediately grabbed the baby and diaper bag," said Bustillos, about her escape from the burning building.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles TimesLink
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, like many facilities nationwide, was closed during the government shutdown. As it reopens, Lynn Gilmore, left, of Millersburg, Pa., photographs her daughters Angela, center, and Carrie next to a bronze sculpture of former President Reagan and his wife, Nancy.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles TimesLink
Students simulate injuries and firefighters respond during an earthquake drill at Rosemont Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles. The activity is part of the Great California ShakeOut, an annual program that urges people to prepare for earthquakes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles TimesLink
High school students in Paris blockade their school to protest the deportation of foreign pupils following the high-profile eviction of a 15-year-old Roma girl. Leonarda Dibrani was detained by police during a school trip earlier this month and deported to Kosovo along with her parents and five siblings -- a case that has triggered a backlash and landed France's Interior Minister Manuel Valls in hot water.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
In Leipzig, Germany, historical reenactment enthusiasts from Russia portray Prussian light infantry at an event commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Nations. The 1813 battle involved a combined 600,000 soldiers from Austria, Prussia, Russia and Sweden, who defeated Napoleon's army near Leipzig, forcing him to retreat toward France and sealing the end of his European military expansion.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jens Schlueter / Getty ImagesLink
In London, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, plays volleyball during a visit to a SportsAid athlete workshop. SportsAid provides financial assistance to promising young athletes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Bebber / Associated PressLink
A child is seen at the Roma neighborhood in Tinca village in Lyon, France. A center for Roma people, built by local authorities, will open in the village.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANIEL MIHAILESCU / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
In Moscow, an anti-Greenpeace activist dressed as a Polar bear is detained after confronting Greenpeace activists during their rally in support of the "Arctic 30." The "Arctic 30" are in custody in Russia's northern Murmansk region, charged with piracy. Their ship, Arctic Sunrise, was seized by Russian security forces after a protest at a Russian oil rig.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A ballgame at Shivaji Park, the largest park in Mumbai, India.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajanish Kakade / Associated PressLink
It's the NBA preseason in Shanghai, where the Lakers' Kobe Bryant calls from the sidelines during a game with the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors won 115-89.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eugene Hoshiko / Associated PressLink
Singapore hosts its second Diner en Blanc, or "White Dinner," which started in Paris 25 years ago. Tables are set up with the financial skyline as a backdrop.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wong Maye-E / Associated PressLink
On the outskirts of Guwahati, India, villagers take part in community fishing during the Kati Bihu festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPALink
Lao Airlines plane flight QV 301 crashed into the Mekong River near Pakse, in Laos' Champasak province, near the border with Thailand and Cambodia. The plane had flown into turbulence caused by Typhoon Nari. Rescue workers gather at the crash site.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RUNGROJ YONGRIT / EPALink
A participant cools off during the annual water buffalo races in Thailand's Chonburi province. The centuries-old event is held in October to celebrate the rice harvest and mark the end of Vassa, a period of abjuration sometimes called "the Buddhist Lent."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARONG SANGNAK / EPALink
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