Thomas Schroeder from Norden adjusts his turbine-kite at the North Sea coastal holiday village of Norddeich, Germany, on Monday. Christian Charisius/Reuters
Supporters of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir celebrate at the NCP headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, on Monday. Bashir has won Sudan's first elections in 24 years with 68 percent of the vote. Mohamed Nureldin/Reuters
A male Sumatran tiger is kept in a cage while awaiting transfer from the Natural Resources Conservation Center in Aceh Province to a safari park in West Java, Indonesia, on Monday. The WWF has warned that the Sumatran tiger could be extinct within a decade due to poaching and illegal logging. Reuters
A night view of the Armazones hill in the Atacama Desert, south of Antofagasta, Chile, is seen. The world's largest telescope will be built here by the European Southern Observatory for over $1 billion. S. Brunier/ESO/Reuters
Thousands of counterfeit watches with Rolex logos, seized during a Philadelphia-area investigation, are set before a rolling compactor to be destroyed in Philadelphia on Monday. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and Customs and Border Protection officials smashed the fake watches to mark the 40th anniversary of 'World Intellectual Property Day.' Matt Rourke/AP
A Spanish woman holding her daughter's toy stands in front of policemen during a 24-hour strike at the port of Piraeus, Greece, on Monday. Dock workers at Greece's largest ports stopped work in protest of moves exposing them to foreign competition, as EU and IMF officials discussed more such reforms with Athens as a condition for granting aid. About 60 dock workers at Piraeus port prevented 870 mostly Spanish passengers on a Maltese-flagged cruise ship, the Zenith, from embarking or disembarking, officials said. John Kolesidis/Reuters
Residents salvage belongings and retrieve recyclable materials from houses gutted by fire in Manila's Quezon City on Monday. One person was killed and more than 7,000 lost their homes in a huge fire that swept through a slum district in the city on Sunday, police said. Erik de Castro/Reuters
A worker cleans a window opposite the Moscow City complex, which is under construction, in Moscow on Monday. The complex is to be the Russian capital's new financial district. Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters
A service vessel waits next to a wind energy plant at Alpha Ventus, an offshore energy park in the North Sea off Germany. The Alpha Ventus wind farm with 12 '5-Megawatt-class' wind energy turbines, will start production on Tuesday Christian Charisius/Reuters
Soldiers charge toward 'red shirt' protesters who had set up a road block in Thailand's Pathum Thani Province on Monday. Protests and blockades in the provinces on Monday, and a grenade attack against a politician, deepened fears of a civil conflict in Thailand after the prime minister rejected demands by antigovernment protesters. Jerry Lampen/Reuters
On Monday, Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner donated the last $900,000 sought by a conservation group for a land purchase needed to save the famed view of the Hollywood sign, seen here, from being spoiled by new developments. Fred Prouser/Reuters/FILE
Since the start of the Trump administration, the United States has held off from patrols challenging China's wide-reaching claims in the South China Sea, unnerving regional allies. That changed on Wednesday, but the longer-term pattern is unclear.
Fifteen years ago, when China and the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations committed to establishing a code of conduct to govern actions in the South China Sea, the Paracel Islands were little more than a collection of rocks 138 miles off the coast of Vietnam.