A man pushes his scooter through a flooded street in the southern Indian city of Chennai (formerly Madras) on Wednesday. Babu/Reuters
Athletes compete in the Daegu Pre-Championships Meeting 2010 in Daegu, South Korea, on Wednesday. Lee Jin-man/AP
A Christie's employee holds a photograph dated 1997 of Diana, Princess of Wales, by Mario Testino, at Christie's Auction House in London, on Wednesday. The photograph, which is due to be auctioned on May 21, is valued at 18,000-22,000 pounds (US$ 26,000-31.900). Alastair Grant/AP
First lady Michelle Obama sits down to eat with students during a visit to New Hampshire Elementary School, with Mexican first lady Margarita Zavala (not shown) on Wednesday in Silver Spring, Md. The school, which was awarded the USDA's Healthier US School Challenge Silver Award in 2009, serves more than 400 Pre-K, Head Start, first-, and second-grade students, many of whom come from Central America, South America, and other countries. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
A worker holds a green turtle after unloading it from a truck in Denpasar, Bali, on Wednesday. Police said on Tuesday they foiled an attempt to smuggle 71 green turtles for food. The turtles, caught in the waters off Sulawesi Island, have an average weight of 220 pounds. Murdani Usman/Reuters
A broker watches market information while standing outside his booth at the Karachi Stock Exchange in Pakistan. Pakistani stocks ended lower on Wednesday with institutions stepping in accumulate cheap shares when the index went below 10,000 points, dealers said. Athar Hussain/Reuters
A Chinese schoolchild practices during a self defense course at Changzheng Kung-fu School in Beijing. At least five men armed with knives burst into the dormitory of a vocational college Wednesday and slashed nine students, one of them seriously, sparking new fears in a country on edge over a series of shocking rampages at schools. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Indian Army personnel perform martial arts skills during celebrations to mark 100 years of the Signal Corps, in Gauhati, India, on Wednesday. The Signal Corps is a military branch responsible for military communications. AP
French soccer players snowshoe in the French Alps resort of Tignes. For the first part in their World Cup soccer preparation, the French team arrived in the French Alps for a week of altitude training. Franck Fife/Reuters
Singer and songwriter Taylor Swift reacts as she accepts the Song of the Year award for her song 'Love Story' at the 58th annual Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Pop Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Tuesday evening. Fred Prouser/Reuters
Meem, a Bangladeshi girl, learns Braille at the Baptist Mission Integrated School (BMIS) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Wednesday. Meem's father left their family when she was 2 years old and Meen was initially raised in an orphanage and currently resides at BMIS. About 76 visually impaired girls and women reside at BMIS where they receive special education which covers mobility, Braille, daily living skills, hygiene, and physical exercises. Andrew Biraj/Reuters
Antigovernment rioters run through clouds of smoke at a shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand. Downtown Bangkok became a raging battleground Wednesday as the Army stormed a barricaded protest camp and the 'red shirt' leadership surrendered, enraging demonstrators who fired grenades and set fires that cloaked the skyline in a black haze. The Thai government declared a curfew in Bangkok from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. An announcement signed by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and broadcast on television banned anyone from leaving home during those times without permission from authorities. Wally Santana/AP
A huge hole is seen on the M1 motorway after it collapsed as a result of flooding in the Cuhai-Bakony stream near Gyoer, Hungary, on Wednesday. The motorway, which is a major route connecting Budapest and the main border crossing with Austria at Hegyeshalom, Hungary, will remain closed for several days. Karoly Gyoeri/MTI/AP
Pakistani women affiliated with a religious party hold placards which read 'We are ready to die for Prophet Muhammad' during a rally against Facebook page 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!' in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday. A Pakistani court ordered the government to block the popular social networking website Facebook temporarily because of a controversial page that encourages users to submit images of Islam's prophet Muhammad, a senior legal official said. Shakil Adil/AP
The aftermath of Erdoğan's narrow referendum victory – marked by protests, arrests, and divisive rhetoric – is revealing the magnitude of his coming challenges, not least of which is unifying the Turkish people.
Dressed all in black and with a string of prayer beads wrapped around his wrist, the bearded election monitor in Istanbul's conservative Fatih district predicted that a “yes” result to expand presidential powers would heal Turkey’s deep divisions, and usher in an era of utopian calm.