A fireman works near a flaming workshop in Hengxian County, Nanning City, China on May 21. A workshop containing sugarcane caught fire on Friday. Newscom
A giraffe is seen at the Zoological garden in Warsaw, Poland on Friday. Peter Andrews/Reuters
A man covers himself with a cloth as he cycles in the rain, about 188 miles away from Hyderabad, India on Friday. A powerful cyclone slammed into coastal Andhra Pradesh state, toppling power lines and triggering landslides and plunging a large swath into darkness when it hit Thursday, packing strong winds of 60 miles per hour. Mahesh Kumar A./AP
This May 20 photo provided by NASA shows the aft section of space shuttle Atlantis while docked with the International Space Station. Earth's horizon and the blackness of space provide the backdrop for the scene. NASA/AP
Acrobatic performers Preston Jamieson and Kelsey Wiens perform atop the the Empire State Building's 86th floor observation deck on Friday to promote the official opening night performance of the new Cirque du Soliel show 'Banana Shpeel.' The show will run until August 29 at the Beacon Theatre. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Newscom
A BP PLC contractor who wanted to remain unidentified displays a sample of oil in a jar taken from a beach in Grand Isle, La., on Thursday. Oil from last month's Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico has started drifting ashore along the Louisiana coast. Patrick Semansky/AP
Lola, a dog owned by Jessica Sowinski (not shown), chases a stone thrown into a river on a warm spring day in Akron Falls Park in Akron, N.Y., on Friday. David Duprey/AP
Two young Afghans cycle through a field in front of Canadian Army Camp Sperwan Ghar in Panjwa'i district, southwest of Kandahar City, Afghanistan on Friday. Nikola Solic/Reuters
Visitors view a transformer sculpture at an auto expo held in Wuhan International Exhibition Center in Wuhan, China on Friday. The eighth Central China International Auto Expo kicked off here with over 400 autos of more than 50 brands from home and abroad on display. Wang He/Newscom
Lisa, a rescued 700-plus pound Yorkshire pig, lays next to Sansa Collins, resident manager at Sanctuary One, a nonprofit animal sanctuary at Double Oak Farm in the Applegate Valley, Ore.
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Cyclists ride along Angeles Crest Highway, where wild fires burned the area, during the sixth stage of the Tour of California cycling race, on Friday, in Palmdale, Calif. Mark J. Terrill/AP
UN Millennium Development Goals report shows how 'bold targeting' has reduced the gap between boys and girls attending primary school, malaria mortality, and the number of people living without improved water sources.
For those who see little reason for optimism about global poverty and social trends, here’s something to cheer about: The world has made impressive progress towards meeting a set of development goals set by world leaders in 2000.