Children ride a camel as the sun sets along Karachi's Clifton beach on Sunday. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters
An England fan reacts at the end of a 2010 World Cup second round soccer match against Germany at Free State stadium in Bloemfontein, Sunday. Eddie Keogh/Reuters
An Israeli youth takes part in a gathering at a shopping mall, one of the stops during a march calling for the release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit, in the northern city of Nahariya, Sunday. The parents of Shalit, who has been held in the Gaza Strip since 2006, began the 12-day march on Sunday from their northern home to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau's Jerusalem residence to press for a prisoner swap. The writing on her face reads, 'Gilad you are missed'. Nir Elias/Reuters
Competitors start in the men's 50 meter backstroke final at the Paris Open swimming competition in Paris, Sunday. Benoit Tessier/Reuters
A protester carries a Palestinian flag in front of the United Nations headquarters in Beirut, Sunday. Several thousand Palestinians and Lebanese civil activists converged on central Beirut demanding more rights for Palestinians, many of whom live in squalid and over-crowded refugee camps in Lebanon. Khalil Hassan/Reuters
Fans cheer during a public screening of the 2010 World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Mexico , at Plaza San Martin in Buenos Aires, Sunday. Martin Acosta/Reuters
Loic Larrieu (l.) of France, Roberts Justs of Latvia, and Valentin Teillet of France compete during MX2 Motocross World Championship Grand Prix of Latvia in Kegums, Sunday. Ints Kalnins/Reuters
Britain's Prince Harry smiles as he takes part in the Achilles Hope and Possibility Race in New York, Sunday. The Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans trains and sponsors recently wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to participate in races nationwide. Eric Thayer/Reuters
Soccer fans in Berlin react after the screening of the 2010 World Cup second round soccer match between Germany and England, Sunday. Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
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.