A Kashmiri fisherman sits on his boat as the sun sets over the Dal Lake in Srinagar, India, on Friday. Authorities reimposed a rigid curfew throughout most of Kashmir to prevent street protests after Friday prayers following weeks of unrest that has killed 15 people. Dar Yasin/AP
Vitus, an 18-year-old male polar bear, shakes off water inside his enclosure at the zoo in Budapest, Hungary, on Friday. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
A devotee looks up as he performs during the annual Hindu religious festival of Bonalu in Hyderabad, India, on Friday. Reuters
A Japanese Spitz named Lucy is dyed as a bird for a pet-coloring competition at a pet show in Taipei, Taiwan, on Friday. Pichi Chuang/Reuters
This image provided by NASA on Friday shows the famous Pleiades cluster of stars as seen through the eyes of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The mosaic contains a few hundred image frames - just a fraction of the more than one million WISE has captured so far as it completes its first survey of the entire sky in infrared light. What's special about WISE is its ability to see through impenetrable veils of dust, picking up the heat glow of objects that are invisible to regular telescopes. So far, WISE has discovered 25,000 never-before-seen asteroids. Of those, 95 are considered "near-Earth" asteroids. NASA/AP
Paper lanterns float on Lake Hibiscus during the Forest Hills Lantern Festival at the Forest Hills Cemetery in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Mass., on Thursday evening. The festival draws on similar rituals practiced in various forms throughout Asia and offers a way to remember departed family and friends through inscriptions on the lanterns. Brian Snyder/Reuters
Sweden's Fredrik Andersson Hed lounges during a delay in play in the second round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, on Friday. TIm Hales/AP
Apple CEO Steve Jobs appears on stage during a news conference at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. on Friday. Apple will give iPhone 4 users a free phone case to address a slew of complaints about reception problems that have hurt the company's image and shares. Kimberly White/Reuters
The new containment cap stack is pictured during 'well-integrity testing' in this image captured from a BP live video on Thursday. BP Plc said on Thursday it stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from its deep-sea well for the first time since it ruptured in April, prompting hope that the leak can be plugged for good. BP/Reuters
A boy takes photos in front of a 32-foot-high Transformer-style statue constructed from recycled material, at the Green Dream Park near the Olympic Stadium in Beijing on Friday. The theme park features exhibits constructed out of recycled materials, and promotes environmental protection through sustainable lifestyles. The park is open from Friday until October 10, reported Chinese media. Grace Liang/Reuters
President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle walk along a trail with their daughters Sasha (2nd r.) and Malia on Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor, Maine, on Friday. The First Family is on vacation for the weekend in Acadia National Park. Jim Young/Reuters
A man cools off at a fountain in Rome, on Friday as temperatures are expected to reach over 100 degrees F over the weekend in central and northern Italy. Gregorio Borgia/AP
Smoke rises from a fire burning on Taiwanese fishing boat Gian Seng 18 on the Straits of Malacca outside the town of Port Dickson on Thursday. Eight crew members on the fishing vessel were saved by a passing cruise ship, as reported by Malaysia's daily The Star. Malaysian Maritime Enfirecement Agency/Handout/Reuters
Actors perform the rock opera 'Troy' at the Equestrian Theatre in Komarom on Thursday. The opera, based on Homer's 'The Illiad,' will be performed ten times.
Seventy years ago, AP's Joe Rosenthal took the now iconic photo of US Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima. The Christian Science Monitor reported why the tiny island played such a huge role in the war's Pacific theater.
ByJoseph C. Harsch, Staff writer
This article originally ran in The Christian Science Monitor on Feb. 23, 1945, on the same day when Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took the now iconic photo of US Marines raising the nation's flag on the island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean. The Monitor's Joseph C. Harsch explained at the time why Iwo Jima played such an important role in the US campaign in the Pacific during World War II.