A resettled Tamil on Aug. 14 sits next to his house in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, which was damaged during the war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the government. The government has gradually been resettling around 300,000 ethnic minority Tamils, most displaced in the final phase of the Army's offensive against the LTTE, which ended with the Tigers' defeat in May 2009, after a 25-year war. Dinkuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
A rat peeps out from a hole to drink milk donated by Hindu devotees inside the Karni Mata temple at Deshnoke in the western Indian state of Rajasthan on Monday. Hindu devotees offer prayers in the temple for the betterment of their family and society as the temple has thousands of rats that are fed, protected, and worshipped throughout the whole year. It is regarded as auspicious if a rat runs across one's feet. Krishnendu Halder/Reuters
Marco Fichera of Italy competes with Nikolaus Bodoczi of Germany (r.) during their men's epee final at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore on Monday. Pablo Sanchez/Reuters
President Obama greets members of the military and others as he arrives at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis., on Monday. Carolyn Kaster/AP
Two men transport wood on their bicycles in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, on Aug. 14. Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
A woman touches the hand of a Buddha statue in a gesture of respect at a temple in Thailand's Ang Thong Province on Monday. Sukree Sukplang/Reuters
Authorities corral a zebra that had gotten loose in Carmichael, Calif., on Aug. 14. Two zebras are now safe on an Oregon ranch after a wild romp through the streets of a northern California suburb over the weekend. The zebras were being loaded onto a truck Saturday evening in Carmichael, east of Sacramento, when they were spooked by dogs and went running in opposite directions. Randall Benton/The Sacramento Bee/AP
Brown pelicans fly above the Gulf of Mexico near the Louisiana coast on Monday. Patrick Semansky/AP
A view shows the wreckage of a Colombian passenger jet that crashed at the airport of San Andres island on Monday. The Boeing 737, operated by local airline Aires, crashed while landing on Monday during a storm, killing one passenger and injuring 114, local authorities said. Reuters
Kashmiris row their boats at Nigeen Lake in Srinagar, India, on Monday. Altaf Qadri/AP
From left to right: Vectrix Team (Germany), Orlikon Solar Racing Team (Switzerland), and Team Trev (Australia) pose in the flags alley before the start of the Zero Race in front of the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva on Monday. Four Teams from three continents will take part on the longest and greenest race with their electric cars. The Zero Race will cross Switzerland and then the vehicles will head for Brussels, Berlin, Vienna, Moscow, and Shanghai from where the cars will then travel by ship to Vancouver and continue along the west coast of North America all the way to Cancun, Mexico, where they will be put on show at the United Nations Climate Conference. Denis Balibouse/Reuters
Election posters line a street in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Monday. Afghans will go to the polls for parliamentary elections in September. Rahmat Gul/AP
A man helps motorists navigate past a stolen ambulance used by gunmen to block a main road in Monterrey, Mexico, on Sunday. Drug gangs closed up to eight roads using stolen vehicles and trailers, according to local media. The reason for the appearance of the road blocks remains unknown and there have been no statements from the authorities so far. Local media reported a shootout between drug gangs and another shootout between drug gangs and the military on Sunday. Tomas Bravo/Reuters
South Africa wants to re-establish itself militarily as an important player in Africa's peacekeeping initiatives. But it has to overcome a small budget, and its own needs to police its borders, to move it from a 'critical state of decline.'
The scenes could have been plucked from another era: South African soldiers with machine guns, stopping pedestrians on Johannesburg street corners to ask for their ID documents. Troop carriers lumbering past rows of shacks in the city’s townships late at night, preparing to raid hubs of supposed illegal activity.