Theatre director and actor Luis Bevia looks at a huge soap bubble during a media rehearsal of his show "Uuuiii!" in Madrid on Wednesday. Susana Vera/Reuters
People offer prayers at a temple in the morning at Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Wednesday. Chhor Sokunthea/Reuters
Riot police spray water on a high school student during a protest in Valparaiso, Chile, on Wednesday. Students protested against changes to the public state education and are demanding that government increase their budget to fund universities, according to local media. Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters
Sam Oldham of Britain falls from the high bar during the men's individual all-around final of the gymnastics competition at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore on Wednesday. Reuters
A boy receives relief food at a camp for flood-affected people on the outskirt of Sukkur, Pakistan, on Wednesday. The floodwaters that have ravaged Pakistan will not recede fully until the end of August, the country's top meteorologist said, a grim forecast for the more than 20 million people living homeless or otherwise affected by the deluge. Shakil Adil/AP
A long tailed-macaque monkey holds a plastic drink bottle in its mouth at Batu Caves, the sacred place for Hindu's in Malaysia, on Wednesday. The caves are one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. Mark Baker/AP
A Syrian vendor displays sweets during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at al-Midan market in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters
Rescuers and paramedics search for survivors after a passenger bus negotiating a downhill curve on Wednesday plunged off a Philippine mountain highway into a 100-foot ravine in Tuba township, Benguet province in northern Philippines. Jayjay Landingin/AP
A woman and a child participate in a peaceful protest in Guatemala City on Tuesday. Thousands of indigenous farmers demanded a rural development plan to help to reduce poverty. Doriam Morales/Reuters
Cows graze in front of Germany's highest mountain, 'Zugspitze,' on Wednesday. Michaela Rehle/Reuters
South Korean police officers wear gas masks at the Coex building, venue for the upcoming G20 Summit, during an anti-terror exercise carried out as part of Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise on Wednesday in Seoul. Lee Jin-man/AP
Commuter vehicles navigate over a flooded bridge in Great Falls, Va., on Wednesday. The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for the Washington DC, and adjacent Maryand and Northern Virginia area after an early morning heavy downpour. Hyungwon Kang/Reuters
A woman plays with a playstation at their exhibition stand at the Gamescom 2010 fair in Cologne, Germany, on Wednesday. The Gamescom convention, Europe's larges video games trade fair, runs from Aug. 18-22. Ina Fassbender/Reuters
German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a plastic wind wheel during her visit to a wind turbine park in Krempin, near Rostock, Germany, on Wednesday. Merkel is traveling through Germany to visit various energy-related projects. Gero Breloer/AP
'Never let textbooks promoting Western values enter into our classes,' says China's education minister. Meanwhile, Chinese officials are immobilizing VPN's that allow ordinary citizens access to an uncensored Internet.
Beijing’s leaders continue to build defenses against the spread of Western ideas in ways that partly echo China’s self-imposed isolation of the 1960s, while also pushing a new mix of traditional Chinese and communist ideas.