Three-year-old Cheng Yuhui, a child from a migrant worker family from southwest China's Sichuan Province, smiles with his eyes covered by a hat as he plays with his father (l.) in their eight square metre (86 square foot) dwelling on the outskirts of Beijing. Jason Lee/Reuters
A man gestures through a hole in the door of the Ivory Coast Embassy, as police guard the entrance. Supporters of Ivory Coast presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara said they had occupied the Ivorian Embassy in Paris on Monday, calling for the internationally isolated incumbent Laurent Gbagbo to step aside. Philippe Wojazer/Reuters
A child carries a balloon while walking in the shopping district of Valletta,Malta.
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A child jumps off a mound of plowed snow in Times Square in New York City. A blizzard pummeled the northeastern United States on Monday, dumping up to 29 inches of snow; disrupting air, rail, and bus travel; and forcing motorists to deal with blowing snow and icy roads at the end of the busy Christmas weekend. Gary Hershorn/Reuters
A man and his dog pass a street musician playing bagpipes in an underground passage of Ljubljana's Tivoli Park, in Slovenia. Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters
People hold candles and pictures of Pakistan's former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, as they take part in a vigil in Islamabad to commemorate the anniversary of her death. Bhutto was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack after an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi on Dec. 27, 2007, weeks after she returned to Pakistan after years in self-imposed exile. Faisal Mahmood/Reuters
Somalian refugees rest inside the former Somali Embassy in downtown Rome. About 200 refugees live crammed eight, nine, or ten to a room in the four-story building, which is still the property of the Somali government but which was abandoned as an embassy after the collapse of the government in Mogadishu in the 1990s. Tony Gentile/Reuters
A gray heron stands between ducks during feeding time at Berlin's zoo. Thomas Peter/Reuters
New Catalan President Artur Mas greets the crowd from a balcony of Generalitat de Catalunya Palace in Barcelona after taking up his new position. Albert Gea/Reuters
Riders wait to ride out with the Quorn Hunt from Prestwold Hall near Loughborough, central England. Darren Staples/Reuters
Police officers stand outside the Greek Embassy in Rome Dec. 27, 2010. Bomb disposal experts disarmed a device sent to the Greek Embassy in Rome on Monday, days after parcel bombs claimed by an Italian anarchist group wounded two people at the Swiss and Chilean missions. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
Elementary and middle school students rub their bodies with snow during a winter military camp, conducted for school students by retired Korean Marines Corps members, at the Cheongryong Self-Denial Training Camp in Ansan, about 40 km (25 miles) southwest of Seoul. About 50 students took part in the camp to strengthen their mental and physical endurance. Cheongryong Self-denial Training Camp/Reuters/Handout
Boys cross a broken bridge across the Ranoon River in Burma (Myanmar). Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters
As the summer travel season begins,we asked Monitor writers, past and present, to tell us about places that have moved them the most. Their postcards take us from a walking safari in Zambia to the monasteries of Bulgaria to a marathon in Havana.
The tranquility of floating among flowers in the turbulent land of Kashmir
It was 6 in the morning, and the only sound I could hear was the rhythmic dip ... dip ... dip of the heart-shaped paddle of our guide, Lasa, into the murky waters of Dal Lake in Kashmir.