Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, who recently completed a record-breaking swim from Cuba to Florida, completes a lap during a continuous 48-hour marathon swim event in New York's Herald Square called 'Swim for Relief,' which aims to raise funds and awareness for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Jason DeCrow/AP
A demonstrator from the group called Black Bloc runs outside the Municipal Assembly during a protest supporting a teachers' strike in Rio de Janeiro. The protest is to demand changes in the public state and municipal education system. Ricardo Moraes/Reuters
A Sikh youth burns camphor on his tongue as he displays martial art skills during a religious procession on the eve of birth anniversary of Guru Ram Das in Amritsar, India. Ram Das was the fourth of the ten gurus of Sikhism. Sanjeev Syal/AP
A man walks towards a flooded pavilion by the overflowing West Lake after Typhoon Fitow hit Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. Four people were killed and hundreds of thousands evacuated after Typhoon Fitow hit eastern China, destroying houses and farmlands and closing ports and airports. Lang Lang/Reuters
Afghan National Army (ANA) female officers take part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) in Kabul. Omar Sobhani/Reuters
The Brandenburg Gate and pedestrians are illuminated by laser light patterns during a light rehearsal for the Festival of Lights in Berlin, Germany. Until October 20, many buildings and landmarks in Berlin will be illuminated. Gero Breloer/AP
An Indian widow watches a view of the city as she enjoys a boat ride on the River Hooghli during a trip to Kolkata by non-governmental organization Sulabh International, in Kolkata, India. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III waits Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem's old city. Bernat Armangue/AP
Pakistani children peek through a door as they attend class in a school in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan. Malala Yousufzai’s battle for girls’ education began when she was barely 11 years old and at a time when the Taliban roamed freely throughout the valley, blowing up schools, beheading security forces and leaving their dismembered bodies in the town square. Anja Niedringhaus/AP
Members of the Special Anti-Terrorist Unit of the Serbian Police and the Police Special Unit of the Serb Republic participate in a joint exercise simulating a terrorist attack at the Hydro Power Plant in Bajina Basta, near Visegrad, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Dado Ruvic/Reuters
World War II veteran Marvin Bruning, front center, looks at the Washington Monument, accompanied by his daughters, Connie Bruning, (l.), Carol Butts, (c.), and friend Gloria Price, during a visit at the World War II Memorial in Washington. The Lincoln Memorial is in the background. Luis M. Alvarez/AP
Visitors rest in hammocks and listen to audio books in the Brazilian pavilion at the Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, that will be officially opened later the day. Brazil is this year's Guest of Honor. Michael Probst/AP
A Palestinian boy, Laith Al-Aklok, plays with a donkey foal belonging to his family in Deir Al Balah, central Gaza Strip. Adel Hana/AP
Kate Stuewe, a freshman architecture major from West Chester, Pa., studies while camping out for the upcoming football game outside Beaver Stadium in 'Nittanyville' in State College, Pa. Penn State's homecoming football game will be Saturday against Michigan. Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times/AP
Children play on a swing during Dashain, Hinduism's biggest religious festival, in Kathmandu. Hindus in Nepal sacrifice animals at the festival as they celebrate victory over evil, as part of celebrations held throughout the country. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
A man watches a sea of clouds as he stands on a side summit of the Saentis mountain in Urnaesch near Appenzell, Switzerland. Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone/AP
An Indian child plays with a mask depicting demon king Ravana which his mother made for sale at a wayside temporary shelter in Bhubaneswar, India. The masks along with effigies of Ravana, the antagonist in the Hindu epic Ramayana will be burned at the end of Hindu festival Dussehra. Biswaranjan Rout/AP
Opposition fighters prepare loads of mortars during an attack in the Wadi al-Deef military post at the frontline in Maaret al-Numan in the Idlib province countryside of Syria. With much of the northern countryside now in opposition hands, a cat-and-mouse game has emerged over the past year as the rebels try to cut the government supply lines to the regime's remaining troops in the north. AP
The Burundian election has a new date. But media and political crackdowns have made it difficult for both journalists and the opposition to work.
ByChristina Goldbaum, Contributor
Goran Tomasevic/ Reuters
Fabrice Nzohabonayo was out with a colleague in Musaga neighborhood last week, filming the now daily protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid, when a police officer asked him to stop.
“So I put down my camera, but then he grabbed me and said, ‘you are the one making people protest!’" says Mr. Nzohabonayo. Throwing him to the ground, the police officer started beating him with his baton. Soon another police officer joined him.
In the last six weeks, the government clampdown on independent press has plunged the country in a virtual media blackout: independent radio broadcasts have gone off air, their studios have been destroyed, and an estimated 50 journalists have fled the country, citing death threats and intimidation.