Free food is distributed to people who have gathered for a morning prayer session on Eid al-Adha in Thailand's southern Yala province. Muslims across the world celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the annual hajj pilgrimage, by slaughtering goats, sheep, cows, and camels in commemoration of the Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to Allah. Surapan Boonthanom/Reuters
Torch bearers Nataliya Golovina (l.) and Olga Puchkova hold Olympic torches during a relay in Ryazan, Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural, and ethnic richness of Russia. Olympictorch2014.com/AP
Boys play with toy guns in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Parwiz/Reuters
An indigenous protester from Ecuador holds up an oil-covered hand as she demonstrates against Chevron's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) trial in New York. Chevron Corp will try to convince a US judge that a group of Ecuadorean villagers and their US lawyer used bribery to win an $18 billion judgment against Chevron from a court in Ecuador in the latest chapter in a long-running fight over pollution in the Amazon jungle. Carlo Allegri/Reuters
A member of the Flying Dubs, an acrobatic dunk team with the Golden State Warriors, performs before their NBA Global Game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Beijing. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson of Seattle, Wash., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington. Swenson was awarded the medal for his actions in a lengthy battle against Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal valley near the Pakistan border on Sept. 8, 2009, which claimed the lives of five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops, and an interpreter. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Potsdamer square is illuminated during the 'Festival of Light' show in Berlin Monday night. Several landmarks and tourist spots will be illuminated in the German capital from October 9 to 20. Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
ArcelorMittal steel workers dressed in protective work suits demonstrate over pension reforms in Marseille, France. French unions took to the streets in protest against a reform of the country's indebted pension system before a vote at the National Assembly today. Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
An Indian Muslim woman stands and prays during a special prayer in Ahmadabad, India, to mark the beginning of the Hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Ajit Solanki/AP
A teacher adjusts the position of a student as a group of first graders practice at the gymnastics hall of a sports school in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China. The daily schedule for the young gymnasts includes literacy and general-knowledge classes in the morning and athletic training in the afternoon. William Hong/Reuters
A resident walks past a building that collapsed during an earthquake in Cebu City, central Philippines. A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 struck islands popular with tourists, killing at least 20 people. Reuters
A boy sits near the new statue of Cambodia's late King Father Norodom Sihanouk in central Phnom Penh. Samrang Pring/Reuters
A member of the Islamic sect An-Nadzir shouts 'God is great' during an Eid al-Adha mass prayer at Mawang Lake in Gowa regency, Indonesia's South Sulawesi Province. Members of the small sect color their hair, live a basic life of farming and fishing, condemn militancy of any kind and believe in salvation without discrimination. Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters
People cross a road submerged in water in the cyclone-hit Puintola village in Ganjam district in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. A mass evacuation saved thousands of people from India's fiercest cyclone in 14 years, but aid workers warned a million would need help after their homes and livelihoods were destroyed. Adnan Abidi/Reuters
Ukrainian conscripts line up at parade square at a recruitment office in Kiev during a ceremony marking the last set of conscripts. One of the largest post-Soviet Republics, Ukraine says goodbye to the conscription system inherited from the Soviet Union by focusing on a high-tech professional army based on a western model. Gleb Garanich/Reuters
Japan's Yoichiro Kakitani (from l. to r.), Keisuke Honda and Shinji Okazaki form a defensive wall during their friendly soccer match against Belarus at the Torpedo Stadium in Zhodino, Belarus. Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters
People pray near graves as they visit a cemetery on the first day of Eid al-Adha in Raqqa, eastern Syria. Nour Fourat/Reuters
Perla Diaz Romero (2nd l.) cries as police enter her apartment to evict her and her family in Madrid, Spain. Diaz Romero and her husband, who are both unemployed and have two young children, have occupied an apartment of the City Hall Housing Company (EMVS) for the past 10 months as they could not afford to pay rent. Andres Kudacki/AP
Veterans of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers 2nd Battalion march past Parliament in central London in protest against their regiment's disbandment due to recent cuts in the defense budget. Andrew Winning/Reuters
A girl and a boy walk on the first day of the Eid al-Adha feast near the Saudi city of Tabuk. Mohamed Al Hwaity/Reuters
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.