Women wait to vote inside a polling station at a school during a referendum in the town of Abyei. Residents of the remote and disputed Abyei border region said they would press ahead with their own referendum on whether to join Sudan or South Sudan, despite warnings it could trigger violence in the volatile area. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
A model opens her mouth to breathe from a scuba tank as Israeli photographer Johannes Felten (l.) takes pictures during an underwater photo shoot in the Red Sea in the resort city of Eilat. A shipwreck was a popular location at this year's Eilat Red Sea shootout, where underwater photographers from around the world hussled for three days to capture the best images. Gabriel Rif/Reuters
A dog runs into the wind during a storm by Timmendorf harbor on the island of Poel in the Baltic Sea, Germany. Jens Buettner/dpa/AP
Family members look out of their vehicle as they approach a part of the road that has been cut off by flash floods following heavy rain in Minhla township, Magwe district, Myanmar. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
People walk past a derelict building in Nieu-Bethesda in the Karoo. Stretching across the heart of South Africa, the Karoo has stirred emotions for centuries, a stunning semi-desert wilderness fit mainly for artists, hunters, and the toughest of farmers. Mike Hutchings/Reuters
A photographer takes pictures of Fang Jing, in a wedding gown, next to her husband, surnamed Zhao, as they hang from a cliff during a rock climbing exercise in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. The couple love outdoor sports so they decided to have their wedding photos taken during rock climbing. Reuters
People take pictures and videos as Tiger Woods (l.) and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tee off during an 18-hole exhibition match at the Blackstone course of Mission Hills in Haikou, Hainan province, China. Reuters
People stop on a bridge over the river Garry to view the autumn scene near Killiecrankie, Scotland. Russell Cheyne/Reuters
Qatar's Badia Camara (r.) is kissed by her coach after she won the women's final 100-meter hurdles event at the Women's Gulf Cooperation Council Athletics Championship in Manama, Bahrain. Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters
People wade through the water as they cross a road that has been inundated by flash floods following heavy rain in Minhla township, Magwe district, Myanmar. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
A paramilitary policeman stands guard in front of the giant portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong at the main entrance of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
An American flag hangs in the window of a door in the Breezy Point community which was heavily damaged by hurricane Sandy in October 2012 in the borough of Queens in New York. Progress is visible along some parts of the beachfront a day before the one year anniversary of the storm. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
Farm laborer Lano Williams (c.) and construction worker Marno Koopman tend to cart horses in a township outside Nieu-Bethesda in the Karoo in South Africa. Mike Hutchings/Reuters
A park ranger walks through the registry room on Ellis Island in New York. The island that ushered millions of immigrants into the United States received visitors for the first time since superstorm Sandy. Sandy swamped boilers and electrical systems and left the 27.5-acre island without power for months. Seth Wenig/AP
A woman and her daughter struggle against strong winds and rain in central Brussels. According to local media, the winds could reach speeds of over 62 miles per hour. Francois Lenoir/Reuters
A woman sits inside a mosquito tent near a polling station located in a school during a referendum in the town of Abyei. Residents are voting on a referendum on whether to join Sudan or South Sudan. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
A model presents a creation by Chinese designer Wang Tingting during the Huafu Cup fashion design contest at China Fashion Week in Beijing. Andy Wong/AP
People walk along the shoreline as waves crash onto the beach in Brighton, England. A major storm with hurricane force winds is lashing much of Britain, causing flooding and travel delays. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. Sang Tan/AP
Noelle Pikus-Pace receives a hug from her daughter Lacee after competing in the US women's skeleton team trials in Park City, Utah. Noelle Pikus-Pace came in first place after 2 heats. Rick Bowmer/AP
Benjamin Butler, 7 months old, is photographed by his mother (unseen) as he sits in his baby seat next to the newest art installation by British artist Banksy on a wall in the Coney Island area of New York City. Famously jaded New Yorkers are getting swept up in the hype over Banksy, the renegade graffiti artist who is leaving his mark across the city this month. Brendan McDermid/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.