Forced commitments to China's mental hospitals are rising on the local-government level, lawyers and activists say.
Team Ukraine competes during the synchronized swimming free combination final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in 2010.
Armed paramilitary policemen chant slogans as they stand in formation during a training session to ensure the security of the upcoming 12th Chinese National Games in Shenyang, Liaoning province August 16, 2013.
Though far more athletes competed at the Asian Games, India's Commonwealth Games were seen as an international debut similar to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
An Iraqi woman is kissed by a nun at a funeral for two slain Christian brothers in Mosul, 225 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq. Gunmen shot and killed two Christian brothers Monday in a northern Iraqi city in the latest in a spate of attacks targeting the religious minority, Iraqi police said. A lawmaker called on Iraq's government Tuesday to better protect its dwindling Christian community and lambasted other nations that have offered asylum to fleeing Christians as meddling in Iraq's problems.
Lebanese soldiers take part in a military parade in downtown Beirut to celebrate the 67th anniversary of Lebanon's independence.
Connecticut Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Steven Alvarez is greeted by his son Gabriel as 200 members of the guard's 1st company, 102nd Infantry and F company, 186th Brigade Support Battalion returned to the guard's Army Aviation Support Facility at Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks after a year in Afghanistan.
President Obama's trip to Asia shows just how much the global power balance has shifted. China and India now hold the key to Western economic recovery. In this climate, the US must learn a new form of international leadership.
A commercial jet passes the moon as seen from Daytona Beach, Fla.
Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.