A man performs with fire during a Hungry Ghost Festival parade along the streets of Keelung, Taiwan, on Monday. It is believed by some worshipers that the gates of hell are opened during the month and dead ancestors return to visit their relatives. The Hungry Ghost Festival started this year on Aug. 10 and ends on Sept. 7 with traditional Chinese operas, puppet shows, and concerts by believers to appease the roaming spirits.
Russia said it will soon make a long-delayed Iran nuclear power plant fully operational. The move was part of a deal within Russia to finish the plant while canceling a controversial sale of an advanced missile system to Tehran.
Greenpeace says Russia wildfires are spreading across six provinces that were heavily contaminated by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. One Russian official accused Greenpeace of 'panic-mongering.'
Young gymnasts take part in a training session for 4-to7-year-olds at the gymnastics hall of a sports school in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, China, on Tuesday. Chinese officials insist tough new eligibility rules will put a stop to the type of age-cheating scandals that saw a gymnast stripped of her Olympic medal.
SADDAM HUSSEIN, 2002: Saddam Hussein touted official results that showed him winning 100 percent of votes in a referendum for a new seven-year term in office. Hussein (l.) is seen here during his swearing-in ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq.
Homeless dogs Lelya (l.) and Hatiko pose during their wedding ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday. The ceremony was organized by Ukraine's first ever dogs' wedding agency to raise awareness of the nation's homeless animals.
Beware the USB memory stick. Infected sticks are the means by which a mystery spyware, dubbed Stuxnet, is penetrating control systems of industrial facilities and utilities around the globe, say cybersecurity experts.
Police say they found the brother of ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev with a pistol and ammunition, a wig, and a false mustache and beard. He was arrested for having a role in the Kyrgyzstan violence last month.
Yoshimi Hamanaka, an employee of Japanese toymaker Megahouse, bites a beetle-shaped gummy snack created by the company's "Gummix," a toy kit that makes edible "insects" out of juice and other liquids, at the International Tokyo Toy Show in Tokyo on Thursday. The show will run until July 18.
Catholic faithful from Belarus and neighboring countries carry candles during an annual religious festival marking the miracle-working icon known as the Mother of God of Budslav in the Belarus village of Budslav on Friday.