Young Buddhist monks react to camera at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, India. Bodh Gaya is the town where Buddha is believed to have attained nirvana, or enlightenment 2,500 years ago. An year-long commemoration of the 900th birth anniversary of the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa or the Karmapa lineage begins Wednesday.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development group of industrialized nations released the results Tuesday of the test they give to 15-year-old students to measure math, science, and reading capabilities. The test, administered every three years by OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), was taken in 2009 in the 34 countries of the OECD and in 41 partner countries and economies (i.e. regional economic entities). Below, some of the top findings in the study, which was released today:
A trucks travels along I-25 before its closure into New Mexico on June 15, in Trinidad, Co. Crews raced to get a jump on flames marching along the New Mexico-Colorado border and through the rugged desert canyons on the opposite end of the state before the weather took a turn for the worse.
Until WikiLeaks revealed otherwise this week, Israeli officials had insisted that the two countries remained regional partners. Now they're speaking more openly about a shift toward Turkey's rival, Greece.
The Greece and Ireland debt crises have raised more questions about a currency that was supposed to unify Europe.
Lebanese soldiers take part in a military parade in downtown Beirut to celebrate the 67th anniversary of Lebanon's independence.
Bulgarian physicians release pigeons with national flags attached to them, during a protest in Sofia. Physicians and medical workers rallied to demand acute reforms and adequate financing of Bulgaria's health-care sector.
Ireland is negotiating with the European finance officials over an aid package that could come with strings attached.
Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
Sofia University students carry chairs on their heads during a protest against the severe budget cuts in state funding for higher education, Sofia, Bulgaria.