A youth walks away from a marble elephant after watching the final sunset of the year from what is known as the giant granite rock above the Jackali Mahadev Hindu Temple in the village of Narlai, Rajahstan, India.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that his country will support UN-sanctioned military intervention as fears of the tension devolving into genocide and civil war grow.
Wednesday's 'genocide' warning from an ally of Ivory Coast President-elect Alassane Ouattara has enough elements of truth in it to worry observers.
As Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo refuses to cede power to election-winner Alassane Ouattara, this divided country has become a poster child for Africa's crisis of governance. For fundamental reform, Ivory Coast should take a cue from China, not just the West.
Three-year-old Cheng Yuhui, a child from a migrant worker family from southwest China's Sichuan Province, smiles with his eyes covered by a hat as he plays with his father (l.) in their eight square metre (86 square foot) dwelling on the outskirts of Beijing.
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has been named by the African Union to mediate Ivory Coast's political crisis and avert another civil war.
Security analysts say that despite talk of military intervention to oust Ivory Coast Incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo, an effective attempt by international forces is unlikely.
A conscript for the Russian army talks on a mobile phone at a recruiting station in Stavropol, Russia, on October 20.
Ivory Coast's would-be prime minister, Guillaume Soro, called Wednesday for civil disobedience and foreign military intervention as the only ways out of the deadlock.
Ivory Coast opposition leader and internationally recognized President-elect Alassane Ouattara urged international bodies to force Laurent Gbagbo from the presidency.