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.
Mexico's Supreme Court upheld a law Monday that allows gay couples in the capital to adopt children. The gay adoption decision comes a week after the court upheld the constitutionality of gay marriage.
Reps. Maxine Waters and Charles Rangel have both fought back against ethics allegations. The cases come as Democrats are fighting to maintain their control of Congress in the midterms.
The House ethics committee released formal charges Monday against Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, that claim she improperly helped a bank in which her husband owned stock receive federal funds.
Melanie Stetson Freeman, the Monitor's veteran photographer, reflects on a recent trip to New Orleans.
When Haitians cross into the Dominican Republic to work, they often lack official documents that can help protect them from abuse. That's where Johnny Rivas steps in.
Rep. Charles Rangel of New York says he won't resign his seat or drop out of his reelection race. A House trial on ethics violations may remind voters that Democrats haven't ended the 'culture of corruption' in Washington.
Charles Rangel, a Democratic congressman from New York, faces a House trial in which eight members will rule on the findings. Democrats will be concerned about its effect on midterms.
Tropical depression racing toward the Gulf of Mexico Thursday increased pressure on BP and the US government to decide whether to evacuate dozens of ships at the site of the ruptured oil well.
Oil spill BP clean-up continues, but dozens of ships prepared Thursday to evacuate as a tropical rainstorm brewing in the Caribbean brought the deep-sea effort to plug BP's ruptured oil well to a near standstill.