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.
A police officer organizes packages of seized marijuana as it is displayed to the press in Cali, Colombia. Police seized more than two tons of marijuana, which authorities say belonged to a gang linked to rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar denied reports of peace talks with the Afghanistan government, but military officials also saw signs of financial woes in his call for funding from the worldwide Muslim community.
Pupils pray near a scale model of the Kaaba which was constructed at Nile Garden school before the upcoming Eid Al-Adha festival in Cairo, Egypt. Muslims across the world are preparing to celebrate the annual festival of Eid Al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the haj pilgrimage to Mecca by hundreds of millions of Muslims.
A Palestinian man works at one of the tunnels linking the southern Gaza town of Rafah with Egypt, on Aug. 10. The border between Gaza and Egypt is connected by many underground tunnels used by smugglers to move commercial goods, livestock, food, and more into Gaza. Palestinians use a network of tunnels linking Egypt with the Islamist Hamas-ruled strip to evade the blockade imposed by Israel after Hamas took over the territory in June 2007.
By defeating the ultra-Orthodox Jewish party, Nir Barkat will bring secular politics. But he will likely take a hard line with Palestinians.