Four militants attacked the United Nations compound in Herat, Afghanistan Saturday in the most serious incident on a UN facility since the Oct. 2009 attack on a Kabul guesthouse that killed several employees.
A person passes through morning sunlight shining through vented steam in a sidewalk in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Italian Brig. Gen. Claudio Berto says Thursday that the western metropolis of Herat, for one, is 'quite normal,' and Afghan forces could take the lead from NATO there immediately.
Sand artist Jamie Wardley works on an image depicting a girl's face in the dry river bed on Irvine beach in Scotland, as part of a campaign to stop the building of a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston, Scotland, on Monday.
Afghanistan's election Saturday yielded reports of intimidation in unstable regions. In Kabul, some voters aimed to oust incumbents, while others appeared to want to cast ballots more than once.
An Afghan shopkeeper prays near an election campaign billboard, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 16. Afghan officials sought to reassure wary Afghans on Thursday that it will be safe to vote in this weekend's parliamentary election despite an upswing in violence in recent months.
A two-week-old Malay fish owl waits to be fed at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore on Thursday. This owl was born and bred in the park as part of its efforts in wildlife conservation.
Seven US soldiers were killed amid rising violence in the Afghanistan war, as well as a parliamentary candidate and five campaign workers. President Karzai's chief of staff also said the US must alter its strategy to defeat the Taliban.
Thai veterinarian Phimchanok Srongmongkul feeds a baby tiger cub at the Wildlife Health Unit at the Department of National Parks in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. Thai authorities found the baby tiger cub that had been drugged and hidden among stuffed toy tigers in the suitcase of a woman flying from Bangkok to Iran, an official and a wildlife protection group said.
A war crimes museum in northeastern Afghanistan documents the past three decades of atrocities. But it displays little about perpetrators who remain influential today.