Smoke rises from a garbage mountain as garbage collectors work on a dump site in Guiyang, in southwest China's Guizhou province, in 2008. As more Chinese ride the nation's economic boom, a torrent of garbage is one result. Cities are bursting at the seams, and local officials struggle to cope.
A small boat makes it way up the Yangtze River reservoir upriver of the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei Province.
Russian guards of honor attend a ceremony to inaugurate a monument dedicated to World War I Russian soldiers in Paris, France.
Seaman Quincy Fermer of the USS Carl Vinson hugs his Thiana after seeing her for the first time after disembarking from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in San Diego. The US Navy aircraft carrier from which the body of Osama bin Laden was buried at sea has returned to its home port in San Diego Bay.
About 80 independent candidates for local Peoples' Congresses are using the power of social media in China to challenge the Communist party's lock on political office.
In this Sept. 8, 2010, photo Beijing's tallest building, the 75-story China World Tower III, is reflected in a mirror at left near another building in Beijing.