The Indonesian volcano Mt. Merapi erupted on Wednesday in its biggest explosion so far, prompting evacuations from previously safe areas and sending earlier evacuees even further from the site of the blasts.
Mount Merapi volcano erupted again on Thursday, spewing hot gas and ashes. Elsewhere, rescuers raised the death toll from Monday's tsunami to 343, with more than 300 people still missing.
Mount Merapi spews volcanic material as seen from Wukirsari, Indonesia, on Nov. 8. The volcano, on the outskirts of Yogyakarta, began spewing lava, superheated gas, and deadly clouds of ash two weeks ago, and has killed more than 130 people and forced the evacuation of nearly 300,000. Dozens of flights to and from the capital Jakarta, about 375 miles from the volcano, were canceled after the volcano belched fresh clouds of volcanic ash 19,000 feet into the atmosphere.
Riders from various countries compete in the men's track cycling 40 km points race heats at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday.
Aung San Suu Kyi's 18-month detention ends just after the Burma election. Observers say her release would signal the junta’s confidence in transitioning to a semi-civilian government.
Obama holds meetings with Asian leaders at UN on economic and security issues. But some analysts say he is doing no better than his predecessors at resolving the region's challenges.
Boys pull a ram into the Atlantic Ocean to wash it in preparation for sacrifice, on the Eid al-Adha feast, in Dakar, Senegal, Oct. 26, 2012. The Eid al-Adha festival, known locally as Tabaski, celebrates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son.
Eid al-Fitr began at sunset Thursday, when the crescent of a new moon first showed over the Middle East. Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity," while Fitr means "break fasting." The three-day feast celebrates the end of the a month-long period of Ramadan's fasting and prayer. While traditions don't vary much between Sunnis and Shiites, customs vary greatly from country to country. Here is how five countries ring in Eid al-Fitr.
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.
More than 10 countries have now condemned a Florida pastor's plan to burn the Koran in commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of nine years ago. As noted in the Monitor article Why the planned Koran burning causes outrage and alarm, "Muslims see it as the uninterrupted, unchangeable, and eternal word of God. Burning the Koran is akin to directly burning the word of God." Here is what leaders are saying worldwide.