A caparisoned elephant is seen during the annual temple festival in Kochi, southern India. The festival features a colorful procession of decorated elephants and drum concerts.
Kosovo's prime minister, Hashim Thaci, claimed victory – as did the main opposition party. Incidents of ballot stuffing were noted, but the vote overall was relatively peaceful in the two-year-old state.
Corrupt countries index says Somalia is worst. Denmark, Singapore, and New Zealand are least corrupt countries.
In this Sept. 25 photo, a Minotaur 4 rocket carrying the Space Based Space Surveillance satellite blasts off and heads toward orbit at 9:41 p.m., at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The satellite is designed to detect and monitor debris, satellites and other space objects that could be a threat to national security, communications and weather satellites.
Mother Teresa's Nobel Prize winning mission in India has prompted many people to work short missions and 'voluntourism' into their lives.
Kosovo's independence declaration in 2008 is legit, says the International Court of Justice (ICJ). But the ruling may create a precedent for separatist movements worldwide. Russia opposed Kosovo's independence.
A child wearing a fake mustache and a sombrero hat waits for the start of the World Cup group A soccer match between Mexico and Uruguay at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, June 22.
The Shanghai Expo – the largest World's Fair ever – opens this weekend. While many countries will have their pavilions ready, others have struggled because of Chinese insistence on using approved contractors – and the inexperience of outside managers in working with Chinese builders.
A member of Brazil's Xikrin Nation holds a baby before the Indigenous Nations' Games in Pagagominas, Brazil, in November 2009. A French documentary by Thomas Balmes, "Babies," opened the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on April 29. The Focus Features film followed four babies in four places - Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco, and Tokyo – through their first year.