In the Philippines, where the intersection between faith and politics has long shaped the country's development, the debate surrounding a family planning bill is pitting the president of the country against the influential Catholic Church.
Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
Sofia University students carry chairs on their heads during a protest against the severe budget cuts in state funding for higher education, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Tibetan monks play with snowballs at the Taer Monastry in Huangzhong county, Qinghai province, China.
Typhoon Megi has left the shores of the Philippines after having wreaking havoc on the Pacific nation, and killing 7 people. It is now headed toward China.
Philippine troops load relief supplies into a US Marines CH-46E transport helicopter at a military airport on Oct. 21. Typhoon Megi, the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year, ravaged Isabela and nearby provinces, killing 20 people and damaging thousands of homes when it slammed into the northern Philippines.
Philippines President Benigno Aquino is enjoying an extended political honeymoon despite his government's bungled handling of a deadly bus hijacking and criticism he is moving too slowly on reforms.
The Philippines massacre trial resumed Wednesday in Manila. The trial of a mafia clan accused of killing 57 people last November was seen as the worst act of political violence there in decades.
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.
Let's go 'siteseeing' via the Web, to find out what gardeners are doing in Australia, India, and the Phillipines.