Rio de Janeiro's slums are built on hillsides so steep they are difficult to travel up and down. The government is hoping to improve relations with residents by providing a free cable car to navigate the hills.
Young Buddhist monks react to camera at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, India. Bodh Gaya is the town where Buddha is believed to have attained nirvana, or enlightenment 2,500 years ago. An year-long commemoration of the 900th birth anniversary of the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa or the Karmapa lineage begins Wednesday.
Medellín is seen as a success story of former President Álvaro Uribe, whose successor faces a crucial test amid the resurgence in drug war violence.
Children with buckets sit on a sidewalk in Skofla Loka, Slovenia, on Monday.
Drug lords like La Barbie threaten Mexico's security with American-bought firearms, and finance their violent empires with American drug money.
La Barbie, whose real name is Edgar Valdez Villarreal, was a Texas football star before he moved to Mexico City and joined the Sinaloa Cartel.
The Mexico drug war is pushing officials to take heed of Colombia, which made progress with social welfare programs and acknowledgment that force alone doesn't work.
Colombia's Peace and Reconciliation program provides psychological help, educational opportunities, and job aid to the thousands of fighters who once engaged in guerrilla warfare.
CHINESE GIANT SALAMANDER: This January 2008 photo shows a Chinese giant salamander from the Zoological Society of London. These amphibians can reach nearly 6 feet long and are critically endangered due to habitat loss, poaching, and pollution. The salamander is also considered a Chinese delicacy.
Manuel Noriega took the stand only briefly Monday to give his name and age, but appeared feeble, his shoulders trembling as he addressed the three-judge panel.