A man holds a portrait of slain Afghan translator Sultan Munadi during a prayer ceremony at his grave in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday. Afghan journalists blamed international troops Thurdsday for the death of their kidnapped colleague during a rescue operation and said that British commandos showed a 'double standard' while leaving his body retrieving a foreign New York Times writer. Musadeq Sadeq/AP
Mika Yoshida, an employee of Ogawa Stadium, packages rubber face masks of Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Hatoyama in Saitama, Japan, on Thursday. The studio first prototyped the mask for sale in July, which have grown following the party's landslide victory in last month's lower house parliamentary elections. Junji Kurokawa/AP
A veiled relative of a disappeared youth looks on during a protest organized by The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Srinagar, India. Activists claim that roughly 8,000-10,000 people have gone missing since 1989, when a separatist insurgency against Indian rule began. Dar Yasin/AP
Members of Pakistani Lashkar, a private militia made of up local residents, prepare to set out looking for Taliban militants in the Lower Dir district of Pakistan on Thursday. Locals are helping Pakistani security forces after crackdown operations against the Taliban. Dilawar Jan/AP
Olivia Heyworth of Australia (l.) poses for a photo with a friend backstage at the Genee International Ballet Competition in Singapore. The annual ballet meet is a flagship event put on by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and is one of the foremost platforms for launching professional careers of many young dancers in the international arena. Vivek Prakash/Reuters
Cyclists gather around seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong after he completed a practice ride in Griffith Park in Los Angeles on Thursday. Several hundred riders accompanied Armstrong after he announced his ride on Twitter. Nick Ut/AP
Two models wear Bagir EcoGir suits made from recycled plastic bottles across the street from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on Thursday. Bagir Ltd. is an Israel-based tailored apparel manufacturer specializing in high tech innovations. Richard Drew/AP
Rep. Joe Wilson (R) of South Carolina (bottom, red tie) is chased by reporters as he heads to the House for a vote on Capitol Hill on Thursday. During President Barack Obama's address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday evening, Wilson yelled 'You lie!' after Obama's statement that health insurace would not be provided to illeagl immigrants. Wilso offered a written apology to the president after his address, which the president accepted. Obama said Thursday, 'We have to get to the point where we can have a conversation about big, important issues that matter to the American people without vitriol, without name-calling without the assumption of the worst in other people's motives.' Harry Hamburg/AP
US Marines walk inside their base before patrolling near the town of Khan Neshin in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Thursday. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
Villagers help children to a rooftop to escape floodwaters in Dhanarua, near Patna, India, on Thursday. Flash floods after heavy rain have inundated about 100 villages in Bihar, according to news reports. AP
Germany's Nadine Angerer dives to save a shot during the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 final soccer match in Helsinki, Finland, on Thursday. Germany faced off against England for the championship and won 6-2, winning their fifth successive continental title. Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters
For a visiting journalist, the country of today feel worlds away from the China she first encountered decades earlier.
ByAnn Scott Tyson
The ultra-sleek bullet train, floating on a magnetic cushion, accelerates as it leaves Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport for the megacity of 24 million people. Outside, a futuristic metropolis unfolds. Curved skyscrapers and raised freeways flash by until they blur. Inside the car, green digits above the doorway shoot upward: 200 kilometers per hour ... 300 ... 431.