Indian Muslims stretch their hands out for refreshments during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Mumbai, India, on Monday. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th-century battle of Kerbala. Arko Datta/Reuters
The Lake Champlain Bridge is imploded in Crown Point, NY, on Monday. The bridge, which connects Crown Point and Addison, Vt., was closed in October because of erosion to its concrete piers. Mike Groll/AP
A team of leading architects and engineers unveiled designs for The Cloud, a structure to commemorate London's role as the host of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The lightweight transparent tower, composed of a 'cloud' of inflatable, light-emitting spheres, would create a three-dimensional display in the skies of London. Courtesy of The Cloud/www.raisethecloud.org
A man walks on the snow at Kibber village in Himachal Pradesh state, India, on Monday. Cold weather is expected to continue in most parts of northern India. AP
A ski mountaineer ascends the Calanda Mountain near Chur, Switzerland, on Sunday. Arno Balzarini/Keystone/AP
Alfa Romeo rounds Tasman Island on the way to Hobart, Australia, on Monday during the Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race in this photo released by Rolex. Kurt Arrigo/Rolex/AP
Thomas Morgenstern from Austria soars through the air during the practice for the first event of The Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament in Oberstdorf, Germany, on Monday. Michael Dalder/Reuters
Firefighters work to extinguish a forest fire in Valparaiso, Chile, on Sunday. More than 6,000 acres of land have been burned by to multiple fires near Valparaiso city but with no reported cases of deaths or injuries, according to local authorities. Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters
Police officers keep watch from a balcony inside Hamburg's airport on Monday. Airports and airlines across Europe moved rapidly to tighten security on US-bound flights after a man tried to set off explosives on a plane flying from Amsterdam to Detroit. Chrisitian Charisius/Reuters
Palestinian children hold candles as they take part in a memorial ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of Israel's offensive in Gaza on Monday in front of the UNSCO building in Gaza City. Khalil Hamra/AP
A view from a helicopter shows Afghan houses near Forward Operating Base Clark and Salerno in Khost province, Afghanistan, on Monday. Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
The government intends to combine three separate regions of Sanjiangyuan to create China’s first national park, setting aside an area the size of Pennsylvania. China is also working to set up a series of other trial national parks around the country.
More than 2,700 miles before the Mekong River drains into the South China Sea, before it winds past the ancient Khmer temple of Vat Phou and the poppy fields of the Golden Triangle, it begins on the Tibetan Plateau in western China. Tibetan Buddhists believe the spiritual source of the river is an alpine lake called Zaxiqiwa. Scientists have argued for decades over the river’s geographical origin. Not one of them doubts that it trickles down from a glacier high in the serrated mountains. The question is which one.