Venezuela's fans cheer during their U-20 World Cup Group B soccer match against Spain at the al-Salam Stadium in al-Obour, Egypt, on Thursday. Nasser Nasser/AP
A man works at the Volma fishing farm near the village of Azyorny, Belarus, on Thursday. Vladimir Nikolsky/Reuters
School children dress as Mahatma Gandhi to take part in a cultural program on the eve of Gandhi's 140th birth anniversary, in the central Indian city of Bhopal, on Oct. 1. Gandhi was a political and spiritual leader of India during the Indian independence movement and was a pioneer of civil disobedience and non-violence. Raj Patidar/Reuters
Security guards restrain Selcuk Ozbek, a student journalist who threw a shoe at Dominque Strauss-Kahn, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as he was addressing students at the Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey, on Thursday. The IMF said in its biannual World Economic Outlook, released in Istabul, that the global economy is recovering faster than expected but governments should be careful not to withdraw stimulus measures prematurely. Protests by leftist students also occurred outside at the university. Ibrahim Usta/AP
Tourists ride through floodwaters caused by Typhoon Ketsana in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Vietnam and Cambodia battled rising floodwaters on Wednesday from the typhoon that has cut a destructive path through Southeast Asia. Chor Sokunthea/Reuters
At the Swiss Air Rescue base in Kloten, Swiss rescue workers attend a briefing before their departure to the earthquake-hit Indonesian island of Sumatra. Clean water as well as food and shelter are urgently needed by people in the city of Padang and the surrounding region where the earthquake struck. Christian Hartmann/Reuters
Fireworks explode over Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Thursday as China celebrated 60 years of communist rule. A National Day Parade was held during the day as well as evening festivities and a gala to mark the founding of the People's Republic of China. AP
A picture of Palestinian militant Linan Abu Golme, who is currently held in an Israeli prison, is placed on a model of a boat she made in prison, at the family's home in the West Bank village of Beit Fourik near Nablus. Abu Golme is among 20 Palestinian women prisoners that Israel will release this week in exchange for a videotape proving that Sgt. Gilad Schalit, who is held by militants in the Gaza Strip, is still alive. Nasser Ishtayeh/AP
A woman makes cow dung cakes, and arranges them to be sun dried in Allahabad, India, on Thursday. Cow dung cakes are a major source of domestic fuel for rural households in India, and is an environmentally friendly alternative to firewood. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
A vendor walks by a sand sculpture in support of holding the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The city is competing with Chicago, Madrid, and Tokyo for the right to host the 2016 Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide who the host city will be on Friday. Natacha Pisarenko/AP
Islamic Party fighters participate in an exercise in Afgoye, Somalia, near Mogadishu on Thursday. Fighting between rival Islamist factions over control of a key Somali port city killed at least five people on Thursday, residents and medical staff said. Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP
A large Golden Orb spider crawls on the face of Sydney Wildlife World Keeper Borisat in Australia, on Thursday. The Wildlife park is holding a survey to establish which of the two types of animals the public finds more creepy - snakes or spiders. It has been revealed that about 87 percent of people would not know how to identify a dangerous snake if they saw one, even though Australia has five of the top 10 most dangerous snakes in the world. Rob Griffith/AP
North Koreans in a bus bid one last farewell to their South Korean family members after a three-day temporary family reunion at a North Korean resort in Mount Kumgang, on Thursday. Hundreds of South Koreans crossed the heavily militarized border on Tuesday to see family members they were separated in wartime for almost half a century. Han Sang-gyun/Reuters
Following a season of hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes around the world, customers and governments are facing rising insurance rates. Experts suggest that insurance companies should re-evaluate their repricing strategies as disasters become more common.
ByLaurie Goering, Thomson Reuters Foundation
With its string of hurricanes, floods, and other weather shocks, 2017 may be the most expensive year on record for disaster losses, insurance experts warned on Tuesday.