Youths attend a martial art practice session in Jammu, India, on Tuesday. Dozens practiced their skils under a local trainer. Mukesh Gupta/Reuters
A squirrel reaches for a peanut from the hand of a woman in a park in Minsk, Belarus, on Tuesday. Sergei Grits/AP
A man and his dog play on the beach as Tropical Storm Rick approaches Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on Tuesday. The once-powerful Hurricane Rick lost most of its force as it headed toward Mexican resort regions, but local authorities are still prepared for evacuations due to flooding. Guillermo Arias/AP
The towering 327-foot-tall Ares I-X rocket moves away from the Vehicle Assembly Building toward launch pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Tuesday. The rocket is scheduled for an unmanned test on Oct. 27, and is considered to be the next vehicle for space transportation, replacing the aging Space Shuttle fleet. NASA/Reuters
Actor George Takei (r.), who played the role of helm officer Sulu in the original television series 'Star Trek,' talks with Brian Harbinson (l.), dressed as Data, a character from the series, 'Star Trek Next Generation' in front of a model of the USS Enterprise at an exhibit in San Jose, Calif. The exhibit opens on Oct. 23 and is the largest collection of authentic items from the Star Trek television and movie series. Paul Sakuma/AP
Ruca, a police dog from the Portuguese National Guard sits on a pile of CDs and DVDs at a training camp at the police school in Queluz, Portugal. After working in drug detection, the police dog was trained to search for polycarbonate, a plastic used for making CDs and DVDs. Ruca now works in detecting illegal CDs and DVDs in street markets around the nation. Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters
US engineer Martin Cooper holds the Motorola DynaTAC phone, the world's first commercial handheld cellular phone, and his current mobile phone during a conference in Oviedo, Spain, on Tuesday. Cooper will be awarded with the 2009 Prince of Asturias Technical & Scientific Research Award at a traditional ceremony on Friday. The awards have been given out annually since 1981 to reward scientific, technical, cultural, social, and humanitarian work done by individuals, teams, and institutions. Cooper was the lead engineer of the Motorola team that developed the cellular phone. Eloy Alonso/Reuters
US artist Richard Jackson's 'Duck on the Ceiling' is seen during a preview for the FIAC (Modern Art International Fair) on Tuesday in Paris. The exhibition opens Thursday at the Grand Palais museum and other places around Paris. Jacques Brinon/AP
Kenyan rescue workers search for survivors of a collapsed building under construction in Kiambu, Kenya, on Tuesday. Up to 20 people were feared dead in the rubble after the building collapsed on Monday, trapping workers inside. Noor Khamis/Reuters
International Middle East envoy Tony Blair (2nd r.) tours a site known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque and to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, on Tuesday. Hazem Bader/AP
Protesters hold swords as they shout slogans to provoke the riot police during clashes at Diar Echams district in Algiers on Tuesday. Protesters threw stones and petrol bombs at police in Algeria's capital during the second day of clashes over housing conditions. Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
Afghan President Hamid Karzai (r.) whispers with US Sen. John Kerry (D) of Massachusetts during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Afghanistan's election commission ordered a Nov. 7 runoff in the disputed presidential election after a fraud investigation dropped incumbent Karzai's votes below 50 percent of the total. Karzai accepted the finding and agreed to a second round vote. Musadeq Sadeq/AP
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.