Sunflowers are covered in snow in the Absam, Austria, on Wednesday after a snow storm came through the region. Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 14 as the Dow Jones Industrial neared the 10,000 milestone for the first time in a year. Robust results from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Intel Corp boosted the outlook for earnings. Brendan McDermid/Reuters
US soldiers meet with Afghan Army comannders in front of their base in Logar province, Afghanistan, on Oct. 14. Nikola Solic/Reuters
An Acehnese man carries his son to higher ground during a tsunami drill in Banda Aceh, Indonesia on Wednesday. Sirens blared and parents grabbed their children as hundreds ran to emergency shelters during a test of the tsunami warning system. Countries bordering the Indian Ocean took part in the test of the system, which was set up after the devastating 2004 tsunami. Rahmad Kelana/AP
Show riders Anthony Jackson (l.) and Joan Myrthue (r.) riding Lipizzaner Stallions lead the horses through promotional maneuvers in New York City on Wednesday. The horses are on their 40th Anniversary Tour, the third longest family-owned touring attraction in America after Ringling Brothers Circus and the Harlem Globetrotters. The stallions will perform at Madison Square Garden on Saturday for only one show. Bebeto Matthews/AP
A former Taliban militant holds his machine gun while posing for the camera during a ceremony in which arms were handed over to the Afghan government in Herat province, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. As part of a peace-reconcilliation program, about 50 Taliban militants from the province handed over their weapons. Fraidoon Pooyaa/AP
A bull moose munches on a mountain ash tree in Anchorage, Alaska, on Oct. 13. Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/AP
A baby elephant receives a bottle of milk from a handler during its daily feeding at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which cares for orphaned elephants on the outskirts of the Nairobi National Park in Kenya. Some of the baby elephants have been orphaned by one of the worst droughts in recent years affecting millions of people across East Africa. Karel Prinsloo/AP
Couples from around the world participate in a mass wedding held at Sun Moon University in Asan, South Korea, on Wednesday. Arranged by founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the Unification Church's ceremony included some 10,000 couples. Lee Jin-man/AP
Clowns smile after a news conference in Mexico City on Wednesday. Mexico is hosting the 14th Latin American Clown Convention, which will be held from Oct. 19-22. Eliana Aponte/Reuters
Bridget Sloan of the US competes on the uneven bars in the qualification round of the Gymnastics World Championships in London on Oct. 14. Toby Melville/Reuters
Italy's Elisabetta Preziosa performs on the beam during women's qualifying events for the World Gymnastics Championships at the 02 Arena in London on Wednesday. The Championships will run from Oct. 13 until Oct. 18 at the venue, which will host gymnastics and basketball at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Matt Dunham/AP
Actress Mia Farrow (r.), a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, visits Rafa in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Farrow also met with Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan in Amman as part of her trip to raise awareness about the humanitarian situation of children affected by the conflict in the Middle East. Ibraheem abu Mustafa/Reuters
Fishermen use lanterns to attract fish in the evening in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Reuters
According to the UN, nearly all of the hundreds of thousands of women fleeing Myanmar have survived or witnessed sexual assault. Aid agencies say their response has been hampered by cuts in US funding and a retreat from humanitarian leadership.
The massive flight of Myanmar’s long-oppressed Rohingya ethnic group is following a sickening pattern of other recent displacements of populations – the Yazidis in Iraq, Syrians by the millions fleeing civil war, schoolchildren targeted by Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorist group – where the horrendous human rights violations suffered by those targeted are only magnified for that population’s women and girls.