A dog romps through a snow-covered meadow in the small village of Semmering, Austria, on Thursday after the first snowfall in the region. Some areas of New England experienced their first snow as well when a Nor'easter slammed into the area, bringing several inches of rain and wet snow. Andreas Pessenlehner/Reuters
Members of the folklore group Ekobios practice cumbia in Cartagena, Colombia, on Thursday. Fernando Vergara/AP
Academy of Art University students Lisa Allen (l.) and Shaofu Zhang (r.) take part in the California ShakeOut, a statewide drop, cover, and hold earthquake drill in San Francisco on Thursday. October 17 marks the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. Rusel A. Daniels/AP
In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Max and Carol, characters from 'Where the Wild Things Are,' walk together. The film is coming out in theaters on Friday. Matt Nettheim/Warner Bros. Pictures/AP
US President Barack Obama greets students on a visit to Martin Luther King Charter School during his first presidential visit to New Orleans, La., on Thursday. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Residents use improvised rafts in the floodwaters after Typhoons Ketsana and Parma hit San Pedro, Philippines. A Philippine state agency plans to sell reconstruction bonds of up to 50 billion pesos ($1.1 billion) in 5-10 year maturities to fund rebuilding after the devastating typhoons, the trade secretary said Thursday. About 18.4 billion pesos ($397 million) in crops and fisheries were destroyed in the storms. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
John Gardiner and Lewd, his Sphynx cat, visit the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday after participating in opening bell ceremonies with 4Kids Entertainment Inc. Richard Drew/AP
Puerto Rican police officers surround a masked demonstrator to prevent protesters from painting slogans outside a bank in San Juan on Thursday. Thousands of people swarmed Puerto Rico's financial hub, and blocking highways in a rally against Gov. Luis Fortuno and the layoffs of more than 20,000 public employees as part of a measure to close a deficit and pull the economy out of a three-year recession. Ricardo Arduengo/AP
Soccer fans hold up the number 9 to honor US National team forward Charlie Davies before the start of a 2010 World Cup qualifying match between the US and Costa Rica on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Davies was injured in a single-car accident in northern Virginia earlier this week. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP
A view of The Frieze Art Fair in Regents Park, London is seen on Wednesday. The British capital's cutting-edge art sale kicks off Thursday, but cautious collectors may be cutting back. Ian West/AP
Daniel Keatings of Britain performs on the rings during the men's individual all-around final of the Gymnastics World Championships at the 02 Arena in London on Oct. 15. Eddie Keogh/Reuters
A boy plays with an empty basket while standing among heaps of red chillies during a drying process in Srinagar, Kashmir, on Thursday. Fayaz Kabli/Reuters
Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot to his compatriot Tommy Robredo at the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, on Thursday. Nadal was victorious, defeating Robredo 6-1, 6-4. Andy Wong/AP
Children watch a Palasma turtle on the beach in La Flor, a natural reserve in San Juan, Nicaragua, on Oct. 14. La Flor is only one of seven places in the world where Palasma turtles lay their eggs every year. Reuters
Secretary-General António Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal, says the world has made progress – on hunger, poverty, education – but he's impatient for more. His approach: We can do better.
António Guterres, who took over as United Nations secretary-general early this year, acknowledges that the world community has made encouraging progress in improving people’s lives over recent decades.