A girl rides on a swing carousel in Grozny, Chechnya, late Sunday. Russia recently ended a federal counter-terrorism operation after two wars in the republic. Separatist rebels however still stage frequent attacks in Chechnya despite increased stability in the southern region. Yelena Afonina/AP
A hungry prairie dog has to wrestle his lunch from a gang of starlings at the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri, on Monday. NEWSCOM
Displaced children look out the window from a classroom near al-Mazraq refugee camp, near the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada, on Monday. Around 8,000 displaced people live in the camp near the Saudi border after fleeing battles raging between the Yemeni Army and Shiite rebels in northern Yemen for the past two months. Khaled Abdullah/Reuters
Immigrants lean on the fences in Pagani detention center in the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, near Turkey. Police have had to cope with unrest inside the Pagani camp as the number of immigrants living there, around 800, exceeds the hosting capability of the center, which was originally designed to hold about 250 people. John Kolesidis/Reuters
An aerial view of the Green Point Soccer stadium that will host a number of the 2010 World Cup soccer games in Cape Town, South Africa, on Monday. Thousands of people are expected to visit the Western Cape province during the 2010 tournament. Schalk van Zuydam/AP
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the US State Department in Washington on Oct. 19. Jim Watson/AFP/NEWSCOM
Milk farmers throw flares in front of riot police during a demonstration outside the European Union agriculture ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday. Some 2,000 farmers in tractors and buses stopped traffic in central Luxembourg during a meeting of the EU Farm Ministers, burning hay and throwing firecrackers in protest over the low milk prices. Francois Lenoir/Reuters
Rescue teams look for survivors in the ruins of a collapsed three-story building in KIambu, Kenya, on Monday. A Kenyan police official says an unknown number of people are trapped in the rubble. Riccardo Gangale/AP
Models present creations by Japanese designer Junya Tashiro at a fashion show during Japan's Fashion Week in Tokyo on Oct. 19. Toru Hanai/Reuters
Fabiano Maisonnave (l.) a journalist of Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, delivers a camera to Wilson Pedrosa while two police officers inspect Pedrosa's belongings as he leaves the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Monday. Ousted President Manuel Zelaya has been staying at the Brazilian embassy since his return to his homeland, around four weeks ago. Esteban Felix/AP
After the euphoria of the vote, the advance on energy-rich Kirkuk by Iraqi federal forces signaled a worrisome dynamic for the Kurds: Baghdad's coordination with Turkey and Iran, and internal Kurdish divisions.
ByDominique Soguel, correspondent
The euphoria last month of the Kurds who moved forward with a controversial referendum on independence in Iraqi Kurdistan is quickly giving way to alarm as the central government of Iraq and powerful regional neighbors make good on their pledges to push back.