In Kolkata, India, on Wednesday, Tibetan exiles take part in a candlelight vigil to mark the 51st anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese occupation. Parth Sanyal/Reuters
Models wear creations by French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier for Hermes as part of his Fall/Winter 2010 collection presented in Paris on Wednesday. Christophe Ena/AP
Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilk poses before an interview with Reuters in Stockholm, Sweden, on March 10. Irish police said on Tuesday that seven people had been arrested there in connection with a plot to kill Vilk over a 2007 drawing depicting the Prophet Mohammad with the body of a dog. Bob Strong/Reuters
A sculpture by Antony Gormley is on display on the roof of 1133 Broadway in Manhattan on Wednesday. The sculpture, part of the installation 'Event Horizon,' will be viewable in New York City through Aug. 15. Mary Altaffer/AP
Volkswagen Golf VIs are stored at the 'Car Towers' in Wolfsburg, Germany, on March 10. Morris Mac Matzen/Reuters
Al Shabab's Flavio (r.) of Saudi Arabia, and Pakhtakor's Temur Juraev (l.) of Uzekistan, fight for the ball during the AFC Champions League soccer match in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on Wednesday. Anvar Ilyasov/AP
Former Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra takes questions from reporters during a news conference in Fort Myers, Fla., on Wednesday. The 1997 Rookie of the Year signed a one-day contract with the Red Sox and announced his retirement, ending his 14-year career in Major League Baseball. Garciaparra will become an analyst for ESPN. Steven Senne/AP
People examine the damaged office of World Vision, an international humanitarian group, after an attack by suspected militants in Ogi, Pakistan, on March 10. Suspected militants armed with grenades attacked the offices of the Christian aid group helping earthquake survivors in northwestern Pakistan, killing six employees and wounding several others, police and the organization said. Naveed Sultan/AP
Children welcome home Georgia's National Guard Company A 108th Calvary to Rome, Ga., from Afghanistan on March 9. Ryan Smith/The News Tribune/AP
A female militant from the Islamic Jihad movement takes part in a rally in Gaza City on March 10. Suhaib Salem/Reuters
Children play near makeshift tents where they are staying with their families in Concepcion, Chile, on March 10. The 8.8-magnitude earthquake in February killed hundreds of people, wiped out roads and bridges, and damaged hundreds of thousands of homes. Jose Luis Saavedra/Reuters
People view a display model of the new 3-D TVs in New York on Wednesday. Bebeto Matthews/AP
Haitian President Rene Preval (l.) shakes hands with US President Barack Obama at the White House as they delivered remarks in the Rose Garden after meeting on Wednesday. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
For a visiting journalist, the country of today feel worlds away from the China she first encountered decades earlier.
ByAnn Scott Tyson
The ultra-sleek bullet train, floating on a magnetic cushion, accelerates as it leaves Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport for the megacity of 24 million people. Outside, a futuristic metropolis unfolds. Curved skyscrapers and raised freeways flash by until they blur. Inside the car, green digits above the doorway shoot upward: 200 kilometers per hour ... 300 ... 431.