A 2-week-old Ring-tailed Lemur clings to its mother as it greets another lemur at the Singapore Zoo on March 26. The endangered Ring-tailed Lemur babies were born in the city-state's zoo. Wong Maye-E
People prepare a hot air balloon for flight during the first Indonesian Hot Air Balloon Adventure in Sentul, Indonesia, on Friday. Eighteen balloons from various countries like France, Belgium, Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand are participating in the event. Dita Alangkara/AP
Belarusian Tatyana Mostovestskaya carries a dog to her house in a flooded yard in the town of Stolbtsy, Belarus, on March 26. Sergei Grits/AP
Artist Pavel Shugurov scratches images of Russian personalities in solidifying concrete during an art exhibition called 'Cosmism - our method,' in Vladivostok, Russia, on March 26. The artist hurled liquid concrete on to the wall with a shovel and then scratches out the images such as scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, poet Alexander Blok, and philosopher Vladimir Solovyov. Yuri Maltsev/Reuters
Children wearing hoods dressed as penitents take part in a procession in a school three days before the start of Holy Week in Seville, Spain, on March 26. Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
Egyptian Tourism police ride their camels as they patrol the site of the Giza Pyramids in Egypt on Friday. Amr Nabil/AP
Anthony Woods of Arlington, Va., is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington during a news conference held on March 3 to discuss the effort to repeal the military's ban on openly gay service members. Harry Hamburg/AP
Four-year-old Chris Rui performs with an elephant during the rehearsal of the Swiss National-Circus Knie in Rapperswil, Switzerland. Circus Knie starts its 2010 tour on March 26. Christian Hartmann/Reuters
A young Syrian protester holds a copy of the Koran and wears a fake dynamite belt as she attends a demonstration in Damascus, Syria, on Friday. Tens of thousands of Syrians and Palestinians gathered in a government-organized 'march of anger' against Israeli practices in East Jerusalem. Ola Rifai/AP
A Macedonian soldier, a member of the Special Operation Regiment, kisses his baby before departing to Afghanistan during a send off ceremony at the army barracks in Skopje, Macedonia, on Friday. The nation is sending 78 additional soldiers to the Phoenix contingent of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to help train Afghan security forces together with members of the US National Guard from Vermont. Boris Grdanoski/AP
As part of a Hungarian Easter tradition, boys pour buckets of water on girls in the village of Holloko, Hungary, on March 26. Bela Szandelszky/AP
Actors and actresses perform the opera Turandot from Chinese film director Zhan Yimou during a dress rehearsal in Taichung, Taiwan, on Friday. Turandot will be performed on March 27 and 28 in the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium. Chian Ying-ying/AP
Anti-government protesters and supporters of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra gather for a rally in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 26. Sukree Sukplang/Reuters
Afghan refugee children look out of a mosque during their daily lessons on how to read verses of the Koran in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on March 24. Muhammed Muheisen/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.