A Kyrgyz boy covers his face with a national flag as crowds gather to mourn victims of the violent protests earlier in the week in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Friday. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
The horse Khachaturian falls, unseating jockey Jason Maguire, in the Mildmay Novices' Steeple Chase during the second day of The Grand National Meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England, on Friday. Russell Cheyne/Reuters
Hundreds of toy soldiers are lined up to guard the Enchanted Palace exhibition at Kensington Palace. British fashion designers including Dame Vivienne Westwood and William Tempest have transformed Princess Diana's former home into an 'Enchanted Palace.' The exhibit, which will run for two years, will explore the lives of seven princesses who lived at the estate. Richard Lea-Hair/newsteam.co.uk./Reuters
A young child picks up flags left behind after candidate Salva Kiir had a rally in Juba, Sudan, on Friday. The people of Sudan will cast ballots in a national election for the first time in more than two decades when a three-day election begins Sunday. Jerome Delay/AP
Palestinians run away from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah, on Friday. Majdi Mohammed/AP
Palestinians ride horses on the beach of Gaza City on Friday. Khalil Hamra/AP
An Israeli soldier stands guard as ultraorthodox Jewish men gather to pray at the tomb of Biblical figure Yehoshua Bin Nun, or Joshua, in the West Bank village of Kifl Hareth late Thursday. Ariel Schalit/AP
Sarah Palin signs autographs after speaking at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La., on Friday. Gerald Herbert/AP
Bodo tribal women wait to cast their votes for the second Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections at Jogesh Pur polling station in Baska district in Gauhati, India, on Friday. People voted to elect leaders to the 40-member council elections. Anupam Nath/AP
Elephant Shaina Pali eats an apple in a pool at the zoo in Berlin on Friday. Herbert Knosowski/AP
Detroit Tigers fan Rick Francis wears a tiger toy on his head before the start of their MLB home opener against the Cleveland Indians in Detroit, Mich., on Friday. Rebecca Cook/Reuters
Thai Buddhist monks pray for peace as anti-government demonstrators gather to shout insults at police outside police headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday. David Longstreath/AP
Taj Burrow of Australia competes in the Rip Curl Pro surfing tournament at Johanna Beach in Australia, on Friday. Burrow tied for third place with Bobby Martinez of the US in the competition. Kirstin Scholtz/ASP/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.