Spectators at the social event prior to the Prix de Diane, in Chantilly, West of Paris, Sunday. Thibault Camus/AP
A fan waits for the 2010 World Cup group D soccer match between Serbia and Ghana at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, Sunday. Dylan Martinez/Reuters
A Palestinian holds pictures of a relative who is currently in an Israeli prison, and late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, at a United Nations school damaged during the Israel offensive of late 2008, in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, during a visit by Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, Sunday. The Arab world's top diplomat made an unprecedented tour of Hamas-ruled Gaza on Sunday as part of a growing international push to end a three-year-old Israeli blockade of the territory. Moussa's visit was the first by a senior Arab official to Gaza since the Islamic militant Hamas movement seized the territory in 2007. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Slovenian Roman Catholic priests watch as the Pope Benedict XVI's state secretary beatifies a Slovenian student Lojze Grozde killed by the communists during the World War II, at the mass in Celje, Slovenia, Sunday. Grozde, who died in 1943 at the age of 20, is the first beatified martyr in the predominantly Roman Catholic country, ruled by the communists until its 1991 independence. Filip Horvat/AP
An oil-coated white ibis sits in marsh grass on a small island in Bay Barataria near Grand Isle, Louisiana, Sunday. These birds are being rescued and transported to the Fort Jackson Rehabilitation Center by wildlife responders and veterinarians. The BP oil spill could threaten the Mississippi and Alabama coasts this week, US forecasters said, as public anger surged over the nation's worst oil spill in history. Sean Gardner/Reuters
A young Ghana fan waits for the kick-off of the World Cup group D soccer match between Serbia and Ghana at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Sunday. Rebecca BlackwellAP
A South Korean Army soldier looks at North Korea through a pair of binoculars at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of Panmunjom, South Korea, Sunday. North Korea vowed Saturday to launch an all-out attack against South Korean loudspeakers and other propaganda facilities along their heavily fortified border, warning it could even turn Seoul into a "sea of flame." Ahn Young-joon/AP
Palestinians sit in a tent on Sunday, while Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa of Egypt delivers a speech during a visit to the area of Abed Rabbo, which was damaged during the offensive Israel launched in late 2008. The Arab world's top diplomat made an unprecedented tour of Hamas-ruled Gaza on Sunday as part of a growing international push to end a three-year-old Israeli blockade of the territory. Moussa's visit was the first by a senior Arab official to Gaza since the Islamic militant Hamas movement seized the territory in 2007. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Children attend a mass in Shambek village, near Rustenburg, South Africa, Sunday. Emilio Morenatti/AP
Crude oil from the BP oil spill washes ashore in Orange Beach, Ala., Saturday. Large amounts of the oil battered the Alabama coast, leaving deposits of the slick mess 4-to-6 inches thick in some parts. Dave Martin/AP
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.