Tara, a 2-month-old Asian palm civet cub, sits on the shoulder of a Royev Ruchei Zoo employee in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Monday. Zoo employees are hand-feeding two cubs, Tara and Tona, after their mother gave birth to them in April this year and refused to nurse them. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
A Palestinian man walks past graffiti showing a woman with her hands raised and what appears to be an ambulance behind her, on the wall of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. For decades Palestinians have used graffiti to express their political loyalties and their nationalist aspirations, frequently spray-painting 'tags' of their favored parties onto walls and houses, announcing protests, denouncing their rivals, and declaring the establishment of new factions. Maya Hitij/AP
A Honduran fan makes his way to Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday ahead of the group H World Cup match between Spain and Honduras on Monday. Jerome Delay/AP
Faried Carvalho poses for a photo before his performance in 'El Cerro del Aripo' (Celebrating the Aripo Hills) by local playwright and director Davlin Thomas at the National Academy for Performing Arts in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Sunday. Andrea De Silva/Reuters
The Stonehenge monument in England is seen early on Monday. Thousands of new age enthusiasts and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight Monday morning as a bright early morning sun rose above the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Palestinian kids play in a swimming pool to cool themselves off in the West Bank village of Albathan near Nablus on Monday as temperatures reached 100 degrees F. in the region. Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters
Lucas Mahuca kicks a ball as he plays soccer in a field next to his house in Diepsloot, South Africa, on Monday. Emilio Morenatti/AP
An Andean religious leader makes a spiritual offering during the celebrations of the Aymara New Year number 5,518 in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, on Monday. The Aymara people, one of the largest indigenous groups in the region, celebrate their new year on the Southern Hemisphere's winter solstice, which marks the start of the new agricultural cycle. Juan Karita/AP
In Valparaiso, Chile, fans of the national soccer team celebrate their team's goal against Switzerland in the 2010 World Cup soccer match on Monday. Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters
Catch off the day: a 4-year-old Appaloosa gelding tries to cool off in his stall at the Mississippi Fairgrounds in Jackson, Miss., on Monday before being shown in the 63rd National Champion Appaloosa Show at the Mississippi Coliseum. Each stall has at least one window and fan to cool the horses and reduce the dust and humidity in the stalls. Appaloosas from around the country will compete during the two-week event. Rogelio V. Solis/AP
Afghan village leaders talk with US officers about issues of security and social cooperation in Gorgan military base, south of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Monday. Denis Sinyakov/Reuters
Finn Neilsen from Brooklyn, N.Y., plays on a piano in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Monday. The piano, one of 60, is part of an art installation touring the world that makes its first US stop in New York. The exhibition has put more than 130 pianos in parks, squares, and bus stations in cities from London to Sydney, Australia. Richard Drew/AP
An animal keeper holds a baby Batagur turtle in Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo on Monday. Two Batagur turtles were hatched in May at the zoo and it is the first time this species was bred in captivity. Batagur turtles are one of the most endangered species of turtle, only 20 of them are now known to be in existence worldwide. Herwig Prammer/Reuters
A rickshaw puller rests in the afternoon beside a road in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Monday. Andrew Biraj/Reuters
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.