A Netherlands fan waits for the start of the 2010 World Cup second round soccer match between Netherlands and Slovakia at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban, South Africa, on Monday. Michael Kooren/Reuters
Chocolate Terracotta Warriors are displayed at the World Chocolate Wonderland in Taipei, Taiwan, on Monday. The exhibition will be held from July 3 to September 29 at the National Taiwan Science Education Center in Shihlin, and will showcase various creations made completely from chocolate, including the Taipei 101 skyscraper, Great Wall of China, and the Mogao Caves. Nicky Loh/Reuters
A miner walks along tracks used for transporting coal in an underground coal mine in Xiaoyi, China, on Sunday. Reuters
A flash of lightning illuminates the sky over the 2,500-year-old Parthenon on the Acropolis hill during a heavy rainstorm in Athens, Greece on Monday. Petros Giannakouris/AP
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is sworn in before the US Senate Judiciary Commitee at the start of her Senate Confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Monday. Kagan faced tough criticism from Republicans at the opening of her Senate confirmation hearing, but President Barack Obama's pick is expected to win bipartisan approval for job. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
An Israeli Air Force Sikorsky CH-53 helicopter takes part in an exhibition session as part of a ceremony for newly graduated Israeli Air Force pilots at Hatzerim air base, Israel on Monday. Baz Ratner/Reuters
Fans cheer in front of a giant screen showing the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday. Luca Bruno/AP
Policemen detain an opposition activist, who took part in a protest rally, in central Moscow on Monday. Opposition supporters held the unauthorized rally demanding the resignation of Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov and called the event the "Day of Wrath." Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters
Brazil fans celebrate after Brazil scored a goal against Chile at the 2010 World Cup soccer match, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Monday. Nacho Doce/Reuters
Two sailors hang onto the centerboard of the boat they were piloting, which capsized in high winds on the Charles River in Boston on Monday. The two were able to upright the boat and continue sailing after falling in the river. Charles Krupa/AP
Slovakia's Robert Vittek (not shown) scores a goal past Netherlands' goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg during their 2010 World Cup second round soccer match at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban, South Africa, on Monday. Paul Hanna/Reuters
A fan waits for the start of a 2010 World Cup second round soccer match between Chile and Brazil at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
A voter in Burundi's presidential elections shows his inked finger to prove he has cast his ballot, after voting at a polling station in the capital of Bujumbura on Monday. Marc Hofer/AP
Afghan villagers sit inside a tent as they discuss issues of security cooperation with U.S. officers while an Afghan policeman keeps guard at the military base in Gorgan, Afghanistan, on Monday. Denis Sinyakov/Reuters
Russia's 2018 presidential election will likely not be a cliffhanger. What happens in 2024, when President Putin could end an unprecedented fourth term, is far less clear. He does have a plan, experts say – but it's not necessarily handing off power.
Vladimir Putin, a politician at the height of his powers and now launching his bid for an unprecedented fourth presidential term, met the world media in the Kremlin today. As usual, he came off as poised, magisterial, and even a bit jovial.