A Shaolin student shows off his skill at Tagou Wushu School in Dengfeng, China, on Sunday. A soccer team of Shaolin students was recently established in the school. Wang Song/Xinhua/AP
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, the sun is covered by the moon during the solar eclipse, in Easter Island, Chile, on Sunday. Victory Rojas/Xinhua/AP
American Lance Armstrong exits the team bus to leave for a training ride with his teammates on the rest day of the Tour de France cycling race in Morzine-Avoriaz, France, on Monday. Armstrong lost precious time as he crashed and got distanced in Sunday's stage and now ranks 39th with more than 13 minutes delay. Bas Czerwinkski/AP
Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica looks out from a door before a news conference to present the Paris Areva Golden League athletics meeting in Paris on Monday. Philppe Wojazer/Reuters
A climber reaches the top of a newly inaugurated international standard sport climbing wall at the Indian Mountaineering Foundation in New Delhi, India, on Monday. Gurinder Osan/AP
Dutch soldiers react as they watch the Netherlands play against Spain in the World Cup soccer final taking place in South Africa at their base in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, in the early hours on Monday morning. Dusan Vranic/AP
Under the light of flares, Spanish fans celebrate in a fountain in downtown Madrid after Spain defeated the Netherlands to win the World Cup soccer final on Sunday. Spain won its first-ever World Cup by beating the Netherlands 1-0. Arturo Rodriguez/AP
Artists perform before christening the Cristophe Colomb, a container cargo ship, in the harbour of Le Havre, France, on Monday. The Cristophe Colomb is one of the largest French container ships and is set to operate between Asia and Europe. Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters
This image made available by the British Ministry of Defence in London on Monday shows Taramis, a prototype of an unmanned combat aircraft of the future. It was named after the Celtic god of thunder. The concept demonstrator will test the possibility of developing the first ever autonomous stealthy Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV). Taramis would ultimately be capable of precisely striking targets at long range, even in another continent. BAE Systems/Ministry of Defence/AP
A yak used for carrying tourists eats from a feed bag on the shores of Lake Namtso in Tibet. Ben Blanchard/Reuters
People cool off in the Berounka River in the village of Dobrichovice near Prague as temperatures hovered over the 90s in the Czech Republic on Monday. David W. Cerny/Reuters
Ricky Avery does a flip as he dives into Long Pond in Ledyard, Conn., on Monday. The rock, known to the kids who live around the pond as "The Ledges," is a popular spot to cool off on hot summer day. Sean D. Elliot/The Day/AP
Former US president and UN special envoy for Haiti, Bill Clinton (c.), greets workers in charge of the reconstruction during a memorial ceremony for the six-month anniversary of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Monday. Ramon Espinosa/AP
US Marine Sgt. James "Eddie" Wright holds his engagement ring before proposing to his girlfriend, Cody Fife, after Sgt. Wright received a new home through HelpingAHero.Org and Semper Fi Fund organizations on Monday in Conroe, Texas. Wright was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions after his Bravo Company 1st Recon Platoon was ambushed in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. Wright lost his forearms and hands from a rocket propelled grenade and led his team to safety while dealing with his own injuries. Johnn Hanson/Houston Chronicle/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.