A four-day-old Zedonk, a rare cross between a zebra and a donkey, stands next to her mother at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Lumpkin County, Ga. on Monday. The director of the preserve says it is the first time in 40 years that a zedonk has been born there. Tom Reed/The Times/AP
Female North Korean soldiers wave to a Chinese boat for tourists on the banks of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju on Tuesday. Jacky Chen/Reuters
Britain's Mo Farah celebrates as he wins the Men's 10,000m event, during the European Athletics Championships, in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday. Victor Caivano/AP
Seashells coated with oil caused by the oil spill are pictured by the shore in Dalian, China, on Monday. Nearly 8,000 workers and hundreds of fishing boats have managed to clean up the oil spill off the major northern Chinese port Dalian, nine days after a pipeline blast leaked 1,500 tonnes of heavy crude into the sea. Arthur JD/Reuters
A bee collects pollen from a sunflower in Utrecht, Netherlands, on Tuesday. Michael Kooren/Reuters
Flood water gushes from the Xiaolangdi Reservoir in Jiyuan, central China's Henan Province on Tuesday as the water outflux monitored at the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River was 15,000 cubic meters per second. Miao Qiunao/Xinhua/AP
An Afghan soldier launches a rocket propelled grenade as US soldiers of the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division duck during a clash with insurgents at COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Team No Way Back of the Netherlands (r.) and BMW Oracle Racing of the U.S. race downwind during the first day of the RC44 Valencia Cup in Valencia, Spain, on Tuesday. Heino Kalis/Reuters
Laura Dekker poses for the media on her boat Guppy in Den Osse, Netherlands, on Tuesday. A Dutch court has cleared the way for 14-year-old Dekker to set sail on a risky solo voyage around the world. Judges at Middelburg's family court have lifted a guardianship order imposed on Dekker last year after she said she wanted to set sail alone around the world. Evert-Jan Daniels/AP
A collapsed roof of a shed due to accumulated snow is seen here after a week of blizzards at the La Elida farm in Alto Rio Senguer, Argentina, on Monday. A cold front across much of South America is being linked to dozens of deaths, mounting losses for cattle ranchers, and other problems. Defensa Civil Alto Rio Senguer/AP
A technician stands above the 140-ton aluminum sphere covered with metal plates, measuring 10 meters (30 feet) in diameter and is 10 centimetres thick, at the Megajoule Laser project, currently under construction at the CESTA (Centre d'Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques d'Aqutaine) in Le Barb, France, on Tuesday. Scientists will be able to simulate nuclear tests using amplified energy from 176 lasers which is directed at a target located inside the sphere, thus reproducing nuclear fusion under temperature conditions some 100 times higher than those found at the center of the sun. Regis Duvignau/Reuters
Mexico's synchronized swimming team perform to win the gold medal during their women's team technical routine event final at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday. Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters
Firefighters combat a forest fire in Patais, Portugal, on Tuesday. More than 1000 firefighters and soldiers are trying to extinguish dozens of forest fires in Portugal after temperatures rose over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in several areas in the country. Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters
Colombia's Constitutional Court overturned a 2001 law that gave the federal government ultimate say over where mining projects took place. It's a victory for local communities, but with the government in need of billions to bank roll peace programs, can it last?
ByTaran Volckhausen, Contributor
When South African mining company AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) arrived in this central Colombian farming town ten years ago, it promised residents like Herver Oliveraula “rivers of milk and honey,” he recalls. The mining giant was set to extract an estimated 28 million ounces of gold from the La Colosa mine, buried under the northern Andes.