A man feeds a piece of bread to catfish in the Gadisar Lake at Jaisalmer in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan on Friday. The man-made lake was built as a reservoir in the 14th century and is now home to catfish who are fed by tourists and devotees praying at nearby temples. Krishnendu Halder/Reuters
Tourists walk through the Zhengyangmen Gate towards Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Friday. Jason Lee/Reuters
A masked protester carries an effigy during an anti-India protest in Srinagar. Indian police opened fire at thousands of people demonstrating against Indian rule on Friday, killing at least two people, as protests across Kashmir showed no sign of abating, police said. At least 61 people, mostly stone-throwing protesters, have been killed over the past two months, when Muslim-majority Kashmir has seen the largest pro-independence demonstrations in two years. Danish Ismail/Reuters
Members of an international religious movement called the White Brotherhood perform a ritual dance known as Paneurhythmy near Babreka lake near Sofia, Bulgaria, on Friday. The teaching of the movement, whose founder is Bulgarian Peter Danov, is a synthesis of Christianity and Hinduism. Stoyan Nenov/Reuters
Elizabeth Beisel of the United States swims to a win during the women's 400m individual medley final at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Irvine, Calif., on Thursday. Christinne Muschi/Reuters
French police officers stand guard while a group of Romanian Gypsies, or Roma, line up at the check-in desk at Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport in France, on Friday. France has expelled nearly 139 Roma, from Paris's airport to their native Romania, as part of a very public effort by President Nicolas Sarkozy to dismantle Roma camps and sweep them out of the country. Michel Euler/AP
A masked Palestinian protester holds stones during a protest against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah on Friday. Majdi Mohammed/AP
Meredith Vieira talks with Rod Blagojevich on NBC's "Today" show, in New York, on Friday. Peter Kramer/NBC/AP
A child plays at a sculpture that is a laptop computer with an abacus as its monitor in Shanghai, China, on Friday. Eugene Hoshiko/AP
A member of Taiwan Coast Guards shatters a cement plate with his head during a martial arts demonstration at a training facility in Taoyuan, Taiwan, on Friday. Wally Santana/AP
Fenerbahce fans are seen during a playoff round first leg Europa League soccer match against PAOK at the Toumba stadium in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki on Thursday. Nikolas Giakoumidis/AP
A boy picks up a historic gold bar on display at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Fla., on Thursday. Thieves stole a $550,000 gold bar from a treasure museum where it went on display after it was recovered from the wreck of a Spanish galleon, which lay on the ocean floor for centuries, the museum's executive director said. The 74.85-ounce gold bar was stolen on Aug. 18. Steve Panariello/Reuters
Iran has achieved milestones of leverage and influence that rival any regional power in the past half-century. While there are limits to how far it can extend its authority, Tehran’s rapid rise poses new challenges to the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia as it undermines their previous dominance. How far can Tehran extend its reach?
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With opulent furnishings and the finest cut-crystal water glasses in Baghdad, the new offices of the Iranian-backed Shiite militia exude money and power – exactly as they are meant to. At one end of the meeting room is a set built for TV interviews, with gilded chairs and an official-looking backdrop of Iraqi and militia flags, lit by an ornate glass chandelier.