A man performs with fire during a Hungry Ghost Festival parade along the streets of Keelung, Taiwan, on Monday. It is believed by some worshipers that the gates of hell are opened during the month and dead ancestors return to visit their relatives. The Hungry Ghost Festival started this year on Aug. 10 and ends on Sept. 7 with traditional Chinese operas, puppet shows, and concerts by believers to appease the roaming spirits. Pichi Chuang/Reuters
Shepherds catch alpacas for a routine checkup at a range in the Andean community of Upis at the highlands of Cuzco, Peru, on Sunday. Mariana Bazo/Reuters
Anastasiya Puzakova of Belarus sits on the track in exhaustion after completing the women's 200m steeplechase at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games on Monday. Vivke Prakash/Reuters
Boys wait for an evening food handout at a roadside center for flood victims near Nowshera, Pakistan, on Monday. Tim Wimborne/Reuters
A tourist looks out the window of a bus, which was taken hostage by a former policeman demanding his reinstatement in the force in Manila, Philippines, on Monday. Erik de Castro/Reuters
Haze from forest fires engulfs La Paz, Bolivia, on Monday. Bolivia's national meteorology service reported more than four thousand forest fires in the country's northwest from farmers burning off unwanted bush, with smoke covering much of the country. David Mercado/Reuters
A tourist kite surfs in Cabarete, Dominican Republic, on Sunday. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
Ryo Tateishi of Japan swims during the men's 200m breaststroke final at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Irvine, Calif., on Saturday. Christinne Muschi/Reuters
A baby swims during a baby swimming contest held in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday. China Daily/Reuters
Workers sweep water on the road in flood-hit Dandong, northeast China's Liaoning Province, on Monday. Flooding has forced the evacuation of more than a quarter-million people in northern China along its border with North Korea, state media said. Heavy rains over the past several days caused the Yalu River, which marks the border, to breach its banks, although the water level had started to fall late Sunday. Qi Wanpeng/Xinhua/AP
An apartment building was heavily damaged by fire Monday morning around 5:30 a.m. in Butte, Montana. About 10 people lived in the building and three were reportedly taken to St. James HealthCare with injuries. Capt. Doug Conway says the fire at the old National Hotel building is being investigated as suspicious. The building also housed the Utah Antique Store. Justin Post/The Montana Standard/AP
A policeman trains a dog at a police academy in Baghdad on Monday. Saad Shalash/Reuters
Christophe Mazuel makes a phone call while lying on the floor in New York's Penn Station after his train to Southampton was canceled on Monday. A fire in a switching tower near the Long Island Rail Road's Jamaica station has halted all eastbound and westbound service on 10 of the railroad's 11 branches. Mark Lennihan/AP
Bangladeshi Muslim women shop for clothes during Ramadan in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Monday. Bangladesh's High Court ordered the government to ensure women will not be forced to wear burqas at educational institutions after one college reportedly barred females without the veil from entering. Pavel Rahman/AP
Beijing's Grain-for-Green program has helped blanket the country's hillsides with trees, undoing damage from decades of blistering development. But fostering biodiversity remains a challenge, conservationists say.
Standing on a hillside, Liu Minfang looks down at the lush landscape that surrounds her home in the remote mountains of southwestern China. Terraced slopes that farmers once used for growing crops are now filled with cedar trees and bamboo. A waterfall cascades down a distant cliff. In the valley below, a muddy river flows through a patchwork of rapeseed fields and rice paddies.