A boy along with a dog on an inner tube wades through a flooded road on Tuesday in Burma (Myanmar). The Bago River went over its banks on Monday, forcing residents in low lying areas to abandon their homes. Khin Maung Win/AP
An ironworker pushes a beam into place on One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, on Tuesday in New York City. When completed the building will rise to 1,776 feet (541 meters). Sept. 11 will mark the ninth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. Mark Lennihan/AP
Children dressed as Hindu Lord Krishna wait to participate in a fancy dress competition at a temple during the celebrations ahead of the Janamashtmi festival in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh on Tuesday. The festival, which marks the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, will be celebrated across India on Sept. 2. Ajay Verma/Reuters
Team Milram rider Dominik Roels of Germany cycles during the fourth stage of the Tour of Spain "La Vuelta" cycling race between Malaga and Valdepenas de Jaen, Spain, on Tuesday. Felix Ordonez/Reuters
Turkish Stars, an air force aerobatic team, perform during a graduation ceremony at the Air Force War Academy in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday. Osman Orsal/Reuters
A young Tibetan monk waits to have a glimpse of the spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama (not shown), during "First Tibetan National General Meeting 2010" at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Bylakuppe, India, on Tuesday. The Dalai Lama is on a four-day visit to the town, popularly known as "Mini Tibet." Aijaz Rahi/AP
A stallion is left to choose a mare in the boxes of the Swiss National Stud in Avenches, Switzerland, on Tuesday. The Avenches Swiss National Stud Farm's goal is to improve horse breeding and raising conditions as well as of the horse's use in the rural environment, especially of the Franches-Montagnes breed, the only Swiss horse and the formation of the breeders. The decision of the Swiss Government to cut funding for the breeding center was harshly criticized in cantons in western Switzerland. Supporters of the National Stud have submitted a petition to parliament signed by 62,000 people. Denis Balibouse/Reuters
The redecorated Oval Office of President Barack Obama has new carpeting, wallpaper and sofas at the White House on Tuesday. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
An aerial view shows Rajan Pur submerged in floodwaters near Multan, Pakistan, on Tuesday. Floodwaters that have devastated Pakistan for five weeks headed to the Arabian Sea on Tuesday after swallowing two final towns, but the challenges of delivering emergency aid to 8 million people remained. Khalid Tanveer/AP
Soldiers Timothy Manske from Hartwell, Georgia, Sgt. Darin Hendren of Yakama and Spc Richard Martin of San Antonio,Texas, joke around as they wait for their flight back to the US at Camp Virginia, Kuwait, on Tuesday. Stephanie McGehee/Reuters
An opposition party supporter gestures as he sits in a police bus after being detained during an unauthorized protest rally in Moscow on Tuesday. Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters
Professional wakeboarder Dominic Lagace performs on the Moskva River in central Moscow on Tuesday. Vsevolod Vlasenko/Reuters
A woman walks with two dogs over a snow covered meadow on the Loferer Alp in Salzburg, Austria, on Tuesday. Kerstin Joensson/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.