Actress Angelina Jolie (c.) arrives at the Jalozai flood victim relief camp during her visit to flood-affected areas and relief camps supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province on Tuesday. Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the UN refugee agency, called on Tuesday for constant and long-term assistance for Pakistan to help it cope with its worst-ever floods that have wreaked havoc on the impoverished country. Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters
Storm clouds gather over the skyline in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Tuesday. Kham/Reuters
Life-size casts by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor stand in Cancun, Mexico, on Tuesday. Three hundred and thirty three figures will be submerged on Tuesday off the resort of Cancun with the hope that the low-acidity cement figures, designed to be anticorrosive and mimic rock, will be transformed over time into artificial reefs. Gerardo Garcia/Reuters
Muslims pray inside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Monday, during the holy month of Ramadan. Susan Baaghil/Reuters
Private and public sector workers demonstrate under the rain during a nationwide strike over pension reforms in Lyon, France, on Tuesday. France faces serious rail and air traffic disruption due to strike action as labor unions seek to mobilize millions of protesters against plans to raise retirement age. The strikes, mostly scheduled to last 24 hours and organized to coincide with presentation of a pension reform bill to parliament today, are expected to hit public transport and schools severely. Robert Pratta/Reuters
A member of the Edmonton Eskimos cheer squad is airborne as she performs during the first half of their Canadian Football League football game against the Calgary Stampeders in Calgary, Alberta, on Monday. Todd Korol/Reuters
Competitors climb the Ku Peng during the Chiang Ku contest as part of the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival in Toucheng, Taiwan, on Tuesday. Chiang Ku is a contest involving grabbing offerings and flags from a group of tall bamboo towers to pay reverence to wandering souls during the Hungry Ghost Festival. It is believed by some worshipers that the gates of hell are opened during every seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar and dead ancestors return to visit their relatives. Pichi Chuang/Reuters
Lithuania's Mantas Kalnietis goes up to score against China during their FIBA Basketball World Championship game in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday. Sergio Perez/Reuters
A vendor sells fruits during iftar in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Andrew Biraj/Reuters
Members of the Brazilian Army's antinuclear unit take part in Brazil's Independence Day parade in Brasilia on Tuesday. Ricardo Moraes/Reuters
A burned truck remains on the side of a road as wildfires burn close to the town of Onteniente near Valencia, Spain, on Tuesday. Heino Kalis/Reuters
A 196-carat diamond recovered from the Letseng mine in Lesotho, South Africa, is seen in this undated handout photograph released in London on Tuesday. Gem Diamonds Ltd. said it found an exceptional 196-carat rough white diamond at its Letseng mine in Lesotho. Gem Diamonds Ltd./Reuters
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.