A man shampoos his Pomeranian, Mu Wan, which means sweet pork in Thai, in Bangkok on Tuesday. Sakchai Lalit/AP
People feed birds in front of the Yeni Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, on Monday. Mark Blinch/Reuters
Indonesia's Mount Bromo volcano spews smoke next to the Mount Semeru volcano (in the background) as seen from Penanjakan mountain outside Pasuruan, in Indonesia's East Java Province, on Tuesday. Beawiharta/Reuters
Kashmiri Muslim protesters engulfed in tear gas smoke, face Indian paramilitary soldiers (not shown) during a protest in Srinagar, India, on Tuesday. Dar Yasin/AP
Workers stand near concrete blocks at a construction site of a section of the controversial Israeli barrier in Shuafat refugee camp, in the West Bank near Jerusalem on Tuesday. Israeli and Palestinian leaders still believe they can reach a peace deal in a year, Washington's Middle East envoy said on Tuesday after talks in Egypt, despite a dispute over Jewish settlements. Ammar Awad/Reuters
An Afghan family of five ride on a motorbike, as people walk between traffic, on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Mustafa Quraishi/AP
A model is made up backstage before the Betsey Johnson Spring 2011 collection show during New York Fashion Week on Monday. Eric Thayer/Reuters
Sarah Shourd rests at the Mehrabad airport in Oman prior to leaving Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday. The American woman released by Iran on Tuesday after more than a year in prison, flew out of the country to the nearby Gulf nation of Oman to be reunited with her mother after a $500,000 bail was paid to win her freedom. Press TV/AP
A flood survivor walks at a relief camp in Nowshera, in Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, on Tuesday. Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters
The northern lights are seen across the sky north of Duluth, Minn., early Tuesday. The northern lights, or aurora borealis, were visible off and on for several hours. Andrew Krueger/Duluth News Tribune/AP
Window washers are reflected in the facade of the building at the Guthrie Theater on Tuesday in Minneapolis. Jim Mone/AP
A boy performs Mallakhamb (gymnast's pole) during a practice session at a playground in Mumbai, India, on Monday. Mallakhamb is a combination of traditional Indian gymnastics and martial arts and it can be traced back to the 12th century. For centuries, the sport has been dormant but is now regaining popularity in the country. This old sport helps one to be more agile, and improves mind and body coordination as well as overall fitness. The group will perform during the opening and closing ceremonies at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, according to their coach. Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
Mexican soldiers wearing period costumes take part in the re-enactment of historic battles at a military school during bicentennial celebrations in Mexico City on Monday. The events commemorate the different battles that took place during the Mexican War of Independence from 1810-1821. Henry Romero/Reuters
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and East Japan Railway's Vice President Masaki Ogata (2nd r.) stand beside a 'shinkansen,' also known as a bullet train, during his tour of Japan's high-speed train operations at Omiya Station in Saitama, north of Tokyo, on Sept. 14. Shuji Kajiyama/Reuters
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.