Lu Xiaojun of China competes in the men's weightlifting competition at the World Weightlifting Championships in Antalya, Turkey, on Thursday. Osman Orsal/Reuters
A 3-week-old Florida panther kitten in the Picayune Strand State Forest is seen here in this July 2009 photo. Fifteen years ago, Florida imported some wild panthers from Texas as fresh blood for the dwindling Florida cats. Now scientists have created an astonishingly in-depth family tree of today's Florida panthers, boosting the population. Science/AP/FILE
A protester demonstrates against Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad outside the UN headquarters at the 65th United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday. Eric Thayer/Reuters
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses the 65th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on Thursday. Mike Segar/Reuters
Children sit on a Harley Davidson motorcycle during the opening of the motorcycle manufacturer's first showroom in Lebanon on Thursday. Jamal Saidi/Reuters
Kashmiris are seen through a barbed wire at a marketplace during curfew relaxation period in Srinagar, India, on Thursday. Kashmir has been rocked by deadly civil unrest since early June, with several people killed in protests and clashes with government forces. Altaf Qadri/AP
A woman walks past boats on the shore of the sea at the port of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Thursday. Ramon Espinosa/AP
A small boat passes through the windmills of the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Ramsgate in Kent, England, on Thursday when the farm officially opened, becoming the world's largest site of its type. Officials of energy company Vattenfall say the wind farm has 100 turbines and will produce enough energy a year to power the equivalent of more than 200,000 homes. The UK's onshore and offshore wind turbines now produce enough energy to power all the homes in Scotland. Gareth Fuller/AP
The leaves of a maple tree begin to turn to their fall colors in Moreland Hills, Ohio, on Thursday. Amy Sancetta/AP
Private-and public-sector workers attend a demonstration over pension reforms in Nantes, France, on Sept. 23. France faces a further round of serious rail and air traffic disruption from strikes as trade unions seek to mobilize millions of protesters against plans to raise the retirement age. The strikes come just two weeks after more than a million people took to the streets to protest over a pension reform deemed unjust by unions. The banner reads "For a retirement at 60, a different sharing of wealth." Stephane Mahe/Reuters
Water is pumped out of Jeff Dube's basement as he stands in his flooded garage with rising water surrounding his home in Owatonna, Minn. on Thursday. Dube said water levels in his basement had reached between four and five feet high and were rising with continual rainfall. Heavy rains overnight have caused flooding in numerous locations in southeastern Minnesota, including Owatonna where the Maple Creek spilled over its banks. David Joles/The Star Tribune/AP
A large sinkhole is seen along Lemond Rd., near Kim Lane in Owatonna, Minn. on Thursday. Heavy rains have caused flooding in numerous locations in southeastern Minnesota, including Owatonna, where the Maple Creek spilled over its banks. David Joles/The Star Tribune/AP
Daria Kondakova of Russia performs during the individual ribbon competition final at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Moscow on Thursday. Grigory Dukor/Reuters
For a visiting journalist, the country of today feel worlds away from the China she first encountered decades earlier.
ByAnn Scott Tyson
The ultra-sleek bullet train, floating on a magnetic cushion, accelerates as it leaves Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport for the megacity of 24 million people. Outside, a futuristic metropolis unfolds. Curved skyscrapers and raised freeways flash by until they blur. Inside the car, green digits above the doorway shoot upward: 200 kilometers per hour ... 300 ... 431.