One of a pair of recently born twin pandas is held by a veterinarian during its presentation to the media at Madrid Zoo & Aquarium on Thursday. The twin pandas were born on Sept. 7, conceived through artificial insemination in a joint effort by Spain's National Research council and scientists from China. The cubs are the first of their species to be born in Spain since 1982 and only the third litter to be born in Europe, according to Chinese veterinarian Yuan Bo, who traveled from Beijing to assist the birth and first months of the newborns. Andrea Comas/Reuters
Afghan children play on a wooden cart at an Afghan colony in the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Thursday. Aaron Favila/AP
A worker harvests cranberries at a state farm in the village of Selishche, Belarus, on Thursday. While crossing the flooded fields, machines dislodge the berries allowing them to float to the surface so that employees can gather them. Sergei Grits/AP
Firefighters respond to a three-alarm blaze near I-85 in northeast Atlanta, Ga., on Thursday. The building fire disrupted traffic on Atlanta's busy Piedmont Road, and smoke was visible to commuters on the highway. John Spink/Atlanta Journal & Constitution/AP
An artisan gives the finishing touches to an effigy of demon king Ravana in preparations for the upcoming Hindu festival of Dussehra in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh on Thursday. The effigies are burnt during Dussehra, the Hindu festival that commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over the Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil. Ajay Verma/Reuters
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (l.) confers with Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, at a State Department event to discuss international support for increasing women's access to mobile technology, at the State Department in Washington on Thursday. Jason Reed/Reuters
A man walks across a foot-bridge over the River Marcal containing the toxic red sludge that spilled Monday from a giant industrial container near Mersevat, Hungary, on Thursday. 'Life in the River Marcal has been extinguished,' rescue official Tibor Dobson told The Associated Press, referring to the river's 25-mile stretch that carried the red waste from Kolontar into the Raba River and into the Danube. Bela Szandelszky/AP
Pakistani villagers collect oil leaked from NATO trucks in Khairabad, Pakistan, on Thursday. Gunmen in northwest Pakistan torched a dozen tankers carrying fuel to NATO troops police said, the latest strike against supply convoys heading for Afghanistan since Pakistan shut a key border crossing last week. BK Bangash/AP
A pair of BASE jumpers free fall from Kuala Lumpur Tower during the KL Tower International Jump in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday. BASE stands for the places such jumpers usually leap from: buildings, antennae, spans and earth. Lai Seng Sin/AP
A red panda cub, born on May 30, comes out to play at the Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Canada, on Thursday. Two cubs, one male and one female, have been in the den area since their birth and have been completely raised by their mother, Malikha. Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press/AP
Wide receiver Randy Moss, back in a Minnesota Vikings uniform, catches a pass during NFL football practice in Eden Prairie, Minn., on Thursday. Moss was traded on Oct. 6 by the New England Patriots to the Vikings. Jim Mone/AP
Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon of Canada begins her women's synchronized swimming solo free routine at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, on Thursday. Tim Wimborne/Reuters
A power-generating wind turbine is seen on an Alpiq wind farm in Le Peuchapatte, Switzerland, on Thursday. Alpiq, an energy company, claims that the wind farm, with three power-generating two-megawatt wind turbines, is capable of producing around 14 million kilowatt hours of green energy per year, which is enough to power some 4,000 households. Michael Buholzer/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.