Men paint faces of artists participating in a Dussehra procession in Allahabad, India. The Dussehra festival commemorates the victory of Rama over Ravana, an evil ruler who had abducted Rama's wife, Sita Devi. Rama killed Ravana to free Sita. The burning of effigies of Ravana, signifying the victory of good over evil, brings the festivities to a close. It was celebrated on Oct. 17. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Miners watch as the drill machine 'Sissi' breaks through the rock at the final section Faido-Sedrun, at the construction site of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel, on Oct. 15. With a length of 57 km (35 miles) crossing the Alps, the world's longest train tunnel should become operational at the end of 2017. Reuters
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez attends a wreath laying ceremony in Moscow, Russia. Chavez is on his official visit to Russia. Misha Japaridze/AP
A demonstrator wearing makeshift wings takes part in a protest in Rome against the government's education reforms. Students and teachers demonstrated against the government's policy on high school and higher education. Writing on sign held by demonstrator reads in Italian 'Give us back the joy to teach, no more larvae, we want to fly.' Pier Paolo Cito/AP
A visitor stands behind the reflection of a bust of Adolf Hitler on the opening day of the exhibition 'Hitler and the Germans – nation and crime' in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition runs from Oct. 15 until Feb. 6, 2011. Gero Breloer/AP
The Dalai Lama talks with Dr. Philip Zambardo (l.), his interpreter Geshe Thupten Jinpa (2nd r.), education professor Linda Darling Hammong (r.), and moderator Dr. Arthur C. Zajonc during a session on the role of compassion in education during the Scientific Explorations of Compassion and Altruism conference at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Robert Galbraith /Reuters
An Indian worker gathers pieces of costumes used in the ceremonies at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main venue of the Commonwealth Games, one day after the closing ceremonies in New Delhi, India. Anupam Nath/AP
Afghan boy jumps to reach his kite while playing with other children at an Afghan colony in the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
School children wash their hands during an activity to mark the third annual Global Handwashing Day at Thirime primary school in Kikuyu, near Kenya's capital of Nairobi, on Oct. 15. According to organizers, 19,352 schoolchildren participated in the event in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of people washing hands at a single venue. India made it to the Guinness Book of World Records with 15,150 students gathered in Chennai as part of the World Handwashing Day in 2009, being recognized as a record. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
Mike Ehredt, of Hope, Idaho, celebrates the completion of his 4,425-mile coast-to-coast run Friday, in Rockland, Maine. Ehredt, an Army veteran, started his run in Astoria, Ore., on May 1. He placed a flag every mile to honor service members lost in Iraq. Robert F. Bukaty/AP
Wei Yang Guo of China performs on the pommel horse during the men's training session at the World Gymnastics Championships, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Bas Czerwinski/AP
Foreign tourists visit the Parthenon atop Athens' Acropolis hill in Greece. Protesting workers ended a two-day blockage of the Acropolis on Friday and tourists were allowed into the country's most famous monument for free, guarded by riot police. Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
A soldier stands guard at a site where a gun battle between military and gunmen had been reported in Monterrey, on Oct 14. Once an oasis of calm, Monterrey, Mexico's richest city, has become a central battleground in the country's increasingly bloody drug war as cartels open fire on city streets and throw grenades onto busy highways. Edgar Montelongo/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.