Afghan refugee Aisha Daoud, holds a copy of the Quran while taking part in a daily class to learn how to read verses of the Quran, at a mosque in a poor neighborhood of Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Muhammed Muheisen/AP Photo
Steel workers demonstrate in Marseille, southern France. The protesters are trying to prevent the French parliament from approving a bill that would raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 to help prevent the pension system from going bankrupt. CGT stands for: General Confederation of Work. Claude Paris/AP Photo
Lightning strikes over Palmdale, California, early Tuesday as a low pressure system brings unsettled wet weather to Southern California. Mike Meadows/AP Photo
A laborer works at a wholesale coal shop, which is a part of state-owned Coal India, in Noida, northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. State-owned Coal India's initial public offering to raise up to $3.5 billion has been covered 53 percent by 11:00 a.m., Chairman Partha Bhattacharyya said on Tuesday. Parivartan Sharma/Reuters
Elvira Soriano cuddles her daughter Rhea as she shows what used to be her home a day after typhoon Megi destroyed her home at Delfin Albano township, Isabela province, Philippines. The typhoon struck the Philippine archipelago with ferocious winds of 140 miles per hour Monday, churning up huge waves and smashing trees and power lines as it moved inland. Bullit Marquez/AP Photo
Kashmiri children on a cycle ride past an Indian paramilitary post during a strike in Srinagar, India. Kashmir has been engulfed by strikes and street protests by demonstrators demanding independence or a merger with Pakistan. Businesses have lost millions of dollars and schools have been forced to shut down. Dar Yasin/AP Photo
West Point cadets, making up the color guard, wait for the national anthem before Game 3 of the Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers in New York, on Oct. 18. Mike Segar/Reuters
A Royal Parks employee carries a swan caught on the street after it left the confined space of a park in central London. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP Photo
Evgeni Bozhanov of Bulgaria performs with The Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic conducted by Antoni Wit during the finals of the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland on Oct. 18. Kacper Pempel/Reuters
Russia's Deputy Defense Minister and Chief of Staff General Nikolai Makarov reviews the guard of honor during his visit to Serbia, in Belgrade. Makarov will discuss with the leadership of the Serbian Defense Ministry the state and prospects of bilateral military cooperation, the military-political situation in the Balkans as well as urgent issues of ensuring international and European security. Darko Vojinovic/AP Photo
People fish as the sun rises over Lake Michigan on Tuesday morning, near Alford Park in Kenosha, Wis. Gregory Shaver/AP Photo
A worker sets up lanterns for the annual autumn festival of Meiji Shrine to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the shrine in Tokyo, Japan. Yuriko Nakao/Reuters
A traditional wooden fishing Dhow is seen at night in a port near modern glass and steel buildings on the Doha skyline in Qatar. Fadi Al-Assaad/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.