A boy plays in front of his flooded house in downtown of Ha Tinh city, Ha Tinh province, Vietnam. Na Son Nguyen/AP
Folk artists from the Indian state of Rajasthan perform during the inauguration of the two day Rajasthan festival held as part of tourism promotion in Jammu, India. Channi Anand/AP
Mackenzie Caquatto of the U.S. performs on the uneven bars during the women's team final of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Rotterdam. Dylan Martinez /Reuters
A Buddhist monk rows his boat past a giant Buddha image at a flooded temple in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand. The death toll from flooding in Thailand rose to five on Tuesday. Downpours that started over the weekend have affected nearly 55,000 people in 17 central and northeastern provinces, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department. AP
Students walk through a cloud of tear gas, during clashes with riot police in Nanterre, near Paris. About 100 students blocked the school entrance and part of highway in front of the school in Nanterre , to protest against raising the retirement age to 62. Photo/Michel Euler/AP
A Palestinian takes his donkey into the water to cool off, at the Mediterranean Sea, in Gaza City. Temperatures climbed up to 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) in Gaza today. Hatem Moussa/AP
Chariots race around Sydney Olympic Stadium during a full dress rehearsal for Ben Hur The Stadium Spectacular in Sydney, Australia. Rob Griffith/AP
Solar panels are pictured in the PS10 solar plant at "Solucar" solar park in Sanlucar la Mayor, near Seville. The solar thermal power plant uses mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays onto towers where they produce steam to drive a turbine, producing electricity. Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
A conscript for the Russian army talks on a mobile phone at a recruiting station in Stavropol in southern Russia. Eduard Kornienko/Reuters
Anthony Grauso (l.) and his brother Dominic, from Long Valley, N.J., watch batting practice before Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers in New York. Mark Humphrey/AP Photo
Strollers walk thorough a snow-covered landscape near Bayrischzell, southern Germany. Meteorologists predict lasting winter conditions in the upper regions of Bavaria for the coming days. Matthias Schrader/AP
Cherry tomatoes are pictured inside an office of Pasona Group, an employment and staffing company, in Tokyo, on Oct. 20. Vegetables, fruits, and rice are grown and harvested by the employees at the company's "urban farm," aimed at creating a working environment coexisting with nature, according to the company. Negotiators from over 190 countries are gathered in Nagoya, Japan for a United Nations meeting to discuss ways to fight rising extinctions of plants and animals from pollution, climate change and habitat loss. Yuriko Nakao/Reuters
An approximately two-month-old hippo cub gets a shower from a pet keeper at the Zoo in Berlin. Markus Schreiber/AP
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.