Part of a tattoo on David Beckham's left hand is seen while he speaks during a promotional event at Shijia Primary School in Beijing. Alexander F. Yuan/AP
The Ziggy Stardust jumpsuit designed by Freddie Burretti (1972) is seen at the 'David Bowie is' Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Neil Hall/Reuters
President Barack Obama (l.) walks from a news conference with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Obama said at the start of his first official visit to Israel on Wednesday that the US commitment to the security of the Jewish state was rock solid and that peace must come to the Holy Land. Jason Reed/Reuters
Filipino Muslim children pray during a rally outside the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process in suburban Pasig, east of Manila, Philippines, regarding the ongoing armed conflict at the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah. Aaron Favila/AP
Demonstrators sing the national anthem at the end of a march organized by associations of active and retired military personal protesting budget cuts outside the prime minister official residence in Lisbon. Armando Franca/AP
Dominican Republic catcher Carlos Santana celebrates with the trophy after his team defeated Puerto Rico to win the World Baseball Classic in San Francisco, March 19, 2013. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
A man cycles past a car covered with snow in Beijing. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
A honeybee approaches a snowdrop flower in Klosterneuburg, Austria, on the first day of spring. Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters
An Indian farmer lies on the ground while participating in a protest near the Indian Parliament in New Delhi, India. Altaf Qadri/AP
Men examine dead shrimps washed up on the 'Caleta Rojas' at Coronel town, southwest of Santiago, Chile. The shrimps had died due to pollution after water used to cool two thermoelectric plants located next to the beach was discharged into the sea, according to the town's residents. Jose Luis Saavedra/Reuters
A satirical sculpture is burned during the traditional Fallas Festival, in Valencia, Spain. Every year the city of Valencia celebrates the ancient 'Las Fallas' fiesta, a noisy week that is full of fireworks and processions in honor of Saint Joseph, burning large satiric figures displayed around the streets of the city. Alberto Saiz/AP
Peggy Evans of Scranton, Pa. prays as her dog Fefe relaxes on her lap during a St. Joseph's Day mass held at Little Sisters of the Poor at Holy Family Residence in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Butch Comegys/The Scranton Times-Tribune/AP
People wave from the visitors platform as a passenger aircraft of Swiss Airlines passes by at the Zurich airport that is operated by the Flughafen Zuerich AG, in Zurich, Switzerland. Michael Buholzer/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.