War veterans take a rest during an anti-Japan rally in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea. The rally was held to denounce Japanese Prime Minister Abe and demand an official apology for Japan's war crimes during World War II. Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters
Visitors look at an illustration of a Polar owl, part of an exhibition at the Summer Garden, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The annual street photo-exhibition consists of 60 photos displaying animals and birds listed in the Red Book of Russia and was organized to match the UN's International Day for Biological Diversity. Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters
Jayme Sheppard carries her daughter Hope, who was enrolled in kindergarten at the Plaza Towers elementary school, on her shoulders as she departs a ceremonial last day of the school year at the Eastlake Elementary School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Seven students were killed at Plaza Towers Elementary when a tornado slammed into the building on Monday afternoon. Lucas Jackson/Reuters
A clown attends the funeral of late author Chinua Achebe, in Ogidi, Nigeria. Writer Chinua Achebe is being remembered in Nigeria as a fearless writer who bowed to no political pressure, as mourners gather in his hometown for a funeral. Sunday Alamba/AP
Flowers left by mourners are seen outside an army barracks near the scene of a killing in Woolwich, southeast London. British authorities believe that two men accused of hacking a soldier to death on a London street in revenge for wars in Muslim countries are British of Nigerian descent, a source close to the investigation said. Luke MacGregor/Reuters
A Thai vendor carries balloons for sale in Bangkok, Thailand. Sakchai Lalit/AP
Indian children transport barrels filled with water from a government tanker in New Delhi. Many areas of the Indian capital are facing acute water shortage, a repeated annual phenomenon during summer when taps go dry as demand rises. Manish Swarup/AP
Vendors look through debris from a textiles fair destroyed by a severe rainstorm in Bucharest, Romania. The tent housing the fair was blown away by strong winds and all merchandise destroyed. Bogdan Cristel/Reuters
Female officers watch new Afghan Army recruits graduate at the Afghan National Army (ANA) base on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Ahmad Jamshid/AP
Evenstad church is surrounded by water in a flooded area in Oesterdalen, central Norway. Hakon Mosvold Larsen/AP
Bangladeshi Buddhists monks living in Sri Lanka parade through a street seeking alms on the eve of Vesak or Buddha Poornima in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The festival marks Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. Eranga Jayawardena/AP
Tourists ride a US-made convertible car on Havana's seafront boulevard 'El Malecon.' Tourists can enjoy a 30-minute tour of Havana in a convertible for around $30. Desmond Boylan/Reuters
Lightning flashes in the sky in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China. Heavy rainfall since Saturday has killed two people in south China's Guangdong Province, bringing the death toll resulting from rainstorms to 36 this year, Xinhua News Agency reported. 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.