Prisoners in costumes celebrate the Virgin of Mercy festival in Bogota, Colombia, on Sept. 26
Sept. 30, 2013: Prisoners in costumes celebrate the festival of the Virgin of Mercy in El Buen Pastor jail in Bogota, Colombia, on Sept. 26. Prisoners of El Buen Pastor jail celebrate every year with a beauty contest & dancing.
A girl dressed in traditional attire poses ahead of Navratri festival in Ahmedabad, India, on Sept. 29
Sept. 30, 2013: A girl dressed in traditional attire poses as she takes part in rehearsals for the 'garba' dance ahead of the Navratri festival in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad on Sept. 29. Navratri, held in honor of the Hindu goddess Durga, is celebrated over a period of nine days, & thousands of youths will dance the night away in traditional costumes. Navratri starts on Oct. 5.
Borges family gathers at breakfast table with tiger Tom in Maringa, Brazil, on Sept. 27
Sept. 30, 2013: Ary Borges & his family gather at the breakfast table with tiger Tom in Maringa, Brazil, on Sept. 27. Ary Borges, who cares for Tom, eight other tigers & two lionesses, is in a legal battle with federal wildlife officials to keep his endangered animals from undergoing vasectomies & being taken away from him.
Cyclists take part in the British National Track Championships in Manchester, England, on Sept. 26
Sept. 30, 2013: Cyclists take part in the 1st Qualification heat for the Men's Scratch Race during day three of the British National Track Championships at the National Cycling Center in Manchester, England. The championships are held annually & have various races in different race disciplines in age, gender & disability categories.
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A chimpanzee at the new enclosure at Hanover Zoo in Hanover, Germany, on Sept. 27
Sept. 30, 2013: A chimp examines the new enclosure that just opened at the Hanover Zoo in Germany on Sept. 27.
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Competitors in traditional outfits at the first Central Asian championship of kokpar in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Sept. 10
Sept. 30, 2013: Competitors wear traditional outfits at the first Central Asian championship of kokpar, a tough version of the gentlemanly polo, in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Sept. 10. Astana recalls a mini-Dubai but is planted in the middle of the Asian steppe & mixes modern architecture with traditional pastimes.
Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times/Redux
A member of a Bavarian brass band performs a headstand in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 25
Sept. 30, 2013: A member of a Bavarian brass band performs a headstand prior the DFB Cup match, a German knockout football match between FC Bayern Muenchen & Hannover 96 at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 25.
Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images
Yemeni Boy Scouts hold fireworks during a ceremony in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sept. 25
Sept. 30, 2013: Yemeni Boy Scouts hold fireworks during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of North Yemen's Sept. 26, 1962, revolution in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sept. 25. The ceremony marked the 51st anniversary of the revolution that overthrew the imamate & turned Yemen into a republic.
Power grid workers in Tongren, China, on Sept. 26
Sept. 30, 2013: Power grid workers work on power lines in Tongren, Guizhou Province, China on Sept. 26.
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A participant sits in an MSTA-S self-propelled howitzer during the Russia Arms Expo 2013 in Nizhny Tagil, Russia, on Sept. 26
Sept. 30, 2013: A participant sits in an MSTA-S self-propelled howitzer during the Russia Arms Expo 2013, the 9th international exhibition of arms, military equipment & ammunition in the Urals city of Nizhny Tagil, Russia, on Sept. 26.
A man next to his flooded house along the Mekong River in Kandal province, Cambodia, on Sept. 27
Sept. 29, 2013: A man uses a makeshift raft next to his flooded house at a village along the Mekong River in Kandal province, Cambodia on Sept. 27. According to an official of the Cambodian National Committee on Disaster Management, flooding has killed at least 20 people, including 11 children, and around 4,765 families have been evacuated to higher ground
A gamer playing at the Eurogamer Expo in London on Sept. 26
Sept. 28, 2013: A cosplayer dressed up as the superhero Deadpool from Mavel Comics plays a game on the Sony PS4 game console at the Eurogamer Expo at Earls Court in London on Sept. 26. The event, in its sixth year, will give gamers their first chance to play the new PlayStation 4 (PS4) & XBOX One game consoles.
Philip Toscano/Press Association
BASE jumper Denis Odintsov leaps from the Kuala Lumpur Tower on Sept. 27
Sept. 27, 2013: BASE jumper Denis Odintsov from Russian leaps from the 985-foot Open Deck of Malaysia's landmark Kuala Lumpur Tower during the International Tower Jump on Sept. 27. About 100 professional BASE jumpers from 20 countries are taking part in the annual event. BASE jumping refers to the four categories of fixed objects that people can jump from: buildings, antennas, spans (or bridges) and earth (mountain cliffs).
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Inmates from the women's prison wait before a parade in Bogota, Colombia, on Sept. 26
Sept. 27, 2013: Inmates from Buen Pastor women's prison wait to participate in a parade Sept. 26 during a week of festivities to celebrate La Virgen de las Mercedes (Our Lady of Mercy) in Bogota, Colombia.
Ladybug on blowing dandelion in Poland on July 26
Sept. 27, 2013: This amazing photo captures the incredible moment of a ladybug flying through the air on the back of a dandelion stalk. Young photographer Jagoda Cholacinska, 19, discovered her very own miniature wizard soaring through the air in a poppy field near her home in Poland. The ladybug could be a professional Quidditch player from the Harry Potter series as it demonstrates poise and flying skills on its tiny soaring broom. Jagoda said, "I was walking in a poppy field when I noticed a ladybird imitating a witch on the pollen of a dandelion."
People performing stunts on water jet packs in Lu'an city, China, on Sept. 25
Sept. 27, 2013: People perform stunts on water jet packs at the 15th Asian Rowing Championships in Lu’an City, China, on Sept. 25.
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Man towing prop from 'Doctor Who' in Southampton, England, on Sept. 21
Sept. 27, 2013: A man pulls a life-size 'Doctor Who' Dalek prop by towing it behind a mobility scooter in Hampshire, England, on Sept. 21. Tony Oakland wasn't being pursued by Doctor Who's famous foe; he was helping a neighbor move, & the contents included a sci-fi prop collection.
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A villager stands by hanging bird cages during a bird-singing contest in Narathiwat, Thailand, on Sept. 23
Sept. 27, 2013: A villager stands by hanging bird cages during a bird-singing contest in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on Sept. 23. Hundreds of bird owners from Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore took part in the traditional contest.
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Snake grabbing a perch from a lake near Belozem, Bulgaria, on July 3
Sept. 27, 2013: This hungry snake catches a fish in a dramatic battle before diving back underwater. The snake stalked its prey underneath the algae in the pond before pouncing. Dr. Bernd Stein, a lawyer from Calden in North Hessen, Germany, captured the dramatic moment while on holiday in Bulgaria.
Snake grabbing a perch from a lake near Belozem, Bulgaria, on July 3
Window cleaners on the Jugoslovensko Dramsko theater in Belgrade, Serbia, on Sept. 26
Sept. 27, 2013: Window cleaners replace banners on the Jugoslovensko Dramsko theater in Belgrade on Sept. 26.
Commuters board a subway train in Singapore on Sept. 17
Sept. 27, 2013: Commuters board a subway train in Singapore on Sept. 17. The rapid growth of the population in Singapore, already one of the world's most crowded cities, has officials considering building underground to create an extensive, interconnected city with shopping malls, transportation hubs, public spaces, pedestrian links & even cycling lanes.
Edwin Koo/International Herald Tribune/Redux
Arrival of the replica of the Morane Saulnier flown by Batiste Salis in Bizerte, Tunisia, on Sept. 22
Sept. 27, 2013: Pilot Batiste Salis arrives at Bizerte, Tunisia, on Sept. 22 in a replica of the Morane Saulnier in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first crossing of the Mediterranean Sea by plane, completed by Roland Garros.
Workers remove a statue of Michael Jackson in London on Sept. 25
Sept. 26, 2013: Workers remove a statue of Michael Jackson from outside the home of the Fulham Premier League soccer club in London on Sept. 25. The statue was built two years ago by Mohamed al-Fayed, the team's eccentric former owner, & taken down on orders from new owner Shahid Khan.
Andrew Testa/The New York Times/Redux
A performer poses as a Sherlock Holmes statue at King's Cross Square in London on Sept. 26
Sept. 26, 2013: A performer poses as a Sherlock Holmes statue at King's Cross Square, the new public area outside the central London rail station, on Sept. 26.
Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
A gibbon named Lele looks out a window on a bus in Kunming, China, on Sept. 25
Sept. 26, 2013: A gibbon named Lele looks out a window on a bus headed to the Yunnan Wildlife Park in Kunming, China, on Sept. 25. It was the first day of the bus line’s trial operation, and animal stars from the park came along for the ride as part of a promotional campaign.
China Daily Information Corp - CDIC/Reuters
D-Day memorial on the beach in Arromanches, France, on Sept. 21
Sept. 26, 2013: Several hundred volunteers sculpted 9,000 human figures on Arromanches beach in France, honoring the victims who fell on D-Day & at Normandy beach.
Bubble soccer players vie for the ball in Heusenstamm, Germany, on Sept. 9
Sept. 26, 2013: Bubble soccer players vie for the ball in air-filled plastic bubbles in Heusenstamm, Germany, on Sept. 9.
General view during Day 4 of the Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 24
Sept. 26, 2013: A general view of Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese on Sept. 24 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest, which runs from Sept. 21 through Oct. 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors.
Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
Police break into Maria Isabel Rodriguez Romero's apartment to evict her family in Madrid, Spain, on Sept. 25
Sept. 26, 2013: Police remove the door & push away a refrigerator as they break into Maria Isabel Rodriguez Romero's apartment to evict her & her family in Madrid on Sept. 25. Rodriguez Romero, 45, has six family members, all unemployed, including an 8-year-old daughter & her mother with bipolar syndrome. They have lived in a State City Hall Housing Company (EMVS) apartment for 24 years & have paid 1,200 euros, but EMVS informed them they still had to move out. The eviction was executed despite the resistance of dozens of Victims' Mortgage Platform (PAH) activists.
Artwork displayed at the 3rd Biennial of College Students Public Visual Art in Shanghai, China, on Sept. 24
Sept. 26, 2013: Artwork by Li Youwei from the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts is displayed at the third Biennial of College Students Public Visual Art in Shanghai. Artwork from nearly 80 college students was presented in the exhibition, which runs through Nov. 27.
Lai Xinlin/Xinhua Press/Corbis
Fans dressed in American-flag attire show support for Oracle Team USA during America's Cup in San Francisco on Sept. 24
Sept. 26, 2013: Fans dressed in American-flag attire show support for Oracle Team USA during America's Cup in San Francisco on Sept. 24. After winning seven races in succession, including two Tuesday, Oracle Team USA, the Cup defender, tied the series with Emirates Team New Zealand at 8-8.
Jim Wilson/The New York Times/Redux
People throw tomatoes at Canary Wharf in London on Sept. 25
Sept. 26, 2013: People throw tomatoes during Mission Deli Wraps' re-creation of the famous Spanish tomato-throwing festival, La Tomatina, at Canary Wharf in London.
Geoff Caddick/PA Photos
Man holding water balloon after it has been pierced by a dart
Sept. 25, 2013: Time appears to be stopped as this man seems to hold water in his hands. Using darts to pierce water balloons, a skillful photographer captures the exact moment when the water remains in place.
Shimon Mentel/Solent News
A tourist poses for photos with a parterre in Beijing on Sept. 24
Sept. 25, 2013: A tourist poses for photos with an 18.2-meter-high parterre, which is set to celebrate the National Day on Oct. 1, in the center of Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Visitors will see simpler parterres than in previous years because the city government is slashing spending on decorations in a bid to implement the central leadership's guidelines on curbing extravagance.
Men try to rescue a fishing boat in Navolato, Mexico, on Sept. 22
Sept. 25, 2015: Men try to rescue a boat in the aftermath of tropical storms in Navolato, Mexico, on Sept. 22. Flooding was caused by the heavy rains of Tropical Storm Manuel in the Pacific Ocean. Hurricane Ingrid & Tropical Storm Manuel slammed the Gulf of Mexico coast & the Pacific Ocean, leaving at least 100 people dead & thousands homeless or forced to evacuate.
A hippopotamus swims in a nearby river after the Shantou Zoo became submerged by flood waters in Shantou, China, on Sept. 23.
Sept. 25, 2013: An escaped hippopotamus swims in a river in Shantou, China, on Sept. 23. Typhoon Usagi, which made landfall the evening of Sept. 22, submerged the nearby zoo in flood waters, allowing the hippopotamus to swim across its boundary fence. At least 25 people were killed in the typhoon.
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Children play video games inside a parlor in Delhi, India, on Sept. 23.
Sept. 25, 2013: Children play arcade games in the old quarter of Delhi on Sept. 23. The owner of the parlor says he charges one rupee ($0.015) per game.
Dolphin leaping by a surfer in Kalbarri, Australia, on Sept. 4.
Sept. 25, 2013: A dolphin leaps in front of surfer Trent Sherbourne on the western coast of Australia on Sept. 4. Although dolphins have been known to share the waves with surfers, very rarely are they photographed leaving the water on the same wave.
Matt Hutton/Caters News
Visitors look at each other at a private exhibition of optical Illusions in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sept. 24.
Sept. 25, 2013: Visitors gaze at each other across an Ames room at an optical illusion exhibition in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sept. 24. An Ames room is built with a distorted perspective to confuse observers' sense of scale.
Snail sculptures in Sydney, Australia, on Sept. 23.
Sept. 25, 2013: A man stares down one of 24 colorized snail sculptures set up in downtown Sydney on Sept. 23. 'These giant snails will bring a sense of fun, culture & creativity to our city,' says Sydney Mayor Clover Moore.
Jin Linpeng/Xinhua/Zuma Press
Reenactment of the battle at the beginning of WWII in Lomianki, Poland, on Sept. 22.
Sept. 25, 2013: World War II reenactors charge on horseback on the outskirts of Warsaw on Sept. 2. The mock battle recreates a Sept. 19, 1939, fight between German & Polish armies & ends with a final cavalry charge.
Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images
Wave pushed up by Typhoon Usagi on a wharf in Shantou, China, on Sept. 22.
Sept. 25, 2013: A man flees a massive wave pushed up by Typhoon Usagi in Shantou, China, on Sept. 22. Typhoon Usagi killed at least 25 people in southern China, throwing the region's transport systems into chaos & leaving hundreds of thousands of residents displaced.
Runners in the Bubble Palooza race at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Fla., on Sept. 21
Sept. 24, 2013: More than 1,600 runners and walkers participate in the Bubble Palooza race in Ocala, Fla., on Sept. 21. The 5-kilometer course ran through six massive bubble-blowing stations, with food coloring added to some stations for a rainbow effect.
Lisa Crigar/Ocala Star-Banner/Landov
A stuffed teddy bear chair lies in the flooded Eastwood Village in Evans, Colo., on Sept. 23
Sept. 24, 2013: A stuffed teddy bear chair lies slumped over in the flooded Eastwood Village in Evans, Colo., on Sept. 23.
Carnegie Hall orchestra with empty podium in Improv Everywhere production in New York City on Sept. 14
Sept. 24, 2013: A Carnegie Hall orchestra sits in the middle of New York City in front of an empty podium that reads ‘Conduct Us’ on Sept. 14. Passers-by who accepted the challenge were given the opportunity to conduct this world-class orchestra. The orchestra responded to the conductors, altering their tempo & performance accordingly. The project was a collaboration between Improv Everywhere, Carnegie Hall & Ensemble ACJW.
Newlyweds pass by a model of a robot at Nanhu Park in Shenyang, China, on Sept. 20
Sept. 24, 2013: Newlyweds pass by a model of a robot based on a character from the movie 'Transformers' at Nanhu Park in Shenyang, China, on Sept. 20. A total of 36 robot models made of parts from abandoned vehicles were exhibited in the park during the Mid-autumn Day holiday.
Zhang Wenkui/Xinhua/Zuma Press
Palestinian girls display dresses during a fashion show in Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory, on Sept. 21
Sept. 24, 2103: Palestinian girls display dresses embroidered with silk during a fashion show in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory, on Sept. 21.
People on a circular stairway at the Apple Store in New York City on Sept. 20
Sept. 24, 2013: People wanting to buy the Apple iPhone 5 walk down a circular stairway into the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York on Sept. 20. Some people waited outside the store as long as 15 days to be the first to buy the phone.
People on a circular stairway at the Apple Store in New York City on Sept. 20
A Pakistani girl holds a candle during a vigil ceremony in Karachi, Pakistan, on Sept. 23
Sept. 24, 2013: A Pakistani girl holds a candle during a vigil ceremony for the victims of the Peshawar church blasts in Karachi, Pakistan, on Sept. 23. At least 80 people were killed & more than 140 injured when a twin suicide bomb attack hit a Christian church in the city of Peshawar on Sept. 23, officials said.
The Findon Skid Kids leap through flames in Adelaide, Australia, on Sept. 23
Sept. 24, 2013: Six months after the Findon Skid Kids' failed fire jump left three teens in a hospital, the club made a triumphant leap through the flames in Adelaide, Australia, on Sept. 23. In February, the flaming cardboard the riders jumped through failed to break up as planned & instead stuck to the riders, leaving spectators to rush to their aid with blankets & water. Several practice jumps & new safety measures made it smooth riding through the fireball this time.
Naomi Jellicoe/Newspix/Rex Features
Sunlight glints off a giant glitter ball on the promenade in Blackpool, England, on July 26
Sept. 24, 2013: Sunlight glints off a giant glitter ball on the promenade in Blackpool, England, on July 26. British beach resorts, which flourished in the 19th century & earlier, have tempted tourists for years with arcades, fairground rides & cheap souvenirs. However, as a 2013 report by the Centre for Social Justice states, many seaside towns have suffered since the 1970s as it has become cheaper & easier for British tourists to travel abroad.
Giant panda cubs lie in a crib in Chengdu, China, on Sept. 23
Sept. 24, 2013: Giant panda cubs lie in a crib at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, China, on Sept. 23. Fourteen new additions to the 128-member giant panda family at the base were shown to the public on Monday.
China Daily Information Corp - CDIC/Reuters
Climbers jump up & down on a rock ledge on Aug. 2
Sept. 23, 2013: Daredevils jump up & down on a precarious rock ledge ― just inches from a 2,300-foot drop to the valley below. On Aug. 2, a group of 15 climbers made it to the top of the ledge, called Trolltunga, which sticks out from a mountain in Odda, Norway.
Gard Karlsen/Solent News & Photo Agency
Wranglers with a baby buffalo greet three mounted policemen in Cave Creek, Ariz., on Sept. 16
Sept. 23, 2013: Wranglers with Harley Wallbanger, a baby buffalo, greet three mounted policemen from nearby Scottsdale, Ariz., outside the entrance to Town Hall in Cave Creek, Ariz., on Sept. 16. Scottsdale's motto of the 'West's Most Western Town' is being challenged by the town of Cave Creek.
Samantha Sais/The New York Times/Redux
Indian border guard recruits march in Humhama, Kashmir, on Sept. 20
Sept. 23, 2013: Indian border guard recruits march during a parade at a training center in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Sept. 20. A total of 623 recruits were formally inducted into India's Border Security Force (BSF) after completing 38 weeks of rigorous training in physical fitness, weapon handling, commando operations & counter insurgency, a BSF spokesman said.
Man exploring caves in Andalusia, Spain, on Aug. 26
Sept. 23, 2013: Keen spelunkers have managed to capture stunning shots from inside caves in Andalusia, Spain. Josh Bratchley of Cornwall, England, is a member of Plymouth University Caving Club and took part in a grueling group expedition that saw him spelunking underground for 11 hours at a time and entering some previously unexplored passages. Bratchley, 22, & the rest of the group camped on the mountain side while exploring the Chupadora caves & the group experienced depths of 325 meters during the trip.
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Horsemen guide bulls in Tordesillas, Spain, on Sept. 17
Sept. 23, 2013: Horsemen guide bulls to the Village of Tordesillas, Spain, on Sept. 17, hours before the Toro de la Vega tournament that takes place during the Virgen de la Pena festivities. The Toro de la Vega festival is one of the oldest in Spain. Once the bull arrives to the plain (vega) from the village, it is killed with lances to honor the Virgen de la Pena.
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April Russ feeds a young raccoon at the Shamballa Wildlife Rescue in Woodville, Ala., on Sept. 11
Sept. 23, 2013: April Russ feeds a young raccoon at the Shamballa Wildlife Rescue in Woodville, Ala., on Sept. 11. The state conservation agency has told raccoon protectors in Alabama this month to stop rehabilitating the animals, a decision that has angered many.
Cary Norton/The New York Times/Redux
Donkey-powered Mazda pickup truck in the 2013 Kalahari Desert Speedweek at Hakskeenpan, South Africa, on Sept. 20
Sept. 23, 2013: Two South African men drive a converted Mazda pickup truck powered by donkeys in the desert during the 2013 Kalahari Desert Speedweek at Hakskeenpan, South Africa, on Sept. 20. The Speedweek sees motorsport enthusiasts gathering in a remote desert in the north of the country to drive their vehicles across seven kilometers of clay track specially prepared for high-speed runs. Technically the desert Speedweek is more challenging than Tar Speedweek and requires much more driving and engineering skills for top honors in each class, including cars and bikes.
Artists wait to perform during the annual Tiger Dance in Thrissur, India, on Sept. 19
Sept. 23, 2013: Artists with painted bodies wait to perform during the annual Pulikali (Tiger Dance) in Thrissur, India, on Sept. 19. Pulikali is a colorful recreational folk art revolving around the theme of tiger hunting, performed to entertain people during Onam, an annual Hindu harvest festival.
Arun Sankar K./AP
A car lies buried in mud as residents clean up their neighborhood after flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Manuel in Chilpancingo, Mexico, on Sept. 19
Sept. 23, 2013: A car lies buried in mud as residents clean up their neighborhood after flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Manuel in Chilpancingo, Mexico, on Sept. 19. Manuel, the same storm that devastated Acapulco, gained hurricane force & rolled into the northern state of Sinaloa before starting to weaken.
A farmer looks for his animals among a flock of sheep in Vals, Switzerland, on Sept. 20
Sept. 23, 2013: A farmer looks for his animals among a flock of sheep in the village of Vals, Canton of Grisons, Switzerland on Sept. 20.
Harold Davis, a 'Breaking Bad' tour guide, stands near his limo in Albuquerque, NM, on June 20
Sept. 22, 2013: Harold Davis stands outside the Crossroads Motel in Albuquerque, NM, on June 20. Davis operates a special 'Breaking Bad' tour for fans of the hit cable show. He and other businesses in the city have found ways to capitalize on the popularity of the show. As you might imagine, he and many residents will be sad to see the show end. The series finale airs Sunday, Sept. 29.
People touch the underside of a watery stage during a performance by Fuerza Bruta acrobatic group in Beijing on Sept. 6
Sept. 21, 2013: People touch the underside of a watery stage suspended above them during the performance of the Fuerza Bruta (Brute Force) acrobatic theater group at the Workers' Gymnasium in Beijing on Sept. 6. The performers create awe-inspiring sets by flying, crawling and swimming above the audience during the show. The Fuerza Bruta theater group stages performances in Beijing from Aug. 17 to Sept. 21.
Palestinian children light candles during a protest on the Gaza Strip on Sept. 19
Sept. 20, 2013: Palestinian children light candles Sept. 19 in protest against an Israeli-imposed blockade of the Gaza Strip and heavy restrictions along the Egyptian border. Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza in 2007 after Islamist group Hamas seized control of the territory in a brief civil war with Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party. A Gazan child urged the United Nations to intervene and end the humanitarian crisis. He also called for Egyptian leaders to open the Rafa border gate that would allow Palestinians access outside of Gaza.
A worker tightens a rope to raise a 13-foot statue of horses in Bogor, Indonesia, on Sept. 19
Sept. 20, 2013: A worker tightens a rope to raise a 13-foot statue of horses at a new housing complex at Parung village in Bogor, Indonesia, on Sept. 19.
A guest poses as he arrives at the Emporio Armani show during Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, on Sept. 20
Sept. 20, 2013: A guest poses as he arrives at the Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2014 collection during Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, on Sept. 20.
Pedestrians walk past a Swinging Sixties billboard in London on Sept. 18
Sept. 20, 2013: Pedestrians walk past a Swinging Sixties billboard just off Carnaby Street in London on Sept. 18. Carnaby Street was at the heart of the Swinging London in the 1960s. Today, Carnaby is full of tourists from all over the world trying to catch a glimpse into the past, & some shops try to maintain the aura.
A miniature figure of Steve Jobs in front of an Apple Store as people queue for the new iPhone 5s & 5c in Tokyo on Sept. 19
Sept. 20, 2013: A miniature figure of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is displayed in front of an Apple Store in Tokyo as people wait overnight to purchase the new iPhone 5s & 5c in Tokyo on Sept. 19.
Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images
Seniors take part in a rollator walker race in Amsterdam on Sept. 18
Sept. 20, 2013: Pensioners race with their rollator walkers at Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam on Sept. 18. More than 100 elderly competitors participated in the 400-meter race.
Action Press/Rex Features
'Dinner En Blanc' flash mob picnic event in New York City on Sept. 18
Sept. 20, 2013: Thousands of people in all-white dress dine in Bryant Park in Manhattan on Sept. 18 for a “Dinner En Blanc” flash mob event. Those who wish to attend must preregister to get access to the secret venue, which isn't revealed until the day of the event. Diners must dress all in white & provide their own tables, chairs & food. The idea originated in Paris 25 years ago & caught on in New York two years ago.
Anthony Behar/SIPA/Rex Features
A laser-guided missile striking an unmanned boat for target practice in the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 4
Sept. 20, 2013: A laser-guided missile launched from a B-1B bomber is a split-second away from hitting an unmanned boat during target practice in the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 4.
Courtesy US Air Force
Lightning striking the Grand Canyon on Aug. 30
Sept. 20, 2013: Using low-exposure techniques, photographer Rolf Maeder captures multiple lightning strikes in the Grand Canyon under stormy skies in August.
Rolf Maeder/Rex Features
Former Tamil Tiger female rebel fighters & brides prepare for a mass wedding in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, on Sept. 18
Sept. 20, 2013: Former Tamil Tiger (LTTE) female rebel fighters & brides Nadarasa Sukirtha, left, & Premarathnam Sugandhini, center, watch as Jayarasa Merry Babila, an ethnic Tamil, prepares for a mass wedding in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, on Sept. 18. Three ex-rebel couples rehabilitated by the Sri Lankan Civil Defense Force were married in a mass ceremony during the government's rehabilitation program. Sri Lanka's government troops defeated the LTTE after a 25-year civil struggle on May 19, 2009.
Roberto Castillo, dressed as a magician, performs on a busy street in Managua, Nicaragua, on Sept. 18
Sept. 19, 2013: Roberto Castillo, dressed as a magician, performs on a busy street in Managua, Nicaragua, on Sept. 18. He says he earns about $3 per day.
People relaxing on a portaledge hanging from a tree in the German Alps in September
Sept. 19, 2013: Two extreme campers sit in a portaledge secured to the cliff face using strong climbing ropes and shackles in the German Alps. Campers must scale the mountain to reach the portaledge and can bring only a sleeping bag, rope and basic dinner. Fearless adventurers sleep alongside an instructor, who takes up the outside position just inches from the 500-foot sheer drop.
A Syrian opposition fighter rests inside a cave at a rebel camp in the Idlib province in Syria on Sept. 17
Sept. 18, 2013: A Syrian opposition fighter rests inside a cave at a rebel camp in the Idlib province countryside on Sept. 17. The main opposition coalition has urged the international community to take swift action against President Bashar Assad for allegedly using the nerve agent sarin in a deadly attack.
A band performs a concert in the sea tunnel at Haichang Polar Ocean World in Tianjin, China, on Sept. 17
Sept. 19, 2013: A band performs a concert in the sea tunnel at Haichang Polar Ocean World in Tianjin, China, on Sept. 17. The concert was staged to entertain tourists for the coming Mid-Autumn Festival.
Zhou Wei/Xinhua/Zuma Press
Abandoned car on road devastated by flood waters along the South Platte River near Greeley, Colo., on Sept. 17
Sept. 19, 2013: An abandoned car lies off a road devastated by flood waters along the South Platte River east of Greeley, Colo., on Sept. 17. Northern Colorado's broad agricultural expanses are especially affected, with more than 400 lane-miles of state highway & more than 30 bridges destroyed or impassable.
A riot policeman reacts as a social security employee speaks to another officer in Athens, Greece, on Sept. 17
Sept. 19, 2013: A riot policeman guarding the entrance of Labor Ministry smiles as a social security employee speaks to another officer during a protest in Athens, Greece, on Sept. 17. Under government plans, 25,000 public sector employees are to be suspended this year & 15,000 must be fired in the next 15 months as part of efforts to trim the bloated public sector & meet the conditions of Greece’s international bailout.
Christina M. Hammock signals her success at fire-starting near Rangeley, Maine, on Aug. 28
Sept. 19, 2013: The countenance of astronaut candidate Christina M. Hammock signals her success at fire-starting, a technique that will help sustain her for three days in the wilderness. The first phase of their extensive training program along the way to become full-fledged astronauts, eight new candidates spent three days in the wild, participating in wilderness survival training near Rangeley, Maine.
Arizona Cardinals mascot Big Red warms up students at Vista del Sur Traditional School in Laveen, Ariz., on Sept. 17
Sept. 19, 2013: Arizona Cardinals NFL football mascot Big Red warms up students at Vista del Sur Traditional School as students participate in the Cardinals Junior Training Camp on Sept. 17 in Laveen, Ariz. The program works with students on teamwork, physical fitness & friendly competition, & students get to take part in various football skill drills.
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The Tai Hang Fire Dragon dancing through the streets in Hong Kong on Sept. 18
Sept. 19, 2013: The Tai Hang Fire Dragon dances its way through the streets on Sept. 18 in Hong Kong. In the 19th century, the village of Tai Hang miraculously stopped a plague with a fire dragon dance. It has become an annual tradition with up to 300 performers dancing the fire dragon, which is made up of 72,000 sticks of burning incense & a 67-meter dragon.
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Sheep sculptures are placed around a former gas station as part of an art exhibit in New York City on Sept. 15
Sept. 19, 2013: Sheep sculptures are placed around a former gas station as part of an art exhibit, Sheep Station, in New York on Sept. 15. The work is by Francois-Xavier Lalanne, a French surrealist who died in 2008. His work is represented in New York by the Paul Kasmin Gallery. The exhibit runs through Oct. 20.
Dave MacLeod climbing Paciencia, a rock face in the Swiss Alps, on Aug. 15
Sept. 18, 2013: Dave MacLeod (top) & Calum Muskett became the first climbers from Britain to successfully ascend the most difficult rock route in the Swiss Alps, the menacing mountain Paciencia. The huge rock face is scaled only by the world’s most serious climbers. The route, on the north side of the Eiger, is one of the hardest & most fatal routes in the world & had been completed just twice before.
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Underwater view of polar bear swimming in Hudson Bay, Canada, on July 30
Sept. 18, 2013: An underwater view of a polar bear’s paws & claws as it swims in Hudson Bay, Nunavut Territory, Canada, on July 30.
Young girls pose during Kumari Puja rituals at Hanuman Dhoka in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Sept. 17
Sept. 18, 2013: Young girls dressed in outfits of Kumari, the living goddess, pose during Kumari Puja rituals at Hanuman Dhoka in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Sept. 17. About 500 girls under the age of 9 from across the country have been brought to the temple for mass worship, protection from evil & good luck in the future.
Sculpture sets Guinness World Record for largest coin sculpture in world, China, on Sept. 16
Sept. 17, 2013: The Kai Yuan Tong Bao copper coin sculpture opened in mid-September at National Mining Park in central China. At 3.98 meters thick & 24 meters in diameter, it is the largest copper coin sculpture in the world.
A worker looks out onto winter barley stored in the barge Poseidon in Port Saint Louis du Rhone, France, on Sept. 16
Sept. 18, 2013: A worker looks out onto winter barley stored in the cargo hold of the barge Poseidon while docked at Tellines Port in southern France on Sept. 16. Corn yields will be lower than expected for the European Union after hot & dry August weather in Italy.
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Students at Bakht Alrida Primary School in Forobaranga, West Darfur, Sudan, on Sept. 14
Sept. 18, 2013: Sudanese students listen to their teacher in a West Darfur classroom on Sept. 14. The local community is soliciting an urgent rehabilitation of the school, which has four teachers & 338 students but only seven desks & chairs. It lies in a camp for those displaced in their own country.
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Horse parade of Cavalry Escort of Honor in Scheveningen, Netherlands, on Sept. 16
Sept. 18, 2013: Members of the Dutch Cavalry Escort of Honor exercise on the beach for Budget Day in the Netherlands on Sept. 16. Both horse & rider are subjected to a severe test of endurance through exposure to gunfire, music & smoke bombs.
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A bullfrog floats in a cattle watering trough on a ranch near Roseburg, Ore., on Sept. 16
Sept. 16, 2013: A bullfrog floats in a cattle watering trough on a ranch in Oregon. Bullfrogs are considered an invasive species in the western United States & are notorious for eating just about any living animal that will fit down their throats.
Numerous tents are seen during the 2013 International I Camping Festival in Mount Wugongshan, China, on Sept. 14
Sept. 18, 2013: Numerous tents mark the 2013 International I Camping Festival on Mount Wugongshan in China on Sept. 14. The event reportedly attracted more than 15,000 campers from all over the world.
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Men work at the vineyard of Mas de Chimeres in Octon, France, on Sept. 17
Sept. 18, 2013: Men work at the vineyard Mas de Chimeres during a traditional grape harvest of organic wine in the south of France on Sept. 17. French vineyards are expected to produce about 44.5 million hectoliters of grapes during the 2013 harvest, of better quality than expected after the coldest spring in 25 years.
A bear trying to catch a jumping salmon in Katmai National Park, Alaska
Sept. 17, 2013: A hungry grizzly tried to catch a salmon from a fast-flowing river in Alaska's Katmai National Park – & wound up with a slap in the face. The grizzly & its sloth (the term for a group of bears) spent two hours fishing in the river.
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A Turkish protestor wearing a gas mask flashes a victory sign in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sept. 15
Sept. 17, 2013: A Turkish protestor wearing a gas mask flashes a victory sign during a clash with riot police in an anti-government rally in Istanbul on Sept. 15.
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A young Nepalese girl dressed as a living goddess in Katmandu, Nepal, on Sept. 17
Sept. 17, 2013: A young Nepalese girl smiles for the camera as she waits for Kumari puja in Katmandu, Nepal, on Sept. 17. More than a hundred girls under the age of 9 gather for the puja, which celebrates young girls as manifestations of the divine female energy & is held to prevent them from contracting disease or bad luck in the years to come.
A man and his family ride a motorcycle along the top of a flooded dam near Pengzhou, China, on Sept. 12
Sept. 17, 2013: A man rides a motorcycle carrying his children along the top of a dam flooded by an overflowing river near Junyue township of Pengzhou, China, on Sept. 12. Residents have been crossing the river along the top of the dam to save on travel time, after fresh floods crushed a bridge near the dam in July, local media reported.
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A gallery assistant at Christie's auction house in London admires a Regency double-action harp on Sept. 16
Sept. 17, 2013: A gallery assistant at Christie's auction house in London admires a Regency double-action harp on Sept. 16.
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Vanessa & Ricardo kiss during their vintage-style wedding party in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 14
Sept. 17, 2013: Vanessa & Ricardo kiss during their vintage-style wedding party on Paqueta island in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 14.