A woman wearing a mask rides her bicycle along a street on a hazy morning in Beijing, China.
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) points out a poster replicating a notice of job termination for 750,000 Americans due to the impending sequestration, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Postal workers wear masks during a protest in front of the state-owned postal service Posta Romana headquarters in Bucharest, Romania, against the treatment by the management.
A helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI takes off from inside the Vatican on its way to the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. Pope Benedict slips quietly from the world stage after a private last goodbye to his cardinals and a short flight to a country palace to enter the final phase of his life "hidden from the world".