September 24, 2013

    Published September 24, 2013


    Muppets Bert and Ernie, as well as Elmo, center, are among a donation of additional Jim Henson objects to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington.


    From right, Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, London Mayor Boris Johnson, and Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, during the Mayors Challenge competition, at City Hall in London.


    Women dressed as ethnic minorities on a business street in Beijing. The seven-day holiday built around China's National Day on October 1 sees millions of members of China's newly wealthy and mobile middle-class travel locally and abroad.


    Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men watch Israeli surfers during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot in the southern Israeli port city of Ashdod, Sept. 23, 2013.


    Birds sit in their cages during a bird-singing contest in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat.


    Syrian citizens and security forces inspecting the sight of a car bomb attack in Damascus' Tadamun neighborhood.


    Workers paint the building of a new branch of SM mall, owned by Philippine tycoon Henry Sy, in Paranaque, Metro Manila.


    A pigeon flies into the early morning mist as fog engulfs The Shard in central London.


    A policeman and photographers take cover after hearing gun shots near the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 23, 2013.


    A two-week-old Rhino and its mother walk around their enclosure at the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany.


    Workers of Anganwadi, or government-sponsored child-care and mother-care, beat plates with spoons and clap their hands during a protest in Mumbai, India.


    Fourteen panda cubs are arranged in a crib for photos as they are shown to the public at the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province, Sept. 23, 2013.


    Akshay Thakur (top), one of the four men who were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young woman on a bus last December, disembarks a police vehicle outside a court in New Delhi, India.


    Crew from Oracle Team USA wave to fans after defeating Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 16 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco, California, Sept. 23, 2013.

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