October 18, 2013

    Published October 18, 2013


    Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai gives a copy of her book "I am Malala", to Britain's Queen Elizabeth during a Reception for youth, education and the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace in London.


    A Japanese Coast Guard marine rescue unit searches for missing persons off Oshima island, 120 km south of Tokyo. A painstaking search through tons of mud and splintered houses entered its second night on a typhoon-battered Japanese island, where the death toll from landslides rose to 21.


    A burnt out car sits at the front of a house destroyed by bushfires in Winmalee in Sydney's Blue Mountains. Bushfires ravaged communities and destroyed hundreds of homes in southeastern Australia with dozens of blazes still burning out of control.


    Surfers ride the waves in the Atlantic Ocean during unseasonably warm weather in Anglet, southwestern France.


    A Free Syrian Army fighter fires an anti-tank missile towards what the FSA said were locations controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the eastern Hama countryside, Oct. 17, 2013.


    Traffic backs up at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge toll plaza as commuters make their way into San Francisco on the first day of the (Bay Area Rapid Transit) BART strike in Oakland, California.


    Kiefer Racing Moto3 rider Luca Grunwald of Germany crashes during a free practice session ahead of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, at Phillip Island Circuit.


    Guests sit at dinner tables set up with the Marina Bay Sands and the financial skyline as a backdrop at the Marina Barrage in Singapore. Diner en Blanc or "White Dinner" which started in Paris 25 years ago, is into its second year in Singapore. The guests are expected to dress in only white and bring their own food, tables and chairs for a fine dining flash mob style gathering in a secret location made known to them only minutes before the event.


    Adili Wuxor (back, in red), who is known as "Prince of the Tightrope", and his apprentice balance on a tightrope above the Great Wall in Tianjin, China.


    A huge flagpole with the Azerbaijani flag rises in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the nation's independence which was gained after the collapse of the Soviet Union.


    A flock of cranes flies past the rising moon in Nauen near Berlin, Germany. The cranes rest in the wetlands west of Berlin on their way from breeding places in the north to their wintering grounds in the south.


    The downtown and Lions Gate Bridge are enveloped in morning fog in Vancouver, British Columbia.


    A riot policeman fires teargas at indigenous protesters who have blocked the Pan-American Highway in Mondomo, Colombia, Oct. 17, 2013. Hundreds of indigenous protesters blocked the Pan-American Highway between Cali and Popayan, demanding certain agreements they say the government is not fulfilling, such as the right to land ownership, health and education reforms, reported local media.


    A woman exercises with a ribbon during a morning exercise session at Jingshan Park in Beijing, China.

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