RETIREMENT STRIKE: ArcelorMittal steelworkers protested in Marseille, France, Thursday against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to raise the retirement age to 62. Transport, postal and education workers also protested.
REARING UP: A crowd surrounded a horse and his rider Wednesday in Ciutadella, Spain, during Menorca’s traditional Saint John Festival.
PULLED ALONG: A shepherd pulled a goat for a traditional purifying bath at the Puerto de la Cruz Beach in Spain’s Canary island of Tenerife Thursday.
STACKED WITH CARE: An worker arranged trays of eggs in a poultry farm storeroom on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India, Thursday.
BACK SUPPORT: A Palestinian leaned against a pile of watermelons for sale in a Ramallah, West Bank, market Thursday.
WORKING THE LAND: Farmers harvested wheat near Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday.
GETTING A LIFT: A man lifted his wife clear of water on a flooded street in Fuzhou, Jiangxi province, China, as the death toll from flooding across the south climbed to 211 Wednesday. A river in the province overflowed its banks, but did not cause any additional casualties.
WINDOW WORK: Workers installed a window at Indira Gandhi International Airport’s new Terminal 3 in New Delhi Wednesday. Terminal 3 will be able to handle 34 million passengers annually and will be the world’s third-largest passenger terminal. It will open July 3.
WIRES CROSSED? An electrician checked wires leading to the Karrada district of Baghdad, Wednesday. Iraqis are protesting frequent power outages. The minister of electricity blames the oil ministry for failing to provide oil-fired plants with sufficient fuel to function.
SITTING AT A CEMETERY: Ju Hong-Jang, 81, and his wife paid tribute Wednesday at Seoul’s national cemetery to his father, who served as a police officer and was killed during the Korean War.
FESTIVAL CLEANUP: A tractor raked up trash from a field Wednesday in Lower Saxony, Germany, after the Hurricane Festival, a music celebration.
TRADERS CELEBRATE: Traders on the New York Stock Exchange celebrated as U.S. soccer player Landon Donovan scored a late goal against Algeria at the World Cup in South Africa Wednesday. The U.S. won 1-0 — its first group win since 1930 — and moves on to the second round.
FLOODED KITCHEN: A woman sat in her house — flooded by melting mountain snow — in the village of Zaton, Russia, on the Ob River Wednesday.
TURKISH FUNERAL: Relatives, friends and troops attended a funeral for a 17-year-old girl in her hometown of Elmadag, Turkey, Wednesday. The teen and four soldiers were killed in a bomb attack by suspected rebels in Istanbul.
PRAYER CIRCLE: Virginia Davis prayed with supporters before her son, Troy Anthony Davis, appeared in District Court in Savannah, Ga., Wednesday. The Supreme Court ordered a new hearing last year for the death-row inmate so he can present new evidence that may exonerate him in the 1989 slaying of a police officer.
SEPARATIST FUNERAL: Thousands gathered for the funerals of three members of the separatist Southern Movement in Radfan, Yemen, Wednesday. Southern separatists have been clashing with government forces in a push to regain independence lost when the south joined with the north in 1990.
SHUNNING A SPY SHIP: Demonstrators raised their fists during a rally Wednesday in Pyongyang, North Korea, at the U.S. Navy spy ship Pueblo, captured by North Korea in 1968.
REAR VIEW: Children traveled through Kabul, Afghanistan, in the back of a truck Wednesday.
ROLLING RIGHT ALONG: An Amish girl skated home with her groceries along a road in Middlefield, Ohio, Wednesday.
FIT TO SERVE: Afghan National policemen exercised at a base in Nahr-e Saraj, Afghanistan, Tuesday. U.S. war commander Army Gen. Stanely McChrystal, who mocked the Obama administration’s security team in a magazine interview, will meet with Mr. Obama Wednesday.
ACT OF VANDALISM: Overturned chairs, plants and glass littered the ground at a vandalized garment showroom in Ashulia, Bangladesh, Tuesday. About 700 garment factories were closed amid days of violent protests by tens of thousands of workers demanding pay increases.
MARKET CRASH: A vehicle crashed off a nearby bridge, falling onto a market Tuesday in Cairo, Egypt, killing occupants and wounding others.
CRIME SCENE: Istanbul police officers inspected the wreckage of a military bus after a roadside bomb exploded Tuesday, killing four soldiers and a teenage girl. A radical Kurdish separatists group claimed responsibility on its website.
SYNCHRONIZED BATHING: Men sat in water-filled tubs as part of rituals to induce monsoon rains in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday.
EARTH VIEW: A satellite image released Tuesday shows oil spreading from the Deepwater Horizon well into the Gulf of Mexico. The oil appears as a mass of silvery-gray ribbons.
DUST STORM: A soldier shielded himself from dust kicked up by an Army medical helicopter taking off after picking up wounded Afghan National Army soldiers near Kandahar, Afghanistan, Tuesday.
GROUP EFFORT: Rescue workers prepared to evacuate residents from flooding in Fuzhou, Jiangxi province, China, Tuesday. A burst dike sent 88,000 people fleeing their homes. Storms have pounded southern China for more than a week, killing at least 199 people; 123 are missing.
HOLDING HIS HEAD: French coach Raymond Domenech held his head after South Africa scored its second goal against France at their World Cup game in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Tuesday. South Africa won 2-1. France bowed out of the tournament; South Africa was also eliminated, despite the win.
CONDUCTING A RAID: Kyrgyz policemen conducted house-to-house searches in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, Tuesday. Troops beat several dozen men and women in an Uzbek neighborhood Tuesday, Human Rights Watch reported. About 400,000 Uzbeks remain in border tent camps, afraid to return home.
HOLDING ON: Relatives grieved over a man’s body at a morgue in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday. Police said at least six people were killed in two separate attacks: One was a personal dispute involving property, and the other was under investigation.
PAYING TRIBUTE: A kindergartener paid tribute to a fallen soldiers who died during the 1950-53 Korean War as other children waited their turns at the National Cemetery in Seoul Tuesday. The 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War is June 25.
HELPING A SOLDIER: U.S. Army soldiers helped a wounded Afghan National Army soldier to an Army medical helicopter in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Monday. Four members of the Afghan National Army were injured by an explosive device while on patrol.
ON PATROL: Kyrgyz soldiers and policemen patrolled Osh, Kyrgyzstan, during a curfew Monday. Authorities staged raids that left at least two people dead and 23 injured.
SEEKING ANSWERS: A man attacked mine officials as he demanded news about the fate of miners in an explosion in Pingdingshan, Henan province, China, Monday. At least 47 miners were reported to have been killed; 28 miners escaped.
POLICE PROTECTED: Policemen shielded themselves as Kashmiri protesters, not shown, threw stones during a protest in Srinagar, India, Monday. Separatist leaders staged the protests over the recent spate of killings of Kashmiri youth, allegedly by Indian troops and police.
FATAL BUS FIRE: An investigator looked at the scene of a bus fire that killed at least 10 passengers near San Salvador Sunday. Police say three people, one smelling of gasoline, were detained.
OUT FOR A PICNIC? A water-logged reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” hung on a fence at a house in the flooded village of Wilkow, Poland, Sunday.
ROWING AROUND: A man rowed himself out of his flooded home near Yingtan, Jiangxi province, China, Monday. Heavy rainfall in southern China in the past week has killed at least 175 people and left 107 missing.
GETTING RICH SITTING AROUND: A watermelon vendor looked at yuan banknotes at a market in Changzhi, Shanxi province, China, Monday. After China decided over the weekend to end the yuan’s de facto peg to the dollar, the yuan soared to close at its highest level against the U.S. currency since its July 2005 revaluation.
STRAIGHTEN UP! North Korean leader Kim Jong-il inspected vegetables in the kitchen of a military school at an undisclosed location in North Korea in this undated picture released Monday.
CAMEL TIME: A Bedouin youth hung off the neck of a camel in Arara, in the southern Israeli Negev desert, Monday.
PHOTOGRAPHING THE PRESIDENT: Albert Hicks IV took a picture as President Barack Obama made a Father’s Day speech at Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus in Washington Monday. It was Mr. Obama’s second visit to the center.
CHILD’S HAIRCUT: A barber cut a child’s hair at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in Allahabad, India, Monday, as part of rituals to celebrate Ganga Dussehra.
GONE FISHING: Villagers fished after floods on the outskirts of Yingtan, Jiangxi province, China, Monday.
SUMMER YOGA: Yoga enthusiasts participated in a free annual “Summer Solstice in Times Square Yoga-thon” in New York Monday. The summer solstice is the official day of summer and the longest day of the year.
SILHOUETTES BEFORE SKY: Spectators looked at the boards at the Royal Ascot horse race in Berkshire, England, Thursday.
CIRCLE OF LIGHT: Tourists took a ride on a rooftop cablecar, the biggest attraction at the Swiss Pavilion of the Shanghai World Expo, Thursday.
FLYBY: Nicolas Ivanoff of France flew past the Statue of Liberty during the Red Bull Air Race New York training day Friday.
KOBE CELEBRATES: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant celebrated his team’s 83-79 win over the Boston Celtics as Celtics coach Doc Rivers looked on during Game 7 of the NBA finals in Los Angeles Thursday.
MURAL MESSAGE: A man wrote on a mural of Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi during an event in Prague Friday to mark her 65th birthday.
ELEPHANT EYE: A decorated elephant walked on a New Delhi street Friday.
WARMING UP: Competitors swam before the Santa Clara International Grand Prix swim meet in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday.
WELL-TRAINED: Princess Victoria’s fiancé, Daniel Westling, fixed her dress during the pre-wedding dinner for the Swedish royal in Stockholm Friday.
LEADERS MEET: British Prime Minister David Cameron, second from left, and his wife, Samantha, right, greeted French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, on the steps of 10 Downing St. in London Friday. Friday was the 70th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s World War II broadcast from London, in which he urged resistance to the Nazis.
TAKING COVER: Hospital employees covered their heads during a national earthquake drill in Quezon, Philippines, Friday. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are not uncommon in the Philippines, part of the so-called “Ring of Fire” along the Pacific.
SHELL OF A HOUSE: Cindy Wood stood in front of her tornado-damaged home in Wadena, Minn., Thursday. At least three people were killed and dozens injured when a series of tornadoes tore through the state.
EXECUTION VIGIL: Friends and relatives of twice-convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner attended a candlelight vigil as he was executed by firing squad in Draper, Utah, Thursday night. Mr. Gardner, 49, chose the firing squad over lethal injection, a choice he was given because he was convicted before 2004, when Utah did away with firing-squad executions.
SEEKING PROTECTION: Wearing a protective vest and preceded by a bodyguard, Kyrgyzstan’s interim leader Roza Otunbayeva prepared to meet with local officials in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, Friday. She has vowed to help return refugees who’ve fled deadly ethnic violence.
SISTER GRIEVES: The sister of policeman Lilo Jimenez was supported by a soldier and woman, as she waited for her brother’s body to arrive at an airport in Asuncion, Paraguay, Thursday. The officer was one of two killed in a confrontation with a guerrilla group in the north.
MINER MOURNED: Mourners attended a funeral Friday in Amaga, Colombia, for one of at least 18 coal miners killed in a methane-gas explosion. Officials say chances are very slim that any of the approximately 50 trapped miners are still alive.
CONTROVERSIAL TIE: U.S. soccer player Clint Dempsey looked on in disbelief as a goal in the team’s game against Slovenia was called back. As the teams were tied 2-2 in the waning moments of the game, a referee made the call, ending the game in a draw.
NAIL IN A SANDBOX: Workers raked playground sand Wednesday at Glen Yermo Elementary School in Mission Viejo, Calif., in search of roofing nails after some were found there earlier.
TRAIN WRECK: An official was interviewed Thursday at the scene where two trains crashed near Peine, Germany.
BODY RECOVERED: Workers loaded the body of a miner who died in a methane-gas explosion at a coal mine in Amaga, Colombia, Wednesday night. At least 16 miners were killed and dozens were trapped. At least nine workers were killed in the same mine last August.
UP A POLE: An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man climbed a pole during a demonstration in Bnei Brak, Israel, Thursday against a court ruling forcing the integration of a religious girls’ school. Parents of European, or Ashkenazi, descent in the West Bank settlement of Emanuel don’t want their children to study with schoolgirls of Middle Eastern and North African descent, known as Sephardim.
CARRYING A CLOTH: Pakistani pilgrims carried a piece of cloth as an offering at the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti on the anniversary of his birth in Ajmer, India, Thursday.
LANDSLIDE SCENE: Villagers searched for victims of a landslide in Maluku province, Indonesia, Thursday. Torrential rains are blamed for the landslide, which killed at least eight people.
WAITING HER TURN: An ethnic Uzbek woman and her relative waited to board a plane for Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, from the Kyrgyz city of Jalal-Abad Thursday. Some 400,000 people have been displaced by ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, according to the United Nations.
TIPPED OVER: People looked at damaged buildings at a camp site in Saint Aygulf, southern France, Thursday. The death toll rose to 25 in flash flooding near the French Riviera.
FRONT AND CENTER: HIV/AIDS activists demonstrated in front of the U.S. consulate in the Johannesburg suburb of Sandton, South Africa, Thursday. Demonstrators demanded that the U.S. government increase funding for antiretroviral drugs.
THE LEADERS: From left, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Michael Mullen testified about the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty before a Senate panel in Washington Thursday.
HAYWARD’S HEARING: BP CEO Tony Hayward testified about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill during a House hearing in Washington Thursday. He said he wasn’t involved in key decisions concerning the leak.
STAINED BLACK: A Capitol Hill police officer arrested Diane Wilson, 61, whose hands and face were streaked black, as she disrupted the hearing while Mr. Hayward testified.
KICKING AND SCREAMING: A supporter of Kashmir’s chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat was detained by police during a protest in Srinagar, India, Thursday. The group was demanding a local U.N. group hand over a memorandum highlighting human-rights violations against Kashmiri people.
SERVE AND PROTECT: U.S. Army Sgt. Chad Orozco took a quick break in the back of a Blackhawk helicopter after transporting a shooting victim in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Wednesday.
BODY RECOVERED: Rescuers pulled a body from a construction site after a landslide in Kangding County, Sichuan province, China, Tuesday. At least 23 people were killed in the early-morning collapse.
SHOUTING OUT: Members of the English Defence League, which describes itself as a “counter-jihad movement,” shouted at Muslims (unseen) protesting against the war in Afghanistan as soldiers returning from Afghanistan marched through Barking, England, Tuesday.
BROWN BEAR: A teddy bear lay in the mud in the flooded village of Wilkow, Poland, Monday.
MOUNTAIN COLLAPSE: Rescuers stood at the site of a landslide in Kangding County, Sichuan province, China, Tuesday. A mountain collapsed, crushing work sheds at a construction site.
BOMB AFTERMATH: Afghan police investigated the site where a remote-controlled bomb killed the chief of Arghandab district in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Tuesday. His son and bodyguard were also killed. Five NATO troops, including an American, and five Afghan policemen were also killed in separate attacks.
RELATIVES REMEMBER: Relatives of 14 protesters killed in the Bloody Sunday shootings marched in silence in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Tuesday. Prime Minister David Cameron apologized for the 1972 incident after a report said the protesters were unarmed and laid the entire blame on the British army.
JOURNALIST SLAIN: People viewed the body Tuesday in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, of journalist Luis Arturo Mondragon, who was fatally shot by two gunmen as he left a TV station Monday night. He is the ninth journalist to be killed in Honduras this year.
SITTING IN A CIRCLE: Palestinian girls studied the Quran Tuesday in Gaza City at a Hamas-supported program.
PARLIAMENT PROTESTERS: Protesters clashed with riot police Tuesday in Bucharest in front of Romanian Parliament, where the centrist government survived a no-confidence vote over planned drastic spending cuts.
WAGE STRIKE: Security workers protested for higher wages at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg Tuesday. Police planned to bring in more than 1,000 officers to guara