Russians were tallied, French exercised democracy, and Afghan children tuned in.
Children play in a pile of cotton they have harvested near Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Many children throughout Central Asia are recruited to work during the cotton harvest.
Photo by Alexey Kudenko for RIA Novosti
Inmates march at a prison camp outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk before taking part in Russia's nationwide census. Employees of the penitentiary system act as census-takers in prisons.
Photo by Ilya Naymushin for Reuters
Young protesters clash with police during a demonstration over pension reform in Lyon, France. The country is facing ongoing protests and strikes as trade unions try to force the French government to back down on an unpopular pension reform raising the retirement age.
Photo by Robert Pratta for Reuters
U.S. Marines carry a 13-year-old Afghan boy into a base in Kajaki, Afghanistan, to receive medical aid after he was severely wounded in blast.
Photo by Scott Olson for AFP
An Orthodox priest protests in front of the Ukrainian parliament against a language reform bill that some say would boost the status of the Russian language at the expense of Ukrainian.
Photo by Andriy Bashtovyy
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili swims in the Black Sea on October 20 near the resort city of Batumi. According to Georgian media reports, Saakashvili swam about three kilometers in a bid to prove that the holiday season in Batumi lasts six months.
Photo by Irakli Gedenidze for AFP
A controversial installation by Israel artist Noam Braslavsky in a Tel Aviv gallery depicts former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lying in his hospital bed. Sharon has been comatose since a stroke in 2006.
Photo by AFP
Russian police detain Konstantin Kosyakin, a political activist of the Left Front movement, as he tries to enter the Moscow city hall to attend the confirmation of Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. The new mayor is considered very close to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and is expected to enforce Kremlin control over city affairs.
Photo by Alexey Sazonov for AFP
Iranian-American businessman Reza Taghavi is greeted by family and friends in Los Angeles after his release from prison in Iran. He was held for more than two years on suspicions that he sent funds to an outlawed group in Iran.
Photo by Phil McCarten for Reuters
Internally displaced Afghan children in Kabul listen to radios distributed by Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty as part of a drive to counter Taliban-sponsored radio stations.