Photo: ZUMA Press

Sunset over Berlin

A bird flies past a television tower silhouetted in front of a magnificent orange and yellow sun that is setting on the horizon of Berlin on Sept. 20.


Photo: ZUMA Press

Munich celebrates Oktoberfest

A woman wearing a dirndl, the traditional Bavarian women's wear, holds up two large glasses of beer inside a large tent during Oktoberfest, the popular beer festival held in Munich, Germany, that attracts more than 5 million people every year.


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Dutch Calvary training

Cavalry units of the Dutch defense forces train on the beach with their steeds for an upcoming governmental holiday, known as the Prince's day, when they will escort Queen Beatrix during a ride to The Hague.


Photo: Fabio Motta/Agencia Estado

Political beach sweeping

A woman walks past nearly 600 neon green brooms placed on Copacobana Beach in southern Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sept. 19. The brooms were installed to protest corruption in the Brazilian political arena.


Photo: ZUMA Press

Pakistan's monsoon season

Three young children in a makeshift boat float through a village on Sept. 19. The village was flooded by recent heavy downpours, part of monsoon season in the Jaffarabad district of southeast Pakistan's Balochistan province.


Photo: ZUMA Press

Foster mom for a big cat

A newborn Siberian tiger feeds from a canine foster mother at Qingdao Forest Wild Animal World on Sept. 19 in Qingdao in China's Shandong province. The biological mother of the cub and its two siblings was unable to care for them, so the zoo improvised by finding a dog that had recently given birth.


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Photo: ZUMA Press

Powder blast art

Cai Guoqiang, a Chinese contemporary artist who creates art by igniting powder on canvas, paper or wooden board, makes powder blast marks on a canvas during the creation of a "powder painting" at the Zhejiang Art Museum in Hangzhou City, China, on Sept. 20. Guoqiang is best known for designing the elaborate pyrotechnics show for the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.


Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Tyndall/U.S. Navy

Clouded moon above the U.S.S. John C. Stennis

The moon is obscured by clouds as Aviation Structural Mechanic Sarah Stone of Salem, Calif., pulls a seat bucket on an F/A-18E Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. John C. Stennis. The aircraft carrier is responsible for conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.


Photo: ZUMA Press

Uncovering a quake-ravaged home

Soldiers clean up a house in Yadong County, China, on Sept. 19. At least seven people were killed and 100 others were injured after a strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the state of Sikkim in northern India — only 40 kilometers from Yadong County — on Sept. 18. The earthquake has caused hundreds of landslides that have disrupted traffic, power and water supplies.


Photo: ZUMA Press

Planking for political prisoners

Activists stage a "planking" during a rally commemorating the 39th anniversary of the proclamation of Martial Law in Manila on Sept. 21. The activists, along with veterans from the Martial Law era, are calling for the release of all political prisoners in the country. Martial law was proclaimed by the deposed dictator and former President Ferdinand Marcos on Sept. 21, 1972.


Related on MNN: Is "Batmanning" the new planking?


Photo: ZUMA Press

Lighting candles in memory of earthquake victims

Villagers light candles during a prayer service for two people who were killed in quake-affected Yadong County in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on Sept. 20. At least seven people died and 24 others were injured in the county after a strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck on Sept. 18.

Photo: Sankei via Getty Images

Typhoon Roke buries Miriyama in debris

A parking lot in Miryama, Japan, is buried in mud and rubbish carried in by the overflowing waters of a nearby river on Sept. 21. Although the storm has started moving back into the Pacific towards the Kuril Islands, residents are still dealing with severe flooding, transportation nightmares and at least three deaths.


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Photo: ZUMA Press

Water and aid for Palestinian children

Palestinian children fill bottles from a public water tap at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) headquarters in southern Gaza's Rafah refugee camp on Sept. 18.


Photo: ZUMA Press

Predatory lives

A praying mantis sits in the grass near Whitmore Lake, Mich., on Sept. 17. Although praying mantises get their name from their "praying" stance, it is often mispelled as "preying mantis" because the insects are predatory and regularly engage in sexual cannibalism.


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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

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