Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

Didn’t I see you in a chess game? A Vatican security guard salutes a passing bishop who’s trying to keep his skull cap from flying away in the wind during the Pope’s weekly general audience in St. Peter square.

Stick your tongue out for the lookalike contest: A man and his monkey perform at the annual cattle fair at Pushkar, India.

Any Enya in here? A vendor smokes a cigarette as Afghan boys purchase pirated video compact discs of movies at a market in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Don’t touch my jowl! Teresa McDermott of Indianapolis trims the whiskers of her 17-month-old English Bulldog before a specialty bulldog show in Houma, La.

The caine mutiny: A cat peers from behind a fence that bears the sign “Attention! Aggressive dog” in Bucharest, Romania.

Can I catch a lift? Isn’t there a myth about this kind of hitchhiking? (Crow perches on a wing of the Archangel Mykhaylo monument in Kiev).

Holiday finery: A Yemeni girl wears a new dress as she stands in an alley of the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Easy on the eyes, tough on the feet: A dancer from Complexions Contemporary Ballet waits to perform a scene from “Moon Over Jupiter” during the dress rehearsal in New York.

Beats fireworks: A woman shoots a home-made mortar during a march in Managua. Thousands of people marched in support of the position of the government of President Daniel Ortega in regards to the border dispute with Costa Rica.

Haitian misery: A woman lies on the pavement near the Port-au-Prince general hospital, where people infected by cholera are being treated. Haiti’s cholera death toll passed 1,000 on November 16.

Just like we were back in power: Former President George W. Bush kisses former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the groundbreaking ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

Oh no, they’ve invented a politician cloner! German Chancellor Angela Merkel inspects a cloud chamber which makes visible radiation as she tours the Medica World Forum for Medicine in Duesseldorf.

Packed-in pilgrims: Thousands of tents house Muslim pilgrims in Mina, during the annual Hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest annual gathering with 2.5 million people.

Who’s the predator here? A curious lamb gives a Bengal cat a scare in the barnyard of Betsy Harrison, who raises Navajo Churro sheep at her ranch near Mancos, Colo.

Soft landings: Hot air balloons rise to the sky at sunrise in Cappadocia, Turkey. Formed by gas bubbling through ash, Cappadocia has become a favorite site for tourists in hot-air balloons, who can slowly drift above the “fairy chimneys” of stone that are so soft that Byzantine Greeks carved subterranean cities out of them.