An Afghan woman colors her finger with ink to vote at a polling station in Mazar-i-Sharif, northern Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009. Afghans head to the polls to elect the new president for the second time in the country's history.
Bomber Returns to Libya
Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi leaves a police van at Glasgow International Airport in Glasgow, Scotland, bound for Tripoli, Libya, after he was released on compassionate grounds by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill Thursday Aug. 20, 2009.
On the Radio
President Barack Obama speaks during a radio interview with Michael Smerconish in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009.
Residents survey tornado damage in Loami, Ill., Thursday, Aug 20, 2009. At least 19 people were injured and dozens of homes and businesses were destroyed as a line of severe weather spawning one or more tornadoes slammed into the central Illinois area Wednesday.
Up in Smoke
A firefighter tries to extinguish the blaze during a forest fire near the town of Magoula, some 20 miles northwest of Athens, Greece, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009. More than 70 people died in terrible wildfires in Greece two years ago.
Village women collect water from a tube well at Bhamasar village, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) west of Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009. Excessive irrigation and the unrelenting thirst of tens of millions of people are causing ground water levels in northern India to drop dramatically, a problem that could lead to severe water shortages, according to a study released recently.
Chinese soldiers march after the inspection of the honor guard by U.S. Chief of Staff of the Army George Casey, unseen, during a welcome ceremony at PLA Headquarters in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009.
French Air Force alphajets of the "Patrouille de France" perform a demonstration flight during MAKS-2009 (the International Aviation and Space Show) in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009.
A woman reads a book near the water fountain in Berlin, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009. Germany expected it to be the hottest day of the year.