Thomas Shafer, a governor with Van der Moolen Specialists, rubs his eyes while working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 in New York. The Dow Jones industrial average swept past 12,000, extending its march into record territory with investors increasingly optimistic about corporate earnings and the economy.
Dengue Fever Spreads
A Pakistani doctor looks at X-ray of a patient suffering from dengue fever at a local hospital in Karachi, Pakistan Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006. After invading India and Nepal, dengue has now spread its tentacles in Pakistan with its port city Karachi reporting 17 deaths due to the vector-borne disease.
Italian U.N. peacekeepers look up as they inspect unexploded ordnance being prepared to be detonated in the southern village of Srifa, Lebanon, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006. Members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, detonated unexploded ordnance found in several southern Lebanese villages and towns after they were dropped by Israeli forces during the 34-day Hezbollah-Israel conflict.
A hangman's noose is seen in the central prison in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006. The prison was where Imre Nagy, Hungary's legendary prime minister, and other martyrs of the 1956 anti-communist revolution spent their last hours before they were hanged after the uprising was crushed by the Soviet invasion. During the revolution nearly 3000 Hungarians lost their lives and more than 200,000 left the country.
South Korean students play with a machine gun (unloaded) during the Defense Asia 2006 festival at the Army headquarters in Daejeon, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006. Satellite images indicate North Korea may be preparing a second nuclear test, officials said, as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice headed to Asia warning that the North's behavior could spark a regional atomic arms race.
Member of British Parliament Andrew Rosindell plays with Buster, his 3 year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, during "Westminster Dog of the Year 2006" on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, in London. The competition was open to all dog-owning parliamentarians and, for the first time, dog-owning political journalists. Dogs were judged on their good deeds and behavior.
Indian wildlife protection workers display a tortoise seized in New Delhi, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, after Indian police raided a shop dealing in animals banned under wildlife protection laws Some 35 tortoises were seized from the shop. The owner was trying to smuggle the tortoises out of the country.
Tourists look at the sea in front of two overturned cars, in the sea of Almirida, near Hania, on the island of Crete, Greece, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006. A truck driver was killed late by mudslides near Hania, while several hundred homes were flooded on islands across the southern Aegean Sea.
This image released by Jordan's Royal Palace on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, shows King Abdullah II, accompanied by his son Prince Hussein, as they perform the Minor Pilgrimage (Umrah) at the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday. Umrah is optional for Muslims who can afford to travel and can be performed at any time of the year, unlike the Hajj which is a once in a lifetime obligation for Muslims.
Big Rig Wreck
Firefighters walk past two burning tractor-trailers Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, near Forrest City, Ark. The accident involving the rigs on Interstate 40 killed one person and prompted state police to shut down part of the highway.
Student Protest In Chile
A high school student shouts slogans from a police bus window after being detained during a demonstration in downtown Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of students who took to the streets "in a warning to the government" to speed up the promised reforms of Chile's dictatorship-era education law.