A Buddhist monk waits in the rain for a vigil in support of Tibet at the Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall Tuesday, March 18, 2008, in Taipei, Taiwan. China's crackdown on protests in the Himalayan territory of Tibet has become an issue for candidates in Saturday's presidential election on the island of Taiwan. China controls Tibet and also hopes to eventually rule democratic Taiwan off the southern Chinese coast.
Home Sweet Home?
An Iraqi girl plays with her chewing gum inside the former Iraqi army air defenses headquarters where she lives in the ruins with her family in central Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 18, 2008. The buildings were destroyed in the "Shock and Awe" bombing campaign in the early stages of the U.S. led invasion on Iraq in March 2003.
A Cuban military member walks past the Russian sailing ship Pallada anchored in Havana port Tuesday, March 18, 2008. The 356-foot full-rigged Pallada was built in Poland in the 1980s and is used for training marine-college cadets.
A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 takes off with the fire station of Changi International Airport in the background on Tuesday March 18, 2008 in Singapore. The world's biggest airplane took off Tuesday from Singapore bound for London on its first commercial flight to Europe.
Peace In The Balance
A girl balances a school book on her head in Anjouan, Comoros, Tuesday, March 18, 2008. The military-backed leader of one of the Comoros islands said Monday the African Union has no right to send soldiers to this Indian Ocean archipelago to force him to relinquish power. Mohamed Bacar says he fairly won another term to lead the island, but the main Comoran government and the AU contest the legitimacy of that vote.
Pakistanis cross a river using a rope operated bridge in Rawalpindi, Pakistan Tuesday, March 18, 2008. The lack of bridges in the area forces hundreds of inhabitants to use this alternative means to commute daily at the price of 2 Pakistani rupees (3 cents U.S.) per trip.
Italy's Alessia Filippi swims on her way to winning the gold medal in the Women's 400m individual medley during the European Swimming Championships in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Tuesday, March 18, 2008.