The effort continued today to locate more than 500 people still missing from last week's damaging floods in Colorado. The death toll stood at 6, which state officials said is expected to rise from the heavy rains that washed out roads, collapsed bridges, destroyed homes, and left a massive clean-up in their wake.
Homeowner Chris Ringdahl, left, is comforted by family friend Katherine MacIntosh, right, in front of her possessions as they cleanup from the floodwaters in Longmont, Colo., on Sept. 16. Floodwaters have affected a 4,500 square-mile section of the state inundating entire neighborhoods and destroying bridges and roads. (Chris Schneider/Associated Press)
Since Sept. 9, there has been a standoff between the Philippine Army and Moro National Liberarion Front rebels in the southern communities near Zamboanga city, Philippines. Hundreds of residents were taken hostage and tens of thousands evacuated from their homes during the battles. About 20 hostages remain as the fighting continues and rebels are captured.
The Philippine Army continues to shoot at rebels despite a raging fire in a stand off between government troops and rebels, in the residential village in Zamboanga city, southern Philippines, Sept. 12. The violence erupted on September 9 when about 200 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels clashed with troops as they gathered for a protest march against the failure of the government to implement a 1996 peace agreement. The guerrillas then swooped down on five villages as they fled from the troops. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA)
Islamist militants ambushed a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday killing more than 50 people and terrorizing the city. The siege was still taking place on Monday, as Kenyan forces tried to drive the militants out of the Westgate mall and save remaining hostages. Somalia's Al Shabab claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in Kenya since 1998.
A child runs to safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi Sept. 21. The gunmen stormed a shopping mall in Nairobi on Sept. 21 killing at least 20 people in what Kenya's government said could be a terrorist attack, and sending scores fleeing into shops, a cinema and onto the streets in search of safety. Sporadic gun shots could be heard hours after the assault started as soldiers surrounded the mall and police and soldiers combed the building, hunting down the attackers shop by shop. Some local television stations reported hostages had been taken, but there was no official confirmation. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
In the middle of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, a tiny island may soon become an early victim of climate change. Smith Island is the last inhabited island in Maryland, a place where residents, hearty watermen who make their living catching oysters and blue crabs, still speak in the Cornish dialect of their ancestors. Many Smith Islanders can trace their ancestry back 12 generations to the English colonists who settled here in the 17th century. And yet their link to this land may soon be broken: Smith Island is eroding. Though scientists differ on how long it will be before the island is underwater, anywhere between 30 and 100 years, there is no dispute about the cause: rising seas. The global trend of rising ocean levels is especially acute in the Chesapeake Bay, where water is rising at twice the world average. To make matters worse, the land around the Chesapeake is sinking: a trend scientists call post-glacial subsidence. According to a state-commissioned task force, Maryland is now losing 260 acres of tidal shoreline annually. The US Army Corps of Engineers estimates that Smith Island has lost 3,300 acres of wetlands in the last 150 years. Many residents have relocated to the mainland; the island's population is down from a peak of 700 in 1960 to 267 full-time residents today.
Foreshadowing the possible fate of neighboring Smith Island, a cemetery is all that remains of a once bustling fishing community of 360 people on Holland Island, Md, on 27 July. Rising water forced residents to leave the island nearly 100 years ago. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency)
Survivors of an earthquake that struck rural Pakistan earlier this week are still waiting for aid, an effort being hampered because militants in the region have been attacking government troops as they try to deliver relief supplies. The quake, which measured 7.7 in magnitude, has claimed more than 350 lives, injured more than 750, and damaged dozens of homes. Most of the victims were crushed when the walls of their mud brick houses caved in. Residents said the quake hit during the few hours of the day when the village had electricity, so many children were at home watching television.
A Pakistani girl walks on the rubble of a house destroyed following an earthquake in Labach, the remote district of Awaran in Baluchistan province, Pakistan, on Sept. 26. Two days after the tremor struck, rescuers were still struggling to help survivors. The death toll from the quake reached in the hundreds on Thursday, with more than 500 people injured. (Shakil Adil/Associated Press)
A historic street in Peshawar was demolished by a car bomb on Sunday, killing dozens of people. At the same time the country was coping with a deadly earthquake, three major attacks in Pakistan in the past week have killed at least 140 people. The increase in violence in Pakistan has come after recent discussions to work toward peace talks with militant groups.
A Pakistani man carrying a child rushes away from the site of a blast shortly after a car exploded in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sept. 29. A car bomb exploded on a crowded street in northwestern Pakistan, killing scores of people in the third blast to hit the troubled city of Peshawar in a week, officials said. (Mohammad Sajjad/Associated Press)
For this edition of our look at daily life we share images from Bangladesh, Cambodia, France, Brazil, China, Nicaragua, India, United States, Russia and other countries around the world. -Leanne Burden Seidel
A drizzling rain can't dampen the sprits of fair-goers Will Black, right, and Jordan Fioretti from Olive Branch, Miss. as they take a turn on the Blizzard Sept. 29 afternoon on the final day of the Mid-South Fair at the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss. (Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal via Associated Press)