This gallery comprises iconic photographs from different parts of the world compiled by Reuters.
Suman, a nine-year-old nomad girl from the desert Indian state of Rajasthan, with her face painted in colours to attract commuters, poses while begging for alms at a traffic junction in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi October 13, 2011. Suman, collects between 25 to 30 rupees ($0.50-0.60) a day.
Salma Pathan, 21, performs a motorcycle stunt inside the "Well of Death", one of the attractions at Ramlila fair, in the old quarters of Delhi September 29, 2011.
A pack of riders cycle past a chemical plant during the 5th stage of the 10th Tour of Qatar cycling race Sealine Beach Resort to Doha, February 11, 2011.
A woman walks near a beggar in a pedestrian subway in Tbilisi, February 1, 2011.
Ducati MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy rides during the second practice session of the Australian Grand Prix on Phillip Island near Melbourne October 14, 2011.
Imran (L) and Aryan, children of Vishal Singh, relax in their bedroom in Lucknow October 24, 2011. Singh is a fan of the Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and has more than 22,000 pictures of the star in his possession. Singh's house, which he calls "Shahrukh palace," and even his workplace, are covered with posters featuring the actor. Singh even changed his name to Vishahrukh Khan as a display of his love for the actor.
A polar bear swims underwater in the St-Felicien Wildlife Zoo in St-Felicien, Quebec October 31, 2011. According to Environment Canada, Canada is home to around 15,000 of the estimated 20,000 polar bears in the world.
Sergey Bakulin of Russia tosses a bottle of water during the men's 50 km race walk final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu September 3, 2011.
Devotees of the Bang Neow Chinese Shrine stand amidst exploding firecrackers as they take part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.
U.S. soldiers from Task Force "No Fear", Alpha Company, 2-27 Infantry "The Wolfhounds", fire a 120mm mortar at a Taliban position from Combat Outpost (COP) Pirtle King in Ghaziabad district, Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan September 26, 2011.
Police officers rescue a girl who was held hostage by a man in Parramatta, an outer Sydney suburb September 6, 2011. A man claiming to be carrying a bomb occupied a legal office in Sydney on Tuesday, holding his daughter captive in a security scare believed to be linked to a custody dispute, Australian media said.
Wang Gengxiang, known as "Masked Boy", holds a towel in his mouth as he plays on a bed in the village of Mijiazhuang on the outskirts of Fenyang, Shanxi province September 9, 2011. Gengxiang, 6, was severely burned in an accident involving a pile of burning straw last winter. Most of the skin on his head was burned off, requiring him to wear a full surgical mask to prevent the scars from becoming infected. Wang's doctors disclosed that they cannot continue his skin-graft surgery until his damaged trachea is strong