Peter Diamond, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economics professor, beams during a Cambridge, Mass., news conference shortly after he won the 2010 Nobel Prize in economics on Oct. 11.
House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio (center) looks on as President Obama talks to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland. Obama has said he hopes for more bipartisanship next year, but Republicans see the coming election as a sign that Americans don't want Congress to sign on to the Obama agenda.
A bladder at a camp in Port-au-Prince holds fresh water. Sanitation and clean water are key to staving off cholera, and public health officials are launching a massive education effort using text messages and radio broadcasts.
A U.S. contractor looks away from a dust cloud whipped up by a helicopter departing over the gatepost at Combat Outpost Terra Nova in Kandahar, Afghanistan. A recent government report states that billions of dollars are being spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan, but the money is not being tracked.
Private security contractors guard a part of a route as NATO supply trucks drive past in the province of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul. Intense negotiations continued between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the international community over the Afghan government's deadline for ridding the nation of private security guards.
Strangely captivating: The volatile Lisbeth Salander has fascinated readers worldwide. For Noomi Rapace, the actress who turned her into a screen icon, she was particularly hard to let go of.
Soldiers from Chaos Company, 101st Airborne Division, destroy a building in Kandahar. Troops from Headquarters Company recently entered the abandoned Kandahar village of Haji Abdu Rauf to destroy anything useful so the Taliban don't use it as a safe haven.
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Adolf Hitler (right) with his foreign minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop, in 1941. A new study states that Germany's foreign ministry staff cooperated in the Holocaust much more than has previously been acknowledged. Von Ribbentrop was hanged for war crimes after the Nuremberg trials.
Pvt. E-2 David Mangold crawls under barbed wire during a series of obstacles in a training course. For the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Army has changed the way it trains new recruits. Core exercises and sprints have replaced bayonets and long runs.
Fishmonger Esi Dede slices a fresh catch on the beach at the village of Apewosika, near Axim in central Ghana. Locals complain that the burgeoning offshore oil industry on the Atlantic coast means dwindling fish hauls.
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