A general view of the Opera House sails at sunrise prior to a Sydney Festival photo opprtunity at the Sydney Opera House on January 16, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
Credit: Mark Metcalfe
Lyndon Dunlop stands by his father as they inspect the damage to his grandparent's home of 41 years destroyed by bushfire on October 21, 2013 in Winmalee, Australia. One man has died and hundreds of properties have been destroyed in bushfires that are devastating the Blue Mountains and Central Coast regions of New South Wales.
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A general view of Sydney harbour shrouded in smoke haze on October 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is shrouded in a haze of smoke as bushfires rage in the western Sydney suburbs of Springwood, Winmalee and Lithgow.
Credit: Brendon Thorne
Vegetarian festival devotees parade through the streets of downtown Phuket, Thailand on October 10, 2013. Ritual Vegetarianism in Phuket Island traces it roots back to the early 1800's. The festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts for nine days. Participants in the festival perform acts of body piercing as a means of shifting evil spirits from individuals onto themselves and bring the community good luck.
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An aerial view of flooded areas in Yuyao on October 10, 2013 in Yuyao, China. At least ten people were killed and five others missing after typhoon Fitow hit the Fujian province in eastern China on Monday morning. According to reports approximately over 1,700 houses and 46,800 hectares of crop land were destroyed in the storm.
A man cleans up debris at a destroyed home after typhoon Fitow made landfall on October 8, 2013 in Wenzhou, China. At least ten people were killed and five others missing after typhoon Fitow made landfall in Fujian province on Monday morning.
People clad Buddhist monk soldiers carrying a 600-kilogram flaming torch portable shrine march on during the 'Sohei (Buddist monk soldier) Festival' at Yunoyama Hot Spring on October 6, 2013 in Komono, Mie, Japan. The festival is held to praise the bravery of the monk soldiers of Sangakuji Temple who battled against conqueror Nobunaga Oda in 1568.