Arbaz, Switzerland: A controlled avalanche, started with dynamite, slides down a mountain in the Swiss canton of Valais.
Kanchanaburi, Thailand: Two tigers cool off at Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yannasampanno, a Buddhist temple that once doubled as a wildlife refuge. Thai authorities later removed the tigers after allegations of wildlife trafficking.
The night before the election results were announced, opposition leader Raila Odinga was in the lead. But when Kenyans woke up the next morning, the election had unexpectedly flipped in favor of incumbent president Mwai Kibaki.
High above the Arctic Circle, on a slab of sea ice a mile from shore, an Inupiaq whaling crew watches for a passing bowhead whale under the light of the midnight sun.