As the BART transit system entered its fourth day of strikes, traffic slows on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, as San Francisco Bay Area commuters started the new working week on Monday with gridlocked roads and long lines for buses and ferries. At the same time, federal investigators were searching for clues to a weekend train crash that killed two workers.
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A boy walks past military police standing guard outside the seafront Windsor Barra hotel before the start of an auction of one of the world’s biggest offshore oil finds on Monday, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Protesters are demonstrating outside the hotel against the participation of foreign oil companies in the sale of the country’s Libra offshore oilfield, which holds between 8bn and 12bn barrels of oil.
A National Park Service ranger removes a closed sign from the Korean war veterans memorial in Washington on Wednesday. After the partisan passions and heated rhetoric, the disruptions of a US government shutdown and displays of dysfunction, Congress finally voted to fund the government and lift the debt limit.
US House Speaker John Boehner arrives at Capitol Hill in Washington. The US Senate prepared for a last ditch effort on Wednesday to avoid a historic lapse in the government’s borrowing authority, a breach that President Barack Obama has said could lead to default and deliver a damaging blow to the global economy. Read more
A protester from Ecuador holds up an oil-covered hand outside a court in New York ahead of Chevron Corp’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations (RICO) trial on Tuesday. Chevron is attempting to convince a US judge that a group of Ecuadorean villagers and their US lawyer used bribery to win an $18bn judgment against Chevron from a court in Ecuador, in the latest chapter in a long-running fight over pollution in the Amazon jungle. The oil company is asking the federal court to prevent the villagers and their Harvard-educated lawyer, Steven Donziger, from using US courts to enforce the Ecuadorean judgment. Read more
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The Alemao shanty town in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is viewed from the Teleferico gondola line. Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world, has seen its urban population increase to 87 per cent and forecasters predict urbanisation will hit 90 per cent by 2020 as the rural to urban migration continues. By comparison, India’s urban population is 31 per cent, China’s 50 per cent and Russia’s 73 per cent according to the CIA World Factbook.
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An olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys Olivacea) arrives to spawn at the start of the nesting season at Ixtapilla beach, on the Pacific coast of Michoacán state, Mexico. According to local residents, more than 1,000 turtles are expected to arrive each day during the nesting season.
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A protester wears a US President Barack Obama figure during a rally to urge Congress to end the government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington. The government shutdown is entering its 10th day as the Senate and House of Representatives remain gridlocked on funding the federal government.
Workers prepare the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, ahead of Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, delivering the Speech from the Throne on October 16, which will outline his government’s agenda
Supporters of Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez celebrate after hearing presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro announce that Ms Fernandez is in good spirits after a successful surgery outside the Favaloro Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read more