Wang Gengxiang, known as “Masked Boy”, holds a towel in his mouth as he plays on a bed at Mijiazhuang village on the outskirts of Fenyang, North China’s 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. The doctors disclosed that they cannot continue his skin-graft surgery until his damaged trachea, or windpipe, is strong enough, according to local media reports.
A detained opposition activist shouts in a police van during a protest outside the Election Commission headquarters in Moscow September 26, 2011. Dozens of people gathered to show their intention to boycott forthcoming elections, local media reported.
Powerful storm hits main island flooding streets and leaving more than 100,000 residents stranded. Large parts of the capital, Manila, a city of 13 million, are without power and the financial markets, schools and government offices have been shut.