Iranians shop at a fruit market in Tehran, Iran on October 24, 2012. The inflation rate rose to 23.5 percent in the month from 22.9 percent the previous month. International sanctions aimed to cut Iran's nuclear program have targeted trade and banking and have caused the price of goods inside the country go up. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian
Performers of the "Vampire Circus" prepare for their US debut at the Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida on October 17, 2012. The Vampire Circus features a mix of suspense and comedy as the actors conduct a combination of artistic dance and gymnastics throughout the performance. Bayfront Park hosts the "Circus" from Oct. 18 through 31, 2012. .UPI/Joe Marino-Bill Cantrell
Space X has a contract with NASA to complete 12 delivery's to the International Space Station through 2016.This is the first commercial cargo flight for NASA.The Dragon will return on October 28, 2012 touching down in the Pacific Ocean with 1673 pound's of equipment from the Space Station. The spacecraft is the only vehicle currently capable of returning cargo to earth.
Thousands of visitors come to the Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival, or the Jinju Lantern Festival, to see the giant paper lanterns floating in the Namgang River in Jinju, South Korea on October 1, 2012. The festival, which runs Oct. 1 to 14, originated during the Japanese invasion of 1592 when Koreans lit lanterns to illuminate the Namgang River surrounding Jinjuseong Fortress to prevent Japanese troops from crossing. A tradition during the festival are the floating lanterns carrying peoples wishes. UPI/Thomas Michael Corcoran
Photos of concept and luxury vehicles at the Paris Motor Show in Paris on September 27, 2012. The show, the first motor show in the world dating back to 1898, opens to the public on September 29 and runs through October 14. UPI/David Silpa
A community of Asian little people has settled in a mountain commune just outside of Kunming, the capital of China's southern Yunnan Province. Members of the community traveled here from different parts of Asia seeking to escape discrimination and bullying from averaged sized people back home. Residents work at the "Kingdom of the Dwarves" theme park hoping to attract tourist dollars from curious visitors.
NASA's space shuttle "Endeavour" departs the Kennedy Space Center, Florida for the final time on September 19, 2012. Endeavour is enroute on a two day trek to Los Angeles where it will be placed on public display at the California Science Center. UPI/Joe Marino-Bill Cantrell
The 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran, Iran on August 31, 2012. NAM, an international organization with 120 member states, is considered as not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian
Visitors watch videos on a monumental installation by Israeli designer Ron Arad, called 720°—an immersive experience that presents 360-degree screenings of film and video art at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, August 16, 2012. The installation is made of 5,600 silicon rods suspended from a height of 26 feet (8 meters) to form a perfect circle. 720° will allow visitors to experience projections both inside the installation’s interior and also from various vantage points across the museum grounds. UPI/Debbie Hill
The Toro Nagshi Floating Lantern Ceremony is a Japanese Buddhist ritual, in which lanterns representing the souls of the dead are floated out to sea. The ceremony is re-enacted each year at this time in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and other cities throughout the world in remembrance of the atomic bomb victims. (UPI Photo/Jim Bryant)
China's expanded economic strength, coupled with its military spending, has given rise to increasing regional security concerns with its neighbors -- with Japan, India and the Philippines being at the fore front.
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