World stocks drop on fiscal mess, oil up on Mideast woe
Traders work in front of a trading board on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
A visitor looks at market indices displayed at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
A visitor walks near the logo of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato
A trader checks screen data at the IG Index trading floor in London, December 9, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly
A Tokyo Stock Exchange employee looks up at a monitor displaying market indices at the bourse in Tokyo November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato
A share trader sits next to a TV showing news on U.S. Republican presidental candidate Mitt Romney, in front of the German share price index DAX board at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
A city trader monitors stock prices in London.
A TV showing news on re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama is pictured in front of the German share price index DAX board at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
Employees of a foreign exchange trading company looks at monitors as a television set shows U.S. President Barack Obama's election night victory rally in Tokyo November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Tight security surrounds the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, the location of the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.
Leaves change colors as the weather cools for the season of Fall.
Millions of workers went on strike across Europe to protest spending cuts they say have made the economic crisis worse.
A rare full solar eclipse plunged northeastern Australia into darkness for two minutes, delighting the thousands of people who had gathered on the beaches.