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Chinese investors monitor screens showing stock indexes at a trading house. Chinese shares closed up 1.21% amid growing signs that the world's third-largest economy is slowing, making further tightening policies unlikely, dealers said.


A woman walks near the Holocaust Memorial following a memorial service for the six Israeli military personnel killed last month when a helicopter slammed into a mountain in central Romania during a military exercise. One Romanian was killed in the crash.

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A vintage car during the first day of the Vintage at Goodwood Festival in Chichester, England.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Jackson / Getty Images

A meteor streaks across the sky against a field of stars during a meteorite shower.


Fishermen drink and watch a newly married couple kiss on a bank of the Yenisei River. Local couples traditionally visit the river bank on their wedding day.


Indian fishermen make nets near the Arabian Sea shore. The Indian navy has begun moving merchant ships in and out of the port, which had been closed after two vessels collided and spilled containers, fuel and lubricants into the water, an official said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rafiq Maqbool / Associated Press

Palestinian Muslims wait to cross an Israeli-controlled checkpoint to reach the Ibrahimi Mosque, or the Tomb of the Patriarchs, for the first Friday prayer of Ramadan.


Turkish worshipers attend the first weekly Friday prayer of the holy month of Ramadan in the garden of the Eyup Sultan Mosque.


Participants attend the "human dominoes" event during the Nadam Fair, where more than 10,000 people set a new Guinness world record for the actvity. They toppled a record set a decade earlier in Singapore.


Members of the Amanda Marga religious community from India visit a Berlin Wall memorial during the anniversary of the building of the wall 49 years ago.


Michael Heinzmann checks one of the oldest parts of the city's underground canal system. The system needs to be checked regularly in order to be prepared for possible flooding.


Ekan, 30, chases his bike adorned with Indian national flags as he practices stunts at the Bhuabneswar-Puri national highway ahead of a daredevil show for Sunday's Independence Day celebration.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Biswaranjan Rout / Associated Press

A firefighting plane dumps water over a forest fire in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia. Two firefighters have been killed in the blaze, which broke out Thursday night.


Setting a new European record, skydivers build a 102-person formation during the parachute jumping festival Euro Big Way Camp 2010.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JARROSLAW SZOT / European Pressphoto Agency

Black panther cubs Baturgai, left, and Ormila look around as they are presented to the public in the Berlin zoo, Berlin, Germany, 13 August 2010. Their parents take care of the cubs, that were born on 02 July, which is unusual.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JENS KALAENE / European Pressphoto Agency

Workers carry out repairs to the clock faces on St. Stephen's Tower, also known as "Big Ben," in central London.


Jeff Zarillo, right, and Paul Katami share a group hug with Diane Olson, center, and her wife, Robin Tyler. Olsen and Tyler were the first couple to get married in Los Angeles in 2008. Zarillo and Katami are plaintiffs in the case that challenged the ban on same-sex marriage that was overturned last week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Twin babies of giant panda Rauhin are cared for at the Adventure World animal theme park in Shirahama, Japan.


Pakistani mother Bushra Humayoun watches over her twins, Abdullah Khan, left, and Muhammed Bilal, in the field hospital where they were born at a college converted to a camp for flood survivors near Nowshera. Pakistan's government says 14 million people are facing direct or indirect harm because of floods.


A Muslim shopkeeper, left, sits next to mannequins at a shop for Malaysian and Indonesian Islamic dress in downtown Kuala Lumpur on the second day of the holy month of Ramadan.


A police officer searches for clues at the site of a car bomb explosion in Bogota, Colombia. A suspected car bomb exploded outside a main radio station, slightly injuring six people and blowing out windows.


Landslides devastate a street in Zhouqu County of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. With more downpours forecast, further landslides and flooding from an unstable lake behind a barrier of mud are feared.


Palestinian children wait to receive food, donated by the Islamic endowment authority Islamic Waqf, at a soup kitchen in the West Bank city of Hebron.


Hotel staff line the grand cantilevered staircase under the hotel's iconic red dome as the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel reopens in Mumbai, 18 months after it was stormed by Islamist militants. The 107-year old heritage wing of the seafront hotel is set to receive guests beginning Sunday.


South Korean special warfare command soldiers take part in a sea infiltration drill in Taean, about 75 miles southwest of Seoul.


A woman, background, walks past handcrafted wooden dancers created by Taiwanese artist Ju Ming displayed at the Living World Series Sculpture Exhibition at the Museum of Art in Beijing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andy Wong / Associated Press

Mareille flies in the White Bouncy Castle, a 98-foot-long by 36-foot-high installation, during the opening of the International Summer Festival in Hamburg, Germany. People are invited to jump in the giant castle, made by choreographer William Forsythe in 1997. Jumping and dancing in the castle are supposed to release creative energies.


Workers try to pull a small jet from the ocean in Guanabara Bay after it crashed at Rio de Janeiro's domestic airport. All three people aboard survived.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated Press

A board shows graphs of Japan's stock price indexes outside a brokerage in Tokyo. Japan's Nikkei stock average hit its lowest level in 13 months, battered after fears of a slowdown in the global economy pushed the dollar to its weakest point in 15 years against the yen.


Federico Colbertaldo of Italy competes in the men's 800-meter freestyle preliminary heat at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER KOLLANYI / European Pressphoto Agency

Bikers arrive for Day One of the Bulldog Bash at Long Marston Airfield in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. The annual gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts has been heavily policed in recent years after the shooting of Gerry Tobin, a Hells Angel who was killed on the M40 two years ago as he returned from the Bulldog Bash.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

Pakistani flood survivors evacuate a flooded area. Pakistani officials have issued fresh flood warnings, putting parts of Punjab and Sindh on alert.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arif Ali / AFP/Getty Images

A boy holds an empty bottle while standing near a line of people waiting for a handout of food at a makeshift camp for flood victims.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fayaz Aziz / Reuters

Customers stop at a roadside shop selling a meat dish on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims across the world refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk during Ramadan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mustafa Quraishi / Associated Press

Chinese military personnel take part in rescue and cleanup operations amid the rubble of mudslide devastation. Hopes of finding survivors of China's worst mudslide in decades are fading as the death toll topped 700, with more than 1,000 people still missing under an avalanche of rock and sludge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frederic J. Brown / AFP/Getty Images

A woman cries over the dead body of her child wrapped in blankets amid the rubble of landslide devastation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frederic J. Brown / AFP/Getty Images

Plastic statuettes of 16th-century Protestant reformer Martin Luther, which are part of the art installation "Martin Luther — I'm Standing Here" by German artist Ottmar Hoerl, are pictured in the city's main square. The installation of 800 figurines, based on a statue of Luther on the town square and intended to replace it while it is being renovated, has created some controversy, with some Protestant theologians saying the statuettes make a mockery of Luther's achievements.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters

Russia's Yuliya Efimova, center, Denmark's Rikke Moeller Pedersen, right, and Sweden's Joeline Hostman compete during the women's 100-meter breaststroke final at the European Swimming Championships.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Klamar / AFP/Getty Images

A yet unnamed African elephant calf walks next to its mother, Numbi, in their enclosure in the Schoenbrunn Zoo. The calf was born at the zoo on Friday, with a height of 3 feet and a weight of 247 pounds.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Heinz-Peter Bader / Reuters

The glasses and personal items of Cardinal John Henry Newman lay on his writing desk in his living quarters, which have been untouched since his death in 1890. The site will be visited by Pope Benedict XVI during his upcoming British tour, and Newman will be beatified by the pope during a mass in Cofton Park on Sept. 19.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

Mohammad Omer stands with his belongings on a road while fleeing from rising floodwaters in his village.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Akhtar Soomro / Reuters

An Indian Hindu priest performs evening rituals with traditional oil lamps on the banks of the Ganges River. Allahabad, at the confluence of India's most important rivers, the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, is an important Hindu pilgrimage center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated Press

This image captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, highlights the Small Magellanic Cloud. Also known as NGC 292, the Small Magellanic Cloud is a small galaxy about 200,000 light-years away. It is named after the Portuguese explorer Fernando de Magellan who observed it on his voyage around the world in 1519.


Indonesian women pray during the first night of Ramadan. The fasting month of Ramadan, which starts on Aug. 11, is the ninth month of the Muslim Hijri calendar, during which the faithful abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex during daylight and, in the evening, eat small meals and conduct evening prayers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adek Berry / AFP/Getty Images

Young Chinese gymnasts, in a class consisting of 4- to 7-year-olds, stretch themselves on wooden bars at the gymnastics hall of a sports school.


A terrace of residences in London. Home prices in Britain fell last month and retail sales growth slowed abruptly, according to two surveys that will raise concern the recovery is losing momentum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Toby Melville / Reuters

An Army team carries a transfer case containing the remains of Pfc. Bradley D. Rappuhn. According to the Department of Defense, Rappuhn, 24, of Grand Ledge, Mich., died Sunday of wounds sustained when insurgents in Afghanistan attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Ruark / Associated Press

North Koreans are seen on the banks of the Yalu River on a hazy day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jacky Chen / Reuters

Investors nap at a brokerage house. China's key stock index ended down 2.9% on Tuesday, its weakest close in two weeks, with investors concerned that higher inflation figures due to be released on Wednesday could prompt further tightening measures.


Men bathe themselves in a hamam, or public bath in Kabul, Afghanistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press

Rescuers remove a victim from the debris after the country's deadliest landslide in decades. Elsewhere, engineers battled to drain an unstable lake that was created by the catastrophe and threatened an already devastated town in northwestern China.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aly Song / Reuters

Villager Rasool Bux and his cattle wade through floodwaters to a safe area. The U.N., relying on Pakistani figures, says the number of people affected by flooding over the last two weeks is 13.8 million.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shakil Adil / Associated Press

People of the Devipujak tribe sit beside the grave of a deceased family member during the Diwaso festival in Ahmedabad, India. Members of the tribe decorate the graves of their family members and bring presents for the deceased to pay tribute during the annual festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Amit Dave / Reuters

A tourist from the Netherlands rides a bicycle in the central part of Yangon, Myanmar.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters

A girl stands in the doorway of a beauty salon in Kabul, Afghanistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Massoud Hossaini / AFP/Getty Images

Dr. Volker Rattemeyer, director of the Museum Wiesbaden in Germany, stands with the artwork "Doppelbildnis eines jungen Paares" by Dutch artist Pieter de Grebber. The museum returned the painting, stolen by the Nazis, to the heirs of its Jewish owners.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fredrik Von Erichsen / European Pressphoto Agency

Alex Hogg and his dog, Hamish, make final preparations for the start of grouse season. "The Glorious Twelfth" marks the start of the red grouse shooting season in Scotland, crucial to the economy and jobs market.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J. Mitchell / Getty Images

A giant model of a mammoth, which was on display at the Landesgartenschau in Rosenheim garden show, is transported back to the Natural History and Mammoth Museum in Siegdorf.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Diether Endlicher / AFP/Getty Images

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands outside a shop during curfew in Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir. Authorities reimposed a curfew in most parts of Kashmir as separatists called for new protests against Indian rule in the region.


People in Warsaw gather at the wooden cross set outside Poland's presidential palace in April during the days of mourning after the air crash that killed 96 people, including President Lech Kaczynski. Some stand guard at the cross while others gather to protest the crucifix's location.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tomasz Gzell / European Pressphoto Agency

Nepalese women perform rituals honoring Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and regeneration, at Pasupati temple in Katmandu, Nepal.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Binod Joshi / Associated Press

Voters wait in line outside Rugunga polling station during the presidential election in Kigali, Rwanda. Incumbent Paul Kagame is poised to win after a tense run-up marred by arrests and killings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Simon Maina / AFP/Getty Images

People watch as Singapore Air Force Chinook helicopters fly a national flag over the financial district during a celebration to mark Singapore's 45th National Day. In his annual National Day Message, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the government's goal is to ensure that all Singaporeans enjoy the fruits of growth.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Roslan Rahman / AFP/Getty Images

Containers fall from the listing cargo ship MSC Chitra after a collision with a similar vessel off the Mumbai coast in India. At least 33 sailors on board were safely evacuated after the accident, Indian Coast Guard officials said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Divyakant Solanki / EPA

An employee of a collective farm sorts grain in the farmstead of Solnechny, about 12 miles northeast of the Russian city of Stavropol. Russia plans to discuss in October extending a ban on grain exports beyond the end of the year. The ban will go into effect Aug. 15.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eduard Korniyenko / Reuters

Aug. 9, 2010 — People carry paper lanterns in memory of the Nagasaki atomic bomb victims to release into the Urakami River. The world's second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki by the United States during World War II, three days after the bombing of Hiroshima. The blast killed an estimated 40,000 people instantly with many thousands more dying over the years from the effects of radiation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kiyoshi Ota / Getty Images

France's Sebastien Rouault competes during the men's 400-meter freestyle qualifications at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Klamar / AFP/Getty Images

An Amur leopard cub, also known as the Manchurian leopard, explores a grassland at the zoo in Leipzig, central Germany. The leopard, born on June 24, has not been named yet.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jens Meyer / Associated Press

Fernando Dudka, left, and Masha Terentieva, acrobats from "Soap, The Show," pose for photographers during a media viewing of the performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Moir / Reuters

Elaine Davidson, who, according to Guinness World Records is the world's most pierced woman, performs during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Cheskin / Associated Press

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Each week we bring you the best images from around the world in our Week in Pictures photo gallery.

This week we’re high above the streets of London, in Japan and Pakistan with newborn twins in each; at the reopening of the grand Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai; with a high-flying human in Hamburg, Germany, and a low-flying aircraft in Rio de Janeiro, and in California for a court ruling on same-sex marriages.

We witness recovery from flooding in Pakistan and mudslide devastation in China, Hindu rituals in India, prayers on Ramadan, the start of “The Glorious Twelfth” grouse shooting season in Scotland, a celebration marking Singapore’s 45th National Day, skydiving in Poland, vintage cars in Britain and a meteor shower in Spain.

Images of the European Swimming Championship finals in Budapest; a remembrance of the World War II bombing of Nagasaki, Japan; Black panther cubs in Germany; a model mammoth on the move and a glimpse of a galaxy 200,000 light years away are among many more images documenting the last seven days.

We hope you enjoy the journey.

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