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A worker paints a wall under a golden lion, a symbol of the Venice Film Festival, in front of the Cinema Palace. The 67th Venice Film Festival will take place from Sept. 1 to Sept. 11.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters

U.S. aid worker Flavia Wagner, who works for Samaritan's Purse, arrives at Khartoum Airport. Wagner was released in Darfur after being held by her kidnappers for more than 100 days, a Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman said.


People attending a burial ceremony for ethnic Albanians who went missing during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war are seen in a reflection as they mark the International Day of the Disappeared.


Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi listens to a speech by Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi during a ceremony for the Italia-Libya friendship day at Salvo D'Acquisto barracks. Kadafi is on an official two-day visit to Italy for talks with Berlusconi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Giorgio Cosulich / Getty Images

Soldiers stand at attention at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, during a ceremony marking the 88th anniversary of Victory Day.


Flood victims wait on the roof of a building to be rescued by an army helicopter. Flood-stricken Pakistan urgently needs more international aid to combat potential instability and extremism, U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry said, as hunger and disease threaten millions of victims.


Two-year-old Sanjeev Kumar bathes in a water bucket provided by the U.N. refugee agency at a relief camp for those displaced by the flooding in Sindh province.


Rene Habraken of the Netherlands throws teammate Maximiliaan Reijers as they perform during the Akido competition at the Combat Games. The event features about 1,600 athletes from 60 countries competing in 13 sports.


Robin Soderling of Sweden serves against Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria during a first round match on the first day of the 2010 U.S. Open at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. Soderling defeated Haider-Maurer 7-5, 6-3, 6-7(2), 5-7, 6-4.


A dancer performs to the music of Mercan Dede at a concert titled "Secret Tribe" during the Jordan Festival at the Amman Citadel, an ancient Roman landmark.


A boy takes cover as a wave churned by the Hurricane Earl hits the beach. The hurricane has battered several islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and high winds and is rapidly intensifying into a major Category 3 storm on a path projected to bring it to the United States.


Shiite Sheik Hassan Zayyat shows pages of Koranic verses he has copied by hand in an effort to craft the largest handwritten Koran in the world and make it to the Guinness Book of World Records. He has spent four years on the project, and hopes to finish by year's end, filling 309 pages.


A lava lake with a diameter of 500 feet glows at night in the crater of Nyiragongo volcano near Goma in eastern Congo. The 10,400-foot Nyiragongo erupted in 2002, killing nearly 50 people and forcing some 400,000 Goma residents to flee their homes as lava oozed through the city center, destroying about 15% of the town.


A Congolese soldier and guard for Virunga National Park is silhouetted in the glow from a lava lake boiling in the crater of Nyiragongo volcano near Goma in eastern Congo. Congo's army and park rangers are conducting joint operations to secure large swaths of Virunga Park, which has for more than a decade been home to various armed groups relying on poaching and banditry to survive while using the park's wild terrain to hide during Congo's civil conflict.


Mt. Sinabung spews volcanic materials into the sky in Karo, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The volcano, which had been dormant for more than four centuries, erupted for the second day in a row Monday, spewing out towering clouds of ash and forcing the evacuation of more than 21,000 people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Roone Patikawa / Associated Press

A vendor sells garlands of marigolds at a wholesale flower market ahead of Janmashtmi, a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Krishna. The garlands will be in great demand as people decorate temples and homes for the Sept. 2 celebration.


A runner falls to the ground beneath the hooves of a young bull during the bull run in San Sebastián de los Reyes, near Madrid.


A flood victim is evacuated by helicopter from a Pakistani village in flood-stricken Sindh province, where hunger and disease threaten millions of residents.


A costumed reveler performs at the Notting Hill Carnival. Held since 1966 on August bank holiday (a holiday that marks the end of kids' summer vacation), the carnival is one of the largest festivals in Europe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated Press

A windsurfer takes on the waves of Lake Ammersee in southern Germany during a break from recent rainy fall weather, which has prevailed in the nation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matthias Schrader / Associated Press

A man makes good use of a colorful umbrella.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rafiq Maqbool / Associated Press

The body of a victim of a shooting rampage lies on a street in Devinska Nova Ves, on Bratislava´s northwestern outskirts. A shooter targeted passersby with a scatter-gun and a submachine gun, reportedly killing seven people and wounding two dozen more.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jan Koller / Associated Press

A satellite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the hurricane, which gained strength and surged into the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean early Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HO / AFP / Getty Images

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