Sydney, Australia — Jeff Hubbard of the U.S. competes during the Shark Island Challenge at Shark Island, near Cronulla in Sydney.
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Tokyo — A Japanese girl peeks from behind candle lanterns during a vigil for earthquake victims in the Harazyuku entertainment district. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit northern Japan on March 11 killed tens of thousands of people and left thousands missing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOMOYUKI KAYA / EPALink
Berlin — A girl rests on a concrete pillar of the Holocaust memorial. The memorial consists of 2,711 such pillars, which form a tight grid through which visitors can wander.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOBIAS SCHWARZ / ReutersLink
Bethesda, Md. — Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his eagle on the eighth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Groll / Associated PressLink
Altinozu, Turkey — A Syrian gestures at a refugee camp in a Turkish border town in Hatay province. Turkey called for Syria to immediately halt a violent crackdown on protesters and passage of democratic reforms in a meeting on Thursday between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and a top Syrian envoy.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: UMIT BEKTAS / ReutersLink
Frankfurt, Germany — A chihuahua named Amy stands inside the dog mansion called Casa Misueno built by Dog's Dream Home at a pet fair. For the mansion, one can also purchase floor heating, lights, a webcam and security glass.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANK RUMPENHORST / EPALink
Southampton, England — Spectators in costume wait as rain delays the start of the play on Day 2 of the 3rd Test cricket match between England and Sri Lanka at the Rose Bowl.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: IAN KINGTON / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Sana, Yemen — A supporter of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh attends a rally. Saleh, taken to Saudi Arabia for wounds suffered in an attack on his palace earlier this month, will return to the country within days, a Yemeni official said Friday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUHAIB SALEM / ReutersLink
Sofia, Bulgaria — A woman walks past a monument to the Soviet Army, whose figures at its base have been painted by an unknown artist to resemble U.S. comic book heroes and characters from popular culture such as Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald. The inscription below them reads: "Moving with the times."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STOYAN NENOV / ReutersLink
Hanover, Germany — A hanuman langur mother holds her 9-days-old son at the zoo. Hanuman langurs, also known as gray langurs, are native to Asia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOCHEN LUEBKE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Ascot, England — Men in top hats during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot racecourse.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alan Crowhurst / Getty ImagesLink
Mumbai, India — People play in the surf against the backdrop of merchant ship MV Wisdom, which ran aground at Chowpatty Beach. The ship went adrift after breaking loose while being towed from Colombo to Alang in Gujarat for scrap.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajanish Kakade / Associated PressLink
Cape Canaveral, Fla. — The space shuttle Atlantis is on Pad 39A, being prepared for a mission to the International Space Station. Atlantis will carry the multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello, filled with a variety of spare parts and supplies.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Raoux / Associated PressLink
Reno — Beau Schroeder of China, Texas, falls off Silver Legacy during the Extreme Bulls Competition at the Reno Rodeo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Liz Margerum / Reno Gazette JournalLink
Paris — Guests attend the annual White Dinner against the backdrop of famed Notre Dame Cathedral at dusk. Participants are required to dress in white and bring their own food, drink and silverware to the event, held at a different location in the French capital each year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GONZALO FUENTES / REUTERSLink
London — A verger pauses before a statue at St. Paul's Cathedral, which has just undergone a 15-year, $65 million restoration. It is the first time in its history that the iconic British landmark has been comprehensively restored.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAUL HACKETT / REUTERSLink
Puchheim, Germany — A single flower grows between two solar panels at a photovoltaic plant in southern Germany.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Villa La Angostura, Argentina — A cow in southern Argentina finds itself covered in ash spewed from Chile's Puyehue volcano.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Federico Grosso / Associated PressLink
Sao Paulo, Brazil — A model displays an outfit by Agua de Coco during a presentation of the 2011-2012 Spring-Summer collection at Sao Paulo Fashion Week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Medellin, Colombia — Tango dancers clasp hands as they perform at the V International Tango Festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RAUL ARBOLEDA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Juzcar, Spain — A girl is dressed the part in an event for the global promotion of the film "The Smurfs," premiering in New York City later this month. The facades of the houses in the Andalusian village were painted the appropriate shade of blue.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JON NAZCA / REUTERSLink
Gijon, Spain — A Spanish veterinary surgeon uses her finger to stimulate the suckling instinct of a newly born tiger cub. The tiny cub, one of five siblings born on June 14 at the Wonderland Circus, is the only one that survived.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JUAN GONZALEZ / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Benghazi, Libya — A Libyan man carries a pre-Kadafi flag on the coastline at sunset.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY / REUTERSLink
Abuja, Nigeria — A firefighter hoses a burned-out car with foam after a suicide bombing in the parking lot of the police headquarters in the capital. Two people were killed, police said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felix Onigbinde / Associated PressLink
Kunming, China — Policemen sit behind male inmates as they watch a performance to mark the upcoming International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at Kunming Municipal Compulsory Rehabilitation Centre. The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is June 26.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: WONG CAMPION / ReutersLink
Southampton, United Kingdom — England's Chris Tremlett, center, appeals and dismisses Sri Lanka's Tharanga Paranavitana during the third test cricket match at the Rose Bowl in England.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PHILIP BROWN / ReutersLink
Sydney, Australia — Australian classical musician Shenzo Gregorio plays the electric violin while suspended under the dome of the historic Queen Victoria Building. The musician played a range of complex classical compositions -- all while suspended up to 25 meters in the air -- to entertain shoppers during the mid-year sales.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CAMERON MILLS / AFPLink
Bristol, England — Rehearsals for opening night take place outside the new multi-million pound M Shed museum, Bristol's newest attraction, which opens this week. The museum, in renovated 1950s transit sheds at the city's historic harborside, will include 3,000 exhibits in three main galleries and will aim to tell stories of the people of Bristol, discovered through working with experts and communities across the city.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesLink
Berlin — A group of tourists on bicycles take a break near the remains of the former Berlin Wall at the Berlin Wall memorial site in Bernauer Strasse. The German capital is marking the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall, which was erected on Aug. 13, 1961.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRIZIO BENSCH / ReutersLink
Ascot, England — Race goers scream after the first race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse-racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dan Kitwood / Getty ImagesLink
Colchester, United Kingdom — Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is handed an umbrella as it starts to rain as she and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, pose for a group photo with members of the Parachute Regiment after presenting them with campaign medals, at Merville Barracks.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: WPA Pool / Getty ImagesLink
Beijing — Members of guards of honor practice before a welcome ceremony for Mongolian Prime Minister Batbold Sukhbaatar at the Great Hall of the People.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andy Wong / APLink
Brno, Czech Republic — A man sits on a bench on a deserted platform on the railway station during a nationwide strike. The strike against government austerity reforms paralyzed public transport across the Czech Republic, halting the Prague metro system for the first time in memory.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RADEK MICA / Associated PressLink
Munich, Germany — A woman enjoys the sunny weather at the Olympic Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matthias Schrader / APLink
Salina, Kansas — The sun illuminates clouds early in the morning behind a barn east of Salina. Later in the morning thunderstorms dropped heavy rain in the area.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tom Dorsey / SALINA JOURNALLink
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — The partially-eclipsed moon is illuminated as it crosses into Earth's shadow, seen through the Mamlaka Tower in the Saudi capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Vatican City — Pope Benedict XVI, wearing a Saturno hat, smiles after his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
New York — John Balogh of Ironworkers Local 580 joins the March for the Middle Class along Broadway, in Manhattan. Thousands turned out to show solidarity and to support collective bargaining rights while briefly shutting down the city's famed thoroughfare.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mario Tama / Getty ImagesLink
Sydney, Australia — A woman takes shelter under an umbrella as she crosses the wet pavement at Circular Quay. Strong winds and heavy rain continue to batter New South Wales.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GREG WOOD / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Boynuegin, Turkey — A Syrian refugee is seen at a refugee camp near the Turkish border, in Hatay province. So far, an estimated 8,500 Syrians have fled to Turkey to escape the widening military campaign aimed at crushing protests against President Bashar Assad's regime.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OSMAN ORSAL / REUTERSLink
York, Pa. — Gene Briener is donating this biplane to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jason Plotkin / YORK DAILY RECORD/APLink
Rome — Players fight for the ball during the pool A match between Brazilian team Larissa-Juliana and German team Holtwick-Semmler at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in the Italian capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Clarksville, Tenn. — Four-year-old Diego squeezes into a wheel of The Predator, one of the monster trucks on display at the North Tennessee Fair.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Centonze / The Leaf-Chronicle/APLink
Methuen, Mass. — Six-month old Chihuahuas, Ellie, left, and Gulliver, right, nuzzle together at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The already-adopted puppies, born without front legs, were fitted with wheels made by Eddie's Wheels of Shelburne, Mass. and are being trained to walk and run with them.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Elise Amendola / Associated PressLink
Bethesda, Md. — Andres Gonzales hits a tee shot during a practice round before the start of the 111th U.S. Open at the Congressional Country Club.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Cannon / Getty ImagesLink
Athens, Greece — Protesters fight with riot police during massive clashes at the central Athens Syntagma square. Thousands of protesters ringed the Greek parliament building on Wednesday as the government tried to push through its emergency package and a general strike paralyzed the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Deir Qadis, West Bank — A Palestinian protester shouts as Israeli border police officers detain him during clashes against the expansion of a nearby Jewish settlement, in the West Bank village of Deir Qadis. An Israeli army spokesperson said that one person was arrested during the clashes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN / ReutersLink
Vienna — In Vienna, an employee of a company producing and selling natural cosmetics is covered with a molasses, representing oil, to protest Canada's tar sands development. According to environmental activist organization Greenpeace, large areas of the Boreal Forest are being clear-cut to make way for development in the tar sands, the fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. The tar sands are huge deposits of bitumen, a tar-like substance that is turned into oil through complex and energy-intensive processes that cause widespread environmental damage.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HERWIG PRAMMER / ReutersLink
Munich, Germany — Two cranes stand in their compound at Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, Germany.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANK LEONHARDT / EPALink
Zisiqiao, China — A snake makes it way at a snake farm in Zisiqiao village in China. Residents of Zisiqiao Village, also known as the snake town, raise more than 3 millions snake a year for food and medicinal proposes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALY SONG / ReutersLink
Oviedo, Spain — A demonstrator holds a banner that reads "We are watching you" as he takes part in a protest outside the regional parliament during the first parliamentary session after elections in Oviedo, Spain. Dubbed "los indignados" (the indignant), tens of thousands of protesters have filled the main squares of Spain's cities since May 15, in a wave of outrage over economic stagnation and government austerity.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ELOY ALONSO / ReutersLink
East Windsor, Conn. — Three-year-old Aaja August helps her grandmother Kelly Caruso pick strawberries in East Windsor, Conn.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jim Michaud / Journal InquirerLink
Ascot, England — A woman wears an ornate hat on the second day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England. Ascot is celebrating its 300 years of horse racing at the Royal Racecourse.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alastair Grant / Associated PressLink
Chester, England — An animatronic apatosaurus is maneuvered into position after being shipped from the U.S. to Chester Zoo in northwest England. The dinosaur is one of 13 that will be on display at the "Dinosaurs at Large" exhibition July 1-Oct. 8.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAUL ELLIS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Duisburg, Germany — A water-skiing has a blast on a lake in Duisburg, Germany.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Meissner / Associated PressLink
Damascus, Syria — Syrians hold up a gigantic flag during a pro-regime demonstration in the western residential Damascus suburb of Mezze, as embattled President Bashar al-Assad came under intense world pressure to halt a crackdown on democracy protests.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: - / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Deep Space — A handout image of the sun taken by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory spacecraft. There is evidence pointing toward an upcoming period of lowered solar activity, according to data released by researchers at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society's solar physics division.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA / NASALink
Nairobi, Kenya — Spectators watch as officials and crews work around the site of an under-construction six-story building that collapsed, killing at least two people and leaving 14 missing
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sayyid Azim / Associated PressLink
Hatay, Turkey — Syrian refugees fleeing the violence in their homeland live in tents in a refugee camp.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OSMAN ORSAL / ReutersLink
Brno, Czech Republic — A worker poses with skulls at an ossuary under St. James Church. About 50,000 skeletons were found under the square, and the bones need to be cleaned before the ossuary can be opened to the public next year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RADEK MICA / AFPLink
Berlin — A Darth Vader actor is caught in a thunderstorm as he waits for tourists who want to be photographed with him in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Sohn / Associated PressLink
Vilnius, Lithuania — A woman lights up a candle by a rail cattle car used to deport people from Lithuania to Siberia during World War II. On June 14, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia honor the memory of tens of thousands of their citizens deported by Soviet forces.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETRAS MALUKAS / AFPLink
Beijing — A performer waves a red cloth as she dances to nationalistic songs at Jingshan Park, one of hundreds who have started singing and performing in the park as China's Communist Party prepares to celebrate its 90th anniversary on July 1.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID GRAY / ReutersLink
Yala, Thailand — A woman takes a picture of herself and Yingluck Shinawatra, left, the sister of toppled Premier Thaksin Shinawatra and the prime ministerial candidate of the opposition Pheu Thai Party, during a campaign stop.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SURAPAN BOONTHANOM / ReutersLink
Kabul, Afghanistan — Children play on a hill.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OMAR SOBHANI / ReutersLink
Tabor, Czech Republic — Veterinarians take the blood of a tranquilized female Przewalski's horse for tests before it is transported to a military airport for its eventual flight to Mongolia. The Prague Zoo is transporting four Przewalski's horses back to their native environment.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETR JOSEK / ReutersLink
Spiez, Switzerland — Riders take part in the fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse cycling race.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DENIS BALIBOUSE / ReutersLink
Srinagar, India — A roadside vendor walks along the banks of Dal Lake at sunset.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dar Yasin / Associated PressLink
Los Angeles — Cephus "Bobby" Johnson waits outside a Los Angeles County jail early Monday for the release of Johannes Mehserle, the former San Francisco Bay area transit officer who fatally shot Johnson's nephew. Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Oscar Grant on New Year's Day 2009 and served 11 months of a two-year sentence.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jason Redmond / Associated PressLink
Panjwai, Afghanistan — A Canadian soldier from the 6th Platoon, Bulldog Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Royal Regiment, walks through a field of marijuana plants during a patrol in the Panjwai district of Kandahar. Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July, after nearly 10 years of fighting in Afghanistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BAZ RATNER / ReutersLink
London — Ron Mueck's "Big Baby" sculpture appears to look around at a visitor to the Masterpieces Exhibition at Christie's in London. The sculpture is featured in the exhibition, which showcases some of the £250 million in art for sale over the next four weeks. Artists including Michelangelo, Gainsborough, Goya, Stubbs, Monet, Picasso and Renoir are represented.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty ImagesLink
Sanaa, Yemen — Armed guards, seen through a shattered window, walk near damaged cars at the house of Yemeni tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar in Sanaa.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMMAR AWAD / ReutersLink
Haridwar, India — A man clings to chains suspended from a bridge as he bathes in rapidly flowing waters of the Ganges river in Haridwar. Haridwar is considered one of the holiest cities in India by devout Hindus, and the Ganges River, which flows through it, attracts millions of pilgrims every year who come to bathe in its waters in the belief that the ritual washes away their sins.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VIVEK PRAKASH / ReutersLink
Hyderabad, India — Indian schoolchildren wait in line for their midday meal at a primary school in the outskirts of Hyderabad on the opening day of the new academic year. The government of India's Andhra Pradesh state has introduced English as a second language for the 2011-12 academic year. India's National Knowledge Commission has admitted that no more than 1% of the country's population uses English as a second language.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOAH SEELAM / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Kathmandu, Nepal — The former world's shortest living man, Khagendra Thapa Magar, holds the hand of his caretaker while he makes his way to visit Nepalese Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal in Kathmandu. Magar, measuring 26.4 inches, lost his title when Junrey Balawing was declared the "world's shortest living man" by Guinness World Records in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte in southern Philippines. Magar was visiting the prime minister to hand over a memorandum demanding that the government provide some basic facility to him.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NAVESH CHITRAKAR / ReutersLink
Freetown, Sierra Leone — Ibrahim Nabay, a street money changer or "Dollar Boy," plies his trade on Siaka Stevens street in the heart of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. A ragtag group known for piercing cries of "dollars, pounds, euros!," the dollar boys form a pillar of the war-scarred West African state's economy, providing traders and companies access to currency the central bank cannot supply.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Simon Akam / ReutersLink
Muncheberg, Germany — A corn poppy, corn flowers and barley stand on a field near Muncheberg. Spring brought a warm and sunny day to wide parts of the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK PLEUL / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Nordstrand, Germany — Two children inspect a small crab they found in the tideland at the North Sea island of Nordstrand.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTIAN CHARISIUS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Iselle, Italy — Men work near Iselle inside the Italian part of the Simplon tunnel damaged by a fire. The fire broke out on a train carrying household goods made of steel and porcelain from Italy to Germany. No one was hurt. Officials opened the undamaged parallel tube a day after the fire. The affected tunnel, a key north-south rail link between Switzerland and Italy is reported to have suffered major damage, which will take several weeks to repair.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Tongcheng, China — Teachers clear the silt brought in by a flood in the campus of a primary school in Tongcheng county in central China's Hubei province. The death toll from heavy rains lashing central and southern China has risen to at least 94, with 78 people missing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ZHAO YUN / EPALink
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