Prague, Czech Republic — A Soviet-era World War II tank painted pink is hoisted onto a boat to be transported to the center of the city. Original Soviet Army tank No. 23 had been on display since the end of the war until visual artist David Cerny painted it pink in 1991. The Czech Republic is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the departure of Soviet troops who invaded the country, then known as Czechoslovakia, in 1968.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETR JOSEK / REUTERSLink
Le Bourget, France — The right wingtip of an Airbus A380, the world's largest jetliner, with a wingspan of more than 260 feet, was damaged at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport when it clipped a building while taxiing. It had to be withdrawn from the traditional flyby as a result and was kept from view when French President Nicolas Sarkozy inaugurated the show.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PASCAL ROSSIGNOL / REUTERSLink
Beijing, China — Workers stand inside a newly painted wind turbine tower in the assembly workshop of the Guodian United Power Technology Co. in Baoding. According to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, China was once again the world leader in clean energy investment in 2010, ahead of Germany and the United States.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID GRAY / REUTERSLink
Misrata, Libya — Rebel fighters fire a Grad rocket on the front line west of Misrata. The Libyan government said a NATO airstrike west of Tripoli early Monday destroyed a large family compound belonging to a close associate of Moammar Kadafi, killing at least 15 people, including three children.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hassan Ammar / Associated PressLink
Mexico City — President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador, left, and his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon, confer during the official welcome ceremony for Funes at the presidential palace in the Mexican capital.
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Canberra, Australia — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her partner Tim Matheison stand together during a ceremonial welcome at Parliament House for New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. Key is on the second of a two-day visit to Australia and became the first New Zealand prime minister to address the Australian parliament today. Gillard, his Australian counterpart, became the first foreign leader to address the New Zealand parliament earlier this year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Stefan Postles / Getty ImagesLink
London — An official takes shelter from the rain under a colorful umbrella as the roof is drawn over Center Court on the first day of the 2011 Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Tennis Club in the British capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARL DE SOUZA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Plantersville, Texas — The sun pierces through heavy wildfire smoke in Grimes County.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Karl Anderson / The Courier/APLink
Dresden, Germany — With rain clouds overhead, a lone tree grows in a field near the eastern city of Dresden.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARNO BURGI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
London — Visitors inspect Henri Matisse's bronze with black patina "La danse (Mouvemont de danse)," against a backdrop of the artist's screenprint on linen "Oceanie le mer," at Christie's auction house a day before the estate sale of the late Swiss art dealer Ernst Beyeler. The works of art are highlights of the auction.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated PressLink
Benghazi, Libya — A rebel army officer at a workshop repairs weapons confiscated from forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY / REUTERSLink
Wuhan, China — Algae floats in the Hanjiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze, after rain-triggered floods in central China. Flood-hit areas of central and southern China braced for more heavy rains after millions of people had to evacuate or were otherwise affected by the early onset of the rainy season.
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Lanxi, China — A Chinese man wades through a flooded street with his bike. Heavy rains pounded Zhejiang province over the weekend, and the level of a river that passes through Lanxi city has risen sharply.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated PressLink
Deep space — NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this image of an emerald nebula, reminiscent of the glowing ring wielded by the superhero Green Lantern. In the comic books, the diminutive Guardians of the Planet "Oa" forged his power ring, but astronomers believe rings like this are actually sculpted by the powerful light of giant "O" stars, the most massive type of star known to exist. Named RCW 120, this region of hot gas and glowing dust can be found in the murky clouds encircled by the tail of the constellation Scorpius.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASALink
London, England — Milos Raonic, of Canada, serves to France's Marc Gicquel at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEFAN WERMUTH / ReutersLink
Athens, Greece — Greek newspapers carried the news of the nation's debt crisis. Europe faltered in its race to save Greece from default as finance chiefs said further aid hinged on embattled Prime Minister George Papandreou delivering budget cuts in the face of domestic opposition.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kostas Tsironis / BloombergLink
Beit Jala, West Bank — An Israeli soldier confronts protesters during a demonstration by Palestinian, Israeli and foreign activists against Israel's controversial separation barrier.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABED AL HASHLAMOUN / EPALink
Dexing, China — Elementary-school students in school uniform link their arms to form the flag of the Communist Party of China in celebration of the party's upcoming 90th anniversary on July 1.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ReutersLink
Peshawar, Pakistan — At the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees registration center, an Afghan girl waits to leave with her family for Afghanistan. June 20 is World Refugee Day. Under a UNHCR voluntary repatriation program started in March 2002, about 2.78 million Afghans have gone back home, but there are more than 1.7 million still residing in Pakistan, a majority of whom have lived in this neighboring country for decades.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BILAWAL ARBAB / EPALink
Vienna, Austria — People take part in the European Umbrella March on the international day of refugees. The umbrellas symbolize the protection of refugees and displaced people.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LISI NIESNER / ReutersLink
Yayladagi, Turkey — A child walks on stones at a refugee camp. In a speech at Damascus University, Syrian President Bashar Assad urged thousands of refugees who fled the unrest in northern Syria to neighboring Turkey to return as soon as possible but said that no political solution was possible with people who bear arms.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: UMIT BEKTAS / ReutersLink
Kiel, Germany — The tall ship Alexander von Humboldt, in the foreground, is among ships participating in the Kieler Woche sailing event. Organizers of the Kiel Week, one of the biggest sailing events in the world, expect more than 3 million visitors from 70 countries.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARSTEN REHDER / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
London — Homeless teenager Jess sits in one of the tents erected along Parliament Square in a tribute to veteran peace campaigner Brian Haw, who spent 10 years demonstrating on the street outside Parliament. Haw has died at age 62 in Germany, where he was being treated for cancer.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty ImagesLink
Glastonbury, England — Two girls wade in mud at the site of the Glastonbury Festival, which is set to open Wednesday and feature headliners U2, Coldplay and Beyonce. The festival, which started in 1970 with several hundred hippies, has grown into Europe's largest music festival, attracting more than 175,000 people over five days.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesLink
Seattle, WA — Colleen Zickler, 25, left, joins hundreds of participants in a march from Capitol Hill to Westlake Center during the SlutWalk protest. Seattle's event is part of an international series of rallies that got their start earlier this year after a Toronto police officer told a group of women that to avoid being the victims of rape or abuse, they should not dress like sluts. The event is part of an international effort to combat views that women are to blame for sexual abuse or rape.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Erika Schultz / The Seattle TimesLink
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