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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.


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 It had to be withdrawn from the traditional flyby as a result and was kept from view when French President Nicolas Sarkozy inaugurated the show.


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.


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 Press

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.


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 Images

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.


The sun pierces through heavy wildfire smoke in Grimes County.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Karl Anderson / The Courier/AP

With rain clouds overhead, a lone tree grows in a field near the eastern city of Dresden.


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 Press

A rebel army officer at a workshop repairs weapons confiscated from forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi.


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.


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 Press

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.


Milos Raonic, of Canada, serves to France's Marc Gicquel at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.


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 / Bloomberg

An Israeli soldier confronts protesters during a demonstration by Palestinian, Israeli and foreign activists against Israel's controversial separation barrier.


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.


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.


People take part in the European Umbrella March on the international day of refugees. The umbrellas symbolize the protection of refugees and displaced people.


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.


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.


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 Images

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 Images

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 Times

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A Soviet-era World War II tank painted pink is transported to the center of Prague as part of the Czech Republic’s commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the departure of Soviet troops who invaded the country in 1968, then known as Czechoslovakia; it’s opening day of the Paris Air Show at the city’s Le Bourget airport; and wind turbines are assembled near Beijing as the Pew Charitable Trusts reported that China was once again the world leader in clean energy investment in 2010, ahead of Germany and the United States.

Mexican president Felipe Calderon welcomes President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador in a ceremony at the presidential palace in Mexico City; while across the Pacific Ocean, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard welcomes her New Zealand counterpart, Prime Minister John Key, to Parliament House in Canberra.

Two words synonymous with the British summer, tennis and rain, seem oddly in cahoots as the roof of Center Court is drawn on the first day of the 2011 Wimbledon Tennis Championships due to the predictably inclement weather. A few miles away, works of art by French artist Henri Matisse are on display at Christie’s London auction house, a day ahead of the estate sale of the late Swiss art dealer Ernst Beyeler; while from deep space, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope returns electric images of RWC 120, a formation of hot gases and glowing dust encircled by the tail of the constellation Scorpius.

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1 Comment

  1. June 20, 2011, 5:59 pm

    The "gasius sphere with the green static" in space is beautiful,all of the wonders that we are a part of and don't even know it.The background stars,universe,reminded me of once being on an ocean liner far out to sea.With no 'light defraction" off of the atmosphere,the night sky,"Was more white(with stars) than black."Never had I seen such a night sky.

    By: Billy Tackmann

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