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A skateboarder performs during a World Skateboarding Day event organized by the Skateistan school in the Afghan capital.


Skateboarding school students skate along a street during World Skateboarding Day festivities.


A girl practices her moves. Hundreds of Afghan boys and girls took to their skateboards for World Skateboarding Day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Musadeq Sadeq / Associated Press

A man rides a bike near a boat in a lakeside park flooded by the Yangtze River as communities braced for more downpours in the region, whose lakes and rivers are already swollen.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Zack Jin / Feature China

Water gushes through floodgates that control the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River in a release intended to clear up sediment in the waterway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Miao Qiunao / Xinhua

Emergency workers and investigators search the wreckage of a RusAir passenger jet that crashed in heavy fog and burst into flames late Monday, killing 44 of the 52 people aboard. The plane crashed on a highway just short of an airport runway whose fog lights had failed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Timur Khanov / Komsomolskaya Pravda

A Spanish woman points at a policeman while taking part in a demonstration calling for a tax on financial speculation and the abolition of tax havens in front of the Madrid stock exchange. Her sign reads: "This is a robbery: the stock exchange ... and the house."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrea Comas / Reuters

Queen Elizabeth II departs amid a sea of Union Jacks after attending services marking the 300th anniversary of St. Paul's Cathedral, where 15 years of restoration work to repair damage from World War II has been completed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: WPA Pool / Getty Images

Soldiers from a British air assault unit that returned from Afghanistan in April march into Parliament for a reception with the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Hackett / Reuters

Revelers soak up the vibes at the traditional summer solstice gathering at Stonehenge, whose massive stones were positioned in ancient times to be in precise alignment with the rising sun on the longest day of the year. Researchers have long viewed the complex as both an astronomical observatory and a cemetery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated Press

Snake handler Subhendu Malllik holds a cobra hatchling that had just emerged from its egg.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Asit Kumar / Agence France-Presse

Andy Roddick of the United States dives for a shot in his first-round match against Germany's Andreas Beck at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships. Roddick advanced, 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-3.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anja Niedringhaus / Associated Press

A French Rafale-2 jet fighter performs during its demonstration flight at the 49th Paris Air Show at le Bourget Airport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francois Mori / Associated Press

Syrians carrying a giant national flag rally in support of President Bashar Assad. Tens of thousands of demonstrators waving flags and pictures of Assad pledged allegiance to their president to counter a three-month uprising against his authoritarian rule.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bassem Tellawi / Associated Press

A Syrian man walks between tents at a refugee camp set up just inside the Turkish border for Syrian civilians who have fled their country in the wake of the government's violent crackdown on protests against the rule of President Bashar Assad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Umit Bektas / Reuters

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Today’s highlights in our Pictures in the News gallery:

A cyclist seems to ride on water as he passes a boat in a flooded lakeside park in Wuhan, China. In Russia, emergency workers and investigators search the wreckage of a crashed passenger jet near the city of Petrozavodsk. Today is the summer solstice as revelers observe the day at Stonehenge. And elsewhere in England, Andy Roddick takes the court in a first-round match against Germany’s Andreas Beck at Wimbledon.

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