A girl watches Two Door Cinema Club on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Music Festival in Somerset, England. Veteran Irish band U2 is set to rock the festival, a world-famous celebration of arts and music.
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Horse riders take part in the traditional San Juan (St. John) festival in the Spanish town of Ciutadella on the Balearic Island of Menorca.
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First Lady Michelle Obama and her famly are welcomed by traditional dancers in Gaborone, Botswana. From left are Mrs. Obama's mother, Marian Robinson; Botswana government official Gloria Somolekae; the first lady; nephew Avery Robinson; daughter Sasha Obama; niece Leslie Robinson; and daughter Malia Obama.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHARLES DHARAPAK / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts to a play during her second-round match against Laura Robson of Great Britain on Day 5 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Clive Mason / Getty ImagesLink
Young elephant Nelly kicks a soccer ball during an event to predict the result of the upcoming Women's World Cup match between Germany and Canada, at a safari park in Hodenhagen, Germany. Nelly's prediction: a German victory, 1-0. The Women's World Cup will be held in Germany from Sunday to July 17.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABIAN BIMMER / ReutersLink
A belt of bullets rests across a soldier's back as antigovernment protesters gather during Friday prayers in Sanaa, Yemen.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUHAIB SALEM / ReutersLink
USS Enterprise, the longest naval vessel in the world, passes through the Suez Canal, on its way to the Mediterranean.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ReutersLink
A model wears a creation by Belgian fashion designer Walter van Beirendonck as part of his Spring/Summer 2012 fashion collection presented in Paris,
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Thibault Camus / Associated PressLink
Waste burns in the streets of Naples, Italy, in the shopping zone of Via Roma. Firefighters were called to more than 50 similar blazes in Naples and the surrounding province in the night as the local trash crisis continued.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CIRO FUSCO / EPALink
A Filipino boy stands behind a vehicle to keep out of the cold wind in a heavy downpour. Tropical Storm Meari will make its presence known as it strengthens into a Category 1 typhoon sometime between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. It will continue on its northwesterly course to the northeast of the Philippines.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aaron Favila / Associated PressLink
Personnel from Minot Air Force Base work through the night building dikes as the rising Souris River is all but certain to engulf thousands of homes. Some 11,000 residents were ordered to evacuate as the waters are expected to crest sometime on Sunday or Monday at record levels.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CRAIG LASSIG / EPALink
Pedestrians use a crossing as a giant video screen casts light on the road during heavy rain.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andy Wong / Associated PressLink
Divers work Tuesday to salvage a Greek air force Mirage 2000 jet fighter from the bottom of the Aegean Sea near the island of Samos after it crashed on June 9. Both crew members ejected before the crash and were rescued unhurt by a military vessel.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Greek Air ForceLink
A humpback whale breaches outside of Sydney Heads at the beginning of whale watching season. The first day of winter in New South Wales marks the start of the humpback and southern right whale migrations from southern regions to the north and warmer waters.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cameron Spencer / Getty ImagesLink
A man carries a bag near a mural showing loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force gunmen on a wall in a predominantly Protestant area of east Belfast. Violence in the Catholic Short Strand enclave of mainly Protestant east Belfast has come at the start of the "marching season," a time of annual parades by Protestants which has triggered violent protests by Catholics in the past.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DYLAN MARTINEZ / ReutersLink
A girl sits as women pray during an anti-government demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUHAIB SALEM / ReutersLink
Protesters cover their mouths as they run through a cloud of tear gas during a demonstration. Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade has withdrawn a proposed change to the country's electoral law, the government said, after the bill sparked clashes between riot police and protesters in the heart of the capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FINBARR O'REILLY / ReutersLink
People take part in a synchronized mass exercise as part of a government campaign to promote fitness at Olympic Forest Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alexander F. Yuan / Associated PressLink
Laborers are silhouetted at daybreak as they unload steel rods at the site of a bridge construction project.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHSIN RAZA / ReutersLink
A U.S. soldier stands on a guard tower as the sun rises at Combat Outpost Sabari in Khost province. President Obama ordered all 33,000 U.S. "surge" troops home from Afghanistan by next summer, declared the beginning of the end of the war and vowed to turn to "nation building" at home.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TED ALJIBE / AFPLink
Plumes both large and small spray water ice from multiple locations along the famed "tiger stripes" near the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The Cassini spacecraft has discovered the best evidence yet for a large-scale saltwater reservoir beneath the icy crust of the moon. The data came from the spacecraft's direct analysis of salt-rich ice grains close to the jets ejected from the moon. The tiger stripes are fissures that spray icy particles, water vapor and organic compounds.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA/JPLLink
Timothy Magana, 41, gets into the spirit of Wow Fest, an annual Skid Row event that attracts thousands of people who come for a free lunch, free haircuts and makeovers, and free family portraits and hygiene kits. Magana, a prison parolee, is enrolled in a Volunteers of America rehabilitation program at the Weingart Center downtown Los Angeles.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles TimesLink
Turkish riot police stand guard during a protest in Istanbul. Newly elected Kurdish lawmakers came under pressure to boycott the Turkish parliament as Ankara faced warnings of renewed bloodshed.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BULENT KILIC / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A boy flashes the victory sign from a window near the location of a rocket strike in a residential area of Misurata.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ZOHRA BENSEMRA / REUTERSLink
A protester dressed in traditional Greek costume holds a flag that reads 'Not For Sale' during a rally in Athens' Syntagma Square. A group of activists walked more than 150 miles from the town of Sparta, in the southeastern Peloponnese, to the Greek capital to join the protest against government austerity measures.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KATERINA MAVRONA / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
An Indochinese tiger, Mi, carries one of the four cubs she gave birth to at the Hanoi Zoo on April 2, becoming the first tiger at the at the zoo to be born and bred in captivity. Coincidentally, Mi was born on the same day eight years earlier to a tiger confiscated from wildlife traffickers in Vietnam's central province of Thua Thien Hue.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KHAM / REUTERSLink
A worker is reflected in the nose cone of an aircraft being worked on at the Northeast Air facility. A new law eliminates sales taxes on aircraft sales and parts beginning July 1 and aviation experts predict an increase in business now that Maine joins other New England states with similar tax exemptions.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pat Wellenbach / Associated PressLink
Spain's Fernando Verdasco competes against Robin Haase of The Netherlands during their men's singles match at Wimbledon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LEON NEAL / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Russia's Elena Vesnina, foreground, plays against compatriot Vera Zvonarevan in their women's singles match on Court Two at Wimbledon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LEON NEAL / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Cattle herd near a river forming part of the Sudd swamplands in Southern Sudan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PHIL MOORE / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A juvenile male Emperor penguin finds himself on a beach along New Zealand's Kapiti Coast, some 1,900 miles from his Antarctic home. It's only the second sighting of the species in New Zealand and has officials of the country's Department of Conservation monitoring the situation, predicting the animal would eventually depart for the long swim home.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RICHARD GILL / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Boys holding torches stand before a World War II monument while taking part in a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the German invasion of the town of Brest. When Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, the Brest Fortress defenders contained Nazi troops for a month.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Grits / Associated PressLink
Floodwaters spread after water hyacinths clogged the Mindanao River.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay Morales / ReutersLink
A girl carries a basket of fresh-picked chili peppers on her head.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Parivartan Sharma / ReutersLink
A man tries to break the windshield of a government bus set on fire during a street protest against the eviction of people living in the hills near Gauhati. Police resorted to a baton charge and lobbed tear gas shells when the protest turned violent, according to local news reports.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anupam Nath / Associated PressLink
Rain and mud fail to dampen the spirits of a woman carrying her belongings onto the grounds on the opening day of the Glastonbury Festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cathal McNaughton / ReutersLink
Spectators keep their seats as rain delays the start of play on Day 2 of the Wimbledon tennis tournament.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Geoff Caddick / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
A black rhinoceros, its tightly shut eye resembling a knot in a tree trunk, sleeps at the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dan Kitwood / Getty ImagesLink
Protesters opposed to plans by the government to reform the collective bargaining system and the euro pact sleep in the street outside Spain's parliament building. Protests over the economic crisis and soaring unemployment began in the capital more than a month ago and fanned out to city squares nationwide as word spread by Twitter and Facebook.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dominique Faget / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
People release Chinese lanterns into the sky during Kupala Night celebrations, marking the shortest night of the year. The holiday is traditionally observed in Poland, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marek Zakrzewski / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Two women from the Indonesian island of Sumbawa wait in their room after having their eligibility to work abroad checked at a temporary shelter. Indonesian lawmakers are urging the government to stop sending migrant workers to the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia, after an Indonesian maid convicted of murdering her Saudi employer was beheaded. About 70% of the 1.2 million Indonesians working in Saudi Arabia are domestic helpers, according to officials.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adek Berry / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Members of the Korean Federation of Construction Workers Unions stand together during a rally demanding an improvement in working conditions. About 10,000 workers took part in the rally. Their banners read "[We want to] live as human beings!"
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jo Yong-Hak / ReutersLink
Farmers work in a village paddy as the rice harvest begins in the Mekong Delta.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kham / ReutersLink
A skateboarder performs during a World Skateboarding Day event organized by the Skateistan school in the Afghan capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: S. SABAWOON / EPALink
Skateboarding school students skate along a street during World Skateboarding Day festivities.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: S. SABAWOON / EPALink
A girl practices her moves. Hundreds of Afghan boys and girls took to their skateboards for World Skateboarding Day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Musadeq Sadeq / Associated PressLink
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 ChinaLink
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 / XinhuaLink
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 PravdaLink
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 / ReutersLink
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 ImagesLink
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 / ReutersLink
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 PressLink
Snake handler Subhendu Malllik holds a cobra hatchling that had just emerged from its egg.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Asit Kumar / Agence France-PresseLink
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 PressLink
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 PressLink
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 PressLink
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 / ReutersLink
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
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
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
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
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERSLink
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
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
The sun pierces through heavy wildfire smoke in Grimes County.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Karl Anderson / The Courier/APLink
With rain clouds overhead, a lone tree grows in a field near the eastern city of Dresden.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARNO BURGI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
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
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
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty ImagesLink
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
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
Milos Raonic, of Canada, serves to France's Marc Gicquel at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEFAN WERMUTH / ReutersLink
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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