Heading into the long Independence Day weekend, a Wilmington, Calif., storefront displays the Stars and Stripes. Forecasters predict temperatures could reach 110 degrees in parts of Southern California.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles TimesLink
Supporters of Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva cheer as he speaks during final campaigning efforts for the ruling Democrat Party in Bangkok. Big rallies in Bangkok marked a final push by candidates in a national election on Sunday aimed at resolving Thailand's sometimes-violent six-year political crisis.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUKREE SUKPLANG / ReutersLink
A "red shirt" supporter braves heavy rain to listen to Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, as she addresses a campaign rally.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAMIR SAGOLJ / ReutersLink
A girl plays in a fountain during midday heat.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE / EPALink
Fans of Mexico's team are seen during the Women's World Cup 2011 Group B match between Japan and Mexico at Bay Arena. Japan won, 4-0, to advance to the quarterfinals.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joern Pollex / Getty ImagesLink
Japan's Kozue Ando, left, and Mexico's Maribel Dominguez challenge for the ball during the Women's World Cup match.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Augstein / Associatd PressLink
Serbia's Novak Djokovic dives for a shot during his match against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon. Djokovic win in four sets.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alastair Grant / Associated PressLink
People practice yoga in Tel Aviv as part of the "White Night" festival. The festival celebrates Tel Aviv being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2003.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIR ELIAS / ReutersLink
An Israeli border guard and an Israeli settler argue as security forces evacuate a group of Jewish settlers who tried to stage a sit-in on a Palestinian land that was being cultivated by Palestinian farmers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABED AL HASHLAMOUN / EPALink
A Palestinian boy collects old tear gas canisters fired during Friday weekly protests staged by Palestinian villagers against the Israeli separation barriers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ATEF SAFADI / EPALink
Participants release red balloons during a ceremony to celebrate the 14th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vincent Yu / Assocoated PressLink
A girl plays with a giant bubble as the sun sets at Moonlight Beach.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE BLAKE / ReutersLink
Participants massage each other as they wait before a revolutionary song singing competition to celebrate the upcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. China will celebrate the anniversary Friday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON LEE / ReutersLink
Performers hold flags of the Communist Party of China during an event to celebrate the upcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the party, at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARLOS BARRIA / ReutersLink
Television journalist Herve Ghesquiere, left, is cheered by colleagues as he arrives at a gathering at France Television headquarters. Ghesquiere and Stephane Taponier, held hostage in Afghanistan for a year and a half, were captured on Dec. 29, 2009, in Kapisa province, northeast of the capital Kabul, along with their Afghan driver and translator.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GONZALO FUENTES / ReutersLink
Filipino protesters stage a demonstration to mark President Benigno Aquino's first year in office, denouncing him for not fulfilling his promise of improving the lives of the poor, at the gate of Malacanang presidential palace.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANCIS R. MALASIG / EPALink
Police handle a protester as they try to dismantle their camp, which is demonstrating about Spain's economic crisis at Plaza de Catalunya square. More than 100 Spanish riot police evicted scores of "indignant" protesters who had refused to abandon a six-week encampment.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LLUIS GENE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A model presents a creation by Anna Genkova at the second "Fashion Station" fashion show at Alexanderplatz metro station.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JENS KALAENE / EPALink
Pvt. Richard Boutet, of Quebec City, Canada, background, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment searches a compound as the owner, Fazel Mohammad, looks on during their final operation in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Canadian combat operations will end in July as troops withdraw from the southern region and hand over control to the Americans. Canada will transition to a non-combat training role with up to 950 soldiers and support staff to train Afghan soldiers and police in areas of the north, west and Kabul.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Goldman / Associated PressLink
Hindu pilgrim women dry their saree, a traditional Indian drape, after a ritual bath in the holy river Ganges.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
A jockey competes in the second of six trial races in Siena Del Campo square with a horse. Every year on July 2 and Aug. 16, almost without fail since the mid-1600s, 10 riders compete bareback around Siena's shell-shaped central square in a bid to win the Palio, a silk banner depicting the Madonna and child.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALESSANDRO BIANCHI / ReutersLink
Demonstrators chant anti-police slogans outside a court building during the trial of two police officers charged with causing the death of activist Khaled Said. The Egyptian court said on Thursday that it would rule Sept. 24 in the case of the two policemen charged with beating Said to death. Said's death partly inspired protests that toppled Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY / ReutersLink
Susie, a standard poodle, gets a fur treatment package during the 10th anniversary of the Thailand International Dog Show at the Impact Convention Center. The exhibition for dog lovers runs until Sunday, as dog owners compete in the best of breed competitions, while traders display their canine wares alongside events such as competitions, shows, seminars and workshops.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARONG SANGNAK / EPALink
The White House Rose Garden is reflected in the 2010 WNBA basketball championship trophy before a ceremony honoring the Seattle Storm hosted by President Obama.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Police in riot gear stand guard before the start of the Egyptian Premier League soccer match between Al-Ahly and Zamalek.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ASMAA WAGUIH / REUTERSLink
Israeli border police officers fire tear gas canisters toward Palestinians demonstrating against the expansion of a nearby Jewish settlement.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Majdi Mohammed / Associated PressLink
An aerial image shows floodwater and sediment from the Missouri River, which has been rising for weeks because of heavy rains and snow melt, forcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open floodgates, sending massive amounts of water downstream along the river system.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eric Keith / St. Joeph News-PressLink
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass and bestows the pallium on 34 new metropolitan archbishops during the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul at the Vatican.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform at the Stanislavsky Music Theater. The company, with its roots in the U.S. civil rights movement, opened the American Seasons festival in the city this week, electrifying audiences with a 50-year anniversary performance of its seminal, emotionally charged ballet "Revelations."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI KARPUKHIN / REUTERSLink
A 1-year-old Python regius with two heads. It is the second python known with two heads, according to snake breeder Stefan Broghammer.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK SEEGER / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Rafael Nadal of Spain prepares to serve to Mardy Fish of the United States during their quarterfinal match at Wimbledon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Clive Brunskill / Getty ImagesLink
A motorcycle mirror reflects a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The leader underwent medical treatment in Cuba two weeks ago, with allies insisting he is firmly in control of the country and improving from surgery for a pelvic abscess.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ariana Cubillos / Associated PressLink
A streetlight remains on in the middle of the day along the beach boardwalk in San Diego.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE BLAKE / REUTERSLink
Soldiers leave the scene after a clash with Taliban militants at the Intercontinental Hotel that left at least 10 dead. Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the hotel, sparking a five-hour battle with Afghan commandos backed by a NATO helicopter.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pedro Ugarte / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Smoke and flames rise from the Intercontinental Hotel during the battle between NATO-led forces and Taliban insurgents.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STRINGER/AFGHANISTAN / ReutersLink
A shower of lightning bolts lights up the sky during a storm in central Oregon. The U.S. Forest Service said it recorded 483 lightning strikes, resulting in one small fire, near Cultus Lake.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andy Tullis / BulletinLink
Nepalese farmers splash muddy water at each other while celebrating the festival of Asar Pandhra, which marks the planting of the rice crop.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi / Associated PressLink
A child's face is covered with mud during the Asar Pandhra festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Navesh Chitrakar / ReutersLink
Workers iron a Communist Party flag at the Jingong Red Flag factory. The factory has made more than 30,000 flags over the last three months for the upcoming celebrations to mark the 90th anniversary of the party in China.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Gray / ReutersLink
A man participating in a parade celebrating Sexual Diversity Day on Tuesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Esteban Felix / Associated PressLink
A haze of tear gas hangs over clashes between protesters and Egyptian security forces near the Interior Ministry headquarters. It was the second successive day of violent confrontations in central Cairo in scenes not seen since the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak earlier this year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khalil Hamra / Associated PressLink
An Egyptian protester takes cover during clashes with riot police. Protesters are demanding that trials of former senior officials from the discredited Mubarak era proceed faster.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STRINGER/EGYPT / ReutersLink
France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga dives to try to reach a shot against Switzerland's Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Tsonga came back from two sets down to defeat Federer, a six-time Wimbledon champion.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alastair Grant / Associated PressLink
A worker is dwarfed by structures known as supertrees -- vertical gardens embedded with environmentally sustainable flora -- that are part of the government's efforts to bring gardens into the city center. The supertrees range from 25 meters to 50 meters in height, with emphasis placed on the vertical display of tropical flowering climbers, ferns and epiphytes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wong Maye-E / Associated PressLink
Spanish bullfighter Juan Mora waits for the start of a bullfight at the El Plantio bullring in Burgos.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FELIX ORDONEZ / REUTERSLink
A security officer patrols a deserted platform at the main train station in Athens at the start of a 48-hour general strike as unrest in Greece continued.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Women displaced by heavy flooding carry aloft containers of water filled from a nearby hand pump while taking refuge at a makeshift camp in Sukkur.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AKHTAR SOOMRO / REUTERSLink
Dancers perform in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing during celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Feng Li / Getty ImagesLink
The feet of Living Goddess Kumari are colored red as she observes the Bhotojatra festival in Lalitpur.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NAVESH CHITRAKAR / REUTERSLink
Brightly colored ropes tied in prusik knots are used by the North Carolina Task Force 8 Urban Search and Rescue team during a swift-water rescue exercise in Bynum.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gerry Broome / Associated PressLink
A dancer from the Rambert Dance Company performs in the rain in front of St. Paul's Cathedral as part of the City of London Festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KI PRICE / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A giant soccer ball with a map of the EU states in front of the Prime Minister's office in Warsaw is part of a Greenpeace campaign to raise environmental awareness. Poland is assuming the EU presidency July 1.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tomasz Gzell / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Boonda, a baby koala joey, clings to mum, Elle, at Sydney Wildlife World. One of Australia's most iconic and adored marsupials, koalas are threatened by a shortage of suitable habitat due to mass land clearance in the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GREG WOOD / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Hindu devotees perform a stunt during a rehearsal for the 134th annual Rath Yatra, or chariot procession. The annual religious procession, which will be held July 3, commemorates a journey by Hindu god Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, in specially made chariots.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMIT DAVE / ReutersLink
German player Sabine Lisicki reacts after a point over French player Marion Bartoli on Tuesday. Lisicki won 6-4, 6-7, 6-1.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARL DE SOUZA / AFPLink
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish youths peer out at the funeral of Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, Lithuanian-Orthodox leader and head of the Ponevezh yeshiva (an Orthodox Jewish college). Thousands gathered for services for Lefkowitz, who was 97.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ariel Schalit / Associated PressLink
Tammy O'Brien reaches out to touch the casket of her son, USMC Lance Corporal Nicholas O'Brien, during O'Brien's burial service at Arlington National Cemetery. O'Brien died on June 9, 2011, while on foot patrol in the Helmland province of southern Afghanistan. He was serving as the point man of his unit when he was killed by a roadside bomb.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Win McNamee / Getty Images North AmericaLink
A firebomb explodes among Greek riot police in the capital Tuesday as demonstrations against austerity measures turn violent.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated PressLink
A performer dressed in a Red Army uniform takes part in a musical event to celebrate the upcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON LEE / ReutersLink
Hindu holy men line up to register for the annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Channi Anand / Associated PressLink
Japanese police officers monitor shareholders arriving for an annual meeting of investors in the Tokyo Electric Power Co. Executives offered an apology to shareholders for actions surrounding the meltdown of the company's nuclear plant in the March quake and tsunami. They were repeatedly interrupted as investors shouted and called out outraged questions.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Itsuo Inouye / Associated PressLink
Serbs hold posters featuring Ratko Mladic, the top war-crime suspect of Bosnian Serbs, as they take part in a ceremony marking a historic battle at Gazimestan, near Pristina. Some 2,000 Serbs marked the 622nd anniversary of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo, where the Serbian army was defeated by the Ottoman Empire.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARMEND NIMANI / AFPLink
Blue socks hang out to dry at the Casa del Migrante shelter on the outskirts of Mexico City. For Central American migrants, the transit through Mexico to the United States is often perilous. On Friday, at least 80 illegal immigrants were allegedly kidnapped by masked gunmen who pulled them off a train in the southern state of Veracruz.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERSLink
Children's colorful beach toys are seen on a hot, sunny day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SCOTT HEPPELL / Associated PressLink
A group of hikers traverses the exposed ocean bed in the Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park between the North Sea islands of Neuwerk and Sahlenburg.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: INGOA WAGNER / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
The fountains of the Royal Festival Hall provide a welcome respite from the heat on the hottest day in the city so far this year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERSLink
The shadows of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, left, and a ball boy form silhouettes on a wall during Tsonga's match against David Ferrer of Spain at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEFAN WERMUTH / REUTERSLink
Floodwater from the Souris River surrounds a home. According to FEMA, only 375 of the 4,000 affected homes were insured for floods.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated PressLink
Ukrainian actress Ira Melkonyan performs in "White Sea" by the rubberbodies theatre collective at St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI / REUTERSLink
Jefferson of Brazil jumps for the ball during training for the 2011 Copa America soccer tournament, running July 1 to 24.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Natacha Pisarenko / Associated PressLink
U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo dives for the ball during the final practice before Tuesday's FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 match against North Korea.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: THOMASA EISENHUTH / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
A member of the Wiener Staatsopernballett performs during a dress rehearsal of "Nureyev Gala," premiering this week at the State Opera in the Austrian capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LISI NIESNER / REUTERSLink
Twin fawns feed in a meadow.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Terry Prather / Ledger IndependentLink
To beat the heat, Kashmiri boys play in Dal Lake in Srinagar, India.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAROOQ KHAN / EPALink
Beyond the yellow police tape, bullet holes are visible on the windshield of a silver pickup truck after a shooting in a South Gate parking lot. One man was reported to have been fatally shot in the incident.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles TimesLink
An American flag attached to a home is surrounded by debris from the Souris River floodwaters on 3rd St. N.W. near Minot State University in Minot, N.D. As the river hit its record-shattering peak and began a slow retreat, residents looked ahead to an arduous rebuilding job
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated PressLink
A chair flies through the air as demonstrators in Italy face down police officers in riot gear. The protest is against proposed plans to build a Turin-Lyon high-speed train line and a tunnel in the Italian "Val di Susa" valley, in Chiomonte, Italy.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fabio Ferrari / LaPresseLink
Libyan rebel fighters carry a coffin carrying the body of a comrade killed during fighting against forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi. This funeral took place near the courthouse in Benghazi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMR ABDALLAH DALSH / ReutersLink
Serena Williams reacts to a play during her fourth-round match against Marion Bartoli of France on Day 7 of Wimbledon in London. Ultimately, Williams was eliminated from the tournament, beaten 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) by Bartoli.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Clive Brunskill / Getty Images EuropeLink
A swimmer glides along with a boat nearby in Lake Zurich, Switzerland.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTIAN HARTMANN / ReutersLink
People cool off in the Trocadero Fountains near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JACKY NAEGELEN / ReutersLink
People play in a fountain, with the Tower of London as a backdrop.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty ImagesLink
A worker walks among solar panels in a solar power field in Kawasaki, near Tokyo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Toru Hanai / ReutersLink
Indian police present before the media six of seven suspects who have been arrested in the slaying of veteran Mumbai crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey in Mumbai, India. Dey was shot dead by sharpshooters on motorcycles June 11.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press / Associated PressLink
Festivalgoers walk through trash as they leave the Glastonbury Festival in England.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesLink
A festivalgoer reacts while the sun rises over the Stone Circle after the final day of the Glastonbury Festival in England.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADRIAN DENNIS / AFPLink
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