Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. It is the 33rd flight for Atlantis and the 135th and final shuttle mission overall.
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A member of the Bari tribe parades through Juba, the capital of soon-to-be independent South Sudan a day before it secedes from the north and becomes the world's newest nation.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles TimesLink
A child from southern Somalia holds his brother as they wait outside a ruined building before making their way to the internally displaced persons camps after fleeing from southern Somalia. Thousands of people have arrived in Mogadishu over the last two weeks seeking assistance, and the number is increasing by the day due to lack of water and food. The worst drought on record in the Horn of Africa has sparked a severe food crisis and high malnutrition rates, with parts of Kenya and Somalia experiencing pre-famine conditions, the United Nations has said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Farah Abdi Warsameh / Associated PressLink
A ladybug sits on a blossom as a fly flies over it in a garden.
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A boy reacts in fear as a Kiliki lifts up his hat during the San Fermin festival's parade of giants and big heads. Enormous puppets accompanied by brass bands parade daily through Pamplona during the nine-day-long festival made world-famous by U.S. writer Ernest Hemingway.
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Boys in traditional dresses attend a ceremony a day before their circumcision ritual.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MURAD SEZER / ReutersLink
Festival-goers cheer during a concert at the EXIT festival near Novi Sad. More than 150 acts are lined up for the rock and pop music festival, including Arcade Fire, Pulp, Grinderman, Portishead, M.I.A. and numerous DJs, performing at 16 different stages. The festival has been held since 2000 at an old fortress overlooking the River Danube.
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An Egyptian waves a national flag as protesters gather in Tahrir square to demand faster reforms and the swifter prosecution of former officials from Hosni Mubarak's toppled government who face corruption and murder charges.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY / ReutersLink
Afghan national army noncommissioned officer recruits march through white smoke during a parade to mark a graduation ceremony at the Turkish-run Camp Ghazi. Afghan security forces are due to take over security responsibility from foreign troops in seven areas of the country this year. This is part of a wider plan for Afghan police and soldiers to take the lead in securing the whole country by the end of 2014 as foreign troops gradually withdraw.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OMAR SOBHANI / ReutersLink
Young men and women cool off in a pool in a ruined warehouse. The pool has formed from a local spring in buildings which date to the 19th century, and are federally preserved monuments of architecture.
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Pakistani worshipers prepare to leave after Friday prayers at the Red Mosque.
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Kailey Koons, 15, of Vista takes a Lipizzaner, Whiskers, for a dip during a riding lesson at Fiesta Island in San Diego's Mission Bay on Thursday. The Lipizzan breed dates to the 16th century, when it was developed with the support of the Habsburg nobility.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles TimesLink
A rebel fighter with a bicycle celebrates a victory at Al Qawalish, 60 miles southwest of Tripoli, Libya, after six hours of battle. In the background smoke rises from a the power station that was shelled by retreating soldiers loyal to Moammar Kadafi. A senior Libyan official on Thursday accused NATO of intensifying its bombing campaign and backing foreign mercenaries to lay the groundwork for an advance by rebels trying to topple Kadafi's regime.
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Palestinian militants from the armed wing of Al Ahrar (The Free) movement drill before the media.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / ReutersLink
The soccer stadium of FC Twente Enschede is seen after the collapse of a part of the newly constructed roof. Part of the Dutch soccer stadium under renovation collapsed on Thursday, trapping and injuring an unknown number of people under the rubble. The incident was probably related to construction work at the stadium, police said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIC BRINKHORST / ReutersLink
Final tests are done on lighting at the Incan citadel Machu Picchu, which has its centennial commemoration Thursday.
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Steam and other emissions rise from a coal-fired power station. Australia is set to slap a carbon tax of about $25 per metric ton on its major emitters, newspapers said on Thursday, but it has cut in half the number of companies liable for the tax in a bid to overcome hostility to the policy.
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Staff Sgt. Noe Castro of Bridgeport, Conn., kisses daughter Nevaeh, 19 months, during a send-off ceremony Wednesday at the Connecticut Air National Guard Base. Eighty members of the 103rd Civil Engineer Squadron and 103rd Security Forces Squadron will be deployed next week to Afghanistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jim Michaud / The Journal InquirerLink
U.S. Army Major General Daniel B. Allyn salutes during a memorial ceremony to four U.S. soldiers who died during operations in Kunar district. Lieutenant Dimitri Del Castillo, Staff Sergeant Nigel Kelly, Specialist Levi Nuncio and Specialist Kevin Hilaman, two Afghan National Army soldiers, an Afghan linguist and Agdar, a military sniffer dog, were killed.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BAZ RATNER / ReutersLink
A rainbow appears near tthe space shuttle Atlantis, on the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center. Atlantis is scheduled to lift off Friday, but poor weather conditions could delay the final mission of the space shuttle program.
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Celio Correia, visiting Florida from Brazil, sleeps in his camper as he waits to watch the launch of Atlantis on the last mission of the space shuttle program. He arrived early to get a good spot to view the scheduled Friday lift-off.
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A model gets her hair done before the "Mongrels in Common" fashion show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JENS KALAENE / DPALink
Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is greeted by supporters during a visit to a market in the country's ancient temple city. Suu Kyi has refrained from making political comments during her trip, which began on July 4, in an apparent attempt not to antagonise government figures, who have warned they can't guarantee her safety on her travels.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SOE THAN WIN / AFPLink
A man suspected of taking hostages at a kindergarten in Malaysia's southern Johor state is wheeled to an ambulance. Malaysian police stormed a school on Thursday to free 30 children and four teachers held hostage by a man armed with a hammer and a machete, according to newspaper accounts.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STRINGER/MALAYSIA / ReutersLink
People walk through the rain along the Thames Path close to Tower Bridge.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADRIAN DENNIS / AFPLink
A calf, used to amuse revelers, jumps into the arena after the running of the bulls at the San Fermin fiesta.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ivan Aguinaga / Associated PressLink
Casey Anthony talks with her attorneys before the start of her sentencing hearing at the Orange County Courthouse. Anthony was found guilty of lying to law enforcement officers but not guilty of murder charges.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Burbank / Orlando SentinelLink
A man is tossed during the "Chupinazo" to mark the start of the San Fermin Festival. Tens of thousands of people packed Pamplona's streets to kick off the nine-day festival, which includes the famous running of the bulls.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PEDRO ARMESTRE / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A group of women celebrate the start of the San Fermin Festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAVIER SORIANO / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Janez Brajkovic of Slovenia is treated after crashing during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Laurent Cipriani / Associated PressLink
A man walks in front of an advertisement outside a shop.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHN KOLESIDIS / ReutersLink
A taxi driver walks among parked taxis during a 24-hour strike by cabbies.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIS MESSINIS / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Former major-league pitcher Roger Clemens arrives at the federal courthouse for the first day of his perjury trial. Clemens faces charges he gave false statements to a congressional committee investigating steroid use in baseball.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JONATHAN ERNST / ReutersLink
Nepalese police officers tussle with a Tibetan exile as they try to prevent her from proceeding to a birthday celebration for the Dalai Lama. Nepalese authorities are concerned such gatherings will turn anti-Chinese.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Binod Joshi / Associated PressLink
A supporter holds a portrait of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko during the onetime leader's trial on abuse-of-office charges.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GLEB GARANICH / ReutersLink
A protester speaks with police officers during a strike aimed at forcing the government to recognize statehood for the southern Indian region of Telangana.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KRISHNENDU HALDER / ReutersLink
The Autoexotics motor show displays a Soviet-made Tavria car converted into a plane. Creator Valery Bulgakov, right, a former pilot, said the craft could be used for takeoff and landing training; it takes off at 59 mph and can fly up to 10 feet from the ground.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP/Getty IMagesLink
Demonstrators march to express loyalty to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPALink
A carcass of an animal lies on an empty road, a victim of the drought in the Horn of Africa.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sayyid Azim / Associated PressLink
As fireworks explode over the lagoon at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina, children and adults watch the spectacle from atop a whale sculpture, capping a day of Fourth of July festivities.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles TimesLink
One bride takes a decided initiative as couples kiss at the end of a military mass wedding ceremony. The celebration Tuesday and Wednesday of the Republic of China's centennial will see more than 268 couples take part in mass nuptials.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sam Yeh / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Somali girl stands in line among adults at a food distribution point at the world's largest refugee camp, which is filled with people who have fled violence and drought in Somalia. Dadaab, a complex of three settlements, was built to house 90,000 people. It is now home to more than four times that number, with 30,000 new arrivals in June.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Schmidt / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Soldiers from the Army's 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment take cover waiting for the rotor wash of a landing medivac helicopter to abate before carrying an Afghan police officer shot by insurgents into a field hospital at Forward Operating Base Bostick.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Goldman / Associated PressLink
Students at Osmania University throw stones at police as tires burn in the street during a two-day strike called in support of the creation of a new state of Telangana. The strike came after more than a dozen lawmakers resigned from parliament to press their demand that the new state of Telangana be carved from Andhra Pradesh.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mahesh Kumar A / Associated PressLink
Sudan People's Liberation Army veterans who were wounded in battle march during rehearsal for Independence Day ceremonies.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Goran Tomasevic / ReutersLink
Police commandos patrol the premises of the 16th century Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, where billions of dollars' worth of newly revealed treasures were stirring a fierce debate. Investigators at the Hindu temple in southern India were counting a staggering hoard of gold coins and statues of gods and goddesses studded with diamonds and other precious stones.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aijaz Rahi / Associated PressLink
Kashmiri boys dive and swim in Dal Lake to escape an ongoing heat wave.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dar Yasin / Associated PressLink
Guards stand around inmate Edwin Perez Artiaga, who tried to escape from the Chetumal prison by hiding in a suitcase after a conjugal visit.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Government of Quintana Roo / ReutersLink
Fireworks over the lagoon at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina in Newport Beach.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles TimesLink
Two boys look at the body of a beached humpback whale.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jose Cabezas / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
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