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Tom Watson of the United States celebrates after his hole in one at the sixth hole during the second round of the 140th Open Championship at Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Stuart Franklin / Getty Images

This NASA photo taken by the Expedition 28 crew shows the space shuttle Atlantis as it approaches the International Space Station for docking for the last time. Beneath lie the teal-colored shallows around the Bahamas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA

Novices hold bowls with flowers during a floral merit-making ceremony, known as "tak bat dok mai" at Phra Phutthabat temple in Thailand's Saraburi province. The annual ceremony marks the commencement of the Buddhist Lent, or Khao Pansa, a three-month-long period in which monks must reside in their temples to study and meditate.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARONG SANGNAK / EPA

A long-exposure photo shows the light trails of candles held by Buddhists as they walk around a statue to pay homage Buddha during Asaha Bucha Day at Buddhamonthon, Thailand. Asaha Bucha is one of the most important festivals in the Buddhist calendar and celebrates the occasion of the first sermon given by the Lord Buddha.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP / Gety Images

North Korean soldiers peek inside the U.N. Command Military Armistice Commission meeting room during a visit by Army Gen. James Thurman, new commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jung Yeon-je / POOL AFP

Dolphins surf a wave at Supertubes during round one of the Billabong Pro in Jeffrey's Bay. The world's top 34 surfers are competing here as part of the Assn. of Surfing Professionals world tour, which is to end in December in Hawaii.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIC BOTHMA / EPA

People smear one another with mineral-rich black mud in the waters of Tus Lake in Russia's Khakassia region. The mud is thought to have curative powers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ILYA NAYMUSHIN / Reuters

Libyan people hold their flag during a demonstration against Moammar Kadafi before the fourth Contact Group Meeting on Libya at Besiktas in Istanbul.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BULENT KILIC / AFP / Getty Images

American midfielder Megan Rapinoe, right, jokes with defender Heather Mitts during a training session in Frankfurt, Germany, two days before the World Cup final soccer match against Japan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / Getty Images

Egyptian protesters wave their national flag and shout in Cairo's Tahrir Square to demand political change as anger grows with the military rulers over the slow pace of reform.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMED HOSSAM / AFP / Getty Images

Eleven-month-old Abdifatah Hassan suffers from severe malnutrition at a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in the biggest refugee camp in the world in Dadaab, Kenya. A United Nations refugee agency said that it would begin a massive operation to fly in tents and other aid to the camp, where 1,300 Somalis fleeing conflict and drought are arriving daily.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP / Getty Images

A long-haired dachshund leaps through a race course at the 2011 Taipei Pet Show inside the Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. The show will run from Friday to Monday with more than 100 exhibitors and 600 booths.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Santana / Associated Press

Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo from Spain speeds up during the second MotoGP free practice at the Sachsenring circuit in Hohenstein-Ernstthal. The Grand Prix of Germany takes place Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JENS MEYER5 / Associated Press

Fireworks burst over the Eiffel Tower during traditional Bastille Day celebrations in Paris.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRED DUFOUR / AFP / Getty Images

Fallen runners are trampled on Estafeta Street during the last running of the bulls during the annual San Fermin festival. There were no serious injuries reported from the run, which lasted about 2 1/2 minutes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susana Vera / Reuters

A bull makes a splash right on top of a reveler as he is chased into the sea during the Bous a la Mar (Bulls to the Sea) festival. The festival is held to honor the Santisima Sangre and the monk Pedro Esteve, who is said to have saved the coastal town from a plague in 1633. The bulls that are chased into the water are brought back to land by small boats.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jasper Juinen / Getty Images

A woman cools down in Lake Balaton to escape 100-degree temperatures in Hungary.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Laszlo Balogh / Reuters

Elsewhere on Lake Balaton, a yacht cuts through the water during the Blue Ribbon Regatta race.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Laszlo Balogh / Reuters

Firefighters perform stunts during the annual Bastille Day parade celebrating France's independence.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Benoit Tessier / Reuters

A French Rafale jet, right, accompanied by two Mirage 2000-N's, flies over western Paris during traditional Bastille Day flyover.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP/Getty Images

A pack of cyclists rides past rows of sunflowers during the 12th stage of the Tour de France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Denis Balibouse / Reuters

Artists' helpers put the finishing touches on a 14-foot-tall clay statue by artist Eddi Prabandono modeled after the head of Prabandono's 5-year-old daughter, Luz, part of the artist's Luz Series.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dwi Oblo / Reuters

Spectators and mourners watch for the arrival of a hearse carrying 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, who was killed and dismembered after getting lost while walking home from day camp in his Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood. Police said Leiby was killed by a stranger he had asked for directions and his remains were found stuffed in a trash bin and the man's refrigerator.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Minchillo / Associated Press

Police commandos stand guard at the Zaveri bazaar, one of three sites struck by bombs Wednesday in a coordinated attack in Mumbai.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aijaz Rahi / Associated Press

Rescuers tend to the injured on the Wuyishan Gongguan Bridge, which collapsed Thursday morning, killing one person. About two dozen were injured.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: China Daily / Reuters

Somalis who fled from the south wait for food at a camp. Thousands of people have arrived in Mogadishu over the last two weeks seeking assistance, and the number is increasing by the day due to a lack of water and food. The drought in the Horn of Africa has sparked a severe food crisis and high malnutrition rates.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohamed Sheikh Nor / Associated Press

A bull is surrounded by revelers after it jumped into the sea during the 'Bous a la mar' or "Bulls to the sea" festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fernando Bustamante / Associated Press

A youth dodges a police water cannon during rioting. A second night of rioting broke out in Northern Ireland at the height of the Protestant marching season, with police officers attacked and numerous people arrested.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEPHEN WILSON / AFP / Getty Images

Hundreds of protesters throw paper planes outside the Legislative Council, voicing their discontent with the government.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BOBBY YIP / Reuters

A group of young Sri Lankan Buddhist monks parade, seeking alms. In Buddhism, giving of alms is the beginning of one's journey to Nirvana, the state of perfect bliss.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eranga Jayawardena / Associated Press

People walk past lanterns during the annual Mitama festival at the Yasukuni Shrine. About 3,000 paper lanterns are lighted to comfort the souls of the dead during the four-day festival at the shrine where more than 2.4 million war dead are enshrined.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIM KYUNG-HOON / Reuters

A South African fisherman holds an octopus caught on a rocky reef. The world's top 34 surfers are congregating in Jeffreys Bay to compete in the Assn. of Surfing Professionals world title event at the world-famous right hand reef break.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIC BOTHMA / EPA

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland smiles as he stands on the 16th green during the final practice round for the British Open golf championship at Royal St George's in southern England.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIERAN DOHERTY / Reuters

Spectators watch play during the final practice round for the British Open golf championship at Royal St George's in southern England.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOBY MELVILLE / Reuters

Residents sit on railway tracks in West Java province. The residents believe that the energy from the tracks will cure them of various illnesses.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ENNY NURAHENI / Reuters

A Bornean orangutan girl, left, and boy are the first born at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, but animal rights groups say the twins should be released into the wild, according to a report by the South China Morning Post.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty Images

Palestinians inspect the site of an early morning Israeli airstrike in the al-Tuffah area that left one person wounded after Palestinians fired three rockets into southern Israel a day earlier, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED ABED / AFP / Getty Images

An employee loads bobbins of wool on to a creel machine at Axminster Carpets Ltd.'s factory. The price of wool has surged 35% this year, extending gains for a third year and joining rallies in other agricultural commodities from cotton to grains.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Ratcliffe / Bloomberg

Workers look at a crashed airliner in which all 16 people on board were killed. The crew of the twin-turboprop aircraft belonging to Noar Airlines reported problems shortly after taking off about 7 a.m. from Recife en route to Natal.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arnaldo Carvalho / Associated Press

Family members of former First Lady Betty Ford look on as a military honor guard carries her casket for the funeral service and tribute at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The head of France's Debout La Republique party, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, covers his mouth with a blue, white and red scarf, the national colors, to protest the lack of speaking time for non-registered MPs during a debate at the French Assembly prior to a vote on the country's military intervention in Libya.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP/Getty Images

Vehicle tracks snake across Salinas Grandes, one of Argentina's largest depressions 11,000 feet above sea level with an exposed salt surface of almost 30,000 acres, in the Argentine provinces of Jujuy and Salta.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EVARISTO SA / AFP/Getty Images

Young fans wave from a crane draped with the French flag as they await riders on the 100 mile tenth stage of the 2011 Tour de France between Aurillac and Carmaux in southwestern France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOEL SAGET / AFP/Getty Images

A worker operates a furnace at a steel manufacturing plant at Hefei in Anhui province. China's imports of iron ore fell to 56 million tons in June from 58 million in May.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIANAN YU / REUTERS

A man walks past a cafeteria with a colorful mural in Havana.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Boys dive into the water between the river Drim and Ohrid lake in Struga, Macedonia, as temperatures soared to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: OGNEN TEOFILOVSKI / REUTERS

Sydney Truba, 11, of Melvindale, Mich., lies covered in mud during Wayne County's 2011 Mud Day event at Nankin Mills Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Pugliano / Getty Images

A giant U.S. flag is held taut during on-field festivities before Major League Baseball's 82nd All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM YOUNG / REUTERS

Fans pull back Keith Carmickle of Kingman, Ariz., after he toppled over a railing while trying to catch a ball at the All-Star Game's home run derby on Monday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Kadlubowski / Arizona Republic

Fellow fans save Keith Carmickle of Kingman, Ariz., after he fell over a railing while trying to catch a ball during the baseball All-Star Game's home run derby.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Chow / Arizona Republic

Keith Carmickle of Kingman, Ariz., flirts with disaster as he stands on a table right in front of a railing to try to catch a foul ball during the baseball All-Star Game's home run derby Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Chow / Arizona Republic

A calf throws a young woman in the bullring in Pamplona, in northern Spain, on Tuesday after people ran into the arena after the morning's running-of-the-bulls. After the bulls run through the streets, wild cattle are let loose in the ring to the amusement of thousands of spectators who pack the grounds.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM HOLLANDER / EPA

Police volunteers demonstrate their skills during a graduation ceremony in Misrata. Libyan rebels dug into defensive positions and took more casualties on Monday, stalled in their advance toward Tripoli.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: THAIER AL-SUDANI / Reuters

Flames rise from an Egyptian pipeline distribution station after an attack in the Sinai peninsula on Tuesday. Saboteurs blew up the distribution station in northern Sinai that supplies natural gas to Israel, the official MENA news agency said. It was the fourth attack on facilities supplying Egyptian gas to Israel this year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reuters

Pakistanis look out of the window of one bus at the burned wreckage of another bus on a highway on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday. Pakistani police say the blast killed at least 10 people and was believed to have been caused by a faulty gas cylinder.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press

John Daly of the U.S. hits a shot onto the 2nd green during a practice round ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St. George's golf course in Sandwich, England.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tim Hales / Associated Press

A man and a dog share a water fountain during a sunny day in Prague on Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID W. CERNY / Reuters

A man and his cat take advantage of the sunny day in Union Square Park in New York.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

Osman Ali Aliyow Mursal digs a burial plot among other recent graves for his 4-year-old son, Aden Ibrahim, as men prepare to pray over the boy's body, wrapped in a plastic mat, on the outskirts of Ifo II Camp in Kenya. Doctors were unable to save Aden, who died of diarrhea-related dehydration after four days of inpatient care. U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres said Sunday that drought-ridden Somalia is the "worst humanitarian disaster" in the world, after meeting with refugees who endured unspeakable hardship to reach the world's largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rebecca Blackwell / Associated Press

Indian Railway workers remove debris of a derailed passenger train near Bhatkuchi, about 40 miles west of Gauhati, India. Four coaches of the Guwahati-Puri Express derailed following a possible explosion, police and railway sources said. Dozens of people were reported killed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anupam Nath / Associated Press

Seen at the rear of Atlantis' cargo bay is the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module, packed with supplies and spare parts for the International Space Station. Atlantis, which docked at the space station for the last time Sunday, is retiring after this flight, the last of NASA's 30-year shuttle program.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA

Scottish gymnasts jump in front of a fountain during the 14th World Gymnaestrada 2011 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The event, which is held every four years in a different host city, begins July 10 and ends July 16.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP / Getty Images

A Bosnian Muslim woman cries over one of the 613 coffins before a mass burial ceremony at the Srebrenica Memorial Cemetary in Potocari, Bosnia-Herzogovina. Tens of thousands of people are expected to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the moment the U.N.-protected enclave fell to Bosnian Serb troops. The remains of 613 people will be buried alongside the 4,524 victims of the massacre already interred in the vast cemetery, which faces the former U.N. army base. About 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in just a few days after the eastern town under U.N. protection was captured by Bosnian Serb forces 16 years ago.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP / Getty Images

Rani Verma grieves the loss of her father-in-law in a train accident as she waits for his body outside a government mortuary in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh. Rescue workers pulled more bodies Monday from the mangled wreckage of the Kalka Mail passenger train that derailed in northern India.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated Press

A man cools off in the Dambovita River in central Bucharest as temperatures reached 96.8 degrees in southern Romania.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BOGDAN CRISTEL / Reuters

An Egyptian man waves national flags during a protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square, vowing to keep up their sit-in, which began July 8, despite a series of concessions by the Egyptian prime minister. The protesters say they will not leave until the nation's temporary military rulers purge the remnants of Hosni Mubarak's deposed regime. They also demand that those responsible for killing hundreds during the uprising that ousted Mubarak be brought to justice.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMED HOSSAM / AFP / Getty Images

Relatives of victims who died in bomb blasts in Uganda's capital, Kampala, light candles during a memorial service marking the one-year anniversary of a double-suicide bomb attack in Kampala. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is calling for more international help to combat the Somali militant group that claimed responsibility for a deadly terrorist attack in Uganda one year ago. Ugandans on Monday marked the anniversary of a double-suicide bomb attack in Uganda's capital that killed 76 people who had gathered to watch the World Cup final.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Stephen Wandera / Associated Press

Two-year-old Aden Salaad sits in a tub as he is bathed by his mother at a Doctors Without Borders hospital, where Aden is receiving treatment for malnutrition, in the Dagahaley Camp in Kenya. U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres said Sunday that drought-ridden Somalia is the "worst humanitarian disaster" in the world, after meeting with refugees who endured unspeakable hardship to reach the world's largest refugee camp in Dadaab.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rebecca Blackwell / Associated Press

Rescue workers return after going to the site of a sunken cruise ship in Kuibyshevsky Zaton, about 75 miles from Kazan, on the Volga River, in central Russia. Rescuers scoured the wide waters of a Volga River reservoir on Monday, searching with dimming hopes for survivors after an aged, overloaded cruise ship sank amid wind and rain. Nine people were confirmed dead, but more than 90 remained missing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Misha Japaridze / Associated Press

An aerial view of farmer Top Pearsy's cornfield in York, England, reveals a rendering of Harry Potter.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bethany Clarke / Getty Images

Laborers process seashells at a dock in Changdao Island, China. This seashell grows naturally on the seabed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: WU HONG / EPA

Tourists walk in front of the columns of the Temple of Zeus in Athens. Tourists are flocking to Greece's sun-drenched islands, drawn by sharply lower prices on offer for Aegean holidays.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHN KOLESIDIS / Reuters

A marshal quiets the crowd on the fairway of the fourth hole during a practice round for the British Open golf championship at Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EDDIE KEOGH / Reuters

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Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism.

In Palm Desert, Calif., former First Lady Betty Ford was honored and remembered at her funeral and tribute that was attended by former and current First Ladies Michelle Obama, Roselyn Carter, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Nancy Reagan at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.

In Africa, protesters in Cairo continue their sit-in inside Tahir Square, despite a series of concessions by the Egyptian prime minister; Ugandans hold a memorial service marking the one-year anniversary of a double-suicide bomb attack that killed 76 people who had gathered to watch the World Cup final; and refugees from drought-ridden Somalia receive medical care for malnutrition at a refugee camp in Kenya.

On the sports front, the US women’s soccer team beat France and will advance to the World Cup final to be played Sunday against Japan; the 140th Open Championship at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in England got underway with five-time British Open champion Tom Watson carting a hole in one on the sixth hole during the second round; and the Tour de France continues to wind its way through the French countryside.

In Asia, a pair of Bornean orangutans were born at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, sparking debate among animal activists on whether to eventually release them back into the wild; 3,000 paper lanterns are lighted at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo where more than 2.4 million war dead are enshrined; young Buddhist monks parade in Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Indonesian residents sit on railway tracks believing the energy from the tracks will cure them of various illnesses.

And  from  deep space, the space shuttle Atlantis delivers captivating images as it orbits Earth. Atlantis is docked to the International Space Station for the last time and is scheduled to return to Kennedy Space Center on July 20, 2011.

Add to the mix: the running of the bulls in Pamplona, French Bastille Day, a baseball fan almost falling from the stands while trying to catch a ball during a home run derby in Phoenix, a farmer in England who has a portrait of Harry Potter cut into his corn crop and you have our visual journey around the globe. Enjoy.

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