London — London Mayor Boris Johnson speaks to journalists at City Hall about the phone-hacking scandal surrounding News International, the British subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matthew Lloyd / Getty ImagesLink
Space shuttle Atlantis and the robot arm extension of its Orbital Boom Sensor System is seen against a backdrop of Earth's horizon and the ethereal Aurora Australis, or southern lights.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Peshawar, Pakistan — A young girl with her head partially covered with flies stands outside her family home on the outskirts of the city, in northwest Pakistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAYAZ AZIZ / REUTERSLink
Hyderabad, India — A devotee, with colored powder covering his face, holds a piece of pumpkin as part of an offering during the annual Hindu religious festival of Bonalu in the southern Indian city. Devotees believe offerings ward off evils and epidemics during the monsoon period.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KRISHNENDU HALDER / REUTERSLink
Sheffield, England — Anatolly Herey of Ukraine, left, competes against Pavel Sukhov of Russia in the Men's team Epee third place playoff during the European Fencing Championships.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREW YATES / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Shanghai — China's Wang Hao and Chen Ruolin compete in the women's 10 meter synchronized platform diving final at the 14th FINA World Championships.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARLOS BARRIA / REUTERSLink
Moscow — A pair of swans float on the Patriarch Ponds, a popular residential area in the city's downtown area.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DMITRY KOSTYUKOV / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Amman, Jordan — The Johann Strauss Orchestra performs at the Amman Citadel, an ancient Roman landmark in the Jordanian capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MUHAMMAD HAMED / REUTERSLink
Pittsburgh, Pa. — Two Pittsburgh Pirates fans wearing yellow ponchos wait in the rain for the start of the game with the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jared Wickerham / North AmericaLink
Luins, Switzerland — Bales of straw tagged with the nuclear sign are seen at sunrise in western Switzerland. In June, the Swiss parliament began examining a proposal to phase out the country's nuclear plants by 2034. A final decision will be made later this year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Hyrynsalmi, Finland — Players slog through a match at the Swamp Soccer Championships 2011 in Hyrynsalmi. About 1,200 swamp soccer players in 117 teams competed in the two-day event in Hyrynsalmi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNA KANNASMAA / EPALink
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa — A surfer performs an aerial maneuver after the day's round of heats at the Billabong Pro in Jeffreys Bay. The world's top 34 surfers are competing at Jeffreys Bay as part of the Assn. of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour, which ends in December in Hawaii.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIC BOTHMA / EPALink
Qingdao, China — A Chinese man swims along the algae-filled coastline of Qingdao. Green algae continues to spread in waters off China's east coast and, although not poisonous, it can hinder the fishing industry and tourism in affected areas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Tokyo — Visitors extend their hands to touch a high-resolution 3-D digital movie of a whale shark during a press preview at the Sony showroom in Tokyo. Sony will display the 3-D movie illustrating Okinawa's aquarium through Aug. 31.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Bodvalenke, Hungary — The Darco guitar ensemble plays at the Festival of the Dragon, a celebration of Roma art, painting, music and dancing, held in Bodvalenke. The village is known for the frescoes decorating the walls of many of its houses.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ATTILA BALAZS / EPALink
Copenhagen, Denmark — Participants in the Santa Claus World Congress cool their feet at Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale sculpture "The Little Mermaid" in Copenhagen Harbor. About 120 Santas from all over the world are gathered for the annual World Santa Claus Congress in Denmark.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARIE HALD / EPALink
Athens — Hundreds of taxi owners block the road at the Temple of Zeus leading to the Greek Parliament building in central Athens in a call for a 48-hour strike after the government decision to liberalize the taxi sector. Measure include being able to acquire a license for a cab with only an application.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SIMELA PANTZARTZI / EPALink
Milan, Italy — Models pose as mannequins as part of a protest at a department store in downtown Milan. Italian unions had criticized modeling as "degrading" last week. The banner reads, "Modeling is also a job."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALESSANDRO GAROFALO / ReutersLink
Mogadishu, Somali — Somali displaced women stand in line as they wait for humanitarian assistance at a camp near Mogadishu airport. People at the camp lack proper shelter, clean water, medicine and sufficient food for living.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MUSTAFA ABDI / AFP / Getty IMagesLink
Johannesburg — Children celebrate Mandela Day in Diepsloot, a massive squatter camp on the northern outskirts of Johannesburg. Former South African President Nelson Mandela will celebrate his 93rd birthday with his extended family at his home in Qunu, South Africa today. The U.N. General Assembly declared July 18 to be Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of his contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. The Nelson Mandela Foundation has asked people to honor the day by devoting 67 minutes of time to helping others.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JON HRUSA / EPALink
Shanghai, China — Gold medal winners Hao Wang and Ruolin Chen of China compete in the women's 10-meter Synchro Platform final during the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK B. KRAEMER / EPALink
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