Rescue workers tend to a wounded man after an explosion rocked central Oslo on Friday. The blast damaged government buildings and injured several people, a witness told Reuters.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scanpix Norway / ReutersLink
A Palestinian medic treats a man who was injured as Israeli forces fired tear gas at Palestinian protesters during a demonstration against the closure of a road during an uprising by Jewish settlers in Kadumim.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFPLink
Supporters of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh stand on structures at the Unknown Soldiers' Square as they attend a rally to show their support after prayers in Sanaa. Banners hanging at the square are of Saleh, left, and Saudi King Abdullah.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUHAIB SALEM / ReutersLink
A Kyrgyz rider performs during a traditional folk festival at Son-Kul Lake.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO / Agence France-PresseLink
A diver wearing chef's uniform performs with sardines as part of summer vacation events at Coex Aquarium in Seoul.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated PressLink
Team Breitling wing walker Charlotte Voce performs above Edinburgh in advance of its appearance this weekend at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID MOIR / ReutersLink
Weapons that were handed in by Monterrey area residents are seen before their destruction at the 7th Military Zone. The weapons were collected during the government-run Guns Exchange Program in coordination with the military authorities. The army destroyed 1,494 rifles, 2,416 guns, 1,492 magazines and 262,524 bullets of different calibers.
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A couple cools off in the Unisphere fountain at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in the Queens borough of New York.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHANNON STAPLETON / ReutersLink
Australian Ballet dancers Madeleine Eastoe and Kevin Jackson perform above the Melbourne skyline on the 88th floor of the Eureka tower to promote the announcement of their lead roles in the Australian Ballet's upcoming production of "Romeo and Juliet." Australian choreographer Graeme Murphy will direct the ballet, with costumes designed by Akira Isogawa. It premieres Sept. 1.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: WILLIAM WEST / AFPLink
Somali displaced people wait for a food-aid distribution at a camp in southern Mogadishu, where officials said at least 650 people arrive every day. Relief groups and donors said they would help relieve famine in parts of Somalia held by Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab rebels, provided they could be sure their aid would reach those most in need. Tens of thousands have already died in Somalia in recent months, according to the U.N.'s Food and Agricultural Organization.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MUSTAFA ABDI / AFPLink
The space shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center, ending its 13-day mission. Atlantis safely touched down, bringing an end to the 30-year U.S. shuttle program.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STAN HONDA / AFPLink
An explosive expert removes a suicide vest from a dead attacker in the suburbs of Peshawar. The man was shot dead by militia volunteers when he failed to detonate his suicide vest in an attempt to kill the militia chief.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohammad Sajjad / Associated PressLink
Curator Sam Bompas, left, poses for photographers on a boating lake with dyed green water, which forms part of his installation on the roof of the Selfridges department store on Oxford Street. Selfridges will open its roof to the public for just the second time since World War II, to host the installation conceived by the artists Bompas & Parr.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated PressLink
A woman jumps from a swing into the Yenisei river on a hot day. Temperatures reached 84 degrees Fahrenheit in the Siberian city.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ILYA NAYMUSHIN / ReutersLink
A 1-year-old squirrel monkey named Charles Darwin rests on its minder's head during the filming of a TV movie.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JENS KALAENE / DPALink
Michelle Wie of the U.S. is seen through the umbrellas of spectators as she hits her second shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the Evian Masters golf tournament.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VALENTIN FLAURAUD / ReutersLink
Soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army's honor guard battalions march during a demonstration for visiting media at their military base.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andy Wong / Associated PressLink
A photographer takes a picture of dummies in a demonstration of Toyota Motor Corp.'s safety technology at its facility near Mount Fuji, west of Tokyo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Koji Sasahara / Associated PressLink
Bill Hawker, left, father of slain 22-year-old British teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker, holds up a picture of his daughter while accompanied by Lindsay's mother, Julia, as they speak to reporters outside a public prosecutor's office in suburban Tokyo after the announcement that 32-year-old Japanese man Tatsuya Ichihashi was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping and killing Lindsay in 2007. Ichihashi -- who spent more than two and a half years on the run and had plastic surgery to evade capture -- had admitted raping his English teacher but said he killed her accidentally.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFPLink
Festival-goers pose after playing in the mud during the second day at the 36th edition of the Paleo festival, an open-air music festival that runs through Sunday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFPLink
Soccer fans hold up smoke flares during the presentation of their club Arka.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AGENCJA GAZETA / ReutersLink
Firefighters and other dignitaries watch as the New York Fire Department Ladder Co. 3 firetruck that was used for evacuations after the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center is lowered below ground at the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum, under construction at ground zero.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Seth Wenig / Pool PhotoLink
A boy marches behind a contingent of military police during Independence Day celebrations in the Colombian capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FREDY BUILES / REUTERSLink
Wine barrels are arranged in circles at the Catena Zapata winery. Argentina is the world's fifth-largest producer and eighth-largest exporter of wine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEJANDRO PAGNI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Cooking pot vendors take a break.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIF ALI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Performers of the Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe rehearse a scene from "Sky Mirage II."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NACHO DOCE / REUTERSLink
Members of the Austrian-based free dance and performance group Das Collectif take part in "Stomping La Luna," choreographed by Irina Pauls of Germany, during the Malta Arts Festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI / REUTERSLink
A model presents a fashion creation during Moda de Sevilla on a bridge in the Andalusian capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marcelo del Pozo / REUTERSLink
Tourists visit a graveyard for trains at the Uyuni salt flats in the country's southwest.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AIZAR RALDES / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A couple explore the world's largest salt flat of Uyuni, 340 miles southwest of La Paz, the capital. The salt flat has one of the richest deposits of lithium in the world.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AIZAR RALDES / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A dock on the Cypress Creek Arm of Lake Travis is one of many left dry as a result of the current drought conditions.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay Janner / Austin American-StatesmanLink
A leopard attacks a forest guard at a village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri. The leopard strayed into the village area and mauled several villagers, including three guards, before being caught by forest officials, according to news reports. The leopard, which suffered injuries caused by knives and batons, died later in the evening at a veterinary center. The forest guard being attacked was injured.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated PressLink
The pack crosses Serre Poncon lake during the 17th stage of the Tour de France cycling race starting in Gap, France, and finishing in Pinerolo, Italy.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christophe Ena / Associated PressLink
A group of cats takes to the shade under some small trees to avoid the excessive heat. The area remains under a heat advisory until Friday night.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Badman / The TelegraphLink
A pile of elephant tusks is set ablaze by Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki. Kenya Wildlife Service and the Lusaka Agreement Task Force, a regional anti-poaching body, have burned tons of contraband ivory to demonstrate its commitment to combat poaching and the illicit ivory trade in the region. The ivory burned was found to have originated from Malawi and Zambia and was seized in Singapore in 2002. The burning of ivory was carried out as a part of the first-ever African Elephant Law Enforcement Day celebrations with the theme "Fostering cooperation to combat elephant poaching and ivory trafficking in Africa."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAI KUROKAWA / EPALink
Archaeologist Sascha Hopf examines a skeleton lying in an excavation pit at Leipziger Strasse in Berlin. The remains were found during construction work and were probably buried at the cemetery of the former Gertrauden hospital, which was a clinic for impoverished citizens from 1400 until 1739.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MAURIZIO GAMBARINI / EPALink
Sam Holden, left, of Britain talks with friends after making it to the final table during the World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in, no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event at the Rio hotel-casino in Las Vegas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEVE MARCUS / ReutersLink
U.S. troops take a break at the first resting place along the route of the second stage as they take part in the Four Days Walk. Reports state that more than 42,000 people are participating in the walking event. The 95th Four Days Walk takes place from Tuesday to Friday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIK VAN 'T WOUD / EPALink
Autogyro pilot Norman Surplus is seen on the tarmac after landing at U.S. Air Force Base Kadena. After a nine-hour flight over the ocean from the Philippines, Surplus safely landed at the base.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HITOSHI MAESHIRO / EPALink
A man who was demanding better wages, along with other contract college lecturers, is detained by policemen during a protest. About a dozen contract college lecturers were injured when police used batons to disperse their protest.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANISH ISMAIL / ReutersLink
Bosnian Muslim women comfort one another during a mass funeral for 111 Bosnian Muslims killed at the beginning of Bosnian war. All victims were killed on July 1992 during an offensive by Bosnian Serbs that left more than 4,000 missing persons buried in numerous mass graves around the town of Prijedor.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Amel Emric / Associated PressLink
Spain's Andrea Fuentes competes in the final of the solo free synchronized swimming competition in the FINA World Championships at the indoor stadium of the Oriental Sports Centre.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Falun Gong practitioners hold lighted candles during a protest against what they say is the Chinese government's policy of harassment and torture of its members in China.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated PressLink
A man, at left, tries to attack News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch with a white substance during a parliamentary committee hearing on phone hacking at Portcullis House in London on Tuesday.
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A man is photographed by police officers after News Corp. Chief Executive and Chairman Rupert Murdoch was attacked with a white substance during a parliamentary committee hearing on phone hacking at Portcullis House. Murdoch was attacked by a protester while giving evidence to a British parliamentary committee at which he defended his son and his company over a scandal that has rocked the British establishment.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RuetersLink
The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis departs the International Space Station in this still image taken from video, ending a 12-year program to build and service the orbital outpost, the primary legacy of NASA's shuttle fleet. Atlantis' return to Earth, scheduled for Thursday, will conclude the 30-year-old U.S. space shuttle program, with no replacement U.S. spaceships ready to fly.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA TV / NASALink
The International Space Station is seen through the docking port of the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis as it departs the station in this still image taken from NASA TV.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA TV / NASALink
China's Qin Kai and Luo Yutong compete in the men's 3-meter springboard synchronized diving final at the 14th FINA World Championships.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARLOS BARRIA / ReutersLink
Italy's team performs in the synchronized swimming team technical final at the 14th FINA World Championships.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BOBBY YIP / ReutersLink
A 2-month-old Sumatran tiger cub is held by his mother, Malea, at the zoo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEX DOMANSKI / ReutersLink
Eight Asian elephants and an array of show horses and miniature ponies along with their human escorts walk through downtown during Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Moonlight Animal Walk to Staples Center on Monday for their upcoming performances.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles TimesLink
A busker named Sean performs on a bicycle balanced on a pole by Sydney Harbour. While Australia's unemployment rate remains steady at 4.9%, some unemployed workers are finding ever more creative ways of earning an income.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TORSTEN BLACKWOOD / AFPLink
Ethnic Tibetans and residents gather in front of the Potala Palace to join the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Tibet's peaceful liberation in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region. Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Tuesday vowed to improve people's well-being, maintain social stability in Tibet and fight against separatist activities led by the Dalai group, Xinhua News Agency reported.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHINA DAILY / ReutersLink
Tourists use umbrellas to protect themselves from the rain as they walk in front of the Eiffel Tower.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIC GAILLARD / ReutersLink
Afghan women are seen through a cracked armored window on a street in Helmand province.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHAMIL ZHUMATOV / ReutersLink
U.S. Marine Stefen Scarlata, 21, of Albany N.Y., center, with the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., lights a cigarette before heading out on a mission at sunrise to look for insurgents in the village of Mushazi, Afghanistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Goldman / Associated PressLink
Mourners carry the body of Hassan al-Hora during his funeral. Fighting between government forces and opposition supporters erupted in Yemen's capital on Monday, killing six people, among them Al-Hora, opposition sources said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUHAIB SALEM / ReutersLink
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Johann Strauss Orchestra performs at the Amman Citadel, an ancient Roman landmark in the Jordanian capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MUHAMMAD HAMED / REUTERSLink
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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