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The Week in Pictures | July 18 – 24, 2011

A massive bomb explodes in the center of Oslo, causing widespread destruction, injuring many and killing several, while on a wooded island not far from the Norwegian capital, a gunman opens fire at a youth convention of the ruling Labor Party, killing more than 80 people, with teenagers feared to be among the victims.

The New York Fire Department Ladder Co. 3 firetruck used for evacuations after the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center is suspended in midair before being lowered by crane below ground at the National September 11 Memorial Museum, under construction at the trade center site.

In Europe, competitors in the 17th stage of the Tour de France cycle across the Serre Poncon lake at Savines le Lac; a pile of elephant tusks is set ablaze at the Tsavo West National Park in Kenya as part of the first African Elephant Law Enforcement Day celebrations; and abandoned trains rust in a railway graveyard at the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia.

A leopard goes on the attack in Prakash Nagar, India, mauling several villagers before being nabbed and brought under control by forest officials. It’s unclear if the jungle cat was provoked by Wednesday’s release of Lion, the latest version of the Apple OS X operating system — we just don’t know.

Participants in the Santa Claus World Congress cool their feet in Copenhagen, Denmark; a surfer takes to the air during the Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa; and in Italy, models pose as mannequins as part of a protest in a Milan department store window.

At the culmination of its final mission, space shuttle Atlantis departs the International Space Station and returns to Earth with a pitch-perfect landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, marking the end of an era spanning three decades. How time flies.

As always, this is just a glimpse of the range, scope, color and life of our weekly global photographic journey; we have much more for you to explore.

We have the space; take your time to enjoy.