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The Atomic Bomb Dome is seen at dusk at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on the eve of the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945. Hiroshima will mark the anniversary for the first time after the nearby Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in March.


Kyung-tae Kim of South Korea is reflected in a water hazard as he walks to the third green during second-round play in the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Amy Sancetta / Associated Press

An Israeli police explosives expert removes part of a rocket that was fired from the northern Gaza Strip into an open field near the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Gat. Sappers dug a hole to extricate the fragments of the rocket that were embedded deep under the soil.


Soldiers run as a wave hits the coast in Wenling. Shanghai and the neighboring Chinese province of Zhejiang are bracing for a strong typhoon that is expected to hit this weekend, with authorities making contingency plans to shut ports and evacuate coastal residents if necessary.


A southern cassowary, a flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea, in its enclosure at Tierpark Zoo in Berlin.


The crew gathers aboard the Bribon yacht as it sails during the fifth day of the 30th Copa del Rey regatta in Palma de Mallorca.


Commuters walk down a subway platform at the Wall Street stop in New York. U.S. stock index futures rallied early Friday, signaling a possible rebound from Thursday's drop.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott Eells / Bloomberg

Palestinian women wait to cross the Qalandia checkpoint on their way to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The checkpoint is between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bernat Armangue / Associated Press

Officer Daniel Ackerman's sister Christie Thompson, left, comforts his mother Cindy Thompson, center as his cousin Heather Thompson, right, received flags as police officers and firemen from around California who participated in funeral services at Forest Lawn Memorial Park for Buena Park police officer Daniel Ackerman, who died during SWAT training exercises.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Sugarloaf mountain and Guanabara Bay are seen at dawn in Rio de Janeiro.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated Press

An electronic board displays trading activity on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Mounting fears about the health of the global economy sent the Dow Jones industrial average plummeting more than 500 points, putting new pressures on financial and political leaders to find a way to prevent a double-dip recession.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jin Lee / Associated Press

A woman reads a copy of the Koran on the fourth day of Ramadan at the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta. Muslims around the world celebrate the month of Ramadan by abstaining from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk each day.


Bank of Japan governor Masaaki Shirakawa takes questions at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday. Shirakawa said the central bank closely communicates with the finance ministry on economic and financial developments.


The San Jose mine in Copiapo remains shuttered a year after 33 miners were trapped deep below the surface and survived for 70 days before being rescued in one of the most complex mine rescue operations ever undertaken.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Trueba / European Pressphoto Agency

Team Oracle's Sean Tucker files inverted in his Challenger II biplane over Puget Sound during a practice flight for the annual Boeing Air Show at Seafair taking place this weekend.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Prayer beads are placed around a religious symbol at a holy shrine in northern Tehran during the month of Ramadan.


Xavier Paul of the Pittsburgh Pirates tries to catch a fly ball during a game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jared Wickerham / Getty Images

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia sports nail polish matching her outfit as she serves to Alberta Brianti of Italy during their match at the WTA Championships in Carlsbad.


Silhouetted against a dusk sky, two people practice walking a slackline at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated Press

A pedestrian passes in front of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stock markets plunged, with the Dow down about 250 points, as increasing pessimism about the economy overtook investors around the globe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott Eells / Bloomberg

Laborers unload coal from a supply truck at a wholesale market in the outskirts of New Delhi.


International mountaineers scale the Jungfrau, one of the main summits in the Bernese Alps, situated between the cantons of Valais and Bern in Switzerland. Together with the Eiger and Mönch, the Jungfrau forms a massive wall overlooking the Bernese Oberland and is considered one of the most emblematic sights of the Swiss Alps.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Boesch / Associated Press

Costumed participants fight as part of the "Conquest of Mythodea" Live Action Role-Play. Thousands of people from all over the world attend the world's second biggest interactive game, which takes place in an old castle for several days.


Heavy metal music fans dance during a performance at one of the smaller stages on the first day of the Wacken Open Air heavy metal music fest. About 75,000 heavy metal fans from all over the world have descended on this north German village for the annual three-day fest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sean Gallup / Getty Images

A member of NoFit State Circus performs in the "Labyrinth" show at the Eden Project. "Labyrinth," created especially for Eden to celebrate the Cornish attraction's 10th birthday, blends aerial acrobatics with surreal circus stunts and live music and dance, and uses the entire project as a stage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

Rescue workers and residents search for survivors amid the debris of a residential building that collapsed, killing at least two people, while some 45 people, mostly women, are still feared trapped in the debris.


A worker loads sugar cane onto a truck during harvesting at Karanganyar district. The Tasik Madu sugar mill produces 260 tons of sugar per day. Indonesia will not issue any additional import permits for raw or white sugar in 2011 because of ample supply, the trade minister said on Thursday, dashing hopes of more purchases by Southeast Asia's largest consumer.


Afghan men watch fuel tankers that caught fire. Police said they are investigating the incident in which no casualties were reported but have so far dismissed any terrorist involvement.


Thai Muslim women pray during Ramadan at the Central Mosque in the restive province of Pattani. Muslims around the world abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.


A young woman offers a flower to police during a protest. Police have prevented hundreds of anti-austerity protesters from entering the central plaza where they have held numerous demonstrations since May, railing against the political status quo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arturo Rodriguez / Associated Press

A hot-air balloon flies as the sun sets in eastern Germany at the site of a three-day balloon festival.


An inmate in a Brasilia women's prison lets her nail polish dry in preparation for the third annual Miss Penitentiary beauty pageant. A modeling agency selected 12 finalists out of the nearly 100 incarcerated women who entered the contest.


Ana Ivanovic of Serbia serves to Ayumi Morita of Japan during second-round play at the WTA tennis tournament in Carlsbad. Ivanovic won, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).


A demonstrator takes part in a march in Sao Paulo to demand a reduction in the workweek to 40 hours. The words on his cap read "40 HOURS NOW."


The dry bed of O.C. Fisher Lake bakes in the hot Texas sun. Long periods of 100-degree-plus temperatures combined with a dearth of rain over the last few years have almost entirely dried up the reservoir that once spanned more than 5,400 acres.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

Book dealer Derek McDonnell displays the first print of a Macrobian World Map from Ambrosius Macrobius's 1483 incunabulum "In Somnium Scipionis Expositio. Saturnalia" depicting the Great South Land now known as Australia. The collection of rare books and maps, with some of the most important early printed editions of the major exploring nations detailing the search for Australia, is being offered for sale.


Camouflaged by pollen, bees blend into a flower in an agricultural field south of Dixon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Roach / The Reporter/AP

The 64th Locarno Film Festival opens on a clear summer evening at the city's Piazza Grande.


Egyptians react after ousted President Hosni Mubarak appeared on a giant video screen erected outside the court where Mubarak pleaded not guilty along with his sons to charges of murder and corruption.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marwan Naamani / AFP / Getty Images

Former President Hosni Mubarak is seen lying on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in his first court appearance on murder and corruption charges in an image from Egyptian state TV.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

One World Trade Center, a pair of construction cranes on its roof, rises on the lower Manhattan skyline. The skyscraper is now 76 floors and will reach 104.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

A young girl plays in a fountain on a summer's day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters

A Muslim woman prays in her home on the third day of the holy month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from dusk to dawn during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Narendra Shrestha / European Pressphoto Agency

Muslims ready to end their daily Ramadan fast are served free porridge at a mosque in Central Java province.


Contestants perform a musical number with umbrellas during the 2011 Miss Korea Contest at the Seijongro Cultural Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, left, greets a Taiwanese devotee as he arrives at the Tsuglakhang temple to lead a prayer session as part of the Tibetan Buddhist festival Choekhor Duchen, which marks the day that Buddha first gave a sermon on the Four Noble Truths.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ashwini Bhatia / Associated Press

Vilnius Mayor Arturas Zuokas, 43, makes a point about parking scofflaws by running over an illegally parked car in the city center. The mayor took the drastic action after becoming infuriated with motorists who ignore parking laws.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

An inscription for Ed Kennision, one of eight people killed in a mass shooting at a beer distributorship a year ago, adorns a pillar at a memorial garden dedicated to the victims.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jessica Hill / Associated Press

At a feeding center at the world’s largest refugee complex in Dadaab, Kenya, a mother looks for signs of recovery in her severely malnourished 1-year-old son. The worst drought in decades has blistered large parts of the Horn of Africa, leaving villages deserted, rivers dead and some 12 million people needing emergency aid.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

A woman passes a mural honoring the victims of Sept. 11 at the FDNY Engine Company 205 and Hook & Ladder Company 118 firehouse in the Brooklyn borough of Uniondale.


A student reads the Koran at the Al-Mukmin Islamic boarding school in Solo before morning prayers for the holy month of Ramadan.


A woman is silhouetted as she ascends a colorful staircase in a shop in Rome. Italy's financial system remains stable despite market tensions created by international uncertainties, a committee of senior Italian financial officials reported after an emergency meeting on Tuesday.


A man walks up stairs covered with an image of a refugee, part of an awareness campaign by the U.N. High Commission for Refugees throughout the city.


An image provided by the Nacogdoches Police Department shows a remnant of the shuttle Columbia on a dry lake bed in eastern Texas, exposed due to the severe drought. The globe-shaped object was one of 18 tanks on Columbia that helped power the shuttle, according to a NASA spokesperson. The shuttle disintegrated on its return to Earth in 2003, killing all seven astronauts on board and leaving a trail of debris that spanned several hundred miles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nacogdoches Police Dept. / AFP/Getty Images

The flight data recorder from Caribbean Airlines flight 523, a Boeing 737-800 that crashed Sunday while trying to land in Guyana, is displayed for the media at National Transportation Safety Board headquarters in Washington.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cliff Owen / Associated Press

An illuminated board at the New York Stock Exchange displays the final trading numbers for the day. The S&P 500 turned negative as wrangling over the U.S. debt ceiling ended and investors turned their attention to the stalling economy.


An unusual advertising billboard at the corner of Grand and West Broadway acts as a mood meter by analyzing Twitter, gauging the number of happy and sad emoticons tweeted at any given moment, causing the billboard's face to change between a smile and a frown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Burton / Getty Images

Drew Petersen of the U.S. performs during a free-skiing session at Snow Park in Wanaka, New Zealand. Petersen is ranked second in the Junior Freeskiing Tour, a big mountain competition held in the United States.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

A man in his underwear and a tie holds a sign at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., as part of a Men's Wearhouse clothing drive to help at-risk people transitioning into the workforce.


Visitors to Salisbury Cathedral stop to look at Sean Henry's sculpture Man Lying on His Side (2000) on exhibit at the Nave in Salisbury, England. The exhibition, "Conflux: A Union of the Sacred and the Anonymous," features more than 20 contemporary sculptures of dramatically different scales occupying vacant plinths and open spaces inside and outside the iconic 13th century building. This exhibition brings to the Cathedral the biggest single group of polychrome sculpture since the Reformation and runs until the end of October.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. The Dow opened lower due to investor fears about a slowing economy after the release of a weak consumer spending report.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Burton / Getty Images

Masses of seaweed are cleared away along the French coastline at St. Michel-en-Greve. The mysterious death of 36 wild boars on France's northwestern coast baffled authorities on Tuesday after tests suggested large amounts of rotting seaweed strewn across beaches may not be to blame. Environmentalists had said that toxic, foul-smelling hydrogen sulfide gas emitted by the rotting seaweed had poisoned the animals in the Cotes d'Armor region of Brittany.


Young women attend the funeral of Mona Abdninur, 18, in Hoeybraeten, Norway. The teenager was one of the 77 people killed in a July 22 bombing and shootings. Anders Behring Breivik has confessed to the attacks.


A boy swims in a knee-high flood waters brought about by continuous rainfall from typhoon Muifa along a main street in Maceda, metro Manila.


EdgeWalk is CN Tower's most thrilling attraction in its 35-year history and the first of its kind in North America. It is the world's highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5-foot-wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower's main pod. Visitors are able to walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. Trained EdgeWalk guides encourage participants to push their personal limits, allowing them to lean back over Toronto where they can view the area.


Somali refugees are gathered at a registration center in Dadaab, Kenya, to receive aid after being displaced from their homes by a famine that is ravaging the horn of Africa region. An estimated 3.7 million people in Somalia -- about a third of the population -- are on the brink of starvation. Relief agencies are struggling to cope with the daily influx of Somalis escaping not only drought but also al-Shabab extremists.


A boat passes a sculpture of a gigantic mermaid designed by German artist Oliver Voss on Alster River in Hamburg, Germany. The Styrofoam and steel sculpture will be on exhibit for 10 days.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Axel Heimken / Associated Press

Former Russian paratroopers with Airborne Forces flags celebrate Paratroopers Day in a fountain in Moscow's Gorky Park. Russian Paratroopers' Forces celebrated the 81st anniversary of the forces creation on Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mikhail Metzel / Associated Press

Tiger Woods watches his iron shot on the front nine during practice for the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marvin Fong / The Plain Dealer

A car drives at sunrise along Chapmans Peak, part of the Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, South Africa. Situated at the southwestern tip of Africa, the Table Mountain National Park is part of the Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site.


In what has been a tradition since the days of Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers players ride children's bikes to training camp.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Morry Gash / Associated Press

The morning sun illuminates the U.S. Capitol, where The House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate are to vote on an agreement to extend the federal debt limit while enacting spending cuts.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Two athletes warm up for a fight at the "Hundstoa-Ranggeln," an annual physical competition in a natural mountain arena. With its roots in the 14th century, the competition is probably one of the oldest sports in the Alps.


A man adjusts a "Giant Mermaid" sculpture on the city's Alster lake. The sculpture is created by art and advertising agency Oliver Voss.


Free-skier Ted Davenport of the United States crashes after launching off a drop during the World Heli Challenge Extreme Day at Mount Albert on Minaret Station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

A newly arrived refugee displays his food ration card as he lines up at a World Food Program distribution center at the Ifo refugee camp. Southern Somalia is heading into famine as the Horn of Africa food crisis deepens, the United Nations said.


Two Chinese Hui Muslim girls read the Koran on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andy Wong / Associated Press

A diver feeds fish at a refurbished aquarium that reopens Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shizuo Kambayashi / Associated Press

Young boys lean over a giant sofa on the South Bank. Temperatures in London reached about about 80 degrees and were expected to hit 86 by Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

Ali Ahmed, 17, cools down in a bath. The Iraqi government announced that Monday is an official holiday due to the hot weather.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khalid Mohammed / Associated Press

People sunbathe on the packed Gandia Beach in Valencia. August is the main holiday month in Spain, with thousands of people expected to visit the Mediterranean coastline over the course of the month.


A dancer with the Carmen Cantero ballet company performs in front of the Spanish royal palace during the presentation of the show "Goya en la Villa y Corte."


Sunrise silhouettes the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln in the port of Los Angeles and a lone figure looking for coins with a metal detector at Cabrillo Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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At a feeding center at the world’s largest refugee complex in Dadaab, Kenya, a mother looks for signs of recovery in her severely malnourished 1-year-old son. The worst drought in decades has blistered large parts of the Horn of Africa, leaving villages deserted, rivers dead and some 12 million people in grave need of emergency aid.

In Washington, a compromise is finally struck at the 11th hour for increasing the national debt ceiling and later signed into law by a weary President Obama after arguably one of the most protracted and acrimonious displays of partisan political posturing the nation’s capital — or any capital, for that matter — has ever seen.

For much of the week it was a roller coaster ride on Wall Street, with all of the terror but none of the fun. At one point, mounting fears about the health of the global economy sent the Dow Jones into a precipitous dive of more than 500 points, plumbing dark territory not seen since 2008, ratcheting up the pressure on financial and political leaders to find a way to prevent a double-dip recession.

With the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks a little more than a month away, One World Trade Center towers over the lower Manhattan skyline. The skyscraper, under construction, has reached 76 floors with 28 to go.

A remnant of the space shuttle Columbia is found on a dry lake bed near Nacogdoches, Texas, as a result of the severe drought. Returning home on Feb. 1, 2003, after concluding its 28th mission, the doomed space vehicle broke up upon reentry to Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crew members and leaving a debris trail from eastern Texas to western Louisiana and the southwestern counties of Arkansas.

It’s summertime and heat relief is taking many forms around the world. Young boys lean over a giant sofa on the South Bank in London; a teenager cools down in an outdoor bath in central Baghdad, where the government announced an official holiday because of the hot weather; and sunbathers pack Gandia Beach in Valencia, Spain.

Tiger Woods is back on the golf course during a practice round at the Bridgestone Invitational tournament in Ohio; the sculpture of a gigantic mermaid is on display along the Alster River in Germany; and in New York City, an unusual advertising billboard acts as a mood meter by analyzing Twitter, gauging the number of happy and sad emoticons tweeted at any given moment, causing the billboard’s face to change between a smile and a frown.

In Switzerland, the 64th Locarno Film Festival opens on a clear summer evening at the city’s Piazza Grande; the WTA tennis tournament continues in Carlsbad, Calif.; and in Brazil, an inmate of the Women’s Prison of Brasilia lets her nail polish dry in preparation for the third annual Miss Penitentiary beauty pageant. A modeling agency selected 12 finalists out of the nearly 100 incarcerated hapless hopefuls who entered the contest.

It’s unlikely the winner will bring back a cake.

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