The sun shines through the glass at the Apple store on Broadway in Manhattan. The producer of iPhones and iPads was for a second day in a row the most valuable company in the world with a market capitalization of $337.2 billion, surpassing Exxon at $330.8 billion.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER FOLEY / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
A trader takes a break outside the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks plummeted over 4%, more than wiping out the gains of Tuesday's rebound as European debt troubles and worries of a new U.S. recession kept investors on edge.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STAN HONDA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
An investor is reflected in a display showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shenyang. China's benchmark stock index ended up 0.9%, led by property shares after a powerful technical rebound in global markets.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHENG LI / REUTERSLink
A young boy sits on a windowsill surrounded by flood waters in Tikiapara, in West Bengal state. A strong summer rainfall is vital to millions of farmers in India and to the economic growth of Asia's third largest economy which gets 80% of its annual rainfall during the monsoon season.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Students demonstrate against the government of President Sebastian Pinera, which is planning changes in the education system.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A rainbow arcs over the medieval Charles Bridge in the Czech capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MICHAL CIZEK / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Maria Sharapova of Russia returns to Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia on Day 3 of the Rogers Cup.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Trotman / Getty ImagesLink
Chinese artist Liu Bolin, center, is helped by colleagues in his studio as he's painted to blend into rows of soft drinks in an artwork called "Plasticizer." He's protesting the use of a food additive known as a plasticizer.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated PressLink
A man looks at notes posted on a "peace wall" on a boarded-up window of a discount store in the wake of the London riots.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images EuropeLink
Living Goddess Kumari attends the Changu Narayan festival. The Kumari, a pre-pubescent girl who is a manifestation of a goddess, is worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal. The Kumari emerges from her temple about 12 times a year for religious occasions.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Navesh Chitrakar / ReutersLink
A broker monitors share prices at the Newedge trading room.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christian Hartmann / ReutersLink
A young man jumps from the old Fallujah bridge into the Euphrates River. Swimming is one way Iraqis find relief from the stifling summer heat.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohammed Jalil / EPALink
A fisherman weaves a fishing net for the upcoming coconut festival, which marks the start of new fishing season.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajanish Kakade / Associated PressLink
Spc. Christopher Aust, 25, of Harrison, Ark., with the U.S. Army's 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky., takes a picture of a rainbow at the Transit Center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, while riding out a layover on the way home after completing a deployment in Afghanistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Goldman / Associated PressLink
Kashmiri Muslim women pray inside the Jamia Mosque. Muslims around the world are marking the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Altaf Qadri / Associated PressLink
A man climbs onto a military tank near the Ethiopia-Somalia border.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Thomas Mukoya / ReutersLink
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