A Chinese parent protests outside a school for migrant workers' children in the suburbs of Beijing, demolished three days before the beginning of the new semester.
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A police officer stands near covered bodies on a street facing the beach at the Mexican resort of Acapulco. Two men were shot dead by unidentified gunmen, according to local media.
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Oil tankers transporting fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan smolder along the roadside after they were attacked and destroyed in northwest Pakistan.
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Artists work on a colorful mural during the Graffest street art and graffiti animation festival in St. Petersburg.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK / REUTERSLink
A young shoe vendor sits among his wares as he awaits customers at a roadside stall in Quetta.
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A Belgian shrimp fisherman hauls a net out of the sea during low tide at the coastal town of Oostduinkerke. The traditional method of catching shrimp along the North Sea coast dates back some 500 years.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YVES HERMAN / REUTERSLink
The nose cone of a Boeing C-17 dwarfs a visitor to the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon near Moscow.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI KARPUKHIN / REUTERSLink
A pilgrim confesses at one of many outdoor confessional booths set up at Retiro Park on the first day of the World Youth Day meeting in the Spanish capital. According to organizers, up to 1 million pilgrims are expected to attend the weeklong event, with the highlight being a visit by Pope Benedict XVI.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREA COMAS / REUTERSLink
Home office items are displayed during a media preview of the Treasure & Bond store in the lower Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo. Once open, the store will donate all profits for the benefit of New York City children in need.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mary Altaffer / Associated PressLink
Zoo performer Theerapone Manolai smiles as he puts his head between the jaws of a crocodile at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo, 75 miles east of Bangkok.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUKREE SUKPLANG / REUTERSLink
A woman has her photo taken next to a life-size model of the late Elvis Presley on the 34th anniversary of his death.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A mariachi musician wipes his brow between sets in a shady spot along Cesar Chavez Blvd. in Boyle Heights. Temperatures were in the 80s and 90s in Los Angeles as a high-pressure weather system moved into the area, with still warmer days predicted.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles TimesLink
A hot air balloon takes to the skies on a clear, sunny day in Ventura County.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles TimesLink
Pakistani boys bathe after heavy rainfall.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: B.K. Bangash / Associated PressLink
Ethnic Chinese devotees set fire to a nearly 27-foot-high paper statue of the Chinese deity Da Shi Ye, or Guardian God of Ghosts, during the Hungry Ghost fest in northern Malaysia. In the Chinese tradition, the seventh month of the lunar year is regarded as the Ghost Month, in which spirits and ghosts come back. During this festival, paper models are burned to appease the wandering spirits and offer prayers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saeed Khan / AFPLink
This NASA image shows a tweeted photograph from flight engineer Ron Garan aboard the International Space Station, who wrote: "What a 'Shooting Star' looks like from space, taken yesterday during Perseid Meteor Shower." The image was photographed from the orbiting complex on Aug. 13 when it was over an area northwest of Beijing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reuters / NASALink
A woman gives her confession to a priest at one of the 200 temporary confessionals set up at Madrid's Buen Retiro park. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will gather in Madrid for a giant open-air Mass, launching a six-day youth party for Pope Benedict XVI at a time of economic hardship in Spain. The faithful will pack into the emblematic central square of Cibeles for the inaugural Mass celebrated by Madrid's archbishop, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PEDRO ARMESTRE / AFPLink
A migrant worker takes a break in Shanghai.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALY SONG / ReutersLink
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore, left, Det. Estevan Martinez and Deputy Clarence Williams handle the framed "The Judgment," a Rembrandt quill etching recovered after a weekend theft in Marina del Rey. Whitmore said the etching, valued at more than $250,000, was recovered in Encino with the help of an anonymous tip.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles TimesLink
Children from public schools in Chatfield help President Obama get back up after he posed with them for a picture during his bus trip to the Midwest.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON REED / ReutersLink
Children watch, from behind a fence, the Deopokhari festival in Khokana, Katmandu, Nepal. The festival is held to appease a demon in the pond. Every year on this day, cattle are sacrificed to the pond demon so that no human lives are lost to drowning in the pond, what locals say was a common occurrence before the festival began.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated PressLink
A fence is decorated with Liebesschloesser (love padlocks) at the Hohenzollernbruecke bridge in Cologne, in western Germany. To affirm their love, couples engrave padlocks with their names, fix them at the bridge and throw the keys into the Rhine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFPLink
Workers shovel bags of salt near the Siberian town of Barnaul.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDER BLOTNITSKY / AFPLink
In this night exposure, U.S. soldiers from Bravo Company, 2-87 Infantry Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team and Afghan security forces conduct their final boarding maneuver before departing on a Chinook helicopter at Forward Operating Base Pasab in Zahri district in the Kandahar province. The soldiers were conducting a combined air and ground assault operation in Maiwand district. According to Major Kirby Dennis, operations officer of Task Force 2-87, the five hour operations resulted in the capture of eight individuals, among them two suspected Taliban leaders.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROMEO GACAD / AFPLink
A passing thunderstorm over the Great Egg Harbor Bay between Cape May and Atlantic counties produced lightning near the B.L. England power generating station.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dale Gerhard / Associated PressLink
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