Jossi Wells of New Zealand takes to the air in the Freeski Big Air Mens Qualification during day 8 of the Winter Games NZ at Cardrona Alpine Resort.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Camilla Stoddart / Getty ImagesLink
Batting helmets form a colorful geometry in the Philadelphia Phillies dugout before their game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jacquelyn Martin / Associated PressLink
First base is bathed in afternoon sunlight before the game between the Houston Astros and the San Francisco Giants at Minute Maid Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Thomas Campbell / US PRESSWIRELink
Spanish bullfighter Julian Lopez is a blur as he performs a pass to the bull during their deadly encounter at the Malagueta bullring in Malaga.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JON NAZCA / REUTERSLink
Spectators view the big screen movie night on the banks of the Elbe. More than 100,000 visitors attended this year, according to organizers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLIVER KILLIG / DPALink
Amphibious cars motor across Lake Neuchatel near Saint-Blaise during the 26th meeting of amphibious cars. This week, owners of more than 50 of these amphibious vehicles brought their World War II-era military transporters, jeeps and vintage-style cars to Switzerland for their annual European gathering. Fitted with colorful sun umbrellas and decorated with flags, what looked like a motley crew of vehicles carrying families drove off the port and glided smoothly into the water before moving across Lake Neuchatel.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Nuns sing as they wait for Pope Benedict XVI's departure from the monastery of El Escorial on the second day of his four-day visit to Spain coinciding with the World Youth Day festivities.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREA COMAS / ReutersLink
Revelers leave the grounds following the cancellation of the Pukkelpop music festival due to a violent storm.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GEORGES GOBET / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Chris Mahaney of the U.S. competes in the Snowboard Cross semi final during Day 7 of the Winter Games NZ at Cardrona Alpine Resort.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hannah Johnston / Getty ImagesLink
Basketball players from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and China's Bayi team trade punches during their game at the National Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YANGSHIZHONH -CHINA DAILY / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Supporters of India's most prominent anti-corruption crusader, Anna Hazare, throw rose petals to celebrate as they wait for him outside Tihar prison, where he was since Tuesday. Nearly 2,000 men, women and schoolchildren had gathered outside the jail on Friday morning to catch sight of the white-clad activist, who has channeled the tactics of freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi into his fight to force the government to adopt his proposals for an anti-corruption law.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saurabh Das / Associated PressLink
People arrive at Utoeya island, northwest of Oslo, site of a massacre of young people last month. Some 500 relatives of victims are expected to gather on the island to mourn. Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik has admitted killing 77 people last month, including eight in a bombing in central Oslo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRIZIO BENSCH / ReutersLink
Palestinian protesters, demonstrating for access to land in the area of Kufr Qaddum near the northern West Bank Jewish settlement of Kdumim, run away from teargas fired by Israeli troops.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nasser Ishtayeh / Associated PressLink
Israeli soldiers mourn during the funeral of a comrade at the Mt. Herzl cemetery. Gunmen who appear to have originated in Gaza and who crossed into southern Israel through the Egyptian desert ambushed civilian vehicles traveling on a remote road, killing eight people. Six were civilians, and two were members of Israeli security forces responding to the incursion.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bernat Armangue / Associated PressLink
Palestinians mourn over the body of 13-year-old Mahmoud Abu Samrah during his funeral in Gaza City. Reuters journalists on Friday saw eight bodies in a Gaza morgue. Medical officials said Abu Samrah was among the dead and that at least 18 people were wounded in Israeli strikes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / ReutersLink
Members of an international religious movement wait for sunrise on the top of their prayer hill on Rila Mountain, south of Sofia, as part of the celebration of their new year. The movement, whose founder is Bulgarian Peter Danov, is a synthesis of Christianity and Hinduism with a heavy emphasis on brotherly love, a healthy diet and living in harmony with nature.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STOYAN NENOV / ReutersLink
Russian aerobatic team Falcons of Russia perform in a Su-27 jet fighter during MAKS-2011, the International Aviation and Space Show outside Moscow.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DMITRY KOSTYUKOV / AFPLink
Israeli soldiers secure the area near a roadblock set up on roads leading to the sites of several attacks in the Arava desert. Assailants armed with heavy weapons, guns and explosives crossed into southern Israel from the neighboring Egyptian Sinai peninsula, killing six Israelis and wounding at least a dozen in a string of attacks that stoked concerns about Palestinian militants exploiting the recent instability in Egypt.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oded Balilty / Associated PressLink
An internally displaced girl carries her sibling as they walk at a settlement camp in Hodan district of Somalia's capital. Britain said on Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of children could starve to death in Somalia if the international community did not ramp up its response to the famine there, and pledged an additional $48 million to aid children and livestock owners.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FEISAL OMAR / ReutersLink
Jennifer Connolly of the U.S. completes in Women's 50m Backstroke Final during Swimming Day 5 of the 26th Summer Universiade at Universiade Center.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Feng Li / Getty Images AsiaPacLink
Competitors paddle in a heat of the women's K4 500m race of the 39th Flatwater Kayaking and Canoeing World Championships held south of Budapest, Hungary.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TAMAS KOVACS / MTILink
Visitors play 'Diablo' at the Blizzard exhibition stand during the Gamescom 2011 fair. The Gamescom convention, Europe's largest video games trade fair, runs through Sunday, Aug. 21.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: INA FASSBENDER / ReutersLink
Models dressed as fantasy figures watch at the Gamescom 2011 computer game fair. About 550 exhibitors from around the world show the latest world premieres at one of the world's largest fairs for interactive entertainment. The video games sector has become one of the most dynamic industries.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Meissner / Associated PressLink
Pet bird Xiao Nuo pecks at the flash while perched on the lens of a camera during an interview by local media with its owner in Yunnan province. The bird is attracted to cameras and will approach and investigate any camera it sees, according to the owner.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: WONG CAMPION / ReutersLink
Bolivian squirrel monkeys gather around a toy football at London Zoo. The zoo has 22 squirrel monkeys, with one adult male, Bounty, having fathered 11 offspring.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEN STANSALL / AFPLink
A python regius inspects the head of a bunny on Wednesday during a photo shoot to promote the "Hund & Heimtier" pet fair.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER ENDIG / DPALink
Residents run away from waves by a tidal bore surging past a barrier onto a road on the bank of the Qiantang River in Zhejiang province on Wednesday. The Qiantang river is one of the few places in the world where the tidal phenomenon occurs, when an incoming tide forms a wave that travels up a river against the direction of the river's current. The Chinese characters on the wall read, "A moment of carelessness, a lifetime of pain."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHINA DAILY / ReutersLink
Anti-riot police officers use colored water to disperse opposition supporters in the Kireka area. Ugandan police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse opposition supporters who had gathered in a Kampala suburb on Wednesday to mourn people killed during demonstrations earlier this year, witnesses said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAMES AKENA / ReutersLink
An Indian model walks the ramp displaying a jewelry collection during a fashion show. An international jewelry brand organized the show to launch its new collection and capture the market for the upcoming festive seasons in India.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Niagara Falls shown at dusk in Canada.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Sakuma / Associated PressLink
Tourists participate in a contest as they take part in celebrating Indonesia's independence day on the island of Bali. Indonesia marked the 66th anniversary of its 1945 proclamation of independence following Dutch colonial rule and Japanese World War II occupation.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals vets look for signs of life of a beached Southern Right whale on Danger beach. The juvenile Southern Right whale beached itself early in the morning but after a few hours it was declared dead by vets. It is not known what killed the whale. Beaching is a common occurrence among sick whales.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIC BOTHMA / EPALink
Three boys jump into the water of the Ammersee lake. Meteorologists forecast sunshine and temperatures in the 80s for the region.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREAS GEBERT / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Members of the Freedom Party, a separatist party, shout slogans during a protest. Police detained Shabir Shah, senior leader of the FP, along with a supporter as he tried to lead a protest demanding the release of all Kashmiri political leaders lodged in different Indian jails.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAYAZ KABLI / ReutersLink
Paris Hilton waves to fans after attending a commercial property launch in the city's Makati financial district.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIK DE CASTRO / ReutersLink
A young Romanian holds a portrait of late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu as he collects scrap to be sold from a house to be demolished in Bucharest. Tourists traveling to Romania will soon be able to follow in the footsteps of former communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, tourist minister Elena Udrea said. The circuit will include Ceausescu's native village of Scornicesti, the Doftana prison where he served two years, between 1936 and 1938 for "subversive activities", the balcony of the Communist Party headquarters where he delivered his last speech on Dec. 21, 1989, before being ousted from power, and the military barracks in Targoviste where he was executed with his wife, Elena, on Dec. 25, 1989. The couple's official residence in an elegant Bucharest district will also be opened to visitors.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANIEL MIHAILESCU / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Bhutanese woman crosses the farming fields at Paro outside the capital city of Thimphu. The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small landlocked country in South Asia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Children play in water fountains outside the Federal Palace, Switzerland's parliament building, in Bern. The franc strengthened after the Swiss central bank stopped short of announcing a target rate or temporary peg to the euro in its third attempt in as many weeks to drive down the currency.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gianluca Colla / BloombergLink
Archaeologists from Israel's Antiquities Authority display a marble statue of Hercules near Nahalal. According to the authority, the half-meter marble statue, from the 2nd century, was uncovered during excavations it is conducting at Horvat Tarbenet in northern Israel.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BAZ RATNER / ReutersLink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty ImagesLink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERSLink
Oil tankers transporting fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan smolder along the roadside after they were attacked and destroyed in northwest Pakistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERSLink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERSLink
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
A Somali woman sits on the floor at a hospital in Mogadishu as her baby, suffering from malnutrition, lies on a desk and is fed intravenously. More than 100,000 people have fled into Somalia's famine-stricken and war-torn capital in the last two months in search of food, water and medicine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Villagers wait to catch offerings thrown by worshipers into a volcanic crater during the annual Kasada festival at Mt. Bromo in Indonesia's East Java province. The offerings are intended to give thanks to Hindu gods for ensuring safety and prosperity.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERSLink
U.S. medical personnel prepare a medevac helicopter of 159th Brigade Task Force Thunder after a night mission at FOB Pasab.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard at a deserted market during a strike in the capital of the northernmost Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mukhtar Khan / Associated PressLink
A Pakistani police officer peers through the gates to the house of kidnapped American development expert Warren Weinstein.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: K.M. Chaudary / Associated PressLink
A plush green bear and a handwritten note are part of a memorial outside the home where 7-year-old Jori Lirette, disabled and wheelchair-bound from cerebral palsy, was found decapitated and left on the street. Jeremiah Lee Wright, 30, Jori's father, has confessed to the killing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gerald Herbert / Associated PressLink
A man looks through Korean national flags placed on trees as part of the celebration of Korean Liberation Day, which marks the country's independence from Japanese colonial rule in 1945.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated PressLink
Visitors photograph a diver wearing Elvis Presley attire as he swims in an aquarium at Ocean Park in the Philippine capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROMEO RANOCO / REUTERSLink
Bobby Labonte, driving the No. 47 Toyota, leads Jeff Gordon driving the No. 24 Chevrolet and Matt Kenseth, at the wheel of the No. 17 Ford, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the Watkins Glen International racetrack.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Graythen / Getty ImagesLink
Shoppers ride crisscross escalators at a mall in the city-state.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wong Maye-E / Associated PressLink
Spectators await the start of a trial for the Palio horse race at Siena's Piazza del Campo. The Palio of Siena race, known colloquially as Il Palio and held twice a year in the Tuscan city, has jockeys riding bareback around a makeshift race course set up in the city's central square.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GIAMPIERO SPOSITO / REUTERSLink
A waiter prepares tables for the traditional Contrade dinner during the fourth trial race of the Palio.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABIO MUZZI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A young man jumps into the Mediterranean to cool off on a hot summer day in Malaga.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JON NAZCA / REUTERSLink
Members of the Hays High School football team in Kansas begin their workout as they take to the field shortly before sunrise on the first day of practice.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Hausler / Hays Daily NewsLink
Sandeep Nagar Anthal of India competes in a men's 100-meter backstroke heat during the 26th Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Feng Li / Getty ImagesLink
A boy walks under the huge sculpture Head Through Belly by American pop artist Keith Haring on a street in Oberhauesen, Germany. The 8-ton artwork in front of the city museum is a popular landmark in the Ruhr Valley.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Meissner / Associated PressLink
Men shout slogans as they celebrate India's Independence Day at the Indo-Pak joint check post of Wagah. India is marking 64 years of independence from British rule.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Altaf Qadri / Associated PressLink
An Indian tribal Sonowal Kachari boy with makeup performs a traditional Bohua dance during India's Independence Day celebrations in Gauhati.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anupam Nath / Associated PressLink
A bee sits on a pink thistle blossom in Everloh.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE / EPALink
An internally displaced woman walks past a war-ravaged building in Howl Wadaag district of Mogadishu. Somalia called for the creation of a new force to protect food aid convoys and camps in the famine-hit country and declared a state of emergency in parts of Mogadishu.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FEISAL OMAR / ReutersLink
An honor guard unit carries the remains of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James T. Hackemer during his burial service at Arlington National Cemetery. Hackemer, who lost his right leg below his knee and his left leg at the hip in a roadside bomb explosion while deployed in Iraq in 2008, died when he was thrown from a roller coaster in upstate New York in July.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Win McNamee / Getty ImagesLink
A couple enjoys the cold water splashing in a fountain in central Moscow, where temperatures reached the upper 80s.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREY SMIRNOV / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak gather outside a police academy during a court hearing for him in Cairo. Mubarak returned to court Monday for the second session of his trial on charges of corruption and complicity in killing protesters during the mass uprising that forced him to step down.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khalil Hamra / Associated PressLink
Pakistani Saleem Azim, 7, looks on while attending a religious class in a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad. Muslims around the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan in which they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Assciated PressLink
Non-Hindu villagers wait on the edge of the crater to catch offerings cast down by Hindus during Kasodo ceremony at Mt. Bromo, Probolinggo, Indonesia. The Kasodo ceremony is a way of Tengger Hindus to express their gratitude to the Gods for good harvest and fortune. The peak of Kasodo ceremony was held early in the morning as thousands of Tengger Hindus climbed Mt. Bromo and threw their offerings into the crater. Typical offerings include vegetables, chickens, fruit, goats and money.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FULLY HANDOKO / EPALink
Israelis participate in speed dating on the eve of Tu Be'Av, the Jewish holiday of love, in Zedekiah's Cave, also known as Solomon's Quarries, under Jerusalem's Old City. Hoping the exotic setting would provide a conducive backdrop for romance, organizers brought 70 Israeli singles to the subterranean quarry for the speed-dating marathon to mark the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av, the Jewish holiday of love.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sebastian Scheiner / Associated PressLink
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