Visitors gather in eastern Germany for the Wave-Gothic, where organizers expect 20,000 visitors from all over the world for the "dark" music and arts festival running through Monday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HENDRIK SCHMIDT / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A worker abseils during a unveiling after helping to hang a giant image from a building on the south bank of the River Thames showing Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waving on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Queen's 1977 Silver Jubilee. The giant canvas, weighing nearly 2 tons, was officially unveiled Friday and will be displayed until the end of June, in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, marking the Queen's 60-year reign.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated PressLink
Using digital 3-D mapping technology, images by the German design collective Urbanscreen are projected onto the walls of the Museum of Contemporary Art during the opening of the VIVID Sydney festival of light. VIVID -- one of the largest annual festivals of its kind in the world -- features 60 light art installations by Australian and international artists until June 11.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TORSTEN BLACKWOOD / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Young Ukrainians shout slogans during a protest asking to keep Ukrainian language national, near the parliament in Kiev. Lawmakers in the Ukrainan parliament exchanged blows during a debate over a proposed law on Thursday that would make Russian an official language in much of the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEY DOLZHENKO / EPALink
Suvorov's Military Academy youth cadets look on as they celebrate their first-year graduation in the academy. The Suvorov Military Schools are a type of school for boys 14 to 18 years old, and named after the great 18th century Gen. Alexander Suvorov.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANATOLY MALTSEV / EPALink
Young men play basketball at a temporary sports ground at Red Square in Moscow.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Yui Sato of Japan serves against Feng Tianwei of Singapore in their women's first round match in the ITTF World Tour 2012 China Open.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER PARKS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland drives his Ford Fiesta RS WRC during Leg 1 of Acropolis Rally 2012.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REPORTER IMAGES / EPALink
Indian policewomen detain a Kashmiri employee during a protest march toward the Civil Secretariat, the office of the state chief minister in Srinagar. The strike was called by employee unions that allege that the government was not serious about resolving their demands.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROUF BHAT / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A couple of monkeys quench their thirst as another takes a dip on a hot summer afternoon on the outskirts of Jammu.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Channi Anand / Associated PressLink
Commuters walk past Japan's biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Skytree in downtown Tokyo. The sightseeing spot has attracted many tourists.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIMIMASA MAYAMA / EPALink
A Lebanese soldier runs across the street after a shootout in the city's Karakass district. Lebanese security forces stormed a building after a nighttime shootout with a man holed up inside a flat, an AFP correspondent at the site said.
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Lebanese security forces take position as they storm the building. The gunman was killed and the body of another man was found inside the flat on the sixth floor, a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANWAR AMRO / AFPLink
Lebanese army soldiers help a young girl flee her house with her family during the clash between troops and a Syrian gunman.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hussein Malla / Associated PressLink
In an hours-long effort, firefighters try to extinguish a fire spreading at the Moncef Bey market, which started in the electronic goods section.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FETHI BELAID / AFPLink
The illuminated Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado mountain shines above Guanabara Bay at daybreak.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFPLink
Supporters of Italy's Inter Milan light a flare during a friendly soccer match with an Indonesia Liga selection at Gelora Bung Karno stadium. Inter Milan won 3-0.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Achmad Ibrahim / Associated PressLink
In this image provided by NASA, Mars rover Opportunity catches its own late-afternoon shadow in a view eastward across Endeavour crater.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/ArizonaLink
Ahead of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, model-maker Giorgio Pastero places a Lego figure of the queen into a Lego model of Buckingham Palace at the Legoland theme park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADRIAN DENNIS / AFPLink
A young deer and a cat share a moment Wednesday in a nearby village.
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Visitors to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Center in Malaysia get wet and wild in what seems to be a water fight with a baby elephant.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Baker / Associated PressLink
Byron Lindsay shows his stuff during the South African Surfing Championships, which draws more than 150 contestants over three days of competition.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIC BOTHMA / EPALink
Southern California Edison crews on Wednesday were continuing work to clean up about 50 power poles downed by winds in Lancaster, but officials said it could take days to clear the mess.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles TimesLink
Egyptian women check for their names on voter lists before casting their ballots in the first round of the presidential election at a polling station in the capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMEL PAIN / EPALink
An Egyptian soldier helps an elderly man as he arrives to vote at a polling station in Cairo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARCO LONGARI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh arrives at his polling station to vote.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KHALED DESOUKI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Shaved-headed young boys bow in line before the Dongjasung (or little monk) soccer match, held to celebrate Buddha's upcoming birthday, at the Jogye Temple.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated PressLink
A new waxwork figure of Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal goes on display at Regents Park in central London. The wax figure is destined to take up residence among other sporting stars at the Madame Tussauds museum.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREW COWIE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Sabine Blaeul presents a stag beetle at the "Hirschkaefer-Erlebniswelt" in eastern Germany. The stag beetle is listed as a threatened species.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK PLEUL / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Riot police arrest a demonstrator during a general strike and protest deep education spending cuts. Tens of thousands of striking teachers and students and their supporters rallied across Spain to protest the government cuts.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOSE LUIS CUESTA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Pakistani truck drivers talk while standing on top of one of many fuel tankers parked near oil terminals in the port city of Karachi. The tankers are used to transport fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan but Pakistan, in a dispute with the U.S., has not allowed the supplies to reach their destination.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Nepalese child holds the national flag at a rally demanding peace, social harmony and the drafting of a constitution on time. Nepal's government wants the repeatedly extended Constituent Assembly to get yet another three months to finish writing the Himalayan nation's constitution, and even members of the ruling parties are growing tired of the delays.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated PressLink
Swimmers compete in men's 200-meter breaststroke heats during the LEN European Swimming Championships.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK B. KRAEMER / EPALink
Indian youths perform karate moves during a summer training camp.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOAH SEELAM / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A costumed Lady Gaga fan waits for the arrival of singer at Don Muang Airport. Lady Gaga is scheduled to former Friday night at the Rajamangala National Stadium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARONG SANGNAK / EPALink
The Falcon 9 rocket streaks into the sky behind a model of NASA's space shuttle, heading for a rendezvous with the International Space Station and opening a new era of dollar-driven spaceflight.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Craig Rubadoux / Florida TodayLink
A crane lifts the wreckage of a train after an accident at a station about 105 miles north of Bangalore. A passenger train rammed into a parked freight train and burst into flames before dawn, killing more than a dozen people, officials said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated PressLink
Niagara Falls emergency officials rescue a man who plunged over Niagara Falls and survived an apparent suicide attempt Monday. The man is only the third person known to have gone over without a safety device and live. A waiting helicopter flew him to Hamilton General Hospital, where a spokeswoman says he has critical but non-life-threatening injuries.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harry Rossetani / Associated PressLink
An Iraqi stands in a haze from a heavy dust storm which shut the capital's airport.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SABAH ARAR / AFPLink
Pakistani volunteers and local residents carry the body of a protester beside a burning car after gunmen opened fire on a rally. At least 10 people were killed as violence erupted in Pakistan's most populous city after unknown gunmen opened fire, police said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ASIF HASSAN / AFPLink
African Union advance during an attack on Afgoye, the stronghold of Al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants southwest of the capital Mogadishu. African Union forces and Somali troops launched a heavy attack on Afgoye, aiming to capture the rebel stronghold. The photographer says at least five al-Shabab fighters were killed and several others, including a TV cameraman, were wounded in heavy fighting.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ELYAS AHMED / EPALink
Iraqi soldiers carry coffins containing the remains of dead comrades at this border crossing. Iraq nd Iran have exchanged the remains of 98 Iranian soldiers and 13 Iraqi soldiers killed during the 1980s war between the two nations, officials said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nabil al-Jurani / Associated PressLink
French photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon poses with photographers during the photo call of "Journal de France" presented as part of the Seances Speciales (special screenings) at the 65th Cannes film festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VALERY HACHE / AFPLink
Trumpeters prepare to play a tune to break the Guinness world record for the world's longest line of fanfare trumpeters at The Guards Museum, Wellington Barracks. More than 100 trumpeters, made up of seven different military units and decked in full ceremonial uniform, aligned and simultaneously played a well-known fanfare.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAREL PRINSLOO / EPALink
Torchbearer Natalie Hawkins, 20, from Street, stands with the Olympic flame in front of Glastonbury Tor. The Olympic flame arrived in the Great Britain on Friday and is on the first leg of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesLink
Jean-Baptiste Febo of Switzerland competes in the men's 400m Freestyle Heats during the LEN European Swimming Championships in Debrecen, Hungary.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK B. KRAEMER / EPALink
Brent Bloom urges on his frog Jumping Bob at the Jumping Frog Jubilee on Sunday in Calaveras County, Calif.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Weeks / Associated PressLink
Israeli soldiers walk past the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site, during a visit under Israeli police protection in Jerusalem's Old City.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AHMAD GHARABLI / AFPLink
Chelsea pensioners look out from a show garden, "The Westland Magical Garden," designed by Diarmuid Gavin, during the Chelsea Flower Show in London.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sang Tan / Associated PressLink
Children wear solar eclipse glasses to observe the annular solar eclipse at Sekiguchidaimachi Primary School in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, at 7:37 a.m. Monday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MBR / Yomiuri ShimbunLink
A Filipino fan of pop star Lady Gaga wears eyewear made of pins as he waits outside the concert venue before her performance in suburban Pasay, south of Manila.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AARON FAVILA / Associated PressLink
A Lebanese Sunni masked gunman holds up his weapon as he attends the funeral procession of anti-Syrian regime Sunni cleric Sheik Ahmed Abdul-Wahid, who was shot at a Lebanese army checkpoint, at his hometown village of Beireh, in Akkar, north Lebanon on Monday. The circumstances surrounding Sunday's shooting death of Abdul-Wahid and his bodyguard remained unclear but the state-run National News Agency said they appeared to have been killed by soldiers after their convoy failed to stop at an army checkpoint.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hussein Malla / Associated PressLink
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