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Fire officials evacuate employees after the headquarters of the Maharashtra state government caught fire in Mumbai, India on Thursday. Hundreds of employees were evacuated from a seven-story government building as more than two dozen fire engines battled a major fire that raged for more than three hours in India's financial and entertainment capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AP / Associated Press

Seaside dwellings in India's financial hub are battered by the high tide driven by strong winds in Mumbai. The weather bureau has predicted spells of rains in the city.


Youths walk along a rice field where an Indonesian air force plane crashed in Jakarta on Thursday. The Fokker F-27 turboprop slammed into homes and ignited a fireball in the crowded capital while trying to land, killing at least nine people, a military official said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jefri Tarigan / Associated Press

Some of the 150-member Castellers de Vilafranca build another tower configuration after their attempt at a new world record by building the first eight-level human tower or castell ever assembled on a rooftop, in New York City. The performance, which will also include the building of several other towers in different configurations on 230 Fifth Avenue's roof deck, will inaugurate a series of free public castell buildings throughout New York City through Sunday in honor of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex.


A child dives into the flooded compound of a school which remains closed several days of every month due to flooding during high tides, in Taknaf, Bangladesh.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saurabh Das / Associated Press

Kids frolic in a pool in Philadelphia as temperatures climbed toward the high 90s along the Eastern Seaboard during an unusually early hot spell that heralds the start of summer.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

Rain-sodden crowds welcomed a spectacularly rainy summer solstice at Stonehenge in true British fashion on Thursday: With stoicism and wit. But through the wind and rain, drummers inside the ancient stone circle kept up their thumping rhythm, new-age pagans kept up their chaotic dance, and visitors kept up their sense of humor.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lefteris Pitarakis / Associated Press

Devotees throng around chariots as they wait to pull them during the annual Hindu festival Rath Yatra, or chariot procession, at Puri, India. The annual procession of the three idols of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra is taken out in specially made chariots called raths, which are pulled by thousands of devotees.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Biswaranjan Rout / Associated Press

A Nepalese Buddhist monk walks past prayer flags at the Boudhanath Stupa in Katmandu. The Boudhanath Stupa, which was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1979, is situated on the eastern side of Katmandu and is one of the largest in the world.


Forks of lightning illuminate the skies during a thunderstorm in Warsaw, Poland.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alex Grimm / Getty Images

International military bands line up as the national flag of China, left, rises alongside the Hong Kong flag, right, during the rehearsal for the International Military Tattoo in Hong Kong. The Tattoo runs through Sunday in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong special administrative region.


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