NATO helicopters hover as smoke rises in the background at the hotel where Taliban insurgents attacked on the outskirts of Kabul. The Taliban said they were targeting elite Afghans and foreigners who use the area for "wild parties" before Friday prayers.
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Thousands of supporters of Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi gather in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square to denounce a power grab by the ruling military, as the nation nervously awaited the results of the first post-Mubarak presidential election.
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Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi chant slogans as thousands gather in landmark Tahrir Square.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARWAN NAAMANI / AFPLink
People are silhouetted against flagpoles at the annual Economic Forum.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Czech fans watch a public screening of the EURO 2012 football match between the Czech Republic and Portugal in the Old Town Square. Portugal defeated Czech Republic, 1-0, in Warsaw.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MICHAL CIZEK / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
The coffins bearing the bodies of six children who died in a house fire are carried out of St Mary's Church after a funeral service. Mick and Mairead Philpott have been charged with the murders of their children Duwayne 13, Jade, 10, John, 9, Jack 8, Jesse, 6, and Jayden, 5.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAUL ELLIS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Kashmiri Muslim woman prays as the head priest displays a relic, believed to be the hair from the beard of the Prophet Mohammad, following Miraj-Ul-Alam, or Ascension to Heaven.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAROOQ KHAN / EPALink
More than 11,000 people protested against the restart of a nuclear power plant around the premier's official residence and Parliament after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda decided to restart two nuclear reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in western Japan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIMIMASA MAYAMA / EPALink
Airlie Dodds, wearing a First World War nurse's uniform, walks through a display of 110 canvas army tents. The installation is to promote the exhibition "Nurses : From Zululand to Afghanistan" on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
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Young performers in traditional costume prepare to go on stage during the opening ceremony of the Duanwu festival, also known as the Dragon Boat Festival, held at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park on the outskirts of Beijing. The festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, and has been an official holiday in mainland China since 2008, celebrated for three consecutive days.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIEGO AZUBEL / EPALink
Racegoers hold on to their hats during strong winds on day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot racecourse.
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Placards supporting Julian Assange are shown outside Ecuador's embassy where the Wikileaks founder has sought political asylum. Assange remains inside the Ecuadorean Embassy after three nights. Assange, 40, faces extradition to Sweden on allegations of sexual assault after Britain's Supreme Court rejected his final appeal last week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDY RAIN / EPALink
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.
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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.
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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 PressLink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFPLink
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 PressLink
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 PressLink
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 PressLink
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 PressLink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFPLink
Forks of lightning illuminate the skies during a thunderstorm in Warsaw, Poland.
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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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANTONY DICKSON / AFPLink
Thousands of participants take part in one of four mass yoga classes in Times Square to mark the summer solstice.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFPLink
A woman and child walk across a giant puzzle of German painter Albrecht Duerer's "Self Portrait in Fur Coat" in front of the State Historical Museum near the Red Square.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI ILNITSKY / EPALink
Gentoo penguins mark the first anniversary of the opening of their Antarctic-themed enclosure at the Sea Life Aquarium. A big ice cake made of frozen fish and a bubble machine added to the festivities.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jonathan Short / Associated PressLink
Four little dogs catch a ride in a baby stroller on hot and sunny day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lilli Strauss / dapdLink
Seven suspected Taliban insurgents in this town west of Kabul are arrested and explosive materials are confiscated by Afghan intelligence security forces.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hoshang Hashimi / Associated PressLink
A toddy tapper crosses a rope between two coconut trees to collect sap to make palm wine, or toddy as it is locally known. Toddy is a popular local beverage made by fermenting the sap collected from coconut trees.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ISHARA S.KODIKARA / AFPLink
A firefighter flees intense heat from a fire at a housing settlement.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VANGELIS BOUGIOTIS / ANA-MPALink
An Iraqi man looks at a fire inside a store after a car bomb exploded, killing two and wounding a judge and nine others.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARWAN IBRAHIM / AFPLink
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi holds her honorary degree at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, where she once studied.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDY RAIN / EPALink
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for his child sexual abuse trial.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gene J. Puskar / Associated PressLink
Mohammad Rafique, a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar, center, begs a Bangladesh coast guard official not to send his family back to Myanmar. Rafique's wife, Amina Akhtar, gave birth to a son they have named Sangram at St. Martin island in Bangladesh after they fled ethnic violence between Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar a few days back.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saurabh Das / Associated PressLink
Soldiers sit behind a gate barring entry to the Egyptian Parliament. The campaign of an Islamist who claimed victory in Egypt's presidential runoff says the Muslim Brotherhood and other political groups plan a mass demonstration later Tuesday to protest a military declaration seeking to curtail the powers of the next president.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manu Brabo / Associated PressLink
Afghan women and their children at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees registration center on the outskirts of Peshawar as they prepare to return to their home country after fleeing civil war and Taliban rule. About 20% of the population in Afghanistan are refugees. Of those abroad, there are 1.7 million Afghans in Pakistan and 1 million in Iran.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: A. MAJEED / AFPLink
Smoke billows from the High Park fire west of Fort Collins on Monday. The wildfire has now burned about 90 square miles and destroyed more than 180 homes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ed Andrieski / Associated PressLink
Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon celebrates at the end of the Euro 2012 football championship match of Italy vs. Ireland the Municipal Stadium. Italy won, 2-0.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANCISCO LEONG / AFPLink
Tahir Ali of Pakistan fails to stop a goal by Ali Mohamed of Qatar during their men's beach handball match, which Qatar won 2-0 at the 3rd Asian Beach Games. As London prepares to welcome the world's top athletes at the Olympics, this little-known Chinese seaside town is hosting the champions of some rather more obscure sports at the Asian Beach Games. More than 2,000 athletes are competing in sports such as beach sepaktakraw, a cross between volleyball and soccer; and beach kabaddi, a highly physical mix of tag and wrestling.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARK RALSTON / AFPLink
An Indian laborer welds iron as and others make a temporary pontoon bridge across the River Ganges for the upcoming Maha Kumbh festival. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to arrive for the festival held once every 12 years and scheduled to begin Jan. 14, 2013.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
A young woman struggles to control her umbrella against strong winds generated by typhoon Guchol, which made landfall in western Japan earlier in the day and is heading northeast across eastern and northern Japan. Flights and train service were disrupted, and evacuation orders were issued for more than 120,000 people across the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANCK ROBICHON / EPALink
A 5-month-old orphaned elephant called Tembo plays with his keeper, Thomas Chalice, who has nurtured the elephant at Tony Fitzjohn's Mkomazi rhino sanctuary.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Jackson / Getty ImagesLink
An Afghan boy pushes a wheel on a hill.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahmad Jamshid / Associated PressLink
Supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi celebrate in Tahrir Square after the Brotherhood claimed victory in the presidential vote. The Brotherhood reported on its website that its candidate won 52% of the vote in weekend elections, with ballots at 95% of the polling stations counted.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KHALED ELFIQI / EPALink
Egyptian security forces help a woman after voting at a polling station in Cairo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED ABED / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Sugarloaf Mountain is silhouetted against the early-morning skies as the sun begins to rise in Rio de Janeiro, the host city for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The Earth summit runs through Friday, with final days of high-profile talks among some 130 leaders from nations around the globe.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated PressLink
A Spanish coal miner holds a tire next to a burning barricade near Santiago mine in Caborana. Spanish miners are staging a general strike in all mining regions of Spain organized by unions opposed to subsidy reductions.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / Getty ImagesLink
An Afghan child looks on as he rests in a cot at a Kuchi tent in Karokh district of Herat. Poverty and an ongoing insurgency by the ousted Taliban still pose a threat to the stability of the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AREF KARIMI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Croatian supporter cheers for his team in the old town of Gdansk, Poland before the Group C preliminary round match of the 2012 European Championship between Croatia and Spain.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADAM WARZAWA / EPALink
A Filipino Catholic couple take a photo of themselves with a smartphone during a mass wedding ceremony at a university chapel in Manila. Around 35 couples tied the knot at the Most Blessed Sacrament Chapel, as part of activities for the De la Salle University centennial in the Philippines.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROLEX DELA PENA / EPALink
Supporters from the opposition Nepali Congress party shout slogans during a protest in Katmandu. Hundreds of protesters, demanding Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai's resignation gathered outside the Tribhuwan International Airport in Katmandu and attempted to block his motorcade. Bhattarai is leaving Nepal on Monday for a conference in Brazil.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated PressLink
Indians collect water from a government tanker at a slum in New Delhi. An unprecedented water crisis loomed large over the national capital as neighboring Haryana state has drastically cut water supply, leaving acute shortages.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mustafa Quraishi / Associated PressLink
An Israeli soldier directs a tank maneuvering near the border between Israel and Egypt. Unidentified militants crossed from Egypt's turbulent Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel on Monday, opening light arms and anti-tank fire on civilians building a security fence meant to fortify the porous border, defense officials said. One of the Israeli workers was killed and two militants were gunned down by troops responding to the attack, the officials said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tsafrir Abayov / Associated PressLink
A Palestinian man inspects the debris of a destroyed motorcycle after an Israeli airstrike in Beit Hanoun. Militants crossed from Egypt's turbulent Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel on Monday and opened fire on civilians building a border security fence, defense officials said. Several hours after the attack, an Israeli airstrike killed two men riding a motorcycle in the northern Gaza Strip near the Israeli border.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hatem Moussa / Associated PressLink
Seagulls fly near Bass Rock, Scotland, where gannets nest in the Firth of Forth in Dunbar. Every January, Atlantic gannets return to Bass Rock, with 150,000 or more making it the largest single rock gannet colony. They return with the same mate and often use the same nest each year, spending most of the year on the Rock before they leave at the end of October, when the last of the chicks travel down to the West Coast of Africa.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty ImagesLink
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