Local schoolchildren wave Union Jack flags as they cheer on the torchbearers on Day 38 of the London 2012 Olympic torch relay.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Birchall / LOCOG / Associated PressLink
Constitution books and a mannequin's head rest on the lawn in front of the presidential Bellevue Palace after members of the Occupy movement fired the items with a catapult.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MAURIZIO GAMBARINI / EPALink
Poppies bloom in a field. After weeks of capricious weather, which brought flooding to some parts of the United Kingdom over the weekend, forecasters are predicting the hottest day of the month later this week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesLink
Nepalese police detain anti-government protesters who are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, near the airport in Katmandu. The protesters tried to block Bhattarai's motorcade as he returned home Monday from a U.N. conference in Brazil.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated PressLink
Kashmiri residents try to put out a fire at the 200-year-old shrine of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani in Srinagar. The blaze prompted anti-government protests by residents angered over what they said was a slow response by firefighters. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dar Yasin / Associated PressLink
Ephriam Ko, 6, climbs high in a stand of bamboo as his father, Van Thawng of Myanmar, tends to his crops at the Global Growers Network's Bamboo Creek Farm in Stone Mountain. The new 14-acre incubator farm is designed for farmers who have fled their native countries to seek new agricultural opportunities. Most of the farmers grow crops native to their homeland for their own consumption and to sell to other resettled refugees in the Atlanta area.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIK S. LESSER / EPALink
A Kenyan vendor carries second-hand shoes at the Gikomba open-air market in Nairobi. Local dealers welcomed a recent move by Kenya's finance minister, Njeru Githai, to lower taxes on such merchants.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SIMON MAINA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Pakistani man, who was displaced from a village in Sindh province by the 2010 floods, plays with his son near his makeshift tent in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad. Many Pakistanis sleep outdoors during the summer to escape the heat indoors.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated PressLink
A pilgrim says a prayer after walking barefoot on a rocky terrain to the Hill of Appearance in Medjugorje. It is believed that the Virgin Mary showed herself and conveyed messages of peace to six children at the site on June 25, 1981.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Amel Emric / Associated PressLink
Indian Border Security Force soldiers stand guard as Hindu pilgrims begin their annual journey from Baltal Base Camp to the holy Amarnath Cave Shrine in Baltal. Every year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims trek through treacherous mountains in Kashmir to reach the Amarnath cave, located at an altitude of 12,729 feet.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Italian fans react as they watch the quarter-final match against England on a giant screen in Kiev during the Euro 2012 football championships.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GENYA SAVILOV / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Young monks gather and pray at Tergar Monastary to celebrate the 28th birthday of Ogyen Trinley Dorje the 17th Karmapa, at Bodhgaya, in Bihar district. The 27-year-old Karmapa is the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu school, one of the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism, and he is a possible successor to the Dalai Lama.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFPLink
A Pakistani official uses a steamroller to crush bottles of liquor during a ceremony to mark International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime issued an annual report declaring Pakistan a poppy-free country but said it is used as a route for the smuggling of drugs worth $30 billion from Afghanistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ASIF HASSAN / AFPLink
Indian flood victims sit in a raft as rescue service members paddle through flood waters. The flooding in the northeastern Assam state Tuesday turned grim with most of the rivers breaching embankments and inundating new areas. Road links have been cut off in many places and at least 10 people have died, according to local news reports.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anupam Nath / Associated PressLink
Swimmers warm up in the pool ahead of the start of competition on Day 2 of the 2012 US Olympic Team trials.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFPLink
Extreme sportsman Marc Sluszny from Belgium in action during the world record attempt of "100-meter vertical run" at the Belgacom tower.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIEN WARNAND / EPALink
Jenny Arnerich lifts her son Wyatt, 5, up into the flowing wall of water from an artificial waterfall at the Joe Humbert Family Aquatic Center in Milton-Freewater, Ore., while another son, Colin, 14, joins in the celebration of summer on Monday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEFF HORNER / Walla Walla Union-BulletinLink
Diver Calvin Longstaff, 43, briefly swims away from a sunken boat at Pass-a-Grille, Fla., Marina. High winds and heavy rains spawned by the approaching Tropical Storm Debby caused the damage.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dirk Shadd / The Tampa Bay TimesLink
An Israeli firefighting plane extinguishes a forest fire on the western edge of Jerusalem. The fire was blazing at the entrance of the holy city, which saw at least 36 firefighting crews working for two hours with the help of six planes to control the flames.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MENAHEM KAHANA / AFPLink
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France reacts after defeating Lleyton Hewitt of Australia during their first round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tim Hales / Associated PressLink
Police officers behind barricades block weeping children during a protest in which residents from the squatter areas in Boeung Kak lakeside called for a Cambodian appeals court to release 15 residents arrested last month.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MAK REMISSA / EPALink
A child plays in a fountain in a popular shopping district of Beijing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ED JONES / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A woman admires the 3-D makeup makeover she just got at the Dinair Airbrush Makeup Co. booth at the third International Cosmetics Development Expo and Conference.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: EVERETT KENNEDY BROWN / EPALink
Residents of Wieliczka carry a huge Italian flag as part of an affectionate sendoff for the Italian soccer team, which took up residence in a local hotel during the Euro 2012 tournament. The Italians were moving on to Warsaw to play Germany in the semifinals.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jacek Bednarczyk / EPALink
A Muslim woman prays outside the remains of the shrine of 11th century Sufi saint Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani, which was gutted by a huge fire on Monday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAROOQ KHAN / EPALink
A police officer peers inside a burned-out van used by three unidentified attackers to destroy the entrance to Microsoft's offices in Athens. In the pre-dawn hours, the suspects drove the stolen van into the Mictosoft lobby, set off a large number of gas canisters inside the van, and fled.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDROS VLACHOS / EPALink
Bill Murray participates in the pro-am for the 2012 Irish Open held on the Dunluce Links at at Royal Portrush Golf Club.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Cannon / Getty ImagesLink
Romania's Cristina Sandu makes a sandy landing during qualifying for the women's long jump at the 2012 European Athletics Championships at Olympic Stadium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Catholics bearing sacred statues take part in a procession during the last day of the annual festival dedicated to the town's patron saint, John the Baptist.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NICOLAS GARCIA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Mac Lyerly, 12, makes the best of a little flooding, turning a small plastic swimming pool into a canoe on a Jacksonville street as north Florida deals with the continuing effects of Tropical Storm Debby.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kelly Jordan / The Florida Times-UnionLink
The steel sculpture "Memoria Urbana," a steel and light installation by Spanish conceptual artist Juan Garaizabal re-creating the outline of Berlin's destroyed Bethlehem Church, lights up the spot where the original church, heavily damaged in World War II, stood until it was razed in 1963.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MAURIZIO GAMBARINI / DPALink
A Bosnian firefighter is at the site of a helicopter crash. The UH-1H Bosnian armed forces craft crashed during an exercise. Three crew members sustained light injuries.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ELVIS BARUKCIC / AFPLink
Flames rise from an tanker truck reportedly carrying oil for NATO forces after it was attacked by suspected Taliban militants. Three civilians were killed and more than a dozen shops were gutted in the incident.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NAQEEB AHMED / EPALink
Pakistani security personnel stand guard next to the wreckage of a bus after a bomb explosion that police said killed at least eight people, including six Shiite pilgrims, in Pakistan's insurgency-torn southwest.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BANARAS KHAN / AFPLink
Shop workers look out at flash flooding after a torrential downpour in this Staffordshire village. Torrential rain and thunderstorms have hit many parts of the Midlands, creating flash floods.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images EuropeLink
A teenager jumps on a trampoline during a competition to mark Youth Day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLGA MALTSEVA / AFPLink
A mahout moves an elephant to higher ground as villagers paddle with their belongings through flood waters in the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in the northeastern state of Assam. Flood waters have submerged some 90% of the sanctuary, forcing rhinos and other wild animals to shelter in the woodland of the park, which is located at a higher altitude. More than 850,000 people have been displaced due to flooding caused by seasonal monsoon rains, a government official said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STRDEL / AFPLink
Serena Williams of the United States reacts during a second-round women's singles match against Melinda Czink of Hungary at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anja Niedringhaus / Associated PressLink
Russia's Svetlana Denyayeva lands on the sand during the women's long jump finals at the 2012 European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADRIAN DENNIS / AFPLink
Nepalese youth play in the mud as they plant rice in a field in Kathmandu. The farmers are celebrating National Paddy Day on Asar 15 of the Nepali calendar as the annual rice-planting season begins.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFPLink
Washermen wash clothes in the polluted water of the river Buriganga at Loharpool.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABIR ABDULLAH / EPALink
Mission commander Jing Haipeng, who has been on three of the country's four manned space missions, gestures as he emerges from the charred return capsule of the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft in a remote area of northern China after a 13-day mission to an orbiting module that is a prototype for a future space station. Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth after achieving China's most complex and longest operations in orbit, major steps forward in the country's effort to build a space station by 2020.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STR / AFPLink
Taka Higashino, of Japan, soars upside down over a jump to take the gold medal during the Moto-x freestyle final at the X-Games Los Angeles 18, at Staples Center on Thursday. X-Games is in its 10th consecutive year in Los Angeles.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles TimesLink
Athletes compete in the women's heptathlon 100-meter hurdles at the 2012 European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFPLink
Russia's Maria Sharapova serves during her third-round women's singles match against Taipei's Su-Wei Hsieh on Day 5 of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREW YATES / AFPLink
People gather near a destroyed building a day after a car bomb attack in the Washash neighborhood. Police say a series of bombs around Iraq's capital on Thursday have killed and wounded scores of people.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hadi Mizban / Associated PressLink
A Palestinian protester runs for cover from the tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during a weekly demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFPLink
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