Thousands of people celebrate the start of the San Fermin Festival 2012 after the opening ceremony "Chupinazo," which starts, as every year, at midday in the Plaza Consistorial outside the City Hall in Pamplona. The festival commemorates St. Fermin, Pamplona's patron saint.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOSU SANTESTEBAN / EPALink
Russian people take part in a kissing event in Moscow. As many as 100 Russian young people took part in this mass kissing event to celebrate Kissing Day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURI KOCHETKOV / EPALink
President Obama delivers remarks during a campaign "grassroots event" at James Day Park in Ohio. Obama is traveling by bus through northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania for a "Betting on America" campaign tour.
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A Sudanese woman sits outside her hut on a rainy afternoon at the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan. Yida refugee camp grows each day and now has swollen to 64,317, as the refugees continue to flee from South Kordofan in North Sudan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paula Bronstein / Getty ImagesLink
Mireia, left, 3, and Maria Pau, 5, take part in a protest against the eviction of an Ecuadorian family with two daughters ages 6 and 9 years old from their house in Hospiatalet de Llobregat, near Barcelona. Evictions have soared in Spain since the collapse of a property bubble in 2008 that triggered the country's economic crisis.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LLUIS GENE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Muslim Shiite woman holds a candle during celebrations for the Shaabaniya ceremony, which commemorates the birth of Imam al-Mahdi, the 12th holiest figure for Shiite Muslims, in the central Iraqi city of Karbala. Mahdi is the 12th imam who disappeared in the 9th century and Shiites believe that he will appear before the end of time to establish justice and true Islam in the world.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Crewman David Boileau works with the mainsail aboard Groupe Edmond De Rothchild in the KRYS Ocean Race with lower Manhattan in the background. Groupe Edmond De Rothchild is one of the five sailboats participating in the race from New York to Brest, France.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DON EMMERT / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Spanish miners burn tires to cut off a road during a miner's demonstration in Caborana. Spanish coal miners are staging a nationwide strike action organized by unions opposed to subsidy reductions.
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A local resident takes refuge at a tea house from strong sun and a heat wave.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eugene Hoshiko / Associated PressLink
An exiled Tibetan in traditional costume waits to perform a dance at Tsuglakhang temple. The Dalai Lama celebrates his 77th birthday with festivities held for the entire day at the temple complex.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ashwini Bhatia / Associated PressLink
The cycling pack passes pine trees during the sixth stage of the Tour de France in Epernay.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christophe Ena / Associated PressLink
Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a shot to Roger Federer of Switzerland during a men's semifinals match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated PressLink
Students of Foundation University in Dumaguete City watch fireworks after launching floating lanterns into the sea at dusk. Some 3,000 youths participated in the annual event, which marks the beginning of the school year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hersley-Ven Casero / For the TimesLink
Students of Foundation University in Dumaguete City watch fireworks after launching floating lanterns into the sea at dusk.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Benzi Florendo / For the TimesLink
Schenectady, N.Y. firefighter-paramedic Jon Wayand moves a hose into place as the former Luigi's restaurant on Barrett Street burns out of control Thursday. The property had been vacant for years and there were no injuries, according to officials.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER R. BARBER / THE DAILY GAZETTELink
People on the promenade along the Arabian Sea at high tide are inundated in Mumbai, India. Several low-lying areas in the commercial capital have been waterlogged due to intermittent rains since Wednesday, according to news reports.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajanish Kakade / Associated PressLink
Competitors set sail at the start of the three-day Blue Ribbon yachting race around Lake Balaton in Balatonfured, Hungary. This year around 570 sailboats started the largest round-the-lake yachting competition of Europe.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GABOR TURCSI / MTILink
Nearly 50 balloons from all over Europe participated in the European Balloon Festival in Igualada, Spain. The event is the biggest collection of balloons in Spain and it takes place across four days.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUSANA SAEZ / EFELink
Chinese rescue workers evacuate residents from the flood-ravaged town of Nanchong in southwest China's Sichuan province. China is hit by downpours every summer, often causing fatalities as seen in 2010, when the nation's worst flooding in a decade left more than 4,300 people dead or missing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFPLink
Fans wave a French flag as cyclists fly by in the fifth stage of the 2012 Tour de France, which begins in Rouen and finishes in Saint-Quentin.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOEL SAGET / AFPLink
Fireworks dot the sky over the Harbor Freeway in Los Angeles about 8:45 p.m. on the Fourth of July.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles TimesLink
Fireworks ignite the sky at the the Newport Dunes in Newport Beach.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles TimesLink
Spectators watch the fireworks over Redondo Beach on Wednesday night.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles TimesLink
Rescue workers use jackhammers to look for people trapped after a huge wall collapsed in Manila. Two people were killed when the wall fell as heavy rains pounded the Philippine capital, bringing floods that have been worsened by garbage clogging the city's sewers and drains, officials said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOEL CELIS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Workers from the Center for Orangutan Protection take blood sample from a tranquilized female named Yeti getting a medical checkup at Taman Satwa Taru Jurug Zoo. Orangutan populations in Indonesia's Borneo and Sumatra are facing severe threats from habitat loss, illegal logging, fires and poaching. Conservationists have predicted that without immediate action, orangutans are likely to be the first great ape to become extinct in the wild.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated PressLink
Passionate supporters of the Fretilin Party attend a rally ahead of parliamentary elections this weekend.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANTONIO DASIPARU / EPALink
An exhibition of the European Organization for Nuclear Research entitled the Universe of Particles features a slow-speed representation of traces left by the collision of particles. U.S.-based physicists Tuesday reported finding strong hints of the Higgs boson, the elusive "god particle" believed to give objects mass, but said European data is needed to confirm any potential discovery. If physicists can confirm the existence of the Higgs boson, the last missing piece in the standard model of physics, the announcement would rank among the most important scientific breakthroughs of the last century.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A helicopter drops water on a wildfire racing up Vitosha Mountain near Sofia. Israel has dispatched two special planes to help Bulgaria battle the large fire raging in a nature reserve.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
David Ferrer of Spain exults after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina to advance to the quarterfinal round of the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anja Niedringhaus / Associated PressLink
Luke Isaacs, 7, of Stanford leads Leeanne out of the arena after winning a ribbon during the Open/Youth Holstein and Jersey Show at the Lincoln County Fair near Stanford.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Clay Jackson / Advocate MessengerLink
Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard celebrate after launching a missile during maneuvers in the Iranian countryside. The Revolutionary Guard test-fired several ballistic missiles on Tuesday, including a long-range variety capable of hitting U.S. bases in the region as well as Israel, Iranian media reported.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mostafa Qotbi / Associated PressLink
Indian women carry material in pans on their heads at a construction site. The Indian economy grew at just a 5.3% rate in the first quarter, its slowest quarterly expansion in nine years.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIPTENDU DUTTA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Belarusian athletes perform during a parade celebrating Day of the Republic, Belarus' independence day. The holiday commemorates the day of liberation of Belarussian territory from Nazi Germany's troops in 1944.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TATYANA ZENKOVICH / EPALink
Sudanese refugees rejoice in prayer in a makeshift church at the Yida refugee camp close to the border with North Sudan in Yida. The Yida refugee camp has swollen to nearly 60,000 as refugees flee from South Kordofan in North Sudan, with new arrivals numbering 300 to 600 a day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paula Bronstein / Getty ImagesLink
An image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows a man dousing a fire with water as the flames engulf his shop in the restive central city of Homs. The Syrian army kept up its bombardment of rebel neighborhoods of Homs, activists said, after 79 people were killed in violence across the country the previous day.
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A Kashmiri Muslim woman wails outside the Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani shrine, which was damaged in a fire last week, after it was reopened to the public in Srinagar. The fire destroyed the revered Muslim shrine in Indian-administered Kashmir last week, prompting anti-government protests by residents angered over an alleged slow response by firefighters.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mukhtar Khan / Associated PressLink
An Indonesian worker checks silkworm at a silk fiber factory in Bogor. The silk industry in Indonesia has a longstanding history in traditional handicrafts, mostly in batik clothing and textiles.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADI WEDA / EPALink
A ladybird crawls across an ear of barley. The barley harvest has begun in Saxony.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MATTHIAS HIEKEL / EPALink
Two girls take photos of the "Torch bearer" statue, seen in front of dark clouds bathed in dark red by the setting sun, at Maschsee in Hanover.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE / EPALink
Levi Leipheimer of the U.S., at center in light blue jersey, rides in the pack during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 129 miles with the start in Vise and finish in Tournai, Belgium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Laurent Cipriani / Associated PressLink
Spectators watch the start of the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 129 miles in Vise.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christophe Ena / Associated PressLink
Najmeh Arshad, an Iranian woman whose father was killed when a U.S. warship shot down an Iranian airliner 24 years ago, scatters flowers into the Persian Gulf during a ceremony remembering the 290 passengers at the spot where the airliner was downed. The Vincennes shot down the Iran Air A300 Airbus on July 3, 1988, shortly after it took off from Bandar Abbas for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vahid Salemi / Associated PressLink
A tree sitting atop a vehicle is offered as free firewood, as cleanup continued after Friday's storm. Around 2 million utility customers are without electricity across a swath of states along the East Coast and as far west as Illinois as the area recovers from a round of summer storms that has also caused at least 17 deaths.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Karen Mahabir / Associated PressLink
Jane Blais, left, owner of River Rise Resort, and her friend Jeanne McDonald, paddle past the roof of a gazebo that is submerged in the flood waters from the Santa Fe River, which covered much of the 50 acres at the resort, in High Springs.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brad McClenny / The Gainsville SunLink
People relax in the evening by the Arabian Sea coast in Mumbai.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rafiq Maqbool / Associated PressLink
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