London — People sit on Olympic rings floating in the River Thames off of Battersea Park. The city will host the 2012 Olympics beginning with the opening ceremony Friday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charlie Riedel / Associated PressLink
London — A gymnast from China waits to practice during a training session in advance of the Smmer Olympics.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julie Jacobson / Associated PressLink
Essen, Germany — A boy swims behind the glass of a public swimming pool.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Augstein / Associated PressLink
Eberswalde, Germany — A newborn marmoset sits on the hand of a zookeeper. A marmoset gave birth to three young on June 29. Since the mother could not feed the third one, it is now being raised by hand.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BERND SETTNIK / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Santiago de Compostela, Spain — Fireworks light the sky over the Santiago Cathedral in celebration of the feast day of the patron Saint James.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: XOAN REY / EPALink
Padang, Indonesia — An Indonesian woman cleans a water-soaked Koran outside a damaged mosque following a flash flood in the capital of West Sumatra. Residents were breaking their fast while observing Ramadan when flood waters burst from the river banks following heavy rains, sending people fleeing and damaging hundreds of houses.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ZULKIFLI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Yichang, China — Water is released from the Three Gorges Dam, a gigantic hydropower project on the Yangtze River, after heavy downpours caused the highest flood peak of the year. Weekend floods in Beijing caused "significant losses" and casualties are still being tallied, the head of the worst-hit district has said, as residents of China's capital question the official toll.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STR / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Seoul — People walk under umbrellas displayed over a street in a sales promotion of a store.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated PressLink
Mumbai, India — Indian artist Ranjit Dahiya works on a mural of Bollywood star Rajesh Khanna as part of the Bollywood Art Project. One of India's first superstars, Khanna died last week of undisclosed causes at age 69.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajanish Kakade / Associated PressLink
New Delhi — Muslims hailing from India's northeastern Assam state and living in New Delhi shout slogans during a protest against the ethnic violence in Assam. Nearly 200,000 people have fled homes in western Assam state, bundling meager belongings in cloths and crowding into government camps for protection from violence that erupted late last week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Altaf Qadri / Associated PressLink
Jerusalem — An Israeli boy receives help to fit a gas mask to his head at a distribution center in a shopping center in Mevaseret Zion on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Israel opened distribution stations to supply its residents with new gas masks, chemical and biological weapons protection kits.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Azaz, Syria — A Free Syrian Army soldier steps on a carpet with the photo of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Turkey sealed its border with Syria to trucks, cutting off a vital supply line to the embattled nation as fighting stretched into its fifth day in the commercial capital of Aleppo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated PressLink
More galleries on Frameworkreturn to gallery
By Henry Chu VATICAN CITY -- Before crowned heads, government leaders and masses of the faithful, Pope Francis formally took office Tuesday as head of the Roman Catholic... View Post»
By Robert Gauthier Alberta, Canada, is as immense as it is fertile. An infinite landscape of tall, emerald-green grass, wheat and gold flowered canola, undulates... View Post»
Wednesday's Pictures in the News begins in Israel, where some ultra-Orthodox rabbis are trying to distance themselves from the change of lifestyle in modern Israel and hold on... View Post»
A major storm moved through the Northeast on Wednesday morning after turning the Midwest into an ice-bejeweled wilderness where more than 100 million people tried to cope with... View Post»