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The Olympic flame burns on the royal barge Gloriana as it makes its way down the River Thames toward Richmond Bridge during the final day of the Olympic torch relay in London.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Birchall / Associated Press

First Lady Michelle Obama plays tennis during a "Let's Move-London" event at the Winfield House in London,, hours before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Volleyball players go for the ball during an exhibition match at Earls Court, site of the Olympic men's and women's volleyball competition, before the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Children line up to take a dive in a swimming pool in the southern German town of Denzlingen.


A young participant wearing an outfit featuring an animation character performs at the annual Comics Festival and Game Fair in Hong Kong. The fair is expected to attract more than 170 local and international exhibitors displaying their latest comics, video games and accessories.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Associated Press

Bodo women who fled an ethnic riot take rest at the Alayaran relief camp. A top official in India's remote northeast has appealed for an end to ethnic violence that has killed at least 45 people and left nearly 400,000 homeless in the past week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anupam Nath / Associated Press

Police officers inspect the wreckage of a truck after it veered off a mountain road and plunged into a gorge near Jammu. A police official said the truck was carrying pilgrims visiting a Hindu shrine and 16 people were killed in the accident.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Channi Anand / Associated Press

Balinese burn sarcophaguses in the shape of buffalos during a Balinese Hindu mass cremation ceremony called "Ngaben" at a cemetery in Gianyar. More than 130 corpses were burnt during the collective cremation. Cremation is an essential rite of passage for Balinese Hindus, as it is considered a means of releasing the soul from the body so that it can be reincarnated.


Protesters chant slogans demanding that the relatives of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh be fired from army and police posts during a demonstration.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hani Mohammed / Associated Press

A member of the Indonesian national police on Wednesday inspects one of 14 preserved bodies of critically endangered Sumatran tigers at a warehouse. The tigers were seized during a house raid.


A damaged taxi is stoppped on a street after the worst rainstorms in six decades devestated the city, leaving the metropolis flooded and tens of thousands of people stranded in surging waters.


An Indian mother of a disabled child suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster cries during a "Special Olympics," a protest against London 2012 sponsor Dow Chemical. The event aims to raise awareness about the legacy of birth defects and pollution from the accident at a factory owned by U.S. chemical company Union Carbide, which was bought by Dow in 1999, organizers said.


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, accompanied by his wife, Ri Sol Ju, waves Wednesday to the crowd as they inspect the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground.


Indonesian students at the Ar Raudhatul Hasanah Islamic boarding school hold prayers during Ramadan.


A balloon carrying Austrian athlete Felix Baumgartner lifts up Wednesday during the second manned test flight for Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space and supersonic freefall.


A diver in action during a training session ahead of the 2012 Games at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adam Pretty / Getty Images

A diver plunges into the pool during a practice session at the Aquatics Center at Olympic Park. Opening ceremonies for the 2012 Games will be held Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Ochoa De Olza / Associated Press

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 Press

A gymnast from China waits to practice during a training session in advance of the Smmer Olympics.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julie Jacobson / Associated Press

A boy swims behind the glass of a public swimming pool.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Augstein / Associated Press

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.


Fireworks light the sky over the Santiago Cathedral in celebration of the feast day of the patron Saint James.


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.


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.


People walk under umbrellas displayed over a street in a sales promotion of a store.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press

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 Press

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 Press

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.


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 Press

Syrian rebels hunt for snipers after attacking the municipality building in the city center of Selehattin, near Aleppo, on Monday during fights between rebels and Syrian troops. Syrian rebels "liberated" several districts of the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, a Free Syrian Army spokesman in the country's commercial hub said.


This picture taken on Monday shows rescuers evacuating an elderly woman from her flooded home. Meanwhile, Beijing's propaganda chief has ordered Chinese media to stick to good news about weekend floods in the country's capital, according to a Tuesday report after the death of at least 37 people sparked fierce criticism of the government.


People enjoy a high tide at the Arabian Sea coast after monsoon rains. Indians have been desperately waiting for the long-delayed deluge of this year's monsoon, the annual rains that replenish India's rivers and quench crops to keep this agricultural nation fed. So far, the rains were at least 22% below normal, several states faced drought and farmers feared grave losses.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajanish Kakade / Associated Press

Azari Bland, 5, runs through the spray of the fountain at Johnnie W. Walker Park in Jackson, Fla., on Monday. Residents from around the Grand Park neighborhood surrounding Johnnie W. Walker Park beat the heat in the fountain at the edge of the park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

A Labrador golden retriever gets a shower at Germany's first dog wsh in Duisburg, Germany. The dog wash, which was installed in a pet store and runs as a self-service delivers a shower, shampoo and a hair dry.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Augstein / Associated Press

Sri Lanka's bowler Thisara Perera, left, and teammates appeal successfully for a catch against India's batsman Virat Kohli, far right, during the second one-day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gemunu Amarasinghe / Associated Press

Kashmiri Muslim girls recite the Koran at a local religious school on the fourth day of the fasting month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk.


Afghans get free food donated by a private charity as they break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rahmat Gul / Associated Press

Indonesian fans light flares during the Queens Park Rangers friendly football match against Indonesian team Persebaya as part of the Queens Park Rangers Asia Tour on Monday. Queen's Park Rangers defeated Persebaya 2-1.


James Holmes, identified by police as the shooter in the massacre at an Aurora, Colo., screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises," appears in court for the first time. His public defender, Tamara Brady, is at his side.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: R.J. Sangosti / Pool

Near the legislature building, police face thrown rocks during a demonstration against the state of the nation address by Philippine President Benigno Aquino.


Firefighters battle a wind-whipped wildfire that began Sunday in Spain's Catalonia region near the town of La Jonquera, near the border with France. The blaze has destroyed about 17,000 acres. Four people had been reported killed as of Monday morning.


Torrential rain has saturated swaths of China. A man jumps a flooded path in the outskirts of Chongqing.


Protest banners are reflected in a man's sunglasses as government employees demonstrate against the Spanish government's austerity measures.


As Ramadan is commemorated, Kashmiri Muslims pray at the Shah-i-Hamdaan shrine.


People stand amid the rubble of destroyed houses after a series of bomb attacks in Taji, north of Baghdad. At least 42 people were reported killed there and another 40 wounded. Bombings and shootings ripped across Iraq on Monday, killing at least 103 people in the deadliest day this year. Coordinated attacks in 13 cities are believed to indicate Al Qaeda's resurgence.


Training for the Summer Olympics is in progress at the velodrome in Olympic Park. Marlies Mejias Garcia of Cuba rides the track.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

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The Olympic flame is burning bright in England for the start of the 2012 Summer Games as it makes its way down the Thames toward Richmond Bridge during the final day of the Olympic torch relay. There is a lot of activity ahead of the Opening Ceremonies, with First Lady Michelle Obama playing tennis during a “Let’s Move, London” event at Winfield House and volleyball players going for the ball during an exhibition match at Earls Court.

Water was released from the Three Gorges Dam in China, a gigantic hydro-power project on the Yangtze River, after heavy downpours in the upper reaches of the dam caused the highest flood peak of the year. Weekend floods in Beijing caused “significant losses,” and casualty numbers are still being tallied, the head of the worst-hit district has said, as residents of China’s capital question the official toll.

We get our first look at James Holmes, the man accused of the massacre at the Colorado movie theater where 12 people were gunned down.

Elsewhere, an Indonesian woman cleans a water-soaked Koran outside a damaged mosque following a flash flood in Padang, the capital of West Sumatra; Muslims hailing from India’s northeastern Assam state and living in New Delhi shout slogans during a protest against the ethnic violence; and an Israeli boy receives help to fit a gas mask to his head at a distribution center on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

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