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The Week in Pictures | July 23-29, 2012

Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism.

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.

And there’s more. Take a look.