Zama, Japan — Young women frolic among the flora at the Sunflower Festival. More than half a million sunflowers attract visitors until the middle of August at some venues in the city.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TORU YAMANAKA / AFPLink
Furano, Japan — Japan's participation in a free-trade group led by the U.S. could open up the country's agriculture markets worth $48 billion to foreign exporters.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tomohiro Ohsumi / BloombergLink
State College, Penn. — Penn State University freshman Haley Altus is tossed in the air during an early-morning pep rally in support of the school's football team before a Nittany Lions workout.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gene J. Puskar / Associated PressLink
Bulacan, Philippines — A Filipino boy plays along a flooded street caused by Typhoon Saola, which dumped torrents of rain as it swept through the countryside, killing at least seven people and displacing more than 20,000 others.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aaron Favila / Associated PressLink
Kolkata, India — A massive electrical blackout forces an Indian barber to service his customer by candlelight at his shop. India's energy crisis cascaded over half the country Tuesday when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity for several hours in one of the world's biggest blackouts on record.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bikas Das / Associated PressLink
New Delhi, India — Streets are packed in heavy traffic following a massive power outage and rains. India's energy crisis spread over half the country Tuesday when both its eastern and northern electricity grids collapsed, leaving 600 million people without power. Traffic lights went out across New Delhi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
Baghdad — Security forces gather at the scene of a car-bomb explosion in a shopping area of the Karradah neighborhood. Iraqi officials say twin car bombings within five minutes of each other have killed and wounded scores of people.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hadi Mizban / Associated PressLink
Atareb, Syria — A Syrian boy jumps off a destroyed army vehicle in the northern town of Atareb, about 15 miles east of Syria's second largest city of Aleppo. While fighting raged in Syria's commercial capital for a fourth straight day, clashes between the Syrian army and rebels also erupted in Damascus and other parts of the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AHMAD GHARABLI / AFPLink
London — Jamel Herring of the United States appears disconolate after being defeated by Kazakhstan's Daniyar Yelessinov in their men's light-welterweight 64-kilogram boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ivan Sekretarev / Associated PressLink
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