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Pictures in the News | July 15, 2013

Monday’s Pictures in the News starts out with demonstrators on the streets near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum protesting the George Zimmerman verdict. In Florida, people attended a rally for the late Trayvon Martin at Fort Mellon park in downtown Sanford, Fla. More photos

In South Africa, artist John Adams works on a giant acrylic-on-canvas painting of Nelson Mandela in the driveway of his house in a suburb of Johannesburg. Adams said he felt driven to create the painting as thanks to Mandela for creating educational opportunities that enabled him to become an artist.

On the European continent, fireworks burst around the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of France’s annual Bastille Day celebrations; swans are caught, measured, assessed and tagged on the River Thames during the annual Swan Upping ceremony in London; and Tiger Woods prepares for the 2013 British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield Golf Course in Scotland.

Elsewhere, a novice Tibetan Buddhist monk plays with a toy gun during a break from spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s religious sermon outside the Gyudmed Tantric Monastery in India; Indonesia police officers take cover as firecrackers explode during a protest in Medan; and a rebel fighter aims his weapon at Syrian government forces’ positions inside a destroyed school in the Izaa district of Aleppo.

Add stops in Spain, Italy, Uganda and South Sudan to round out the report.