A long exposure shows lightning in the sky, as well as reflecting in the water, during an evening thunderstorm in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HECTOR RETAMAL / AFPLink
In the Algerian capital of Algiers, a jetliner leaves a vapor trail as it passes in front of the moon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAROUK BATICHE / AFPLink
A huge paper doll of a historical Japanese figure named Ko-shishi can be seen on a cart during the Mikuini festival in Sakai, Japan. The festival takes place May 19-21 and is attended by thousands of visitors. During the festival, people dressed in traditional Japanese costumes pull carts carrying dolls of Japanese historical figures through the narrow streets. The festival has been held annually for more than 250 years.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Buddhika Weerasinghe / Getty Images AsiaPacLink
A multi-exposure image shows a competitor from Turkey in action on the pommel horse during of a training session at the 31st European Men's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VASSIL DONEV / EPALink
French dancer Brahim Zaibat performs as he arrives for the screening of "Foxcatcher" at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFPLink
World champion Christian Sprenger of Australia swims during a clinic session for children with special needs in the rooftop pool of the Marina Bay Sands resort hotel in Singapore. Sprenger is in Singapore to promote the Singapore Swim Stars, a three-day swim festival to be held in September that will include some of the world's best swimmers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFPLink
Two Northrop F-5E Tiger II airplanes of the Swiss Patrol fly close together during an aerobatic performance at the ILA Berlin Air Show in Berlin. The air show takes place May 20-25.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Sohn / Associated PressLink
An officer checks the line of the Swiss honor guard prior to the arrival of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in Bern. Napolitano is on a two-day state visit to Switzerland.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFPLink
A Thai soldier mans a checkpoint as motorcyclists ride near the site where pro-government demonstrators were staging a rally on the outskirts of Bangkok. Many wonder if the arrival of soldiers in the streets of Bangkok constitutes a military coup.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wason Wanichakorn / Associated PressLink
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