An embrace in a Kenyan village, a purification rite on a Japanese shore, Swan Upping in England, tragedy in southern Turkey, a kangaroo hopping through a frosty field in Australia, South Korea’s longest water slide ever, Hellsing cosplay in Brazil, naked tree-hugging in Berkeley, California, a rocket launch in Kazakhstan, and much more.
A British comedian known as Lee Nelson (unseen) throws banknotes at FIFA President Sepp Blatter as he arrives for a news conference after the extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee Meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, on July 20, 2015. FIFA will vote for a new president to replace Blatter at a special congress to be held on February 26 in Zurich, the organization said on Monday.
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Cyclists hang on to the back of a truck outside the capital city of Bujumbura on July 19, 2015, as Burundi awaits next week’s presidential elections. Each day scores of cyclists make the 49-kilometer downhill journey at breakneck speed from Bugarama to sell bananas, often hanging from the back of trucks for the return uphill trip.
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The North Fire burns along Baldy Mesa Road near Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County, California, late on the night of July 17, 2015.
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A baby drill monkey named Pinto plays in the enclosure at Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, Germany, on July 22, 2015.
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A visitor is silhouetted as she slides down a huge water pipe at a public swimming pool on a hot sunny day in Vienna, Austria, on July 22, 2015.
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Hannah Brown and fellow activists demonstrate against the planned clear cutting of trees outlined in the East Bay Deforestation Plan on the University of California, Berkeley, campus in Berkeley, California, on July 18, 2015. Environmental activist Jack Gescheidt, who says the plan will not reduce wildfire danger, organized and photographed the gathering as part of his TreeSpirit Project.
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Visitors cool off at the Czech Republic pavilion at Expo 2015 in Rho, near Milan, Italy, on July 23, 2015.
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An old residential building sits surrounded by a newly built ring viaduct in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, on June 18, 2015. The building was slated to be demolished, but several residents refused to move out because they couldn't reach a compensation agreement with the authorities, local media reported.
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A cosplay enthusiast poses as Seras Victoria of the Hellsing anime series during the “Anime Friends” annual event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 19, 2015.
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The Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft, carrying the International Space Station crew of Kjell Lindgren of the U.S., Oleg Kononenko of Russia, and Kimiya Yui of Japan, blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on July 23, 2015.
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The United States’ Regina Jaquess skis in the slalom portion of the women's overall water skiing competition in the Pan Am Games in Toronto on July 22, 2015.
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Sightseers visit an oversized star in a cornfield not far from the small community Biburg near Munich, Germany, on July 21, 2015.
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Houthi followers bury a Houthi fighter who died in Aden and those killed in a car blast attack on Monday in Sanaa, Yemen, on July 22, 2015. Five people were killed in the blast that hit the Moeed mosque in Sanaa, which is used by the Houthis, police sources said. Islamic State's Yemen branch claimed responsibility for the attack, in which seven others were wounded.
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A man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask enjoys a ride on a 1,148-foot (350-meter)-long water slide during the 2015 City Slide Festa in Seoul, South Korea, on July 19, 2015.
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Seagulls cast shadows on the roof of the media center during the third round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, on July 19, 2015.
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People hold onto windows to avoid a bull during the Toro de Cuerda (“Bull on a Rope”) festival in Grazalema, Spain, on July 20, 2015. Three bulls restrained by a rope are allowed to run through the streets of the village during the annual festival.
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A picture taken on July 20, 2015, in Tignes, France, shows the Tignes-Val-Claret ski resort.
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Soldiers wounded in combat take part in a military parade held to celebrate Colombia's 205th anniversary of independence in Bogota on July 20, 2015.
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A kangaroo hops over a fence bordering a field covered in a thick blanket of frost during a seasonal cold snap outside Canberra, Australia, on July 19, 2015.
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Men fish in front of wrecked ships at the Russian fleet base in Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region of Russia on July 19, 2015.
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People cross the Sardar Yab River in Charsadda near Peshawar, Pakistan, on July 21, 2015.
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A wounded woman, left, holds the hand of a dying woman just after an explosion rocked the Turkish city of Suruc near the Syrian border on Monday, July 20, 2015, killing 28 people and wounding nearly 100 others in what Turkish authorities said appeared to be an Islamic State-inspired suicide bombing. The midday explosion took place at a cultural center in Suruc as a political group, the Federation of Socialist Youths, was wrapping up a news conference on plans to rebuild the Syrian city of Kobani, a witness said.
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A boat travels past the Zhuhai Opera House, under construction off the coast of Yeli Island in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China, on July 20, 2015. The opera house, in the shape of two shells, will cost about 1.08 billion yuan ($170 million) and is expected to be completed at the end of this year.
Observers take pictures as an extreme cycling enthusiast performs a stunt with a bicycle before falling into the East Lake in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, on July 18, 2015.
Captured swans are measured and checked on the banks of the River Thames, west of London, on July 20, 2015, during the annual swan census or “Swan Upping.” Swan Upping is the annual census of the swan population on stretches of the River Thames, spanning the counties of Middlesex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire. The census dates from the 12th century, when the Queen claimed ownership of all mute swans, and is overseen by the Queen's Marker.
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Missiles are fired by a Russian navy battleship during a rehearsal of the Russian Navy Day parade in Sevastopol, Crimea, on July 24, 2015.
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Mourners stand for the national anthem during a memorial service for Lance Corporal Squire Wells, known as "Skip," at Wells’ alma mater Sprayberry High School on July 21, 2015, in Marietta, Georgia. Crowds gathered at the suburban Atlanta high school to remember the Marine, who was fatally shot in an attack on military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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A view of flooded villages in Kawlin township, Sagaing division, Burma, on July 22, 2015. Heavy rains caused flooding over 20,000 acres of rice field and in about a hundred villages, killing at least eight people, according to local media.
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Fans cheers the pack of riders during the 16th stage of the 102nd Tour de France between Bourg-de-Peage and Gap, France, on July 20, 2015.
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A member of the public rides a zip wire above shoppers in Church Street in Liverpool, England, on July 19, 2015. Riders launch from a 35-meter-high tower and fly above one of the city’s busiest shopping streets.
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Participants carry a portable shrine, or mikoshi, into the sea during a purification rite at the annual Hamaori Festival in Chigasaki, Japan, on July 20, 2015. The festival originated from an old story about a shrine that was washed away by a flood and later found by fishermen.
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A bride adjusts her dress during a wedding photo shoot at Rome’s Piazza del Campidoglio on July 24, 2015.
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A dog rests inside a hamburgers and fries stall on a flooded street in Villa Rica, Gravatai, Brazil, on July 21, 2015.
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A cooling tower of a coal-burning power plant topples during a controlled demolition in Guiyang, Guizhou province, China, on July 22, 2015.
Boys walk home for lunch from school in the village of Kogelo, west of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, on July 16, 2015.