July 31, 2013

    Published July 31, 2013


    A flood victim holds an item above water as she attempts to reach higher ground on the outskirts of Patna, India.


    Zimbabweans wait to cast their votes in presidential and parliamentary elections in Harare.


    Afghan children play on a swing near a cemetery in Kabul, Afghanistan. Civilian casualties in the Afghan war rose 23 percent in the first half of this year due to Taliban attacks and increased fighting between insurgents and government forces, the U. N. said.


    Syria refugees try to enter a truck which will transport them back to their homeland at the Al-Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, July 30, 2013.


    Black oily sludge is seen on sand as cleaning operations continue at Ao Prao Beach on Koh Samet, Rayong, Thailand. An oil spill that has blackened beaches at the holiday island of Koh Samet was having an extreme impact on tourism and could spread  to the coast of the mainland and affect the fishing industry, officials and an environmental group said.


    Pope Francis is greeted by a faithful as he arrives at the Chiesa Del Gesu' in Rome, Italy.


    A gold mine worker uses a detector in Al-Ibedia locality at River Nile State, Sudan.


    The hamadryas baboons behave strangely at the Emmen Zoo in Emmen, in the Netherlands. They don't usually eat and sit close together in trees and a small corner of their island. A few years back the same group of baboons showed a similar behavior of mass apathy.


    A Hindu sadhu - holy man - smears colored paste onto his body at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.


    A 70-foot long ocean racing yacht named 'Great Britain' is pictured  in Trafalgar Square in central London. The yacht will take part in the ninth edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 which leaves London on September 1, 2013, where competitors are expected to travel 40,000 miles.


    A steel worker stands near a pile of guns to be melted at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's 20th annual Gun Melt at the Gerdau Steel Mill in Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA, July 30, 2013. According to press releases from the sheriff's office, 5,495 weapons confiscated from criminals in Los Angeles County and collected through a gun buyback program are being melted and reformed as steel rebar at the mill.


    A diver performs with sardines as part of summer vacation events at an Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea.


    Czech Republic's Michal Navratil performs an exhibition dive dressed as Superman at the end of the men's 27m high diving final during the World Swimming Championships at Moll de la Fusta in Barcelona, Spain.


    Vice-Admiral Pierre Warnauts, head of protocol of the Household of His Majesty the King, adjusts the hat of Queen Mathilde of Belgium after a mass commemorating the 20th anniversary of King Baudouin's death at Saint Gudule cathedral in Brussels.


    A passenger ferry navigates past the Sydney Opera House, as a rainbow is seen in the sky, on a sunny winter afternoon in central Sydney, Australia.

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