August 29, 2013

    Published August 29, 2013


    An unmanned Delta 4 Heavy rocket lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA, to put a classified satellite into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office.


    A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus. A team of U.N. experts left their Damascus hotel for a third day of on-site investigations into apparent chemical weapons attacks on the outskirts of the capital.


    People look at a SUV submerged in floodwaters in Bamako, Mali. Torrential rains caused flash floods, washing away homes in several neighbourhoods, a government minister said.


    A woman walks past a wall covered with Chinese characters from chapters of John Rawls' book "A Theory of Justice" outside an art gallery in Beijing.


    Israeli soldiers drive a tank at a staging area in the Golan Heights, near the border between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria.


    Asha Foundation Animal Shelter and Hospital founder and coordinator Harmesh Bhatt poses with a rescued wine snake and its young at the shelter in the village of Hathijan, some 20 kms from Ahmedabad, India.


    Larisa Bordovskaya, chief curator, right, and Iraida Botti, deputy director of Yekaterininsky Palace Museum, display a portrait of a boy, who is believed to be Prince Alexei Romanov, in Yekaterininsky Palace in the Tsarskoye Selo, suburb of St.Petersburg, Russia.


    A beluga whale sprays water onto visitors at a summer attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo, Japan.


    Flood-affected villagers use a temporary raft as they navigate through the floodwaters of River Ganges to move to safer grounds, after heavy rains at Patna district in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.


    Houston Rockets basketball player Jeremy Lin (2nd R) holds a giant panda at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan province, China.


    Marina Ripa di Meana wears a bird-cage head dress as she arrives for the screening of the opening film 'Gravity' at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.

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