September 17, 2013

    Published September 17, 2013


    The American flags surrounding the Washington Monument fly at half-staff as ordered by President Barack Obama following the deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, in Washington, D.C.


    The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the "parbuckling" operation outside Giglio harbor. Salvage crews completed raising the wreck of the Costa Concordia after a 19-hour-long operation on the Italian island of Giglio where the huge cruise liner capsized in January of last year.


    Firefighters try to put out a fire at the site of a car explosion on the Syrian border crossing of Bab al-Hawa, at the Syrian-Turkish border which is manned by Free Syrian Army members, in Harem, Idlib Governorate.


    A man holds the hand of an idol of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, during idol immersion ceremony in the Hussain Sagar lake during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.


    A villager walks under heavy ashfall after a fresh eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano covered Karo district and other areas on Indonesia's Sumatra island.


    Designer Stella McCartney poses with models wearing creations from the Adidas by Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2014 collection during London Fashion Week September 17, 2013.


    Vehicles partially submerged in Weld County, Colorado, USA. Search-and-rescue teams bolstered by National Guard troops fanned out across Colorado's flood-stricken landscape, as a week of torrential rains blamed for eight deaths and the destruction of at least 1,600 homes finally gave way to sunny skies.


    King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrive at the 13th century "Hall of Knights" in a horse-drawn carriage to officially open the new parliamentary year with a speech outlining the caretaker government's plan and budget policies for 2014, in The Hague, Netherlands.


    A member of an artillery unit catches a cannon shell during a military parade celebrating Independence Day at the Zocalo square in downtown Mexico City, Mexico, Sept. 16, 2013.


    Young Nepalese girls dressed in the outfit of a Kumari, the living goddess, pose during Kumari Puja rituals at Hanuman Dhoka in Durbar Square of Kathmandu.


    People walk inside the dome of the Reichstag building, the seat of the German lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin.


    Britain's Prince Harry warms his hands after a cold chamber training exercise with the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 British team at Nuneaton, central England. Prince Harry joined the team inside the whole-vehicle environmental test chambers which simulate the extreme conditions they will face in the South Pole.


    A passenger jet flies past the setting sun in Shanghai, China.


    Supporters of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe cheer upon his arrival for the opening of the first session of the eighth Parliament of Zimbabwe in Harare.


    A bird's eye view of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix's Marina Bay City Circuit is seen at dusk from Swissotel The Stamford in Singapore.


    A Beluga whale paints a picture with a special paintbrush at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo, Japan.

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