August 31, 2013

    Published August 31, 2013


    Paramilitary policemen dance with fans during a massive performance to mark the opening ceremony of the 12th Chinese National Games at the Olympic Sports Center in Shenyang, Liaoning province.


    Federal police surround the Congress building in Mexico City, Mexico. According to local media, government authorities sealed off Congress within the framework of opening a new year of legislative session as well as the sending of the first government annual report by President Pena Nieto on Sep. 1.


    Late summer plankton blooms across much of Lake Ontario, one of North America's Great Lakes, in this photograph taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station. Microscopic cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, can reach such large concentrations and color the water to such an extent that the change is visible from orbit. (Courtesy of NASA)


    Chile President Sebastian Pinera (R) falls on debris at a demolition site as Chilean National Renovation (RN) party member and the mayor of Puente Alto, German Codina, tries to assist, in Santiago, Aug. 30, 2013.


    A Sukhoi Su-27 jet fighter of the Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) aerobatic team performs during a demonstration flight at the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. 


    Internally displaced Afghan refugee children carry water in plastic bottles after being filled at a communal pump in Rodat district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.


    Firemen in protective suits walk near the site of an amonia leak at a cold storage unit in Baoshan district of Shanghai, China. The ammonia leak killed 15 people and sickened dozens, the city government said.


    A Portuguese firefighter, surrounded by smoke, uses a hose to fight against a wildfire in Caramulo, north Portugal, Aug. 30, 2013. Portugal asked other European countries to send two more water-dropping aircraft as wildfires continue to scorch areas of forest.


    Swiss Alpine wrestlers Christian Stucki (top) fights with Martin Koch during the Federal Alpine Wrestling Festival in Burgdorf. Swiss Alpine wrestling, called "Schwingen", is the oldest sport in Switzerland. 


    A boy releases a kite during the annual Singapore Kite Festival in the central business district area of Marina Bay in Singapore.


    The Russian team performs during the 32nd rhythmic gymnastics world championships, in Kyiv, Ukraine.


    Malaysian students perform during the 56th National Day celebrations at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur.


    Models dressed as astronauts jump during a selection process, dubbed Apollo national challenge, at a park in Manila, Philippines. The selection was trimmed from around 28,000 applicants to 400, where the best two were selected. In December, the winners will be sent to Axe Apollo space camp in the U.S. for astronaut training, along with over a hundred other candidates from all over the world.


    Manchester City's Spanish midfielder Jesus Navas vies with Hull City's Honduran defender Maynor Figueroa (L) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Hull City at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England. Manchetser City won the game 2-0.

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