June 27, 2014

    Published June 27, 2014


    An officer of Malaysia's Islamic authority uses a telescope to perform "rukyah", the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan, in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur. Muslims scan the sky at dusk in the beginning of the lunar calendar's ninth month in search of the new moon to proclaim the start of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month.


    An Iraqi Christian woman fleeing violence in the village of Qaraqush and Bartala kisses the head of a statue representing a Christian saint at a community center in the Kurdish city of Arbil in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region.


    Students from an all-girls Catholic school, St. Scholastica's College, wear masks depicting kidnapped African school girls, in Manila, the Philippines. More than 1,000 girls took part in the protest aimed at voicing outrage over the kidnapping of more than 200 girls from a northeast Nigerian school in April by Boko Haram militants.


    People gather in Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) to celebrate the signing of a free-trade agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, in central Kyiv.


    From left, Slovakian FMr Miroslav Lajcak, State Secretary of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto and Austrian FM Sebatian Kurz bow their heads at a monument, a remaining part of the former barbed wire fence, as they mark the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the dismantling of the Iron Curtain between Hungary and Austria at Sopronkohida, 208 kms west of Budapest.


    A woman and her dog ride in a rickshaw through floodwaters in Gauhati, India. Several people have been killed due to electrocution and landslides triggered by incessant rains in India’s northeastern state of Assam.


    Chinese honor guards prepare for the arrival of Myanmar (also known as Burma) President U Thein Sein and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. A string is set up to ensure members of the guard stand in a straight line.


    A displaced Pakistani mother and daughter wait to get relief supplies at a distribution center in Bannu, Pakistan. Thousands of Pakistani tribal people fled their villages in North Waziristan following a massive crack down operation against militants launched by the Pakistan army.


    Fans of the Japanese national football (soccer) team try to take pictures of players as they return from Brazil to their home country at Narita International Airport near Tokyo.


    Girls sit near mannequins displaying hijabs for sale at Tanah Abang market, ahead of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Jakarta, Indonesia.


    Spectators sit under umbrellas in No. 2 Court as it starts to rain on day five of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London.


    U.S. artist Tracy Lee Stum (L) and her assistants work on the "Singing Dragon" interactive 3-D street painting as they take part in the 4th Krasnoyarsk International Music Festival of the Asian-Pacific region in central Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia.


    A festival-goer cheers in front of the Other Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset, Great Britain, during the Glastonbury Festival.


    An employee of Bonham's auction house examines an untitled stainless steel sculpture by Anish Kapoor during a press preview in London ahead of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale on July 2. The sculpture's value is estimated to be between $765,000-$1,105,000 USD.

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