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Father Giles Conacher lights a candle in the lady chapel at Pluscarden Abbey on in Elgin, Scotland. Monks at Abbey which owes its foundation to King Alexander II of Scotland in the year 1230, are warning their peaceful way of life will be threatened if a possible route for a new dual carriageway linking the A96 road between Forres and Fochabers will run close to their retreat near Elgin.
An old residential building is seen surrounded by a newly-built ring viaduct, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. The building was planned to be demolished, but several units in the building refused to move out as they couldn’t reach a compensation agreement with the authority, local media reported
Fishermen tend to their nets near the Kasimedu fish market at the Royapurum fishing harbour in Chennai, India
A mural on the side of communist-era apartment blocks shows a father tossing his daughter into the air 5 in Hoyerswerda, Germany. Hoyerswerda was largely built by the communist East German authorities in the 1950s in order to house workers needed for nearby coal mines, power plants and factories, and by 1981 had a population of over 70,000. After the collapse of the communist government in 1989 the factories shut down and coal production declined, resulting in a population that has sunk to around 34,000 today, making Hoyerswerda the city with the starkest population decline in Germany. 25 years since German reunification eastern Germany is struggling with a low birth rate, rural emigration and unemployment rates higher than in western Germany.
People wait outside of a bank in central Athens, prior to its opening on Monday. Greek banks reopened Monday after a three-week shutdown imposed by the government to avert a crash in the banking system over the country’s debt crisis. Capital controls in force since June 29 remain in place, although a daily cash withdrawal limit of 60 euros ($65.03) has now been relaxed.
A boy attends the early morning Eid al-Fitr prayer at Al Noor Mosque in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
Flames rise from a petrochemical plant in Rizhao, China. A fire, caused by a liquefied hydrocarbon leak, broke out on Thursday at the plant and took 24 hours to put out. No casualties have been reported, according to firefighters
The bright line of the Milky Way is seen above the old oaks at the Rogalin landscape Park in Rogalin village, near Poznan, Poland on Thursday night
Riot police stand among the flames from exploded petrol bombs thrown by a small group of anti-establishment demonstrators in front of parliament in Athens late on Wednesday. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras battled to win lawmakers’ approval on Wednesday for a bailout deal to keep Greece in the euro, while the country’s creditors, pressed by the IMF to provide massive debt relief, struggled to agree a financial lifeline.
A cleaning lady mops the steps at the main entrance of the Bank of Greece headquarters in Athens, Greece. Greek banks will remain closed through to Thursday, the finance ministry said ahead of a parliamentary vote over tough austerity measures demanded by Greece’s creditors in return for a third bailout
A Muslim man rests as he waits to offer evening prayers and to break his fast during the holy month of Ramadan at the ruins of the Feroz Shah Kotla mosque in New Delhi
NASA and project staff react with others as telemetry is received from the New Horizons probe at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. The New Horizons interplanetary space probe reestablished contact with NASA after safe passage completing its closest approach fly-by of Pluto making the United States the first to explore the dwarf planet.