Members of Mongolia’s military orchestra take pictures at the launch of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo which takes place at Edinburgh Castle from August 2-24. An estimated 220,000 visitors are expected to see the performances during the three-week event.
Graffiti depicting Lord of the Rings character Gollum is seen on a fence surrounding the construction site for the new headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. The ECB council will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday in the German city
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A blue French cockerel by German artist Katharina Fritsch is unveiled in Trafalgar Square in London, England. The five-metre high fibreglass cockerel was installed as the ninth sculpture to occupy the vacant fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.
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Model maker Katrina James places a Lego model of Prince George of Cambridge outside a model of Buckingham Palace, part of a new attraction created to commemorate the birth of Prince George at the Legoland resort in Windsor, England.
A boy cools off in a fountain at a park in Shanghai, China. Hot weather has set in with temperatures rising up to 40 degrees Celsius in Shanghai.
An aerial view of several kinds of rice plants designed to depict a Japanese oiran, or traditional courtesan, left, and actress Marilyn Monroe at ricefields in Inakadate town, Aomori prefecture. The annual event, known as ‘Tanbo art’, or ricefield art, is a project in which people plant different kinds of rice to create a giant picture in ricefields.
An employee paints the outer decoration of a café bar in the Prague district of Holešovice. The café bar is a uniquely designed multicultural centre with a futuristic design and many unusual artefacts.
Shoppers walk across shadows cast on the floor of a mall in Beijing, China. The country’s leaders face new pressure to stimulate a slowing economy after growth fell to its lowest level since 1991, depressed by weak trade and efforts to cool a credit boom.
A man reads the Koran inside the Mecca Masjid during the holy month of Ramadan in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad
An Indian sadhu blows a buffalo horn on the eve of the Kharchi Puja in Agartala, capital of the northeastern state of Tripura. The week-long Hindu festival is held in honour of 14 gods.
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A Russian SU-27 combat aircraft performs during the International Maritime Defence Show in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Police officers attend their graduating ceremony, at the Officers School of the National Gendarmerie in the city of Melun in France
A model presents a creation by designer Iris van Herpen as part of her Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2013-14 fashion show in Paris
A soldier stands guard ahead of a wreath-laying ceremony by UK Prime Minister David Cameron at the Monument of the Motherland Defenders in Astana, Kazakhstan on July 1, 2013.
A man pushes his cart past a mural of former South African president Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. Mr Mandela’s eldest daughter on Thursday lambasted foreign media ‘vultures’ for violating her father’s privacy as he lay critically ill in hospital.
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A shepherd in Qunu, a rural village where former South Africa President Nelson Mandela grew up. Mr Mandela’s family members gathered on Wednesday to hear a sombre prayer wishing the anti-apartheid icon a “peaceful, perfect end” as he lay in hospital in critical condition.
A royal court guard looks on before the arrival of the 14th king of Malaysia, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah during the first parliamentary session after the general election in Kuala Lumpur on May 5. Malaysian police arrested dozens of people on June 24 protesting election fraud, as parliament convened for the first time since the poll.
Black smoke rises from the Bilal bin Rabah mosque behind an armored personnel carrier as Lebanese army soldiers detonate booby traps set by gunmen in the Abra district of the southern city of Sidon. Troops seized control of the headquarters of a radical Sunni sheikh whose supporters battled the army for two days and killed 16 soldiers.
Marcello Lo Guidice’s ‘Dalla Primavera del Botticelli’ at Bonhams, London, which will be sold at the Contemporary Art and Design auction on June 27
Muslim Shiites gather in the shrine of Imam Hussein, one of Shiite Islam’s most revered figures, during the Shaabaniya ceremony commemorating the birth of Imam al-Mahdi, the 12th holiest figure for Shiite Muslims, in the central Iraqi city of Karbala. The Imam al-Mahdi disappeared in the ninth century and Shiites believe that he will appear before the end of time to establish justice and true Islam in the world.