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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Commuters ride on a subway train at Yonggwang station, or “glory station”, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Foreign visitors are allowed to take only a train between Puhung station and Yonggwang station, on Pyongyang’s north-south Chollima line
Camel jockeys race off the starting point of a race in the desert of Aleghan, in Tabuk, northern Saudi Arabia. This is an annual event organised for desert dwellers
Soldiers from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders parade from Stirling Castle through the streets of Stirling. It is the Battalion’s last official parade before it becomes a light infantry company.
A couple huddle under a shared umbrella along the seafront during showers in Mumbai, India
People dressed in white arrive for dinner on Place du Trocadéro in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Thursday evening.
Chris and Christine Walker watch the Black Forest fire gain steam as it burns out of control for a second straight day near Colorado Springs, Colorado