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A grey reef shark is seen riding the incoming tide, to conserve energy, at Blue Corner, off Koror, in the small Pacific island nation of Palau. Palau created the world’s first shark sanctuary in 2009 and the move has been so successful that plans are now underway to completely ban commercial fishing in the island nation’s vast ocean territory by 2018. Read more
The Tungurahua volcano throws ash and stones during an eruption seen from Banos, Ecuador. Read more
Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed
Elephants feast on a buffet of fruits and vegetables as part of the annual King’s Cup elephant polo tournament in Samut Prakan province, Thailand. The tournament, which is held annually to promote elephant projects and conservation, takes place from August 28 to 31.
A Palestinian man walks past a fire lit by a homeowner in an effort to keep mosquitoes away from shattered homes in Shejaiya, Gaza. Shejaiya was one of the hardest-hit neighbourhoods after fighting between Hamas militants and Israel.
A child of a ragpicker drinks water from a plastic bag at a garbage dump in Gauhati, India. Some 800 million people in the country live in poverty, many of them migrating to big cities in search of a livelihood and often ending up on the streets
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican today.
A man sells household goods to supporters of populist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), in front of the Parliament house building, during the Revolution March in Islamabad, Pakistan.
A group of Palestinian boys ride horse-drawn cart past destroyed houses in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City following the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians. After seven weeks of the deadliest Israeli-Palestinian violence in a decade, a long-term ceasefire took hold on Tuesday. Read more
Russian’s Nadezda Makroguzova serves against Brazil’s Eduarda Santos Lisboa and Ana Patricia Silva Ramos during their women’s semifinal beach volleyball match at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China.