Photo Essay

  • The mother of a 13-year-old girl who was raped as punishment for her brother’s alleged assault weeps during an interview in Swang Gulgulia Dhoura, India, July 12, 2014. The authorities have arrested Ghosal Pasi, the village headman, on suspicion of ordering the rape, and his son-in-law, Nakabandi Pasi, on suspicion of rape. The girl’s brother, Harendra Pasi, is in custody. 
  • A pedestrian holds an umbrella with the Argentinian national flag colors during a rainy day on the 9 de Julio Avenue in Buenos Aires, July 12, 2014. 
  • A supermoon rises over houses in Olvera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz, July 12, 2014. A supermoon is a larger-than-usual appearance of the lunar disk and occurs when a full moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth. 
  • A Chinese worker gathers up Australian-imported sheep’s wool after it was processed and bleached at a factory near Zhangzhou, China, July 12, 2014. 
  • Fans watch the third place match between Brazil and the Netherlands at the Valley Anhangabau Center during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 12, 2014.
  • Israeli soldiers from the Nahal Infantry Brigade rest in the shade of trees near central Gaza Strip, July 12, 2014. Israel attacked Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip for a fifth day, killing nine people including two disabled women, according to medics. The country showed no sign of pausing despite international pressure to negotiate a cease-fire. In Israel, a Palestinian rocket seriously wounded one person and injured another seven when it hit a fuel tanker at a service station in Ashdod, 20 miles north of Gaza. 
  • A firefighting helicopter drops water over a forest fire near Keratea, southeast of Athens, July 12, 2014. 
  • In this photo taken on a smartphone, people run to shelter from a hailstorm on the beach at Ob River, in Novosibirsk, Russia, July 12, 2014. The Investigative Committee said in a statement that two young girls aged three and four had died when a tree fell on their tent, where they were taking shelter from the storm along with their families. 
  • Francisco Ramos (C), father of teenage migrant Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, cries during the burial of his son, at a cemetery in San Jose Las Flores, Chiantla, north of Guatemala City, July 12, 2014. Ramos Juarez’s body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas, less than a mile from the U.S.-Mexico border. An autopsy revealed no signs of trauma and authorities believe Ramos Juarez died of heat stroke. 
  • A 13-year-old girl revisits the site where she was raped as punishment for her brother’s alleged assault, in Swang Gulgulia Dhoura, India, July 12, 2014. 
  • Balloons are released during a memorial service for members of the Stay family who were murdered in their home Wednesday, in Spring, Texas, July 12, 2014. Ron Haskell is accused of fatally shooting two boys ages 4 and 14, two girls ages 7 and 9, and their parents Stephen Stay, 39, and Katie Stay, 33. Five of them were dead when found and one of the children died after being air-lifted to a hospital. Cassidy Stay, 15, survived a gunshot wound to the head and hand. 
  • A full moon is seen in the sky on a Poya day in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, July 12, 2014. The full moon of each month, called Poya day, is a day of religious observance for the Buddhists and a public holiday in the country. 
  • Women dressed as Medieval ladies walk in the rain before a reenactment of The Battle of Grunwald, in Grunwald, Poland, July 12, 2014. The battle is thought of as the most important victory in Poland’s history and was one of the biggest battles in Medieval Europe. 1,300 history enthusiasts took part in the reenactment, using self-made weapons and costumes. 
  • A traditional giant figure is loaded into a truck during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 12, 2014. The festival, a heady mix of drinking, dancing, late nights and bullfights, runs for nine days until July 14. 
  • Central American migrants climb on a north bound train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border, in Ixtepec, Mexico, July 12, 2014. 
  • Tourists sunbathe at Magaluf beach in Mallorca, Spain, July 13, 2014. 
  • A Kashmiri woman watches from behind a curtain in Srinagar, India, July 13, 2014. Martyr’s Day in Kashmir is observed on July 13 by both separatists and pro-Indian Kashmiris to commemorate the day in 1931 when the region’s Hindu king ordered more than 20 Kashmiri Muslims executed in a bid to put down an uprising.
  • Mourners at a morgue after an overnight Israeli air strike destroyed the home of General Tayseer al-Batsh, commander of the Hamas police, in Gaza City, July 13, 2014. The airstrike left the general wounded and killed 17 members of his extended family, including seven children, and a neighbor. 
  • A boy leans on a sack of cabbages at a vegetable wholesale market in Jinan, Shandong province, China, July 13, 2014. 
  • Bryan Schouten of the Netherlands fights with compatriot Scott Deroue (R) after they crashed during the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring circuit in the eastern German town of Hohenstein-Ernstthal, July 13, 2014. 
  • An Argentinean fan watches at the beach of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the final match of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 between Germany and Argentina held at the Maracana Stadium in Rio, 13 July 2014. Germany won the World Cup after defeating Argentina by 1-0. 
  • A man who fled from Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, sleeps in a UN school which was transformed into a shelter in Gaza City, July 13, 2014. 
  • Argentina’s fans climb onto traffic lights at a public square viewing area in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after Argentina lost to Germany in their 2014 World Cup final soccer match in Brazil, July 13, 2014.
  • In this photo released by the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Moccasin Hill fire burns north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, Oregon, July 13, 2014. Lightning struck Oregon more than 6,000 times Sunday and Monday, starting dozens of small fires. 
  • Argentina fans react at a public square viewing area in Buenos Aires after Argentina lost to Germany in their 2014 World Cup final soccer match in Brazil, July 13, 2014. 
  • Indian boys play as monsoon clouds hover in the sky in Puri, India, July 13, 2014. 
  • German soccer fans at Leme Beach in Rio react to midfielder Mario Gotze’s match winning goal in the 113th minute of the World Cup final at Maracanã stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 13, 2014. 
  • French army helicopters approach the Arc de Triomphe during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, July 14, 2014. 
  • A firefighter responds to the scene of an Israeli attack in Gaza City, July 14, 2014. Israel’s aerial bombardment of Gaza continued Sunday, as did rocket fire into Israel, as Israeli leaders and Palestinian militants both appeared ready to continue and escalate the conflict. 
  • Cambodian soldiers watch salvage efforts after a helicopter crash on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 14, 2014. According to officials, four Cambodian soldiers died and one was injured during military training. 
  • A donkey cart belonging to displaced Palestinians sits parked in front of a mural painted at the New Gaza United Nations School, where dozens of families have sought refuge after fleeing their home in fear of Israeli airstrikes, July 14, 2014. 20 U.N. schools took in more than 17,000 displaced Gazans, many of them children, after warnings by Israel that civilians must clear out of northern Gaza. 
  • Israeli Jewish men overlook northern Gaza Strip in Sderot, southern Israel, July 14, 2014. 
  • Soldiers wearing French WWI uniforms, known as ‘Poilus’, march in the military parade as part of the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, France, July 14, 2014. 
  • Models present creations by Dutch fashion designer Marga Weimans during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 14, 2014. 
  • A Palestinian woman walks up the steps of a United Nations-run school in Gaza City where she has been staying since she fled her family home in the northern border town of Beit Lahiya, July 14, 2014. 
  • Laborers work atop scaffolding at a residential construction site in Shanghai, China, July 14, 2014. 
  • Revelers hold up red scarves during the closing ceremony of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 15, 2014. Thousands of people gathered in front of the city’s town hall to sing the traditional farewell song “Pobre de mi” (Poor me), sung by revelers to show their sadness at the end of the festival. 
  • Israeli artillery smoke can be seen at the Israeli-Gaza border, July 14, 2014. 
  • A Cambodian rescue team searches for a military helicopter after it crashed in a pond at a village outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 14, 2014.
  • A horse’s veins after being hosed down at Bath racecourse on July 15, 2014 in Bath, England.
  • Carriers of the Great God Power brotherhood unload the Virgen del Carmen at Puerto de la Cruz dock on the Canary island of Tenerife, Spain, July 15, 2014. Since 1921, the statue of the Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of fishermen, has been carried with great fanfare annually as part of July Festivities to the Puerto de la Cruz dock where, at the end of its procession, it is hoisted aboard a decorated boat. Weather permitting, the boat carrying the statue, accompanied by a flotilla of other boats, makes a short journey along the island coast before returning to the harbor.
  • The Japanese team cools down after losing to the United States during Haarlem Baseball Week at Pim Mullier Stadium on July 15, 2014 in Haarlem, Netherlands.
  • Bob Grutza rides on horseback through his field of sunflowers, July 15, 2014 near Maysville, Ky. Grutza has five acres of sunflowers on his property.
  • Models pose after displaying clothes designed by Indian designer Sabyasachi at the India Couture Week, held by the Fashion Design Council of India, in New Delhi, India, July 15, 2014.
  • GAZA City - JULY 15, 2014 - Families from North Gaza seek refuge in one of the UNRWA schools in Gaza. UNRWA, the U.N. organization that aids Palestinian refugees, says that at least 17,000 people from northern Gaza have sought refuge in U.N. shelters like these schools. (Photo by Ibrahim Khader / Pacific Press/Sipa USA)
  • A street is flooded after a rainstorm in Fenghuang Ancient Town in central China’s Hunan Province, July 15, 2014. More than 120,000 locals and tourists have been evacuated since Monday night as record downpours hit the county.
  • A woman walks under an umbrella during a rain storm, July 15, 2014, in Philadelphia.
  • Members of National Police from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Salvador, Haiti and Argentina participate in an exercise during the ‘International Tactical Encounter of Latin American Polices’ at Police School Gonzalo Jimenez de Quezada, in Sibate, near Bogota, Colombia, July 15, 2014.
  • Protesters shout anti-Israel slogans during a demonstration calling for an end to Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, near the Israeli embassy in Amman, Jordan, July 15, 2014.
  • A military honor guard prepares to welcome U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert at the PLA Navy headquarters outside of Beijing July 15, 2014. Greenert met with PLA Navy Commander in Chief Admiral Wu Shengli on Tuesday.
  • Palestinian children, who fled from their houses near the border with Israel, stand in a UN-run school in Gaza City on July 15, 2014.
  • A Palestinian boy inspects the rubble of a destroyed prison after an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 15, 2014.
  • President Barack Obama gets behind the wheel of a driving simulatior at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Va., July 15, 2014.
  • A shepherd guides sheep in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India, July 15, 2014.
  • Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung is stopped by security guards as he throws a plastic hammer towards Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam during a meeting on electoral reforms at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, July 15, 2014.
  • Malian Army soldiers during a practice instructed by Spanish special soldiers, at Koulikoro training center, Mali, July 15, 2014.
  • Local residents are seen through the shrapnel-ridden body of a minibus at the site of a bomb blast that targeted a government employee bus, in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 15, 2014. Two employees of the Afghan presidential office were killed, officials said.
  • Fishing boats are pictured amid heavy winds and rain brought by Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) as it hit the town of Imus, Cavite, southwest of Manila, July 16, 2014. Philippine authorities evacuated almost 150,000 people from their homes and shuttered financial markets, government offices, businesses and schools on Wednesday as typhoon Rammasun gathered strength and hit the capital, Manila.
  • China’s Wu Minxia dives next to Shi Tingmao (bottom) during the Women’s 3M Synchro Springboard Final during the 19th FINA Diving World Cup on July 16, 2014 in Shanghai.
  • A Palestinian protester seeks cover from teargas fired by Israeli soldiers during a protest against the Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip, at Huwwara checkpoint near the west bank city of Nablus, July 16, 2014.
  • An Israeli soldier takes a rest in the shade in an area close to Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, July 16, 2014.
  • A brother of one of the four Palestinian children from the Baker family, whom medics said were killed by a shell fired by an Israeli naval gunboat, grieves inside the morgue in Gaza City, July 16, 2014. The four Palestinian children were killed and another child was critically wounded on a Gaza beach on Wednesday by the shell fired by the Israeli naval gunboat, a Palestinian health official said.
  • A boy hugs a tree as he takes cover after strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun, locally called Glenda, battered the capital of Manila, July 16, 2014.
  • A Free Syrian Army fighter stands amidst smoke and dust after he fired towards forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in Wadi Al-Dayf, in the southern Idlib countryside, July 16, 2014.
  • A man carries a child as another lies dead after two explosions on a beach in Gaza, July 16, 2014. At least four children playing on a Gaza beach were killed Wednesday, according to witnesses, after reportedly being attacked by an Israeli gunboat.
  • Tourists run in a harsh rain in the historical town of Fenghuang, central China’s Hunan province, July 16, 2014. Continuous rain has flooded the ancient town since Monday night.
  • Residents of the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk look out of a bus window as they prepare to depart for Russia to escape the fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk, July 16, 2014.
  • Afghanistan’s security forces stand guard at the site of a suicide attack in the Urgun town of Paktika province, Afghanistan, July 16, 2014. The suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives, killing dozens in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.
  • Swiss tennis player Roger Federer (L) serves a ball to U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn during a promotional tennis event on the Aletsch glacier at the Jungfraujoch, July 16, 2014.
  • Secret Service agents and Air Force One crew stand by as U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews in Washington, July 17, 2014. Obama is traveling to Delaware and New York City today.
  • Bora Ismail Biren (L) of Turkey in actions against Piotr Janda (R) of Poland during their Men’s Foil qualification competition at the FEI 2014 Fencing World Championships in Kazan, Russia, July 16, 2014.
  • An Israeli Merkava tank rolls near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip on July 17, 2014. Fighting between Israel and Hamas resumed in deadly earnest today, after a brief humanitarian ceasefire allowed Gaza residents to restock and hunker down, and as efforts towards a lasting truce intensified.
  • People walk amid the debris at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014.
  • Afghan security forces secure the area after insurgents took position in a half complete apartment building in Qasaba on the northern side of Kabul International Airport from where they launched an attack on the military section of the airport.
  • A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, in rebel-held east Ukraine.
  • A dead insurgent - one of five killed by Afghan Security forces - was placed on a stretcher before being taken away from where he had taken position in a half complete apartment building in Qasaba on the northern side of Kabul International Airport from and from where he and his fellow attackers launched an attack on the military section of the airport with rocket propelled grenades and automatic weapons on July 17, 2014.
  • Smoke from flares rises in the sky in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, July 17, 2014. Israel launched a large-scale ground offensive in the Gaza Strip Thursday, escalating a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas’ weapons arsenal, rocket firing abilities and tunnels under the Palestinian territory’s border with Israel. It was the first major Israeli ground offensive in Gaza in just over five years.
  • A Kashmiri Muslim protester is seen through a Palestinian flag as he shouts slogans against Israel in Srinagar, India, July 18, 2014.
  • A woman reacts to news regarding a Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia.
  • A man walks amongst wreckage of the Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014, after it crashed near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine.
  • Self-proclaimed Prime Minister of the pro-Russian separatist “Donetsk People’s Republic”, Alexander Borodai (C), arrives at the site of the crash of Malaysia flight 17, carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, July 17, 2014.
  • People search for bodies on July 18, 2014 at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airways flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, in rebel-held east Ukraine.
  • Netream Netzleam holds the body of her daughter Razel, 1, who medics said died on Friday from injuries sustained in an Israeli air strike on Thursday afternoon, at her funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, July 18, 2014. Israel stepped up its ground offensive in Gaza early on Friday pounding targets with artillery fire and using tanks and infantry to battle Hamas fighters.
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This Week in Pictures: July 12-18

Updated

The news that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine, near the border with Russia, came as a shock on Thursday. The tragedy is the second major catastrophe for the airline, following the disappearance of another Malaysia Airlines flight in March. That passenger plane has yet to be found, and its disappearance remains a mystery.

As the news broke about Thursday’s crash, Israel announced that it was launching a ground invasion in Gaza. The move came after a short-lived ceasefire brokered by Egypt. 

Earlier in the week, Germany proved its mettle when it beat Argentina on Sunday to win the World Cup, making it the first time a European team has won the tournament in Latin America.

 

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