This Week in Pictures: July 19-25

  • Volunteers look for wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in a wheat field on July 20, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine.
  • The mother of four-year-old Ghassim and six-year-old Emad Elwan, who were apparently killed after Israeli tanks shelled the region in the east of Gaza City, cries during their funeral in the east of Gaza City, July 19, 2014. 
  • Indonesian policemen stand guard in front of the General Elections Commission (KPU) office during preparations to announce the presidential election result in Jakarta, July 19, 2014. Both Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto have claimed victory in Indonesia’s presidential race, causing a stalemate that is due to be resolved around July 22, when the elections body announces the official result of the country’s closest ever election. 
  • Young people throw colored powder at each other during the Festival of Colors in St. Petersburg on July 19, 2014. The festival is based on the Indian festival Holi. 
  • A bodyboarder wipes out riding a wave in front of Kalk Bay tidal pool wall in Cape Town, South Africa, July 19, 2014. Storm swells from a large cold front sweeping across the cape peninsula provided good conditions for surfers and bodyboarders. 
  • An Israeli soldier is seen on a Merkava tank near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, July 20, 2014. The number of Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on July 20 was at least 100, making it the bloodiest single day in five years for the battered enclave.
  • A Palestinian girl sits in a minibus in Gaza City after fleeing her family’s house during heavy Israeli shelling, July 20, 2014. Gaza residents said land and naval shellings were the heaviest they’d been in 13 days of fighting. 
  • Ukrainian coal miners search the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Rozspyne, July 20, 2014. 
  • Cuban pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne of the San Diego Padres pitches against Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets in the first inning at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA, July 20, 2014. 
  • Families of the victims of a suicide bomb attack listen to a speech by Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah (not pictured) in Paktika, Afghanistan, July 20, 2014. According to ministry spokesman General Zahir Azimi, at least 42 people were killed and around 67 others were injured in the suicide attack in the Orgun district of Paktika. 
  • A Palestinian woman wearing clothes stained with the blood of her relatives, who were wounded in Israeli shelling, cries at a hospital in Gaza City, July 20, 2014. 
  • Palestinians sit in the bucket of an excavator as families flee the Shujayeh neighborhood during heavy Israeli shelling in Gaza City, July 20, 2014. 
  • People ride on escalators in a shopping mall in Hong Kong on July 20, 2014.
  • People line up to get onto the beach of Wannsee, near Berlin, Germany, July 20, 2014. 
  • Palestinians sleep at a United Nations school, where people who fled heavy Israeli shelling in the Shejaia neighborhood sought refuge, July 21, 2014. The overnight raids increased the Palestinian death toll to 484, mostly civilians, since fighting started on July 8. Israel says 18 of its soldiers and two civilians have died. 
  • Dana mourns the death of her brother, Israeli soldier Tsafrir Bar-Or, during his funeral in Holon near Tel Aviv, July 21, 2014. Israeli forces killed 10 Palestinian militants who slipped across the border from Gaza through hidden tunnels on Monday, and the death toll from the two-week conflict surpassed 500 amid growing international calls for an end. 
  • Armed pro-Russia separatists stand guard near the train station as intense shelling rocked the area in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, July 21, 2014. Insurgent fighters closed off the roads in the area and terrified civilians were fleeing the fighting in minibuses and on foot. Sporadic clashes have taken place around the separatist stronghold as both sides ignored calls for a ceasefire following the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
  • Friends of Israeli Staff Sgt. Moshe Melako, who was killed while fighting Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, mourn during his funeral at the Mt. Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem, July 21, 2014. 
  • Smoke rises from an old factory as intense shelling rocked the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, July 21, 2014. 
  • A rebel fighter sits on chairs and aims his weapon through a hole inside a house in the town of Morek in Hama province, Syria, July 21, 2014.  
  • People dive into the Mediterranean Sea on a hot summer’s day in Nice, southern France, July 21, 2014.
  • Bulgarians react as an excavator demolishes a house in a Roma suburb in the city of Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, July 21, 2014. Municipal authorities recently started demolishing some 55 illegally built shacks and houses in the suburb. 
  • A visitor pets a horse during the Rural Society’s annual exposition in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 21, 2014. Primarily a farming show, breeders arrive from all over the country to exhibit their livestock. 
  • Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and members of a forensic team inspect a refrigerator wagon containing the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez, July 21, 2014. 
  • Relatives of Staff Sgt. Moshe Melako, 20, mourn during his funeral at the Mt. Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem, July 21, 2014. Melako was one of 13 soldiers killed in several separate incidents as Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price, killing hundreds of Palestinians and more than a dozen Israeli soldiers and forcing thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their devastated Shijaiyah neighborhood. 
  • Ukrainian parliamentary deputies tussle during a parliamentary session in Kiev, July 22, 2014.
  • A woman wearing a wedding dress poses for a photo before a 73-feet tall inflatable toad displayed at a park in Beijing, July 21, 2014. 
  • A group of elderly women from a nearby village shelter from the rain in Grabovo, Ukraine, after visiting the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, July 22, 2014.
  • South African policemen forcibly evict an Economic Freedom Fighter member from the Gauteng Legislature building on July 22, 2014, in Johannesburg. South African police threw stun grenades and fired rubber bullets when radical lawmakers stormed the provincial legislature in Johannesburg. Led by Julius Malema, who styles himself “Commander in Chief” of the Economic Freedom Fighters, some 2,000 EFF members protested the eviction of their representatives for wearing what they call “workers clothes” to legislative sessions.
  • Ellisha Flagg, sister of Eric Garner cries during a vigil demanding justice for Garner, a Staten Island man who died while being arrested by New York City police. Demonstrators gathered at a park on July 22, 2014, near where police attempted to arrest Garner, 43, on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes.
  • People are seen in the United Airlines terminal at Newark International Airport in New Jersey, July 22, 2014. Air carriers in the United States and Europe on Tuesday halted flights to Tel Aviv as turmoil in Israel and the region intensified.
  • A Palestinian boy surveys damage around the Al-Aqsa mosque, which was destroyed in overnight attacks on Gaza City, July 22, 2014.
  • Malaysian activists hold placards and shout slogans during a protest outside the Ukrainian embassy in Kuala Lumpur on July 22, 2014 to condemn the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
  • Kashmiri Muslim girls read the Koran during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at the all-girls Gulshan-e-Banaat orphanage in Gopalpora on the outskirts of Srinagar, July 22, 2014.
  • A woman cries during a religious service held by villagers in memory of the victims at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine, July 22, 2014.
  • Malaysian air crash investigators take photos of the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region, July 22, 2014.
  • A Greek Orthodox church in Gaza City takes in Muslim refugees, July 22, 2014.
  • Three young people sit on a stone wall while work to re-float of the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship continues off the coast of the Giglio island, Italy, July 22, 2014. The wreck will be removed from the Italian island of Giglio on July 23, one day later than planned, officials overseeing the salvage project said. The Concordia partly capsized near the island on January 13, 2012, after being steered too close to the shore. Thirty-two of the 4,229 people onboard were killed.
  • Palestinians search for belongings under the rubble of a residential building, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City, July 22, 2014. Israel kept up its assaults in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing three Palestinians in as many air strikes. 
  • Chinese cadets conquer an obstacle of a course during training at the People’s Liberation Army Academy of Armored Forces Engineering in Beijing, China, July 22, 2014.
  • Participants in the annual World Santa Claus Congress take part in the traditional foot bath at Bellevue Beach north of Copenhagen, Denmark, July 22, 2014. Santas from around the world are taking part in the event held in Copenhagen and at Bakken amusement park from July 21-23.
  • The pack passes under a tunnel during the 16th stage of the Tour de France cycling race, which covers over 147.6 miles, from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon, France, July 22, 2014.
  • Relatives of Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant Abduallah El-Buhasi, who medics said was killed in an Israeli air strike, mourn during his funeral in Deir El-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, July 22, 2014.
  • Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans makes a phone call regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 during the EU-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) ministerial meeting at the European Council building in Brussels, July 23, 2014.
  • Body builders perform on stage during the Bodybuilding and Fitness Invitation Championship in Hong Kong, July 23, 2014. The competition is organized by the Hong Kong China Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, and features body builders from all over Asia.
  • A horse enjoys a wash down after a training session at Ballarat Turf Club on July 23, 2014 in Ballarat, Australia.
  • Two air hostesses react at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam, the Netherlands, July 23, 2014. The Dutch government declared a day of national mourning for the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in Ukraine.
  • A Dutch national flag flies at the airbase in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, July 23, 2014, after the arrival of a Dutch Air Force C-130 Hercules plane (R) and an Australian Royal Australian Air Force C17 transport plane (L) with the first bodies of the 298 victims from the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine.
  • An undocumented immigrant awaits medical attention by U.S. Border Patrol agents some 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border on July 23, 2014, near Falfurrias, Texas. He was one of dozens of immigrants U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents caught moving north through dense brushland in Brooks County. Thousands of immigrants, many of them minors, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. 
  • Seats from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are pictured at the crash site, in a field near the village of Grabove, in Donetsk region, on July 23, 2014. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on July 23, almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine.
  • New Jersey State Police officers salute before funeral services for Waldwick Police officer Christopher Goodell, July 22, 2014, in Waldwick, N.J. Authorities say the 32-year-old was checking for speeders when a tractor-trailer crashed into his unmarked patrol car, which was parked on the shoulder. The five-year veteran of the police force was a Marine Corps veteran who recently became engaged.
  • Peer Borsky of Switzerland (C) and his teammate celebrate victory over Pavel Sukhov of Russia at the World Fencing Championships in Kazan, July 23, 2014.
  • People relax in the warm weather on July 23, 2014 in Brighton, England.
  • A young man jumps from a tower at a public bathing beach into the Lake Ammersee, in Utting, Bavaria state, Germany, July 23, 2014.
  • Yemeni mourners ride a bulldozer during the funeral procession for Yemeni military commander Brigadier General Hamid Al-Qushaibi, killed in recent clashes between government troops and Shiite fighters in  the Amran Province of Sana’a, Yemen, July 23, 2014.
  • A woman reads a magazine as she sunbathes during hot summer weather on Brighton beach in southern England, July 23, 2014.
  • Israeli soldiers smoke cigarettes at a military staging area outside the Gaza Strip, July 23, 2014.
  • Israeli soldiers carry a wounded soldier to a helicopter near the Israel and Gaza border, July 24, 2014. Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade in the face of U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire.
  • Palestinian medics wheel a wounded man into the Nasser hospital following an Israeli air strike near his home in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, July 24, 2014.
  • Turkish Muslims pray in Ottoman-era Sultanahmet mosque, known as Blue mosque, on “Laylat Al Qadr” during the holy month of Ramadan, in Istanbul, July 23, 2014. Laylat Al Qadr (Night of Decree) is the anniversary of the night Muslims believe the Koran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad by the Angel Gabriel.
  • Conor Munn (R), from Northern Ireland, prepares before the men’s 50-meter butterfly heats during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, July 24, 2014.
  • Wreckage of flight ATR-72 is strewn over houses as police and soldiers guard the crash site of the TransAasia Airways plane on the Penghu Islands, in the Taiwan Strait, July 24, 2014.
  • Migrant workers sleep under a mosquito net beneath an overpass in Mumbai, India, July 24, 2014.
  • Buses are stranded in a flooded street in Fuzhou, Fujian province, July 24, 2014. Typhoon Matmo hit Taiwan on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, shutting financial markets and schools. It passed the island and headed into China,  where it was downgraded from typhoon to tropical storm.
  • Dutch military personnel carry a coffin containing the remains of the victims of the MH17 plane crash to a hearse at the airbase in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, July 24, 2014. A Dutch Air Force C-130 Hercules plane and an Australian Royal Australian Air Force C17 transport plane brought back 74 more coffins containing remains of the victims of the MH17 plane crash. The planes traveled from Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine to the Eindhoven air base in the Netherlands.
  • A model presents a creation of South African designer Alma van den Berg for the label Spilt Milk during the Mercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week, in Cape Town, South Africa, July 24, 2014.
  • A view of a river in Xinmeizhou village, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province on July 24, 2014. 
  • A Palestinian protester walks next to burning tires at a protest against Israeli offensive in Gaza, at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah, July 24, 2014. Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian protester and wounded about 200 on Thursday in confrontations with several thousand people who were demonstrating in the occupied West Bank against a 17-day-old Israeli offensive in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said. The Israeli military confirmed troops had used “riot dispersal means” against protesters who threw rocks and firebombs at them and blocked a road with burning tires. 
  • The pack rides in pouring rain during the 19th stage of the Tour de France cycling race, which covers 129.6 miles, starting in Maubourguet and finishing in Bergerac, France, July 25, 2014.
  • Soldiers hoist an Israeli flag atop their armored personnel carrier as they head towards the Gaza Strip from an unspecified location along the Israeli border, July 25, 2014. More than 820 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since the start of the Israeli offensive more than two weeks ago, and 32 Israeli soldiers and three civilians have died. Media report that Israel’s security cabinet will meet to discuss a proposal brought forth by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to secure a temporary cease-fire in Gaza. 

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As the bodies of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were transferred to the Netherlands this week for identification and repatriation, shock turned to grief and mourning for the 298 people who lost their lives when the aircraft was shot down over eastern Ukraine. Israeli and Palestinian casualties mounted and efforts to instill a ceasefire failed in the third week of intense fighting in Gaza. 

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