Photo Essay

  • Fighters struggle with a wild horse during the “Rapa Das Bestas” (Shearing of the Beasts) event in the northwestern village of Sabucedo, Spain, on July 5, 2014. During the 400-year-old festival, hundreds of wild horses are rounded up from the mountains, trimmed and groomed.
  • Indian laborers load sacks of rice onto a truck at a storage facility near Khasa village, about 15 miles from Amritsar, India, July 5, 2014.
  • Spectators walk on the beach during the annual beach polo competition held on the beach at Watergate Bay, July 5, 2014, in Cornwall, England.
  • A couple reads magazines as they float in the salt waters of lake Tus in Russia’s Khakassia region, southwest of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, July 5, 2014.
  • A Costa Rican fan watches a broadcast of the 2014 Brazil World Cup quarterfinal game between Costa Rica and the Netherlands, in San Jose, Costa Rica, July 5, 2014.
  • Wild horses are gathered during the “Rapa Das Bestas” event in the northwestern village of Sabucedo, Spain, July 5, 2014.
  • A Costa Rican fan lies on the street after being stabbed in the back while watching the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer match against the Netherlands on a giant screen at Democracy Square in San Jose, Costa Rica, July 5, 2014.
  • Argentina’s goalkeeper, Sergio Romero, blocks a shot during the 2014 World Cup quarter-final match between Argentina and Belgium at the Brasilia national stadium in Brazil, July 5, 2014.
  • An Afghan policeman looks at a fire at the site of burning fuel trucks after an overnight attack by the Taliban on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, July 5, 2014. Taliban insurgents set fire on Saturday to about 200 oil tanker trucks supplying fuel for NATO forces in an attack just outside the Afghan capital Kabul, police said.
  • Participants take a shower after attempting to break the world record for total number of “mud angels” at the “Wattoluempiade,” or Mud Olympics, in the northern German city of Brunsbuettel, July 6, 2014.
  • Musicians (left) perform moments after the traditional ‘Txupinazo’ rocket fire at the Consistorio square in Pamplona, Spain, that marks the holiday, Sanfermines, in which locals and foreigners from all over the world enjoy a nine-day-long fiesta with bull runs, wine and music.
  • Thousands of revelers hold up their red scarfs as the rocket fire, or ‘Txupinazo’, marks the start of the Festival of San Fermin (or Sanfermines) at Consistorio square in Pamplona, Spain, July 6, 2014.
  • A woman gets crushed as thousands of revelers sing and dance during the opening and the firing of the ‘Chupinazo’ rocket which starts the 2014 Festival of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls on July 6, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain.
  • Thousands of people attend the funeral of Abdul Aziz al-Abbaar in the village of Sanabis, west of the capital Manama, Bahrain. Abdulaziz was hit in the head by a tear gas canister on Feb. 23 while taking a part in clashes with riot police, and he died on April 18.
  • Libyans play soccer in Benghazi, July 6, 2014.
  • A Ukrainian soldier stands on a street in Slaviansk, Ukraine, July 6, 2014. In what President Petro Poroshenko called a turning point in the fight for control of the country’s east, Ukraine’s government said it would seize more territory from rebels after re-taking the separatist stronghold of Slaviansk.
  • A cyclist makes his way up a hill called Holm Moss in Yorkshire in advance of Stage 2 of the Tour de France on July 6, 2014 in the United Kingdom.
  • Boys ride their bicycles in Mbyo, Rwanda, July 6th 2014.
  • People fish along the banks of the Yellow River as the Sammenxia Dam discharges flood waters downstream in Pinglu, Shanxi province, China, July 6, 2014.
  • Two horses fight during the “Rapa Das Bestas” traditional event in the Spanish northwestern village of Sabucedo, July 6, 2014.
  • A boy plays with a soccer ball in Mbyo, Rwanda on July 6, 2014.
  • A man walks along the bank of the Yellow River to fish as the Sammenxia Dam discharges flood waters downstream, in Pinglu, Shanxi province, China, July 6, 2014.
  • A police officer is seen in St. Petersburg, Florida, July 7, 2014. Several blocks of Fourth Street N were blocked Monday night for an unknown reason.
  • A woman cleans a bar entrance near a bunch of balloons at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2014. The San Fermin festival, a heady mix of drinking, dancing, late nights and bullfights, made famous by Ernest Hemingway in his novel, “The Sun Also Rises”, runs for nine days until July 14.
  • Mourners carry the bodies of Palestinian militants Marwan Eslim and Mazen Jarba during a funeral in Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip on July 7, 2014.
  • Supporters of the Kenyan Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) coalition of opposition parties, led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, also the leader of the Orange Democratic Movemet (ODM), raise their hands as they react to Odinga’s speech during the Saba Saba (or Seven-Seven in Swahili language) rally held in central Nairobi, Kenya, July 7, 2014.
  • Revelers run with Torrestrella’s fighting bulls along the Calle Estafeta during the second day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 7, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain.
  • An anti-government protester holds a portrait of opposition leader Raila Odinga during a rally in Nairobi, Kenya, July 7, 2014. Government officials said on Sunday that they would not allow the center of Nairobi to be turned into a Kenyan version of Tahrir Square, the plaza in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, that became the foremost symbol of the Arab Spring uprisings.
  • Hairdressers cut the hair of soccer fans at their shop in La Paz, Bolivia, July 7, 2014.
  • Policemen from the General Service Unit (GSU) take cover from stone throwing youths during the “Saba Saba Day” rally at the Uhuru park grounds in the capital Nairobi, July 7, 2014.
  • Steers and bulls from the Ranch of Torrestrella mix with runners during the second day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival, on July 7, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain.
  • Palestinian relatives of Abed Rahman al-Zamli, 24, a member of the Ezz Al-Din Al Qassam brigade, the military wing of Hamas, gather around his body at the morgue of the Najar hospital in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip on Monday, July 7, 2014. The Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza vowed revenge on Israel for the death of several of its members killed in an airstrike early Monday morning in the deadliest exchange of fire since the latest round of attacks began weeks ago.
  • Soldiers stand inside a truck as others run in the rain as part of security preparations ahead of the presidential election in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 7, 2014.
  • Spectators watch the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2014.
  • A boy watches a procession in honor of San Fermin during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2014.
  • A night scene in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 8, 2014. Rocinha is the largest favela in Brazil.
  • Men break their fast in a taxi in Karachi, Pakistan, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, July 8, 2014.
  • A passenger squeezes through the window of a stationary train at a railway station in Jammu, India, July 8, 2014.
  • Volunteers who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), lie down on their beds in Baghdad, July 8, 2014.
  • People look at screens showing rockets launching in the new space museum, ”TenQ”, in Tokyo, Japan, July 8, 2014.
  • Supporters of Abdullah Abdullah tear down a picture of outgoing President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 8, 2014. Contesting preliminary results that show him trailing Ashraf Ghani in a presidential election, Abdullah threatened to declare his own government and supporters from both camps demonstrated in the streets.
  • Palestinian gunmen from different factions hold their weapons during the launch of a joint security force that includes all Palestinian factions, to maintain stability at the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp near the port-city of Sidon, southern Lebanon, July 8, 2014.
  • Gerry (not pictured) and Kate McCann leave a court in Lisbon, July 8, 2014. Gerry and Kate, the parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann, appeared at a Lisbon court after they launched libel action against a Portuguese former police chief, who said in a book that Madeleine’s parents covered up the death of their daughter.
  • Indian passengers in an over crowded train at Ballygunge station in Calcutta, eastern India, July 8, 2014.
  • Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), get dressed in Baghdad, July 8, 2014.
  • Israeli soldiers charge into the streets of Bethlehem, July 8, 2014.
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Beijing, China, on July 8, 2014, for a two-day Strategic and Economic Dialogue with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and their Chinese counterparts.
  • A model gets her hair prepared prior to the presentation of Lena Hoschek’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, July 8, 2014.
  • The First Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (BVerfG) opens the oral proceedings on the inheritance tax in Karlsruhe, Germany, July 8, 2014.
  • Israeli soldiers wave from a tank moving into position on the Israel-Gaza Border, July 8, 2014. The Israeli military launched a major offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, striking more than 100 sites and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion in what Israel says is an operation aimed at stopping a heavy barrage of rocket attacks from the Palestinian territory.
  • Waves hit a lighthouse on Jeju Island, South Korea as typhoon Neoguri approaches the Korean Peninsula, July 9, 2014. 
  • An Israeli woman covers her head and lays on the ground while sirens sound in the southern city of Ashdod, Israel, July 9, 2014. Israel launched the military operation Protective Edge as a response to the rockets sent from the Gaza Strip. 
  • A Palestinian relative grieves the deaths of five family members killed in an Israeli missile strike in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, July 9, 2014. The Israeli army intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing more than a dozen people on the second day of a military operation aimed at quenching rocket fire against Israel. 
  • Palestinian boys look on at the funeral for Hamad family members in Beit Hanoun, Gaza, July 9, 2014. Medics said six members of the Hamad family were killed after an Israeli strike targeted their house.
  • A child is treated in Gaza City after being injured by the Israeli airstrikes that left many civilians injured, July 9, 2014. 
  • A Baduy woman shows her inky finger, proof that she voted at a polling station in Kanekes Village, Banten during the Indonesian presidential elections, July 9, 2014. 
  • Drag queen Ruda Puda arrives for the ‘Designer For Tomorrow’ show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, Germany, July 9, 2014. 
  • Smoke rises after an airstrike in the west of Gaza City, July 9, 2014. 
  • Police officers and SWAT team members surround an area following a shooting that left six people, including four children, dead in Spring, Texas, July 9, 2014. 
  • Models wait backstage prior to the Elie Saab Fall Winter 2014-15 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, July 9, 2014. 
  • Argentina’s Maxi Rodriguez celebrates after scoring the victory goal during a penalty shootout against the Netherlands in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 9, 2014. 
  • A model presents a creation from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection of German designer Guido Maria Kretschmer at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, Germany, July 9, 2014. 
  • Israelis take cover near their cars on the central highway while sirens sound over the city of Tel Aviv, Israel, July 9, 2014. 
  • An Israeli soldier drives an armored personnel carrier to a position near the Israel-Gaza border, July 10, 2014.
  • A model presents a creation from the Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2014/15 collection by Australian designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, July 10, 2014. 
  • Palestinian relatives grieve the loss of eight Al Haj family members who were killed in an early morning strike, southern Gaza Strip, July 10, 2014. 
  • A woman adjusts her hair as she poses for a photo next to a public fountain at Lisbon’s Rossio square, in Portugal, July 10, 2014. 
  • A man works inside a gear parts manufacturing unit at an industrial area in Kolkata, India, July 11, 2014.
  • A pack of riders cycle through rural France during the 7th stage of the Tour de France cycle race between Epernay and Nancy, July 11, 2014. 
  • Bengal tigers play in a pool of water at the zoo in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 11, 2014. 

This Week in Pictures: July 5-11


Germany’s defeat of the World Cup host country’s team stunned soccer viewers and devastated Brazilians worldwide. Brazil and the Netherlands will face off on Saturday to determine the third-place winner of the month-long tournament, with the ultimate winner – Argentina or Germany – to be decided on Sunday. 

Spaniards, meanwhile, kicked off the festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain, the seven-day celebration that is best known for the ritual running of the bulls, while in the north of the country, in Sabucedo, hundreds of wild horses were rounded up. Berlin and Paris celebrated fashion week, while Japan was hit by a typhoon.

But the heaviest news came out of the Middle East this week, as fighting between Israel and Palestine escalated after the death of three Israeli boys who were killed in the West Bank and whose bodies were found last week. 

Speak Out