An Iraqi refugee girl from Mosul stands outside her family's tent at Khazir refugee camp outside Irbil, 217 miles (350 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the al-Qaida breakaway group, on Monday and Tuesday took over much of Mosul in Iraq and then swept into the city of Tikrit further south. An estimated half a million residents fled Mosul, the economically important city.
Volunteers who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants, who have taken over Mosul and other Northern provinces, board army trucks in Baghdad. Sunni Islamist militants gained more ground in Iraq overnight, moving into two towns in the eastern province of Diyala, while U.S. President Barack Obama considered military strikes to halt their advance towards the capital Baghdad. Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) overran the northern city of Mosul earlier this week and have since pressed south towards Baghdad in an onslaught against the Shi'ite-led government.
An Afghan refugee child takes a plunge in polluted stream in slums of Islamabad, Pakistan. Many cities in Pakistan are facing heat wave conditions with temperatures reaching 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in some places.
Flight instructor Doedo Schipper, of Longmont, Colo., flies a World War II-era Bucker Jungmann, an open cockpit German biplane, over Boulder, Colo. This airplane will be one of many on display including military aircrafts used during last year's flood for Airport Days, which will be Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the Boulder Municipal Airport.
An Afghan man loads ballot boxes and other election material, to be transported to polling stations which are not accessible by road, on a donkey in Shutul, Panjshir province. The second round presidential election will be held on Saturday.
Australia's Mathew Ryan saves the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match against Chile at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba .
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An Afghanistan female police officer, left in burqa, searches female passengers at a checkpoint in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan. With fears of violence high, Afghanistan braced for a final election on Saturday to choose a new president to replace the only leader the nation has known since the Taliban were ousted and guide the transition to a country that will have to wean itself off near-total dependence on international aid after foreign combat troops withdraw at the end of this year.
John Cosentini and his dog named Panada prepare to ride off during the Friday the 13th biker rally in Port Dover, Ontario. According to local media, Friday the 13th gatherings held in the summer attract around tens of thousands of bikers to Port Dover.
An iceberg is seen just outside of the Narrows of St. John's Harbour with Fort Amherst in the foreground.
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Boaters watch as a $700,000 vacation home perched on a crumbling cliff overlooking Lake Whitney is engulfed by fire as demolition crews deliberately burned the structure to the ground rather than wait for it to crumble into the water as the land faltered around it, near Whitney, Texas. The house was condemned earlier after a fracture appeared in the bluff on which it was built.
A Dutch fan wears homemade hat during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil.
Netherlands' Robin van Persie flies through the air after scoring a goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil.
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