A mahout washes his elephant ahead of the annual Perahera (street parade) of Rajamha viharaya temple, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
A small group of people watch competition late in the day during the 2012 Pacific Cup croquet tournament in Vancouver, British Columbia. The tournament is held at the Vancouver Croquet Club which shares the grounds with the West Point Grey Lawn Bowling Club which has been on the same site for 90 years.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton addresses delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mineworkers take part in a march at Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa's North West Province. More than 3,000 striking South African miners marched through streets near Lonmin's Marikana mine on Wednesday, the largest protest at the hot spot since police shot dead 34 of their colleagues last month.
People look on as a fire burns in Povoa de Calde, near Viseu, Portugal. Over 500 firefighters have been mobilized to tackle this fire which has already burned more than 3000 hectares, according to the civil defence.
An Afghan boy flies a kite on top of a mountain in Kabul, Afghanistan.
A Greenpeace activist, dressed as a polar bear, sits inside a police car after being detained outside Gazprom's headquarters in Moscow, Russia. Russian and international environmentalists are protesting against Gazprom's plans to pioneer oil drilling in the Arctic.
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at a crane as he sits in a motorised deltaplane at Yamalo-Nenets district. Putin, who has tracked a Siberian tiger and posed with a polar bear, on Wednesday took his love of wildlife to new heights by flying with cranes - to lead them on a migration route.
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