A family, who fled from the violence in Mosul, sits inside a tent at a camp on the outskirts of Arbil in Iraq's Kurdistan region. Since Tuesday, black clad Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters have seized Iraq's second biggest city Mosul and Tikrit, home town of former dictator Saddam Hussein, as well as other towns and cities north of Baghdad. They continued their lightning advance on Thursday, moving into towns just an hour's drive from the capital.
Volunteers who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants, who have taken over Mosul and other Northern provinces, travel in an army truck, in Baghda. Since Tuesday, black clad ISIL fighters have seized Iraq's second biggest city Mosul and Tikrit, home town of former dictator Saddam Hussein, as well as other towns and cities north of Baghdad. They continued their lightning advance on Thursday, moving into towns just an hour's drive from the capital.
A man cools himself in a pond on a hot summer day on the outskirts of Jammu. North India has endured a heat wave in the last week, with temperatures in some parts of Delhi reaching a 62-year high.
A man looks out of the broken window of his home, next to a birdhouse with a dead sparrow, in a residential building which was damaged by what locals say was overnight shelling by Ukrainian forces, in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk . Ukraine's new president signaled on Wednesday he would be ready to hold talks with opponents in eastern Ukraine if pro-Russian separatists waging an insurgency there agreed to lay down their weapons.
Johnnae Morris, 16, a team manager for the Blue Springs High School football team, relaxes while texting in the press box at the end of practice at the school in Blue Springs, Mo. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday, found a surge in number of kids who spent three or more hours on an average school day on screened electronics other than TV.
A dove flies after being released before the start of the 2014 World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo .
Brazil's Fred is fouled by Croatia's Dejan Lovren inside the area during their 2014 World Cup opening match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo .
A young Palestinian jumps into a water pool as others walk over bridge of ropes during a military-style exercise at a summer camp organized by the Hamas movement in Gaza City . Hamas stages dozens of military-style summer camps for young Palestinians in the Gaza strip to prepare them to confront any possible Israeli attack, organisers said.
Debbie Doss, with the Arkansas Canoe Club, glides into a shallow cave under the stone cliffs above the Buffalo River in central Arkansas near Mount Judea, Ark.
People walk past artist Douglas Coupland's "Gumhead" sculpture outside of the Vancouver Art Gallery in downtown Vancouver . Coupland invites people to stick chewing gum on the resin and polyester sculpture, which depicts his own head.
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