Florentijn Hofman hippo hippopothames
A sculpture of a giant hippopotamus named "HippopoThames", designed and built by Dutch artist Florentjin Hofman, is towed past the Houses of Parliament at the start of the Totally Thames festival in London
Florentijn Hofman moon rabbit
A woman stands in front of a 25.3-metre-long giant rabbit designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan. "Moon rabbit" will be displayed from 4-14 September at the Taoyuan military base
scotland independence
Jim Murphy, shadow secretary of state for international development, is greeted by a man in a chicken suit carrying boxes of eggs as he arrives at a Better Together event at the Mound in Edinburgh, Scotland. Mr Murphy was pelted with eggs last week
boris island
London mayor Boris Johnson speaks to members of the media at Leicester Square in London after his preferred plan to build a major new airport to the east of London, nicknamed Boris Island, was rejected by a government-appointed commission
Left: People look at pictures by Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado in Brasilia. Right: Sebastiao Salgado walks past one of his pictures at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia during a ceremony in which he donated the photograph "Xamas no Xingu" to the Brazilian government
Indian Hindu devotees immerse a statue of the Hindu god Lord Ganesha in a river on the outskirts of Patiala during the ten-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival
A devotee daubed in coloured powder takes part in the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai
Lightning strikes over the city of Kunshan in Jiangsu province, China
floods mexico
A car is seen on a damaged street after heavy rain caused flash floods in Veracruz, Mexico
equestrian vaulting horse
Nicolas Andreani of France rides Just a Kiss HN as he competes in the vaulting competition at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games in Caen
cirque du soleil
Performers from the Cirque du Soleil promote their forthcoming show, Kooza, outside the Royal Albert Hall in London
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Usain Bolt celebrates after his team won a four-over exhibition match against Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh's team in Bangalore
usain bolt india
Usain Bolt and Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh take part in a 100 metre exhibition sprint with fellow players after a four-over exhibition match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore
yao ming
Former NBA player Yao Ming talks to former Chinese Basketball Association player Gong Luming as they coach their respective teams during a charity game in Dongguan, Guangdong province
pakistan protests
An anti-government protester wears a helmet with pictures of Imran Khan, cricketer-turned-opposition politician, during what has been dubbed a "freedom march" in Islamabad, Pakistan
ukraine russia crisis
Members of a Ukrainian police special task force inspect weapons hidden by pro-Russian separatists in the basement of an unfinished house in Slaviansk
ukraine tank
A Ukrainian army tank is pictured at the site of a destroyed Ukrainian check-point near the city of Donetsk