Lord of the rings sword
A gallery assistant displays the sword Anduril, which was used in the Lord of the Rings film Return of the King at Bonhams auction house in London. The sword is part of a number of props from the film that will be auctioned in New York on 24 November    Reuters
elmo times square
A Mexican immigrant named Jorge, dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo rests in Times Square. Sesame Workshop is drafting plans to stop such performers from appearing in Times Square, where they pose for photos with tourists and then demand tips   Reuters
china PLA
A member of China's People's Liberation Army jumps through a ring of fire during a drill to mark the 87th anniversary of the founding of the PLA, at a military base in Qingdao, Shandong provinceReuters
commonwealth games diving
Carol-Ann Ware of Canada competes in the women's 10m platform diving final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, ScotlandReuters
footballer selfie
Atletico Madrid's newly signed player Antoine Griezmann takes a selfie during a media presentation at the Vicente Calderon stadium in MadridReuters
goodwood tom cruise
A group of women take selfies with Tom Cruise as he visits Ladies' Day at GoodwoodGetty
goodwood horse
The side of a horse glistens with sweat in the sunshine after a race on Ladies' Day at Goodwood Races in ChichesterGetty
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Children play in a fountain during a hot and sunny summer day in Nice, southeastern FranceReuters
More than 40 ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations travel in formation in the Pacific Ocean during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 exerciseReuters
Firefighters tackle a fire at Ferrybridge coal-fired power plant in West YorkshireReuters
taiwan gas explosion
Rescue personnel survey the wreckage after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, that killed at least 25 people, sending flames shooting 15 storeys into the airReuters
gaza ceasefire israel
A Palestinian woman reacts upon seeing her destroyed house in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling. A three-day ceasefire has been declared, but some two hours after the truce began, a Reuters photographer and the Gaza Interior Ministry said Israeli tanks opened fire in the southern Rafah area, and Hamas media reported four people has been killedReuters
gaza israeli funeral
Friends of Israeli soldier Matan Gotlib mourn during his funeral in Rishon Lezion, near Tel Aviv. He was killed on Wednesday by a booby trap that detonated as he and two other soldiers uncovered a tunnel shaft, the army said.Reuters
hezbollah funeral
The son of Ibrahim al-Haj, a Hezbollah commander who died during a mission in Iraq, wears a military outfit as he lies on his father's coffin during his funeral in Mashghara village in the Bekaa valley, LebanonReuters