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Pictures of the Week: Best Photos of Past Seven Days
June 18, 2014 14:52 BST
This combination of 32 photos shows the statue of the Christ the Redeemer lit with colours from national flags of all 32 nations participating in the World Cup.
Football enthusiasts Nilesh Kadam (L) and Abhijit Chavan have World Cup-inspired scenes shaved and painted onto their heads at a salon in Mumbai.
Artist He Haomin paints a 3-dimensional football at a park in Changsha, Hunan province, China.
Flags of the participants in the 2014 World Cup are hung over a street in the town of Santa Cruz Cabralia, north of Porto Seguro, Brazil.
People sitting on sofas watch the opening game of the 2014 World Cup at the Alte Foersterei stadium in Berlin.
An anti-government demonstrator dressed as Batman stands with a sign on the Lapa Arches in Rio de Janeiro.
Peruvian shamans perform a ritual while holding the official ball for 2014 World Cup and a poster of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo at the National Stadium in Lima, to wish Peru good fortune.
An armadillo called Norman chooses a football representing Germany as he makes his prediction for the team's opening World Cup match against Portugal, at the zoo in Muenster.
Giant panda Ying Mei chooses a box of food with the Brazilian flag on it rather than the Croatian one, in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province.
An Asian lioness plays with a ball painted with the England flag in an enclosure at London Zoo.
A pair of storks sleep in a nest during a full moon in the village of Popielarze near Warsaw, Poland.
A Virgin Airlines commercial aircraft is illuminated by the setting sun in front of a full moon after taking off from Sydney Airport.
A solar flare bursts off the left limb of the sun in this image captured by Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Elena Mosuc and Celso Albelo perform during a dress rehearsal of Giuseppe Verdi's opera 'La Traviata' at the foothill of Masada, an ancient Jewish mountaintop fortress near thenear the Dead Sea in Israel.
Indian Sikh devotees light lamps at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Indian artist Badal Nanjundaswamy uses the opening of an unattended manhole in the middle of a road to depict the Hindu God of death 'Yama' waiting to gobble up unwary pedestrians or motorists in Bangalore.
Rescue workers search for people after a huge portion of an under-construction flyover bridge collapsed in Surat, India.
Cleaners laid off by the Finance ministry are pushed back by riot police in their attempt to protest outside the ministry in Athens.
Ultra-orthodox Jews celebrate the wedding of Esther Rokeach and Avraham Safrin in Jerusalem. Esther Rokeach is the granddaughter of the spiritual leader of the Belz Hasidim, which is one of the largest Hasidic movements in the world.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits Mangyongdae Revolutionary School in Pyongyang on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the founding of the Korean Children's Union.
Women inspect T-shirts displaying images of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, on sale at GUM department store in Moscow.
Stefanie Dolson falls off the stage as US President Barack Obama hugs University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma during a ceremony honouring the NCAA basketball champions in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
Prince Harry is hugged by a fan as he arrives to attend the 50th anniversary screening of Zulu at the Odeon, Leicester Square in London.
Lego figures of Camilla, the Queen and Kate Middleton stand on the Buckingham Palace balcony at Legoland wearing designer hats by Rachel Trevor-Morgan.
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Taxi drivers blockade Whitehall in London to protest against the introduction of the Uber smartphone app.
Iraqis fleeing violence in Nineveh province wait in their vehicles at a checkpoint in Aski kalak after suspected jihadists seized the province and its capital Mosul.
Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani participate in an election campaign gathering in Kabul.
Women react at the site of a car bomb attack in the town of Tuz Khurmato, north of the capital Baghdad, Iraq.
Palestinian militants from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine take part in a graduation ceremony in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.
Police officers from a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team take part in a survival drill in Qiannan prefecture, southwest China's Guizhou province.
Rescue workers try to move a car trapped on a flooded street in Qinzhou, southwest China's Guangxi province.
A man cools himself in a pond on a hot summer day on the outskirts of Jammu, Kashmir. North India has endured a heat wave in the last week, with temperatures in some parts of Delhi reaching a 62-year high of 45.2 degrees. The minimum temperature was above 31 degrees.
Rafael Nadal of Spain cries after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia to win the French Open.
Greek pole vaulter Ekaterini Stefanidi clears the bar in a promotional event at Herald Square in Manhattan, New York.
Rugby League players Will Hopoate, Josh Reynolds, Michael Jennings and Jack Wighton take an ice bath during a New South Wales Blues State of Origin training session in Coffs Harbour, Australia.
This article was first published on June 13, 2014
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