Wednesday July 12, Our World in Pictures
INDIA — Taking Cover: A man tries to protect his child from the pelting rain by covering him with his shirt as he pushes a handcart in Jammu on Wednesday. The monsoon season in India lasts from June to September is crucial for the country’s agriculture sector, which accounts for more than 13 percent of the economy and provides work for about half of the country’s 1.25 billion people.
ENGLAND — Royals Meet: Spain’s King Felipe kisses the hand of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as she greets him during a Ceremonial Welcome on Horse Guards Parade in London on Wednesday. The king and queen of Spain are on a three day state visit to Britain.
MISSOURI — Boy Cools Off: A boy plays in Concourse Fountain as the heat index topped 100 degrees on Tuesday in Kansas City.
JAPAN — Comedian Visits the U.N.: Japanese comedian Pikotaro, right, and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pose to raise awareness about the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the ministry in Tokyo on Wednesday. Pikotaro, who has gained global fame with his “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen” song, will debut at the U.N. with a new version of the song to promote sustainable development. Pikotaro, appointed by the Foreign Ministry to promote U.N. sustainable development goals, recently created a SDGs version of his hit.
FRANCE — People Attend Parade: In this Wednesday photo, spectators try to catch a cycling jersey distributed during the sponsors parade prior to the start of the 11th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 126.5 miles. The race will begin in Eymet and finish in Pau.
BRIGHTON BEACH — Going Swimming: At day’s end, sea and sky seem so tranquil, with just two swimmers splashing in the surf on a recent summer day.
NEW YORK – Funeral for Slain Police Officer: Police officers stand at attention as the funeral procession for slain police officer Miosotis Familia leaves at the World Changers Church after her funeral service, Tuesday in the Bronx borough of New York.
ITALY – Smoke Rises from Slopes of Volcano: Smoke rises from wild fires burning on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius volcano as seen from Naples, southern Italy, Tuesday. High temperatures and no rainfall contribute to the risk of wild fires in the summer months.
MICHIGAN – Mud Day: Kids participate in races during Mud Day at the Nankin Mills Park, Tuesday, in Westland, Mich. The annual day sponsored by the Wayne County Parks takes place in a 75-foot by 150-foot giant mud pit that gives children the opportunity to get down and dirty at one of the messiest playgrounds Southeast Michigan has ever seen.
NEBRASKA – Sun Bear Sleeps in Tree: A Sun Bear, native to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, sleeps in a tree at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, as temperatures reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit and the humid air makes it feel like 105 degrees. To help visitors deal with the heat, the zoo installed misting stations, is handing out water and has opened its gates one hour earlier.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Swarmed: Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., center, the Republican Conference chairman, is surrounded by members of the media as he answers questions before walking into the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday.
IRAQ – Airstrikes: Airstrikes target Islamic State positions on the edge of the Old City a day after Iraq’s prime minister declared “total victory” in Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday.
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