Indian children hold candles on July 18 as they pay tribute to schoolchildren who died on from food poisoning in Saran district of Bihar state, at a government school in Amritsar. Thousands of students refused free meals in poverty-stricken eastern India after 22 children died from eating lunch apparently contaminated with insecticide, officials said.
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Fireworks burst around the Eiffel Tower in Paris on July 14 as part of France's annual Bastille Day celebrations. This year's Bastille Day was marked by controversy over a new French postage stamp inspired, in part, by one of the leaders of the topless feminist group FEMEN; see more on the stamp that has France in a frenzy on FP's Passport blog here.
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An undated handout photo released on July 16 by the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un touring a mushroom factory affiliated with North Korea's military unit 534. The Rodong Sinmun did not elaborate on the timing of the visit or where the factory is located.
Russian President Vladimir Putin rides in a submersible on July 15 in the Baltic Sea near Gotland Island, Russia. The vessel dove to the sea floor to explore a sunken ship in the Gulf of Finland.
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A young boy, a member of the Maitibolo Cultural Dance Troop, pays his respects to Former South African President Nelson Mandela at a tribute wall outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital on July 14 in Pretoria, South Africa. The anti-apartheid icon has been hospitalized at the Medi-Clinic Hospital since June 8 for a recurring lung infection. His wife Graca Machel has said she is now less anxious about his condition than she was when he was first admitted. South Africa celebrated Mandela's 95th birthday on July 18. For more on America's posture toward apartheid-era South Africa, see Sam Kleiner's article on Ronald Reagan's policy in the 1980s.
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Jiho Park of South Korea in action during a diving training session ahead of the FINA World Championships on July 17 in Barcelona, Spain.
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Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy arrives at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on July 19. Rainsy, the leader of the Cambodia National Party, has been in exile since 2009. His return to Cambodia follows a pardon that was granted last week by King Norodom Sihamoni after threats from U.S. lawmakers to cut off aid if upcoming elections were deemed unfair. The elections will be held on July 28 and will be the fifth parliamentary poll since the United Nations brokered a peace deal for Cambodia in 1991.
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Girls wearing Kate Middleton masks pose on July 18 outside the hospital in London where she is expected to give birth, as Britain prepares for the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The kingdom is in the throes of royal baby fever -- and Alex Massie finds it insufferable. He writes about his frustrations for FP in this dispatch from London.
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Russia's top opposition leader Alexey Navalny sits in a courtroom in Kirov on July 19. A Russian court on Friday unexpectedly freed the protest leader pending his appeal against a five-year sentence on embezzlement charges, after his jailing prompted thousands of demonstrators to take to the streets. The judge in the northern city of Kirov ruled that keeping President Vladimir Putin's top opponent in custody would deprive him of his right to stand in mayoral elections in Moscow on Sept. 8. FP's Anna Nemtsova writes about the future of Russia's protest movement after Navalny's conviction.
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Lemon squeezers depicting German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel are displayed prior to her speech at an election rally for the Christian Social Union (CSU) on July 18 in Aschaffenburg, Germany. The two parties are in an alliance as the Christian Democratic Union currently lead in polls ahead of federal elections scheduled for September.
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A girl takes a picture of a sand sculpture that resembles a Buddha at a sand sculpture festival near Bitov, Czech Republic on July 17. The themes of the sculptures come from different continents.
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A view of the North Korean vessel Chong Chon Gang at Manzanillo harbor in Colón, near Panama City, on July 16. Panama called Tuesday for U.N. investigators to inspect a shipment of suspected weapons parts buried in sugar aboard a North Korean-flagged ship as it tried to enter the Panama Canal last week. Maybe the Chong Chon Gang operation looked amateurish, but the North Korean are actually pretty good gunruners -- read more about past smuggling operations here.
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Samantha Power, U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee to be America's representative to the United Nations, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 17 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. What do Samantha Power and the late pop star Michael Jackson have in common? The support of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, of course.
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On July 16, about 25,000 people attend the boat procession of the Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of fishermen, at Puerto de la Cruz on Spain's Canary island of Tenerife.
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A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsy demonstrates on July 16 under the October 6 Bridge in the center of Cairo. The demonstrators, demanding the reinstatement of Morsy, clashed with riot police as they tried to block the bridge, one of the main highways in the capital. Egypt looks bound for more bad days ahead, but Marc Lynch writes about why the U.S. is too hated in the country to do anything about it.
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A Syrian refugee baby sleeps in a hammock at the Bab al-Salam refugee camp in Syria's northern city of Azaz on July 15. Five thousand people a month are dying in the Syrian war, which has now produced the worst refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, U.N. officials said on July 16.
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Mary, right, age 8, and her brother Micah, age 6, play in the fountain in Washington Square Park on July 15 in New York City. A heat wave hit the eastern United States this week.
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A team goes over a jump during the Red Bull Soapbox Race at Alexandra Palace on July 14 in London, England. The Red Bull Soapbox Race returned to London after nine years, and encourages competitors to build and race their own homemade soapboxes down a hill.
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Trayvon Martin supporters rally in Times Square while blocking traffic after marching from a rally for Martin in Union Square in Manhattan on July 14 in New York City. George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Martin on July 13, and many protesters questioned the verdict.
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People gather to view the titan arum, or "corpse flower," as it sits on display at the United States Botanic Garden on Sunday, July 14 in Washington, D.C. The plant is not fully bloomed, but when it blossoms it will produce the odor of rotting flesh.
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A covered wagon is driven through Main Street in the western town Eldorado in Templin, Germany on July 19. The theme park that opened in 2006 offers visitors attractions and shows in the Wild West style.