This is part of a series that is posted randomly throughout the week. The series is a selection of photos and sometimes editorial cartoons that sum up visually what is going on around the world. Unless otherwise noted, I don’t necessarily endorse the actions or the sentiments portrayed in the photos, and I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the captions. Feel free to add any current events photos or editorial cartoons in the replies.
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Three-year old Maria Morales takes part in the ‘Walk the World’ campaign in Managua, Nicaragua June 12, 2005. About 200,000 people in 90 cities across the world participated in marches aimed at raising $2.5 million for schoolchildren in poor nations. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
Country music fans cheer in the rain at the Coliseum during the Country Music Association Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee June 11, 2005. The four day festival is billed as ‘country music’s biggest party’ with country artist signing autographs, performing and participating in fan events. Photo by Mike Masotti/Reuters
Ethiopians leave after prayers at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, June 12, 2005. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi faces a tough challenge to convince the outside world that his democratic credentials are intact, despite authorising a security crackdown after disputed elections. Under international pressure to show restraint after security forces gunned down at least 26 people this week, Meles expressed regret at the loss of life, but warned he would take ‘preventative’ measures to curb further unrest. REUTERS/Antony Njuguna
Bolivian indigenous leaders from El Alto attend a meeting with new President Eduardo Rodriguez in El Alto June 12, 2005. Leaders from El Alto are meeting with President Rodriguez to urge the nationalization of natural gas resources. Bolivia’s capital returned to normal on Saturday as protesters called a truce with the government, allowed gasoline to flow for the first time in weeks.REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
A flamingo mother keeps her recently hatched offspring warm as the father looks on at the San Diego Zoo June 14, 2005. Male flamingos share in the parental duties of incubating the egg and feeding the chicks once they hatch.
Refugee camp : A Rwandan refugee boy watches other forcefully repatriated refugees from Burundi, in a transitory camp in Butare, Rwanda, while on their way back to their hills. (AFP/Jose Cendon)
Bolivian indigenous leader Abel Mamani (L) attends a meeting as new President Eduardo Rodriguez (R) looks on in El Alto, June 12, 2005. Leaders from El Alto are meeting with President Rodriguez to urge the nationalization of natural gas resources. Bolivia’s capital returned to normal on Saturday as protesters called a truce with the government, allowed gasoline to flow for the first time in weeks. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
A man lets white doves free at the re-opening ceremony of Baghdad’s al-Shaab stadium Sunday June 12, 2005. The stadium was previously used as a base for the US troops. (AP Photo/Samir Mizban)
Pakistani court needs an ass kicking.
Nilofar Bakhtiar (L), advisor on women affairs to the Pakistani Prime Minister, speaks along with gang-rape victim Mukhtaran Mai during a news conference in Islamabad June 14, 2005. Mai, whose ordeal was highlighted by international media, last week said that the police were not allowing her to leave her house and she was on a government list of people barred from travelling abroad. A Pakistani court last Friday ordered the release of the 12 men connected to the notorious gang-rape case.REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
Iranian rescuers gather at the site of one of the explosions that targetted several public buildings in Iran’s restive southwestern city of Ahvaz, an ethnic-Arab majority city close to the border with Iraq. Iran was struck by a wave of deadly bomb attacks in this restive southwestern city and in the capital Tehran, with the Islamic regime accusing US-backed ‘terrorists’ of seeking to destabilise the country ahead of presidential elections.(AFP)
Chinese models display traditional costumes. South Chinese models are being forced to take an exam to show they can walk properly before taking part in fashion shows, state media reportedNo caption(AFP/File/Toru Yamanaka)
If you happened to see Sen. Lugar today, you now know why he was smiling.
Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, smiles with United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and actress Angelina Jolie, Tuesday, June 14, 2005 in his Capitol Hill office in Washington. Jolie will participate in a World Refugee Day Celebration in Washington on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
People examine a damaged house following U.S. air strikes near the western Iraq town of Qaim, 450 kms (350 miles) northwest of Baghdad June 12, 2005. Hospital officials said three people were killed and 13 injured as a result of U.S. air strikes near the Syrian border. U.S. warplanes fired seven precision-guided missiles at insurgents near Qaim, according to U.S miltary officials. REUTERS/Ali Mashhadani
Australian spin bowler Shane Warne undergoes laser hair treatment at the Advanced Hair Studio (AHS) in London. After taking more scalps than any other Test cricketer, Warne turned his attention to his own thinning locks.(AFP/AHS)
A pool of blood is seen at the scene where a roadside bomb blast killed at least 18 people in the northern town of Kirkuk, Iraq, Tuesday June 14, 2005. The roadside bomb exploded near a queue of people waiting outside the Rafidiyan Bank in downtown Kirkuk. (AP Photo/Yahya Ahmed)
Handout picture released June 14, 2005 shows an artist’s conception of a newly discovered planet being shown as a hot, rocky, geologically active world glowing in the deep red light of its nearby parent star, the M dwarf Gliese 876. The heat and the reddish light are among the few things about the new planet that are certain, depending on the thickness and if any – it could range from being a barren, cratered ball of rock like Mercury or the Moon, to being a featureless, cloud-shrouded cue-ball like Venus. Photo by Reuters (Handout)
Cuban artist Juan Antonio Picasso shows one of his paintings at his home in Havana, June 8, 2005. Juan Antonio’s great-great-grandfather was Francisco Picasso Guardeno, the grandfather of famed painter Pablo Picasso. Picasso Guardeno left Malaga, Spain, his wife and four children, heading for Cuba, where he fell in love with the daughter of freed slaves, settling down and starting another family. Researchers say Pablo Picasso knew he had relatives in Cuba but it is not known whether he showed any interest in tracing his Cubans cousins and he never visited the island. (Claudia Daut/Reuters)
A publicly funded statue of Alexander Wood, an icon of Toronto’s gay community, that is raising hackles both for the actions of the man it depicts and for the somewhat graphic depiction of the 19th-century sex scandal that made him famous, is displayed in Toronto June 14, 2005. The 13-1/2 foot (4.1 m) bronze and granite monument depicts Alexander Wood, famous for both owning the land on which the community now sits, and for being run out of town under a cloud of sexual scandal in the early 19th century. (Mike Cassese/Reuters)
Out of some of the photos from Iraq, this was one of the less difficult to view.
An U.S. army lorry is ablaze after being attacked by a roadside bomb in southern Baghdad June 14, 2005. Attacks in various parts of the country left over 20 people dead and over 70 injured today. (Ali Jasim/Reuters)
That’s more than just a split in the air. Damn, that looks like it should hurt.
Russia’s Olga Kapranova performs with clubs during the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship, Moscow, Sunday, June 12, 2005. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
Residents of New Delhi dance in a swimming pool, at a water park, to beat the summer heat June 12, 2005. With the onset of summer, many parts of India are facing heat wave conditions with the day’s maximum temperature crossing over 45 degree Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit). REUTERS/Kamal Kishore
A broken image of the Virgin Mary lies on a street in Huara town, some 96 km (59 miles) off Iquique, about 1845 km (1146 miles) north of Santiago, Chile, June 14, 2005. Boulders littered city streets and highways in northern Chile on Tuesday after a 7.9-magnitude quake caused landslides and wrecked homes, killing at least 11 and injuring 200. REUTERS/Stringer
This earthquake hasn’t seemed to have gotten much media attention.
A resident of Huara wipes his face amongst debris outside his house in Huara, 96 kilometers (nearly 60 miles) from Iquique port City, in Chile, Tuesday, June 14, 2005, after an earthquake of 7.9 magnitude richter with around of a dozen of people dead. (AP Photo/Roberto Candia)
June 14: Senegalese fishermen push their boat into the water in Kayar. Senegal has faced steadily dwindling fish stocks for several years, with certain export species being overfished — grouper, sea bream, Nile perch and snapper(AFP/File/Mamadou Gomis)
A researcher prepares to take samples of the 5,200-year-old body of a Bronze Age hunter known as ‘Oetzi’ in Bolzano, Italy. (AP Photo/Augustin Ochsenreiter, S.Tyroi Museum of Archaeology)
Refugee girls fetch water from a hand well in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday. Cholera had been detected in wells around the city, the source of drinking water for most of Kabul residents. (AP/Tomas Munita)
A scientist holds a tissue sample of a cattle’s brain with a pair of tweezers. The Taiwanese government is coming under mounting pressure to enforce a total ban on imports of beef from the United States after a cow tested positive for mad cow disease in the US.(AFP/DPA/File/Frank May)
Changing projections of portraits showing physician Albert Einstein are on display in the staircase of the Historical Museum in Bern, Switzerland, on Tuesday, June 14, 2005. To mark the centenary of the discovery of the relativity theory in Bern, the Historical Museum in Bern, in cooperation with the Einstein Archive of the Swiss National Library, will present the special exhibition ‘Einstein 05’ from June 16 to April 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Keystone, Monika Flueckiger)
Children suffering from dengue fever lay down on beds in a hospital. The popular tourist destination of Costa Rica has seen a sharp uptick in dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease that can be deadly, Costa Rica’s health minister warned.(AFP/File/Ade Danhur)
Dry season : Trees suffering from drought in a plantation of cereals in Huesca. (AFP/Pedro Armestre)
The color in the this photo rocks.
June 14: Through the field : A Bulgarian farmer family walks in a field in front of a block of flats in Sofia. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
Inspecting the guard : German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (R) and Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates inspect an honor guard at the Chancellery in Berlin. (AFP/DDP/Michael Kappeler)
June 13: Flying high : A woman soars against the Kiev skyline as she jumps on a trampoline set up in the center of the city. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)
June 12: Prayer beads : An Iraqi man rolls his prayer beads as US soldiers, members of Bravo Company, 3-7 Infantry, 2nd Platoon, search the area of his home during a patrol in the Saidiya neighborhood of southern Baghdad. (AFP/Yuri Cortez)
Flying machine : Artists from the French group Pipototal present their flying machine during a cultural show in Bad Ems, as part of the Rheinland-Pfalz Summer of Culture. (AFP/DDP/Thomas Lohnes)