Photos Of The 2015 Week 26

Rehabilitation for an orangutan in Indonesia, colorful landscapes of China’s Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, early stages of the Tour de France, a ticker-tape parade for the World-Cup-winning U.S. women’s soccer team in New York City, Dave Grohl rocks out on a throne of guitars, winter in Australia, wildfires in Saskatchewan, the Confederate battle flag comes down in South Carolina, and much more. [35 photos total]

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Cleaners spray clean the 37-meter-tall icon of the Merlion on the resort island of Sentosa ahead of Singapore’s 50th-anniversary celebrations on July 8, 2015. The five-day-long cleaning is the mythical creature's first “bath” since its last cleaning in 2012. (Edgar Su / Reuters) #
A thunderstorm is seen northwest of the Las Vegas Strip on July 6, 2015. The monsoon storm dropped heavy rain and hail in parts of the valley, causing street flooding and power outages. (Ethan Miller / Getty) #
A model presents hair styling with creations by Irene Luft at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 in Berlin, Germany, on July 8, 2015. (Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters) #
An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway Patrol removes the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol grounds in Columbia, South Carolina, on July 10, 2015, ending its 54-year presence there. (John Bazemore / AP) #
Pope Francis and Bolivia's President Evo Morales wear traditional Bolivian hats during the second World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on July 9, 2015. (Gregorio Borgia / AP) #
Riders and their bicycles fill the road after a fall during the 159.5-kilometer third stage of the 102nd Tour de France cycling race between Anvers and Huy, Belgium, on July 6, 2015. (Eric Gaillard / Reuters) #
A woman sings as Tibetans celebrate the 80th birthday of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on July 6, 2015. (Niranjan Shrestha / AP) #
People hang from the Sky Flyer ride at the State Fair Meadowlands during a Fourth of July fireworks display on July 3, 2015, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Julio Cortez / AP) #
Wild horses are gathered during the “Rapa das Bestas” traditional event in the village of Sabucedo, Spain, on July 4, 2015. On the first weekend of the month of July, hundreds of wild horses are rounded up, trimmed, and groomed in different villages in the Spanish northwestern region of Galicia. (Miguel Vidal / Reuters) #
An oil platform floats in the Atlantic Ocean near Guanabara Bay on July 3, 2015, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Mario Tama / Getty) #
Two kids play on a swing in Usulutan, south of San Salvador, El Salvador on July 8, 2015. (Marvin Recinos / AFP / Getty) #
A polar bear enjoys a swim during hot and sunny weather with temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on July 7, 2015. (Martin Meissner / AP) #
Flames from a wildfire approach trees on the edge of the airport in La Ronge, Saskatchewan, on July 5, 2015. The Canadian military has been called in to help fight wildfires in the western province of Saskatchewan, where 112 active fires had forced the evacuation of more than 13,000 people and threatened several remote towns by Monday. (Corey Hardcastle / Reuters) #
Winter in Australia: a skier heads down a run on Mount Buller, Australia, on July 10, 2015 (Robert Cianflone / Getty) #
The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl performs with his injured leg propped up on a throne of guitars at RFK Stadium on July 4, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Nick Wass / Invision / AP) #
An Su-27 jet of aerobatics team Russkiye Vityasy, or Russian Knights, performs during an air show at the International Maritime Defense show in St. Petersburg, Russia, on July 5, 2015. (Dmitry Lovetsky / AP) #
A man jumps into water from the roof of an abandoned Soviet-era prison in Rummu quarry, Estonia, during hot weather on July 4, 2015. During the Soviet era, Rummu quarry was used as a mining site for Vasalemma marble and most of the workforce came from among the detainees of Murru prison. When the prison closed after 1991, pumps that once kept the quarry and the prison dry were shut down, causing water to fill the quarry. It has become an unofficial and unguarded swimming and diving spot, attracting locals and tourists. (Ints Kalnins / Reuters) #
A reveler's arm is entangled in a steer's horn in the bullring following the fourth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, on July 10, 2015. (Joseba Etxaburu / Reuters) #
Loyalists stack pallets and tires on top of their bonfire construct in preparation for their 11th Night bonfire at the New Mossley estate on July 9, 2015, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The New Mossley bonfire is considered by many to be the biggest in the province this year. Tradition holds that the bonfires commemorate the lighting of fires on the hills to help Williamite ships navigate through Belfast Lough at night when Protestant King William of Orange and his forces landed at Carrickfergus to fight the Catholic Jacobites, supporters of the exiled Catholic King James II. The bonfires also mark the beginning of the annual 12th of July Orange parades. The 12th of July is the most important date in the Orange calendar and marks the anniversary of King William's Battle of the Boyne victory, when Orangemen and women commemorate “The Twelfth.” (Charles McQuillan / Getty) #
An Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) monitor checks the territory for mines during a patrol in Shyrokyne, in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, on July 4, 2015. (AP) #
A child wears a mask of the “Vinager” cabezudo figure during the procession of cabezudos at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, on July 10, 2015. (Andres Kudacki / AP) #
The World-Cup-winning U.S. women's soccer team celebrates with the World Cup trophy as fans cheer during a ticker tape parade in New York City on July 10, 2015. The team rolled up New York City’s “Canyon of Heroes” on Friday, with a blizzard of confetti swirling overhead in the first ticker-tape parade honoring a women’s sports team. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) #
Spectators watch Fourth of July fireworks from above in the Stratosphere hotel and casino in Las Vegas on July 4, 2015. (John Locher / AP) #
A gull flips a herring in order to swallow it whole while flying away with a meal robbed from a delivery truck on July 8, 2015, in Rockland, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP) #
Palestinians wearing costumes perform to amuse children in front of a house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer in the east of Gaza City on July 8, 2015. (Mohammed Salem / Reuters) #
Farmers stack sandbags into Tharakam canal in an attempt to slow down water flow in Suphan Buri province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, on July 10, 2015. Farmers are becoming increasingly desperate for water to irrigate their parched fields as the rice-producing nation suffers its worst drought in more than a decade. The wet or monsoon season is underway, but Thailand is contending with drought conditions in seven out of 67 provinces, according to the National Disaster Warning Center, and water rationing is taking place in almost a third of the country as an El-Nino-fueled drought dries the land. (Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters) #
Visitors view jellyfish during a media preview for the Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa aquarium's re-opening in Tokyo on July 6, 2015. (Toru Hanai / Reuters) #
Workers walk along wires as they inspect newly built electricity pylons above crop fields in Chuzhou, Anhui province, China, on July 9, 2015. (China Daily / Reuters) #
The pack passes through the city center of Utrecht, Netherlands, during the ceremonial procession prior to the start of the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race, which starts in Utrecht and finishes in Neeltje Jans, Netherlands, on July 5, 2015. (Christophe Ena / AP) #
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon (car 3) crashes against the catch fence during the finish of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Reinhold Matay / USA Today Sports / Reuters) #
An aerial view shows a man jogging along a road inside the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park in Zhangye, Gansu province, China on July 5, 2015. The national geological park, covering an area of 510 square kilometers, is known for its colorful rock formations. (Sheng Li / Reuters) #
Soldiers of the U.S. Army 23rd Chemical Battalion wearing gas masks run during a competition at Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, South Korea, on July 8, 2015. About 250 soldiers attended this competition to test individual soldier skills consisting of medical tasks, weapons assembly, and disassembly in a physically and mentally challenging environment. (Ahn Young-joon / AP) #
Filipino boys play basketball in floodwater from a swollen creek at a coastal village in Malabon, north of Manila, Philippines, on July 8, 2015. Typhoon Chan-Hom, which passed over the northeastern waters of the Philippines on its way to northern Taiwan, enhanced the seasonal monsoon, dumping heavy rains over the capital, Manila, and the northern provinces. (Aaron Favila / AP) #
Austrian tenor Bernhard Berchthold as “Max” (left) and Russian baritone Juri Batukov as “Kaspar” play during a rehearsal of the opera “Der Freischuetz” (The Marksman) at the DomStufen open air festival in front of the Mariendom in Erfurt, Germany, on July 7, 2015. (Jens Meyer / AP) #
A worker of Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program carries a tranquilized Sumatran orangutan as it is prepared for release into the wild at a rehabilitation center in Kuta Mbelin, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on July 10, 2015. The orangutans at the center were mostly rescued from palm oil plantations or confiscated from homes where they were kept as pet animals. Orangutan populations in Indonesia’s Borneo and Sumatra islands are facing severe threats from habitat loss, illegal logging, fires and poaching. Conservationists predict that without immediate action, orangutans are likely to be the first great ape to become extinct in the wild. (Binsar Bakkara / AP) #

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