Week in Photos: July 13, 2013

From Ramadan’s beginning to memorials at Gettysburg and Srebrenica, see the week’s most striking images.

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Karlsruhe, Germany

July 7, 2013
People throw vibrantly hued powders to celebrate Holi, a Hindu festival of colors.

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July 11, 2013
A woman crosses a bridge at GUM, one of the oldest department stores in central Moscow.

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Pamplona, Spain

July 6, 2013
A balloon depicting cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants looms above revelers holding up their red scarves during the start of the San Fermin Festival.

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Sao Goncalo, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

July 9, 2013
Masks in the likeness of Pope Francis dry at the Condal mask-making factory ahead of the pontiff's visit, scheduled for July 22-29. Brazil is the world's largest Roman Catholic country, and this will be his first foreign trip as pontiff.

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July 11, 2013
Cosplay fans get ready on the opening day of the 9th China International Comics Games Expo, where more than 300 local and international animation and gaming companies are exhibiting.

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Prescott Valley, Arizona

July 9, 2013
A woman hugs a boy during a memorial for the members of the Prescott Fire Department's Granite Mountain Hotshots, who were killed last week in the line of duty.

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Valletta, Malta

July 10, 2013
A would-be immigrant looks out a window on a police bus after arriving at a Maltese military base on July 10. Sixty-eight African immigrants were rescued by 70 nautical miles south of Malta from a vessel in distress while trying to reach European soil, according to army sources.

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Pamplona, Spain

July 10, 2013
A bullring worker watches a bull during the fourth fight of the San Fermin Festival.

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Bandar Seri Bebawan, Brunei

July 8, 2013
Brunei's Islamic religious officers perform the rukyah ritual, the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan. Muslims scan the sky at dusk in the beginning of the lunar calendar's ninth month in search of the new moon to proclaim the start of Islam's holiest month, during which observant believers fast from dawn to dusk.

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Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada

July 8, 2013
A worker inspects oil on the Chaudière River two days after a massive explosion caused by a runaway  tanker train derailed and flattened part of the small Canadian town. The final death toll is reported to be 50 killed, including 30 victims who are still listed as missing.


Jiyuan, Henan Province, China

July 6, 2013
Visitors watch water gushing from the section of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River, during a sand-washing operation.

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Deir al-Zor, Syria

July 7, 2013
Residents carry their belongings as they walk along a damaged street filled with debris, as the civil war drags on into its third year.

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Jakarta, Indonesia

A steam roller  destroys hundreds of alcohol drinks and pornographic and pirated video DVDs in a Jakarta police station. The material was seized during raids in some areas of the Indonesian capital as authorities prepared for Ramadan.

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July 10, 2013
A woman sells small items in an alleyway on the first day of Ramadan. Egypt continues to be in a state of political paralysis following the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi by the military. Adly Mansour, chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, was sworn in as the interim head of state in a ceremony in Cairo on July 4.

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Strasbourg, France

July 9, 2013
A child is seen near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg on the first day of Ramadan. The Grand Mosque of Paris has fixed the first day of Ramadan as Wednesday, splitting with the French Council of Muslim Religion, which determined it would begin on Tuesday.

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA

July 7, 2013
A young boy, lower left, walks through a re-enactors' encampment during activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, at Redding Farm. Union forces turned away a Confederate advance in the pivotal battle of the Civil War fought July 1-3, 1863, in the war’s bloodiest conflict, with more than 51,000 casualties.

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Potocari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia

July 11, 2013
Merima Nukic prays at the grave of her father during a funeral ceremony at a memorial center 60km east of Sarajevo. People from around Bosnia and abroad have begun arriving in Srebrenica to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the 1995 massacre and reburial of recently identified victims exhumed from mass graves. The search for victims’ bodies is ongoing: Serbs had dumped remains into mass graves. Identified victims are buried each year on the massacre’s anniversary.

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United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA

July 12, 2013
Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai (2nd R) is greeted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2nd L), Vuk Jeremic (R), president of the UN General Assembly, and Gordon Brown (L, back to camera), United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, during the U.N. Youth Assembly. Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban while travelling to school last year in Pakistan, targeted because of her campaign for the right of all girls to an education. The U.N. has declared July 12 Malala Day, which is also Yousafzai's birthday.