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Week in Photos: July 12, 2014

From an Israeli tank outside Gaza to the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona and crushed Brazilian fans after their World Cup defeat, see the week’s most striking images.

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Xi’an, China

July 9, 2014
People cool off from the summer heat at a water park in Shaanxi province.

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Pamplona, Spain

July 6, 2014
Spectators cheer after hearing the midday ‘Chupinazo’ rocket announcing the start of the San Fermin festival. Tens of thousands of expectant partygoers holding red scarves squeezed into the town hall to kick off 204 hours of music, dancing, drinking, bullfighting—and, for the brave or unwary, a 902-yard daily sprint in front of six fighting bulls known as the Running of the Bulls.

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Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

July 10, 2014
A falcon tries to catch a pigeon, symbolizing the German national soccer team in the Brazil 2014 World Cup, during a falconry session. The falcon was released and allowed to catch its prey, as part of an event to predict the winner of the World Cup’s final match between Germany and Argentina.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh

July 8, 2014
A child studying in a madrasa stands on a rooftop as he waits for the afternoon prayer, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

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Berlin, Germany

July 10, 2014
A model presents a creation designed by fashion students from Universitaet der Kuenste, or University of the Arts, at the 2014 Berlin Fashion Week.

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Eshkol, Israel

July 7, 2014
Israeli soldiers ride atop a tank outside the southern Gaza Strip. Israel launched a series of air strikes on Gaza early on Monday to quell Hamas rocket fire, and the Islamist group’s armed wing said seven of its gunmen were killed, making it the deadliest day for Hamas since a 2012 cross-border war with the Jewish state. Israeli military authorities confirmed the strikes, saying they “responded to rocket attacks against southern Israel,” targeting 9 “terror” sites and concealed rocket launchers. Israel has denied that the Hamas militants were killed in the air strikes.

Maxim Zmeyev/ Reuters

Donetsk, Ukraine

July 10, 2014
Pro-Russian separatist fighters from the so-called Vostok Battalion wait behind sandbag walls at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city. Ukrainian forces regained more ground but sustained further casualties in clashes with separatists, while two Western allies urged Russia’s Vladimir Putin to exert more pressure on the rebels to find a negotiated end to the conflict.

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Calgary, Alberta

July 6, 2014
Wade Sumpter of Fowler, Colorado, wrestles a steer on Day 3 of the Calgary Stampede rodeo.

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Brunsbüttel, Germany

July 6, 2014
A participant kicks the ball during a handball match at the “Wattolümpiade,” or Mud Olympics, in the northern German city. During the event, participants also join in other games, including soccer and volleyball matches.

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Amman, Jordan

July 7, 2014
A boy looks out of a train before his meal for iftar, the evening meal that breaks the fast during Ramadan, as he joins children from the Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp. Members of the social club Out & About invited about 50 orphaned children from Al-Baqaa to take their iftar meals while on a train trip around the city.

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Gaza City, Gaza

July 9, 2014
A Palestinian woman carrying a girl runs following what police said was an Israeli air strike on a house. At least 23 people were killed across Gaza, Palestinian officials said, by a bombardment Israel said may be just the start of a lengthy offensive against Islamist militants whose rockets struck deeper than ever before into Israel.

Hosam Katan/Reuters

Alepo, Syria

July 10, 2014
A boy dives into a crater filled with water in al-Shaar district. Activists said the crater was caused by barrel bombs dropped by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brasilia, Brazil

July 8, 2014
Brazilian fans react while watching a broadcast of the 2014 World Cup semifinal against Germany at the Fan Fest in Brazil’s capital city.