August 23, 2012

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 2:27 pm (UTC-4)
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Malaysia Batu Caves

1Tourists walk 272 steps to visit the Batu Caves, on outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The caves are one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. (AP)

Spain Botched Restoration

2This combination of two handout photos made available by the Centro de estudios Borjanos shows the 20th century Ecce Homo-style fresco of Christ. The original, deteriorated version (left) by Elías Garcia Martínez, a 19th-century painter and after (right) an elderly amateur artist Celia Gimenez, 80, took it upon herself to restore it in the church of the northern Spanish agricultural town of Borja. (AP)

Taiwan Typhoon

3Strong waves batter breakwaters from approaching Typhoon Tembin in the coastal village of Ilan, Taiwan. More than 1,000 residents have been evacuated from mountainous areas of Taiwan as Typhoon Tembin approaches the island. (AP)

Bulgaria Balkan Drought

4Dried sunflowers in a field near the Bulgarian capital Sofia. After the harshest winter in decades, the Balkans in the southeast of Europe are now facing its hottest summer and the worst drought in what officials across the region say is nearly 40 years. (AP)

Togo Unrest

5Riot police clash with opposition protesters in an attempt to disperse the protest in Togo’s capital Lome, August 22, 2012. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse protesters as tensions over upcoming legislative elections boiled over. (Reuters)

Sri Lanka Traditional Dancers

6Traditional dancers talk to each other before Maldives President Mohamed Waheed arrives to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Reuters)

Indonesia Fire

7A resident searches through debris in the Kapuk Muara district of Jakarta, following a fire caused by a power surge. The north Jakarta fire department chief said that 300 houses were burnt down, making some 1500 people homeless. (AFP)

Russia Artist

8An artist works on the design of a religious icon on a piece of enamel-covered jewellery at a factory owned by jewellery maker Russkiye Samotsvety Corporation in St. Petersburg, Russia. The company, which was founded in 1912 and celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, produces jewellery in gold, platinum, and silver, jewellery ornaments, interior decoration items, enamel-filigree tableware and various items. (Reuters)

Brazil Animal Hospital

9A man embraces his dog as it receives saline from a drip in the Anclivepa-SP veterinarian hospital, financed by Sao Paulo’s municipal government, which opened two months ago, offering free health care for the pets of low-income residents, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Reuters)

South Africa Mine Violence

10Mine workers attend a memorial service at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa. Police shot and killed 34 striking miners and wounded 78 others last week. (AP)

India Coal Scandal

11An Indian laborer works at a coal depot on the outskirts of Jammu, India. Opposition lawmakers have been demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resign after an audit found the government lost huge sums of money by selling coal fields without competitive bidding. (AP)

Japan Toilet Bike

12Japanese toilet maker TOTO employee Akiko Matsuyama gets on a ‘Toilet Bike Neo’ displayed at its showroom in Fujisawa, near Tokyo. TOTO rolled out the eco-friendly three-wheel 250cc motorcycle with a specially customized toilet-shaped seat that runs on bio-fuel from the discharge of livestock or waste water. (AP)

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