August 20, 2012

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 2:34 pm (UTC-4)
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Syria U.N. Peacekeepers

U.N. observers embrace upon arrival in Damascus, Syria from Homs, as they prepare to depart the country. Intense fighting on Monday between rebels and Syrian regime forces killed several people, including two children and two women in Daraa, rights groups said. (AP)

India Eid Prayers

Indian Muslims offer Eid-al-Fitr prayers in the northern hill town of Shimla.  Millions of Muslims across Asia began celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday on August 19, with a month of fasting giving way to feasting, family reunions and raucous festivities. (AFP)

South Africa Mines Cour Protest

Women protest in front of a court in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria, South Africa. The women were demanding the release of husbands, brothers and sons among the 259 arrested miners expected to be charged with public violence at the Lonmin Platinum Mine. (AP)

Germany Heat Zoo

An African elephant enjoys a refreshing shower at the zoo during a heat wave in Erfurt, central Germany. In some parts of Germany, temperatures rose over 38 degrees Celsius. (AP)

Shanghai China Lightning

Lightning is seen above buildings during a storm in central Shanghai, China. (Reuters)

Tampa Republican Convention

U.S. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus unveils the stage for the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. The political convention kicks off Monday, August 27. (Reuters)

India Train Station

People from India’s northeastern states crowd the Gauhati railway station in Assam state after disembarking from a special train from Bangalore.  India’s home secretary accuses websites in Pakistan of spreading false rumors that caused thousands of people, fearing retaliation for ethnic violence in their home state, to panic and flee from southern and western India.  (AP)

Grape Harvest Bethlehem

Volunteers harvest Chardonnay grapes at Ferency vineyard near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Bat Ayin, south of Bethlehem. Established in 1993, Ferency’s winery produces some 6,500 bottles of kosher wine a year using organically-grown grapes. (Reuters)

Spain Cycling

Spanish cyclist Movistar Team Alejandro Valverde, left, crosses the line beside Spain La Vuelta cyclist Katusha’s Team Joaquin Rodriguez, from Spain, and winning the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta cycling race. (AP)

Thailand Eye Exam

A customer has her eyesight tested for an eyeglass prescription at a shop in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP)

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