Closing ceremony of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu province

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Paramilitary police officers hold the Chinese national flag in a flag-raising ceremony during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu province

Tropical Storm Marie churning off the Mexican coast

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Pedestrians looking at high surf left over from Wednesday’s storm on Catalina Island. Pummeled by high surf, the island was subjected to a third day of huge waves and dangerous rip currents as the area felt the ripple effects of Tropical Storm Marie churning off the Mexican coast.

Shejaiya was hardest hit in fighting between Hamas and Israel

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A Palestinian man walks past a fire burning in a street set by a home owner in an effort to keep mosquitoes away from their shattered homes in Shejaiya. Shejaiya was one of the hardest hit neighbourhoods in fighting between Hamas militants and Israel during 50 days of fighting.

An artist’s impression of Nasa’s Space Launch System (SLS)

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An artist’s impression of Nasa’s Space Launch System (SLS), 70-metric-ton configuration launching to space. SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built for deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. The first SLS mission – Exploration Mission 1 – will launch an un-crewed Orion spacecraft to a stable orbit beyond the moon and bring it back to Earth to demonstrate the integrated system performance of the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft’s re-entry and landing prior to a crewed flight. According to Nasa reports, the rocket is expected for a launch test no later than November 2018.

Mount Tavurvur erupts in eastern Papua New Guinea

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Mount Tavurvur erupts in eastern Papua New Guinea spewing rocks and ash into the air and forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed. Mount Tavurvur, which destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan in 1994, rumbled to life early in the morning on the tip of the remote island of New Britain.

African migrants climb a border fence during a latest attempt to cross into Spanish territory

African migrants climb a border fence during a latest attempt to cross into Spanish territory, between Morocco and Spain's north African enclave of Melilla

African migrants climb a border fence during a latest attempt to cross into Spanish territory, between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla. Around 500 people stormed the border, where 25 of them passed the fence and are currently held at CETI, the short-stay immigrant center, according to local authorities.

CFL football game in Regina, Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Roughriders' wide receiver Ryan Smith tries to get away from Montreal Alouettes' running back Tyrell Sutton during the second half of their CFL football game in Regina, SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Roughriders’ wide receiver Ryan Smith (L) tries to get away from Montreal Alouettes’ running back Tyrell Sutton (20) during the second half of their CFL football game in Regina, Saskatchewan