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15 jaw-dropping photos of the week that was

July 27, 2015 08:58 IST

A round-up of our favourite photographs from the week gone by

 

A woman reads a magazine as she floats in the salt waters of Tus lake in Khakassia region, southwest of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. During the summer, Russians from different regions travel to lakeTus, famed for the curative properties of its black and blue sediments, to bathe in the salty water and smear themselves with mud. Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

 

Amazon Fashion European Brand Ambassador Suki Waterhouse poses for photographers at the launch of the Amazon Fashion Photography Studio in east London, Britain. Amazon's new 46,000 square foot fashion photography studio will produce more than half a million images over the next 12 months to support its rapidly growing fashion business.  Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

 

Cathy Wells, the mother of Marine Lance Cpl. Squire K. ‘Skip’ Wells, who was one of the five military servicemen slain last week in Chattanooga in a domestic terror attack, is given flowers by a Marine who served with her son, at her son’s vigil at Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia. Wells, 21, a reservist, was the youngest victim of an attack being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism. He was killed last Thursday when authorities say Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez opened fire at a Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennesse, slaying Wells and three other Marines. A sailor later died of his wounds.  Photograph: Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters

 

Boys help members of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent with the unloading of parcels of medical and humanitarian aid in the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

 

Seven-year-old Barack Obama, named after US President Barack Obama, walks at the Senator Obama primary school in Kogelo village west of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. US  President Barack Obama visited Kenya and Ethiopia. His ancestral home of Kogelo is home to Sarah Hussein Obama, his step-grandmother. The Kenyan village, burial place of Obama’s father, features an open-pit goldmine, a pork butcher’s, a school named after their most famous son and outdoor market stalls. Villagers get around by motorbike taxi or on foot while a donkey-cart transports water. Children, some of them named Obama in honour of the president, walk to and from school together. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

 

A boy walks on a street littered with cooking gas cylinders after a fire and explosions destroyed a nearby gas storage during clashes between fighters of the Popular Resistance Committees and Houthi fighters in Yemen’s southwestern city of Taiz. Photograph: Reuters

 

Cyclists hang on to the back of a truck outside the capital Bujumbura, as the country awaits next week’s presidential elections. Each day scores of cyclists make the 45 kilometre downhill journey at breakneck speed from Bugarama to sell bananas, often hanging from the back of trucks for the return uphill trip.  Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

 

A couple, affected by tear gas used by riot police to disperse demonstrators, reacts in central Istanbul, Turkey. Police in Istanbul fired teargas and water cannon when a demonstration by protesters blaming the government for a suspected Islamic State suicide bombing turned violent, a Reuters witness said. Hundreds gathered near Istanbul’s central Taksim Square after the bombing in the mostly Kurdish border town of Suruc which killed at least 30 people. Some chanted slogans against President Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling AK Party. Turkey's Kurds have been enraged by what they see as Ankara’s failure to do more to stop Islamic State. Photograph: Reuters

 

A policewoman tries to stop a member of the All India Mahila Congress, the women's wing of the Congress party, who was trying to cross over a barricade, during a protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, India. India’s parliament was adjourned on the first day of a new session after opposition lawmakers demanded the resignation of leaders tainted by corruption allegations, deepening an impasse that has stalled the government’s reform agenda. Modi is under pressure from the opposition to fire his foreign minister and a state leader amid claims they gave favours to a sports tycoon living in London who faces allegations of tax evasion. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

A BMX rider performs a trick at a skate park in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Photograph: Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

 

David Barber (right), the Queens Swan Marker, lifts a swan ashore during the annual Swan Upping census along the river Thames, at Staines-on-Thames, southern England, Britain. Young cygnets are counted and swans and cygnets are assessed for signs of injury or disease during the ceremony. The five-day census of the swan population dates back to the twelfth century when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans. Today, the Crown retains the right to ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water, but The Queen only exercises her ownership on certain stretches of the River Thames and its surrounding tributaries.  Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

 

Children play in a inflatable pool filled with smashed watermelons to cool off, at an amusement park in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. Photograph: Reuters

 

The International Space Station crew member Oleg Kononenko of Russia interacts with his children as he stands behind a glass wall at a news conference at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

 

A girl rides a horse as the break away group of riders passes during the 161-km 17th stage of the 102nd Tour de France cycling race from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup in the French Alps mountains, France.  Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

 

Observers take pictures as an extreme cycling enthusiast performs a stunt with a bicycle before falling into the East Lake in Wuhan, Hubei province. This activity, requesting participants to ride their bikes and jump into the lake, attracts many extreme cycling enthusiasts from the city, local media reported. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters