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REWIND:Stunning PHOTOS of the week

Last updated on: July 30, 2013 09:19 IST

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Here's a collection of some of the best photos from around the globe.

China's Huang Xuechen performs in the synchronised swimming solo free final during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona.   

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Photographs: Michael Dalder/Reuters

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Catholic faithful crowd the streets and Copacabana Beach as Pope Francis gives mass to those attending the World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro. Pope Francis told Catholic clergy to leave their comfort zones and smug surroundings and reach out to serve the poor and needy.                

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Photographs: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

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A woman and her dog cool off at a fountain in a park during a heat wave in central Prague.

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Photographs: David W Cerny/Reuters
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Nick "The Quick" Nica of Montreal, Quebec, draws and fires his single action revolver while competing in the Canadian Open Fast Draw Championships in Aldergrove, British Columbia. The present-day Fast Draw competition was born from the Hollywood myth of the western gunfighter, and the idea is to draw a single action revolver from a holster, and cock, fire and hit a designated target in the shortest possible time.

No live ammunition is ever used, only blank cartridges or wax bullets. The targets are either a metal silhouette used with wax bullets or balloons that burst from the muzzle blast from the blank cartridges. A light atop the timer signals the competitor when to fire and once the target is hit, it turns the timer off, measuring the speed to thousandths of a second.

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Photographs: Andy Clark/Reuters

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A fireman carries a wounded victim from the wreckage of a train crash near Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain.

A train derailed outside the ancient northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela killing at least 77 people and injuring up to 131 in one of Europe's worst rail disasters.

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Photographs: Reuters

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A Free Syrian Army fighter fires back towards what he said were forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Deir al-Zor.

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Photographs: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

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A helicopter flies over Juan Pablo II square where thousands of supporters of the Sandinista National Liberation Front celebrated the 34th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution in Managua.

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Photographs: Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters

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A man with tattoos on his body and his eyes is pictured during the third International Tattoo Festival in Sao Paulo.

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Photographs: Nacho Doce/Reuters

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Competitors are covered in mud during a lawnmower race at a country fair in Aldergrove, British Columbia. Competitors race small modified tractor lawnmowers around a dirt track that has been sprayed with water creating the mud. 


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Photographs: Andy Clark/Reuters

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A leopard yawns inside its enclosure at the Madrid Zoo.

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Photographs: Juan Medina/Reuters

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A woman in a bridal gown takes part in the annual wedding parade in central Minsk. Thirty-six women from all regions of Belarus took part in the event showcasing different wedding gowns.


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Photographs: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

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Smoke from the Mountain Fire obscures the sun as a fire fighting helicopter heads to fight the Mountain Fire after picking up water from Lake Hemet near Idyllwild, California. The massive wildfire in Riverside County grew to 23,000 acres and advanced towards the mountain town of Idyllwild on one front and city of Palm Springs on the other front destroying several homes and forcing the evacuation of 6,000 people.

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Photographs: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

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The moon is pictured next to Christ the Redeemer statue.


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Photographs: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters
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A paramilitary policeman jumps through a fire barrier during a military training exercise in Chuzhou, Anhui province, China


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Photographs: China Daily/Reuters

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Genetically engineered Pterophyllum Scalara fish glow in a tank under a blacklight while being displayed at the 2013 Bio Expo in Taipei, Taiwan


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Photographs: ichi Chuang/Reuters

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A general view of the AXE Black Chill stunt at the Playboy and Universal Pictures' Kick-Ass 2 event at Comic-Con sponsored by AXE Black Chill in San Diego, California


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Photographs: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Playboy

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Participants drive their car during the Ennstal Classic rally in the small Austrian village of Rottenmann. Some 206 old-timer cars took part in a three-day vintage and classic car rally around Ennstal in the Austrian province of Styria. 


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Photographs: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

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Lightning strikes above the Mandalay Bay (L) and Luxor (C) casinos on the Las Vegas Strip as a thunderstorm moves through Las Vegas, Nevada


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Photographs: Steve Marcus/Reuters

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Eythora Thorsdottir of Netherlands competes on the Beam in the Girls Gymnastics during Day 5 of the European Youth Olympic Festival held at the De Galgenwaard in Utrecht, Netherlands


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Photographs: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

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