• Colorful

    Colorful: Hot air balloons fly over the Chambley Airbase, northeastern France, on Friday, during the international hot air balloons meeting "Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons" in Hageville. (AFP/Jean-Christophe Verhaegen)

  • Surf Snowdonia

    A lifeguard is pictured at the head of a 300m long and 110m wide artificial lagoon known as Surf Snowdonia in the village of Dolgarrog in north Wales on July 30, 2015.

  • Google rejects French order on world 'right to be forgotten'

    Google is rejecting an order by the French data privacy agency to remove search results worldwide upon request, saying European law allowing the 'right to be forgotten' doesn't apply globally.

  • Arson attack

    Palestinians look at the damage after a house was set on fire by Jewish settlers in the West Bank village of Duma on Friday. A Palestinian toddler was burned to death and four family members injured in the arson attack on two homes in the occupied West Bank.


  • Heavy rain

    Indian commuters leave a railway station under heavy rain from Cyclone Komen in Kolkata on July 31, 2015. The cyclone made landfall in Bangladesh as it dropped heavy rain across the Bay of Bengal region. (AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

  • Friday prayer

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) attends a Friday prayer at Istiqlal grand mosque in Jakarta, on Friday. Erdogan will have several meeting with high ranking officials during his two-day state visit.

  • Suicide bomber strikes at Maiduguri market in Nigeria

    Witnesses say a female suicide bomber has killed many people at a taxi rank at a crowded market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri.

  • Greek bailout talks to shift gear

    Lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund began an intensive round of talks with Greece on Friday to hammer out details of a third international bailout worth some 85 billion euros ($93 billion).

  • Search mission

    Workers for an association responsible for maintaining paths to the beaches from being overgrown by shrubs, search the beach for possible additional airplane debris near the area where an airplane wing part was washed up, in the early morning near Saint-Andre on the north coast of the Indian Ocean island of Reunion Friday.

  • Labour protest

    Members of Australian labour unions march in protest of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China in Sydney on Friday. Around 1,000 unionists attended the rally to condemn the federal government for signing the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China, saying it threatens Australian jobs, wages and conditions.

  • High five

    IOC president Thomas Bach (C) gestures to retired Chinese professional basketball player and member of the Chinese delegation Yao Ming (R) during the bid presentation to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in the Chinese city of Beijing, at the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

  • Landslides, floods kill 34 in Nepal

    Landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall since Wednesday afternoon killed at least 34 people in various places of Kaski, Myagdi, Baglung and Chitwan districts.

  • Australian seated beside overweight passenger sues Etihad

    Etihad Airways says it will fight a lawsuit by an Australian passenger who says he was left with back pain because he was seated beside an overweight man on a 14-hour flight from the United Arab Emirates to Sydney.

  • Spying claims denied by China

    Allegations of economic espionage leveled by the United States against Chinese universities and government-backed companies are completely groundless, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

  • Korea's Caffe Bene receives halal certification

    South Korea’s Caffe Bene has become the first coffee franchise in South Korea to receive halal food certification, the company said Tuesday.

  • Hansel and Gretel

    Mexican Gray wolve (Canis lupus baileyi) "Gretel" is seen at Aurora zoo in Guatemala City on Thursday. Two Mexican Gray Wolves -- named Hansel and Gretel and the first of their kind to arrive in Guatemala -- were donated to the Guatemalan Zoo by a private hatchery of the Mexican city of Tijuana.

  • Migrant influx

    Migrants try to board a train to Serbia in the town of Gevgelija, on the Macedonian-Greek border on Thursday. The migrants, among them children and elderly people, are trying to cross Macedonia and Serbia and enter the EU via Hungary. Hungarian authorities started building a fence along the country's border with Serbia earlier this week to halt the migrant influx.

  • Beating the heat

    Pakistani children play in a polluted stream to beat the heat in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday.

  • A gathering in Pyongyang

    This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday shows people gathering during the 4th National Conference of War Veterans at Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang. (AFP)

  • Afghan Taliban announce Mullah Akhtar Mansour as new leader

    The Taliban appointed Mullah Akhtar Mansour as the new leader of the Afghan insurgent group, a statement said Friday, marking a historic power transition for the militant movement.