Pictures of the day

A selection of images from around the world

  • Sumo grand champion or "yokozuna", Kisenosato (C), performs a ring-entering ceremony beside tachimochi, or sword carrier Shohozan (L) and tsuyuharai, or dew sweeper Kagayaki (R) at Meiji shrine in Tokyo. AFP / Toshifumi KITAMURA

  • Members of the Syrian Civil Defence and civilians rescue a child from under the rubble following a reported air strike on the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the Eastern Ghouta. AFP / Ammar SULEIMAN

  • Palestinian protesters wave their national flag near the Israel-Gaza border east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis as they demonstrate against calls for the closure of UNRWA by the Israeli prime minister and cuts in Palestinian aid by the American president. AFP / SAID KHATIB

  • The desacralized St Lambertus church in Erkelenz-Immerath, western Germany, is being demolished in order to make possible brown coal surface mining. AFP / dpa / Federico Gambarini

  • Muslim women hold placards during a protest rally against a bill passed by India's lower house of Parliament that aims at prosecuting Muslim men who divorce their wives through the "triple talaq," or instant divorce, in Ahmedabad, India. REUTERS/Amit Dave

  • Daniel Nosiglia Jager of Bolivia drives his KTM during the Dakar Rally in Pisco to San Juan de Marcona. REUTERS/Andres Stapff

  • Sheep are herded at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

  • Tourists wait in line at the heliport of Air Zermatt for a flight by airlift into the valley to Raron, in Zermatt. (Dominic Steinmann/Keystone via AP)

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