Pictures of the day

A selection of images from around the world

  • A couple watches waves hitting a coast of Shirahara town, Wakayama prefecture, central Japan. (Yosuke Mizuno/Kyodo News via AP)

  • A competitor runs up the Grand Col Ferret as he competes in the 170km Ultra-Trail of Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race, near Courmayeur, Italy. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

  • Deer rest in front of the Papal cross during sunny weather at the Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

  • A kite-surfer practices at sunset in the French northwestern sea resort of Deauville. AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU

  • Aerial view of Rio de Janeiro's treasured National Museum, one of Brazil's oldest a day after a massive fire ripped through the building. AFP / Mauro Pimentel

  • Iraqi protestors demonstrate against the government and the lack of basic services in the southern city of Basra. AFP / Haidar MOHAMMED ALI

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