It was another busy week in the world of the Best Photos.
Pope Francis greets crowd as he returns to participate in a Via Crucis at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS
An Apache helicopter flies over Tahrir Square amid fireworks and laser lights during a protest to support the army in Tahrir square in Cairo. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERSCastro listens to judge as he sits between his attorneys Schlachet and Weintraub in courtroom in Cleveland. AARON JOSEFCZYK/REUTERSA man sits inside an artistic project called Dinamicas del Vacio (Dynamics of the Empty) in downtown Santiago. IVAN ALVARADO/REUTERSDemonstrators of the group that calls itself Black Bloc attack a branch of Itau Bank in Sao Paulo. STRINGER/BRAZIL/REUTERSNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves to the people during a parade in Pyongyang. JASON LEE/REUTERSFemale North Korean soldiers parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War in Pyongyang. JASON LEE/REUTERSHumanoid robot bartender Carl pours a spirit into the cocktail shaker of a bartender to prepare a drink for a guest at the Robots Bar and Lounge in Ilmenau. FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERSA man tells off for two children at Alfama neighborhood in Lisbon. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERSTranssexual contestants get ready for the beauty peagant Miss Trans Nuevo Leon at a bar in Monterrey. DANIEL BECERRIL/REUTERSA man wearing a sun-protective umbrella watches Latvia’s Baltic Bees aerobatic team performing on L-39C Albatross airplanes during Bucharest International Air Show at Baneasa airport. BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERSTourists drive their Mini Hot Rod cars, produced by small carmaker Wenckstern, during a tour in Berlin. FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERSTurkish embassy staff carry their wounded colleague on a stretcher after a suicide car bomb attack at the gates of an office housing Turkish embassy staff in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. FEISAL OMAR/REUTERSCatholic faithful camp out on Copacabana Beach to participate in the all-night vigil before Pope Francis gives mass to those attending the World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERSMalian soldiers stand next to Tuareg men in the village of Tashek, outside Timbuktu. JOE PENNEY/REUTERSCatholic faithful crowd the streets and Copacabana Beach as Pope Francis gives mass to those attending the World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERSCambodia’s PM Hun Sen shows his ink-stained finger after casting a vote in the general elections at a polling station in Kandal province. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERSSomali would-be immigrants sit on the deck of an Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat after arriving at the AFM Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta’s Marsamxett Harbour. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERSVisitors crowd an artificial wave pool at a tourist resort to escape the summer heat in Daying county of Suining. CHINA DAILY/REUTERSRiot policemen protect a man as a monk tries to punch him after an incident at a polling station in Phnom Penh. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERSParticipants get ready to apply facial masks in Taipei. PICHI CHUANG/REUTERSPalestinians chant slogans during a protest against resuming peace talks with Israel, in Gaza City. MOHAMMED SALEM/REUTERSPilgrims enjoy sunrise on Copacabana Beach ahead of Pope Francis’ Sunday mass in Rio de Janeiro. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERSPeople look at a tanker after it fell into a caved-in area on a road in Xi’an. CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERSA man raises his hands in front of a burning police vehicle following a brief clash at the end of election day in Phnom Penh. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERSA participant attempts to control his craft during the Red Bull Flugtag Russia 2013 competition on the outskirts of Moscow. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERSActivists from women’s rights group FEMEN look out from a window during a court session in Kiev. STRINGER/REUTERSPoll workers count ballots after the end of voting in Mali’s presidential elections in Timbuktu. JOE PENNEY/REUTERSA child fills up empty cigarettes manually with locally grown tobacco in a small bidi (cigarette) factory at Haragach in Rangpur district. ANDREW BIRAJ/REUTERSA member of Muslim Brotherhood and supporter of deposed President Mursi touches blood from pro-Mursi protesters, killed during late night clashes, at Tomb of Unknown Soldier, in Nasr city. AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/REUTERSA damaged coach is seen after a crash near the southern town of Avellino. STRINGER/ITALY/REUTERSPeople walk on the beach as the sun sets on the outskirts of Havana. DESMOND BOYLAN/REUTERSHindu devotees stand in a queue as they wait to offer prayer at the Pashupatinath temple as they take part in the Bol Bom (or Say Shiva) pilgrimage in Kathmandu. NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERSThai soldiers in white biohazard suits pour oil into a bag during a clean-up operation at Ao Prao Beach on Koh Samet. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERSBMW’s first all-electric car, i3, is unveiled at a ceremony in Beijing. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERSA person slides down a huge water pipe during a hot summer day in Vienna. LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERSA tortoise makes its way through mud in Kfar Kila village near the Lebanese-Israeli border, in south Lebanon. ALI HASHISHO/REUTERSShuafat refugee camp is seen behind a section of the controversial Israeli barrier near Jerusalem. AMMAR AWAD/REUTERSA rescue worker stands near two Swiss regional trains after a head-on collision near Granges-Pres-Marnand near Payerne. DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERSShi’ite people place copies of the Koran on their heads during a ceremony marking the death anniversary of Imam Ali at his shrine in the holy city of Najaf. STRINGER/IRAQ/REUTERSA woman carrying her baby and wrapped with a shawl walks through a sandstorm in Timbuktu. JOE PENNEY/REUTERSThai soldiers in white biohazard suits take part in a clean-up operation at Ao Prao Beach on Koh Samet. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERSWubulikasimu walks on a tightrope strung between two hot air balloons, in Shilin county. CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERSKCNA picture shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un laughing during a photo session with war veteran delegates who took part in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the truce of the Korean War. KCNA/REUTERSAerial view shows the destruction in the Khalidiya district of Homs. HANDOUT/REUTERSTavares Fire Battalion Chief Hosterman walks among remains of exploded propane cylinders, littering storage yard of propane plant, after massive explosions overnight in the plant’s yard, in Tavares. DAVID MANNING/REUTERSU.S. Army Private First Class Manning departs the courthouse at Fort Meade, Maryland. GARY CAMERON/REUTERSA gold mine worker uses a detector in Al-Ibedia locality at River Nile State. MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH/REUTERSSan Francisco taxi drivers block the streets around City Hall during a protest against ride sharing programs which taxi drivers say are operating illegally in San Francisco. BECK DIEFENBACH/REUTERSA police officer opens a door of a container holding a MiG-21 fighter jet engine from the seized North Korean-flagged ship Chong Chon Gang, at the Manzanillo Container Terminal in Colon. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERSPassenger ferry navigates past the Sydney Opera House, as a rainbow is seen in the sky, on a sunny winter afternoon in central Sydney. DANIEL MUNOZ/REUTERSIndigenous soldier from Australia’s NORFORCE unit, looks at suspicious vessel sailing past Astell Island, inside Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. DAVID GRAY/REUTERSWarnauts adjusts the hat of Queen Mathilde of Belgium after a mass commemorating the 20th anniversary of King Baudouin’s death at Saint Gudule cathedral in Brussels. YVES HERMAN/REUTERSZimbabwe’s President Mugabe looks on before casting his vote in Highfields. SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERSLightning is seen above buildings in Beijing. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERSNew York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner attends a campaign event in the Rockaways section in the Queens borough of New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERSStudents demonstrate against the government to demand changes in the public education system in Valparaiso. Eliseo Fernandez/REUTERSThe fathers of Liu Yipeng, Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan, the three girls who died in the Asiana Airlines crash, carry the ashes of their daughters during a memorial in Jiangshan. CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERSFlood damaged euro banknotes are readied for inspection at money analyzing laboratory of Germany’s Federal Reserve bank in Mainz. KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERSA flood-affected man carries his television set to a safer place in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. JITENDRA PRAKASH/REUTERSA model of the home of Ariel Castro is displayed in the court room during the sentencing of Castro. AARON JOSEFCZYK/REUTERSYouths play tricks with their skateboards on a street in Yangon. Soe Zeya Tun/REUTERSMiners with a head light stands inside an excavation corridor at JSW’s Zofiowka coal mine in Jastrzebie Zdroj. PETER ANDREWS/REUTERSFarmer walks through field near a replica of the Eiffel Tower at the Tianducheng development in Hangzhou. ALY SONG/REUTERSStill image taken from video shows a ball of fire rising after an explosion in the central Syrian city of Homs. REUTERS TV/REUTERSMuslims stand after having their iftar meal during the holy month of Ramadan at the Jama Masjid in Delhi. AHMAD MASOOD/REUTERSKnight, one of the three kidnapped women, pauses to wipe away tears as she reads her statements during the sentencing of her accused kidnapper Ariel Castro at a court hearing in Cleveland. AARON JOSEFCZYK/REUTERSHeavy metal fans covered with mud pose for photographers during the 24th Wacken Open Air Festival in Wacken. FABIAN BIMMER/REUTERSColourful umbrellas are seen in Getafe, on the outskirts of Madrid. JUAN MEDINA/REUTERSA couple paddles a canoe at Conde del Gualdalhorce reservoir on a hot summer day in Alora, near Malaga. JON NAZCA/REUTERSMen empty bottles of Russian vodka filled with water into the gutter during a news conference in West Hollywood. JONATHAN ALCORN/REUTERSA room boarded up with door panels in Ariel Castro’s house is seen in this undated photo provided to the court as evidence. HANDOUT/REUTERSA worker rests on the roof of a building surrounded by sand as a result of desert encroachment at Ogrein Railway Station. MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH/REUTERSA demonstrator is detained by the military police during a protest against Sao Paulo State Governor Alckmin, in Sao Paulo. NACHO DOCE/REUTERSLegislator Lin Hung-chih from the ruling KMT scuffles with legislator Chiu Chih-wei from the opposition DPP at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. PICHI CHUANG/REUTERSMember of a Rapid Response Team culls a rooster at a poultry farm infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus in Bhaktapur. NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERSChildren participate in an event to simulate military training at a children’s activity centre in Shenyang. CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERSChapman attempts to run a goat through the 4-H obstacle course during the Cattaraugus County Fair in Little Valley, New York. BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERSPeople from the ethnic Yi minority celebrate with visitors during their Torch Festival in Xichang. CHINA DAILY/REUTERSU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry participates in an impromptu game of soccer as he waits for his plane to refuel at Vienna Airport. JASON REED/REUTERSStar trails form over yurts in a long exposure picture on the mountainous Assy plateau. SHAMIL ZHUMATOV/REUTERSFormer Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi leaves Palazzo Grazioli in Rome. TONY GENTILE/REUTERSScott Houghton and his dog Jimmie perform at the Cattaraugus County Fair in Little Valley, New York . BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERSA hostess waits for participants at the Stiletto Run in Constanta. RADU SIGHETI/REUTERSA man wears a mask made of a watermelon at the Woodstock Festival in Kostrzyn-upon-Odra River. THOMAS PETER/REUTERSA demonstrator throws a sign at military policemen during a protest against Sao Paulo State Governor Alckmin, in Sao Paulo. NACHO DOCE/REUTERSArcheology students and workers clean the tomb of a priestess of the Moche culture recently excavated and found at San Jose de Moro Archaeological site in Trujillo. MARIANA BAZO/REUTERSPeople sunbathe on a sunny summer day at Langener Waldsee. RALPH ORLOWSKI/REUTERSA pug stands in a tub during a pug dog meeting in Berlin. THOMAS PETER/REUTERSParticipants travel on a barge during the annual Gay Canal Parade in Amsterdam. MICHAEL KOOREN/REUTERSA World War II American plane flies in front of a wall of fire as it takes part in a re-enactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor during an afternoon air show at the EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. DARREN HAUCK/REUTERS