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/REUTERSAn 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/REUTERS
A 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/REUTERS
Humanoid 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/REUTERS
Tavares 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