Top shots from around the world: August 19

Published: August 19, 2015
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (front) is seen inside a research bathyscaphe while submerging into the waters of the Black Sea as he takes part in an expedition near Sevastopol, Crimea, August 18, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

A man is reflected in a puddle as he walks across Moscow’s Red Square on August 18, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Baggage trolleys are seen at the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan, India, August 13, 2015. Two-and-a-half years after the completion of a new $17 million terminal building, the airport in Jaisalmer, a small and remote desert city in India’s western Rajasthan state, stands empty. Not a single passenger has passed through the gates of an airport big enough to handle more than 300,000 travellers a year, with parking bays for three 180-seater narrow-body jets. India has spent more than $50 million since 2009 on eight airports that do not receive scheduled flights – white elephants that are a reminder of the pitfalls for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he bets on an infrastructure drive to fuel growth. PHOTO: REUTERS

An aerial picture of the site of explosions at the Binhai new district, Tianjin, China, August 16, 2015. The explosions late last Wednesday in the world’s 10th-busiest port in China’s industrial northeast, forced the evacuation of thousands of people after toxic chemicals were detected in the air. More than 700 people were injured and another 70, mostly fire fighters, are still missing. The blasts devastated a large industrial site and nearby residential areas. Picture taken August 16, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

A man prepares to throw an burning tire as farmers protest in front of the prefecture early on August 19, 2015 in Saint-Lo, northwestern France. PHOTO: AFP

A woman lights incense sticks before offering prayers at the reopened Erawan shrine in Bangkok on August 19, 2015. Thai monks led prayers on August 19 for the reopening of Bangkok shrine where a blast killed 20 people, as police hunted a man shown on security footage calmly planting what is believed to be the bomb. PHOTO: AFP

Samburu tribesmen stand during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 15, 2015. Maralal, a small, arid town about an eight-hour drive north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, holds an annual camel festival, bringing together members of the Samburu, Turkana and Pokot semi-nomadic cattle-herding tribes. Relations are mostly peaceful at the moment, but cattle rustling and clashes over grazing and farming land are common. As well as camel races, the festival includes tribal dances, market stalls, travelling photo booths and a few old-fashioned fairground rides, while tents claim to contain the shortest man or the smallest woman. PHOTO: REUTERS

 

 

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