The Syrian army launched major attacks on rebel positions in Aleppo, Syria's largest city. Above, rebel Free Syrian Army fighters take a break during clashes in the Salah al-Din neighbourhood in central Aleppo on August 4.
Torrential rain and a typhoon in North Korea have killed 119 people, made more than 84,000 homeless and destroyed some 46,000 hectares of crops, said the country's official news agency on August 1.
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Grids supplying electricity to half of India's 1.2 billion people collapsed on Tuesday, trapping coal miners, stranding train travellers and plunging hospitals into darkness in the second major blackout in as many days.
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US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a speech outside the Old City on July 29 in Jerusalem. Romney controversially said Israel's economic success compared to Palestinians might be due to cultural differences.
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Michael Phelps of the United States has won a record 18 gold medals in the Olympics, and a record 22 medals overall. Above, Phelps leaves the pool after competing in the Men's 4x100m Medley Relay Final.
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Corn plants struggle to survive in drought-stricken farm fields in Ferdinand, Indiana. Much of the US has been experiencing deep droughts this summer, causing agricultural output to falter.
A Syrian child inspects his damaged house after shelling by President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the Damascus district of Kadam on August 4.
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, left, crosses the finish line in first place ahead of silver medal winner Carmelita Jeter from the United States during the women's 100-meter final at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Peruvian police burn marijuana plants during a raid in the jungle of Huanuco. The operation eradicated and incinerated 207,000 marijuana plants in 34.5 acres, estimated to be worth $15m on the black market in the US.