Photos of the day - July 27, 2014

Stephen McDonagh takes part in the Irish Bog Snorkeling championship at Peatlands in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, Kenya’s Denis Okoth lands a punch on England’s Samuel Maxwell during their men’s Light Welterweight boxing fight at the Commonwealth Games and a man competes at the Tough Mudder event in Germany are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Getty/Reuters)

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Nude models, artists take to NYC streets

New York really is “the naked city.”

Artists in Manhattan painted the bodies of 40 nude models on Saturday, turning the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park into an outdoor celebration of the human form.

Artist Andy Golub says New York was the only city in the country that would allow his inaugural Bodypainting Day. And he says that only happened after a legal battle.

Golub and a model were arrested in 2011 during a body-painting project in Times Square.

The city paid model Zoe West a $15,000 settlement after she sued over the arrest. Public nudity is legal in the city if it’s part of a performance, exhibition or show.

Golub’s event Saturday included a post-painting march down Broadway and a return to Times Square for a photo shoot. (AP)

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Fire crews battle fast-moving wildfires

Fire crews were battling two fast-moving wildfires in California that threatened many homes and forced hundreds of evacuations, officials said.

A fire in the Sacramento region had mushroomed to about 4,000 acres by late Saturday, while a blaze that began in the afternoon around Yosemite National Park threatened a small community.

The so-called Sand Fire began Friday in the Sierra Nevada foothills and has since raced through more than 6 square miles of drought-stricken grasslands east of Sacramento. (AP)

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Photos of the day - July 26, 2014

Fireworks explode over high-rise buildings and Tokyo’s Sumida river during the Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo, a young Palestinian man stands in his bedroom which was hit by an Israeli tank shell in east Gaza City and Chad Le Clos is seen underwater as he swims in the men’s 200m Butterfly heats during the 2014 Commonwealth Games are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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Pretty power plants

You wouldn’t normally associate power stations with beautiful scenic shots but one photographer has traveled nearly 2000 to track down the ugliest energy plants and show them in a whole new light. Czech snapper, Radek Kalhous, uses Google Earth to find the perfect locations for his unique pictures and arrives at each site after sunset to create the atmospheric shots.

The 40-year-old uses nothing more than clever lighting and a tilt-shift lens to capture the ugly power stations in a series of dreamy photographs which resemble something from a model toy world. Radek has clocked up almost 2000 miles so far in his quest to create the thought-provoking photos. (Caters News)

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Worldwide demonstrations against Israel’s military aggression in Gaza

Across the globe demonstrators call for a stop to Israel’s offensive in Gaza.
Here’s a look at some the best photos of the protests.

(Photos by REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom, REUTERS/Lucas Jackson, Spencer Platt/Getty Images, REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom,  REUTERS/Steffi Loos, REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)

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Air Algerie crash

Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed 118 people on board, French officials said on Friday.

Investigators at the scene of the crash in northern Mali concluded the airliner broke apart when it hit the ground, the officials said, suggesting this meant it was unlikely to have been the victim of an attack.

"French soldiers who are on the ground have started the first investigations. Sadly, there are no survivors," French President Francois Hollande told reporters. (Reuters)

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Photos of the day - July 25, 2014

King Kalu of Nigeria prepares to lift the weight during the Mens 62kg weightlifting competition at the Commonwealth Games 2014, Pope Francis has lunch at the Vatican workers’ cafeteria and an Israeli soldier aims his weapon at a Palestinian during clashes near the West Bank city of Nablus are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Reuters)

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Childhood drawings recreated

A strange looking fly turned into a three dimensional digital painting. Some people will say that every child’s drawing is a masterpiece, but one artist has revisited some of his earliest illustrations to create a collection of surreal paintings. After discovering a pile of his old childhood doodles.

Dutch-based artist, Telmo Pieper, 25, decided to digitally recreate the sketches into hyper realistic, three-dimensional works of art. Whether its a beaming bear or a curious looking car, the series entitled Kiddie Art gives an amusing and fascinating glimpse into the wild imagination of a 4-year-old boy.

Luckily, its fair to say that Telmos art skills have now far surpassed his former efforts and after tracing the lines of each image into Photoshop, he then set about researching an accurate color palette that would make the illustrations seem as life like as possible. (Caters News)

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Severe storm hits in Virginia

A fierce storm packing powerful winds and rain toppled trees and flipped campers Thursday at a Virginia campground Thursday, killing at least two people and sending at least 20 more to hospitals, officials said.

The injured were being taken to area hospitals, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. Geller also confirmed the deaths. The storm slammed into the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort, which sits on 300 acres on the Chesapeake Bay in rural Northampton County.

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