Photos of the day - August 1, 2014

A ‘sunken’ house is seen in the pond of the Kunsthalle Rostock museum in Rostock, Germany, Georgina Hockenhull performs on the beam during the women’s gymnastics apparatus final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Warsaw residents hold a minute of silence on ‘W’ hour to honor the start and the heroes of the Warsaw Uprising are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)

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Abandoned Germany

Even the powerhouse of Europe has its fair share of abandoned properties and empty shop fronts as seen in these captivating pictures of decaying buildings in Germany. Photographer Daniel Barter, 30, from London traveled Berlin and the surrounding countryside to capture buildings in need of work on film.

Far from being resplendent in vintage glory, the deserted music venues and crumbling hospitals are a shadow of their former selves. German eagle motifs flake off ceilings and concert halls designed for hundreds have not seen a show for years. (Caters News/Daniel Barter)

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Gas explosion in Taiwan

The 12,000 people who fled in fear of more gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan’s second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets overnight, killing 26 people and injuring 267.

Most of the four ruptured street sections in the densely populated district of Kaohsiung had been declared safe from further explosions by afternoon, a city spokesman said. A fire in a 10-meter (yard) -long section that burned through the night had also been put out.

Five explosions ripped through four streets starting around midnight Thursday, catapulting cars into the air and blasting cement rubble at passers-by, many of whom were out late because of a nearby night market. (AP)


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Photos of the day - July 31, 2014

The field from The Qatar Bloodstock Richmond Stakes races for the finish line at Goodwood Racecourse, children play in a fountain during a hot and sunny summer day in Nice and a resident sits with her dogs inside her flooded house after heavy monsoon rains in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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NYC protest against Israel’s military action in Gaza

A group of activists gathered in in Manhattan’s Bryant Park on Thursday, July 31, 2014, to march upon the Israeli consulate. Donned in black clothing some wearing face masks, the group wants to memorialize the names of the Palestinians who have lost their lives in recent Israeli bombardments of the Gaza strip. (All photos by Siemond Chan/Yahoo News)

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Mudslide swallows Indian village
Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed an entire village in western India, killing at least 30 people and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead.

More than 24 hours after the Wednesday morning landslide, authorities said the chances of survival were slim for anyone still trapped under the mud in Malin, a village of some 700 people in Pune district of Maharashtra state. Suresh Jadhav, a district official, said around 40 homes were wiped out. (AP)

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Death toll from Ebola outbreak rises to 729: WHO
The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has risen to 729, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, after 57 deaths were reported between July 24 and 27 in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The WHO also said Nigerian authorities had so far identified 59 people who had come into contact with a U.S. citizen who died in Lagos last week after traveling from Liberia, via Togo and Ghana. (Reuters)
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Death toll from Ebola outbreak rises to 729: WHO

The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has risen to 729, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, after 57 deaths were reported between July 24 and 27 in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

The WHO also said Nigerian authorities had so far identified 59 people who had come into contact with a U.S. citizen who died in Lagos last week after traveling from Liberia, via Togo and Ghana. (Reuters)

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Photos of the day - July 30, 2014

A South Korean student displays a message during a rally against the Israeli military operations in Gaza and the West Bank, President Barack Obama greets the crowd after speaking about the economy and visitors are silhouetted as they enjoy the scene of the Aceh Tsunami Museum in Indonesia are just a few of the photos of the day for July 30, 2014.

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Water pollution in China

Growing cities, overuse of fertilizers and factory wastewater have degraded China’s water supplies to the extent that half the nation’s rivers and lakes are severely polluted. China aims to spend $850 billion to improve filthy water supplies over the next decade, but even such huge outlays may do little to reverse damage caused by decades of pollution and overuse in Beijing’s push for rapid economic growth.

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