Greeks: not fans of Angela Merkel

Activists in Kiev, Ukraine clash with riot police while protesting against a controversial new law that will enhance the status of the Russian language in the country

(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Concrete and steel “supertrees” between 25 and 50 metres high adorn the skyline at the new Garden by the Bay, Singapore. Fitted with rainwater catches and solar panels, they are used to display exotic plants from around the world

(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Floods in Bangladesh have marooned 150,000 and killed at least 100 people. Chittagong, in the south, received more than 18 inches of rain in 24 hours on Saturday.

This picture was taken in Kurigram, near the Dharla River in the north.

(Reuters/Andrew Biraj)

Somali women celebrate 52 years of independence at Konis stadium, Mogadishu.

(AFP Photo/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

It looks like an illustration from War of the Worlds but this picture was actually taken on a US Air Force base in Colorado Springs two days ago. The smoke comes from the Waldo Canyon wildfire, which has been raging for days and has displaced tens of thousands of people. The building on the right is the Air Force Academy’s cadet chapel.

(Reuters/US Air Force/Carol Lawrence)

A Syrian rebel fires a rocket propelled grenade during clashes with Syrian government forces at Saraqeb, Idlib. A United Nations report has highlighted human rights violations “on an alarming scale” across the country and a report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has condemned both sides in the war

The Waldo Canyon wildfire has been raging for five days in the US, forcing more than 32,000 people from their homes. Low humidity, high temperatures and strong winds have helped fuel the fire, which covers 6,000 acres of land near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

(AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

Egyptians set off fireworks in Tahrir Square, Cairo, to celebrate the victory of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi in Egypt’s presidential elections.

As Iranian commentator Amir Taheri remarks in The Times today:

For 60 years, Siamese twins have dominated Egypt. Sometimes, the twins — the military and the Muslim Brotherhood — fought, even wounded each other, but they always ended up working together to crush democratic aspirations. Now, the process of separating the Siamese twins may begin in earnest.

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(AFP Photo/Khaled Desoukikhaled)

Ah, the British music festival: quagmire of warm lager, ageing rock stars, portaloos and wellies. There’s no Glastonbury this summer (the Worthy Farm cows are given a break every few years) but more than 50,000 have descended on the Isle of Wight Festival.

(Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot.

Weather forecast: not great.

(Reuters/Stefan Wermuth)

On Thursday, Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, whose judges were appointed by Hosni Mubarak, the former President of Egypt, dissolved the country’s first freely elected parliament, formed after the Mubarak regime was ousted in a revolution 16 months ago.

The court also ruled that Mubarak’s former prime minister can stand in the presidential runoff this weekend – opening the door for the military and remnants of the old regime to retake power.

This graffiti in Tahrir Square, Cairo, the nucleus of the 2011 revolution, depicts on the left the faces of people killed in the revolution, and in the centre, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, head of the military junta running the country, casting his vote in the upcoming elections. The graffiti on the right reads “Long live 25 January”, the first day of the 2011 uprising.

(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Violence continues in Sittwe, Burma, where at least 29 people have been killed, 2,600 homes burned and more than 30,000 people displaced since clashes between ethnic Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya groups began on June 8.


Read: Burmese cities under curfew as rioting threatens new ethnic conflict

Greek Socialist Party supporters attend a pre-election rally in Athens. Greeks head to the polling booths on Sunday to elect a new government – and the rest of Europe will be watching closely.

The European Commission denies that it has prepared contingency plans for a Greek exit from the euro – The Times says in a leading article today that this is “implausible or, if true, alarming”. Elsewhere, government and central bank officials in Japan have reportedly been busy.

(AFP Photo/Andreas Solaroandreas Solaro)

Spanish coal miners in Leon, northern Spain, take to the streets to protest against Government cuts to coal subsidies.

Spain, the world’s 12th biggest economy, is the fourth eurozone nation to ask for a bailout, requesting €100 billion on Sunday. European markets were stirred for a few hours on Monday before most main indices fell back sharply.

So far today, yields on ten-year Spanish Government bonds have continued to hover close to the 7 per cent danger mark.

(AFP Photo/Cesar Mansocesar Manso)

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