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Photos of the day: Hagia Sophia opens as a mosque; Baghdad airport reopens; Pakistan returns 200-year-old gurudwara to Sikhs

Published on July 24, 2020 at 12.04

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This long-exposure picture taken early on July 23, 2020, shows a view of star trails in the sky through a hole left by a collapsed dome of a destroyed mosque in the town of Binnish in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: AFP
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People watch a Long March-5 rocket, carrying an orbiter, lander and rover as part of the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, lifting off from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in southern China's Hainan Province. Photo: AFP
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A dog-sitter plays with dogs at ‘Aqua Pawk’, the first, newly-opened water park for dogs, after easing of the coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions in Dubai. Photo: Reuters
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Women take pictures in front of Hagia Sophia or Ayasofya-i Kebir Camii in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: Reuters
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An Iraqi family wearing protective masks walk at the departure hall of Baghdad international airport following its reopening on July 23, 2020, after a closure forced by the coronavirus pandemic restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly Covid-19 illness in Iraq. Photo: AFP
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Japanese swimming athlete Rikako Ikee holds the lantern containing the Olympic flame as she speaks during the ‘One Step Forward - +1 Message - TOKYO 2020’ video message unveiling event at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Reuters
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Liverpool's Jordan Henderson holds the English Premier League trophy aloft after it was presented following the Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England. Photo: AP
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Smoke fills the sky as federal officers try to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters, in Portland, Ore. A federal judge is hearing arguments on Oregon's request for a restraining order against federal agents who have been sent to the state's largest city to quell protests that have spiraled into nightly clashes between authorities and demonstrators. Photo: AP
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A model presents a creation for Dior during the 2021 Dior Croisiere (Cruise) fashion show in Lecce, southern Italy. Photo: AFP
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Security forces are seen near a burning barricade during a protest against the Pension Funds Administration, after a congressional session on a pensions reform, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Valparaiso, Chile. Photo: Reuters
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Fire burns near the village of Galataki as authorities evacuate the place near Corinth, Greece. More than 250 firefighters, backed by water-dropping aircraft, were struggling Wednesday to contain a large wildfire fanned by strong winds that has forced the evacuation of five settlements in southern Greece. Photo: AP
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Tyson Salomon, left, gets a pedicure outside Pampered Hands nail salon, in Los Angeles. The salon is allowed to operate outside. California's confirmed coronavirus cases have topped 409,000, surpassing New York for most in the nation. Photo: AP
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Commuters using plastic face protectors travel in a public bus in Lima, Peru. The government declares the use of plastic face protectors mandatory for public transport passengers. Photo: AP
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People of Sikh Community take part in a worship at Gurudawara Sri Guru Singh Sabha temple in Quetta, Pakistan. A 200-year-old Sikh temple that served as a school for Muslim girls for seven decades was returned to the Sikh community in the city of Quetta, enabling them to worship there for the first time in 73 years. Photo: AP
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Tourists watch Saudi men perform a traditional folk dance at the cultural village of Rijal Almaa in the outskirts of Abha, Saudi Arabia. Photo: Reuters
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Demonstrators light up their smartphones as they gather during a protest demanding the resignation of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, under a highway in Pathum Thani, at the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Reuters
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Passengers with their luggage walk on a street during the weekly two-day complete lockdown, to curb the spread of coronavirus disease, in Kolkata. Photo: PTI
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A large teddy bear, used to enforce social distancing, is pictured sitting at a cafe in Pristina, as Kosovo authorities announce new measures to fight against the resurgence of the Covid-19, the novel coronavirus. Photo: AFP
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Norwegian artist Kjell Elvis (Kjell Henning Bjørnstad) performs in central Oslo in an attempt to beat the record of the world´s longest Elvis Presley singing marathon on July 23, 2020 in Oslo. His plan is to perform continuously for 50 hours, ending Saturday morning, 25 July. Photo: AFP

(Research: Mohammad Thanweeruddin/Khaleej Times)
 
 
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