Photos of the day: New face covering rules in England; Thailand hit by flash floods; Pakistan gears up for Eid Al Adha

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A handout picture taken and released by the Turkish Presidential Press service shows Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan (C) and invited guests attending Friday prayers at Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque during the official opening ceremony of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: AFP
A handout picture taken and released by the Turkish Presidential Press service shows Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan (C) and invited guests attending Friday prayers at Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque during the official opening ceremony of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: AFP
Some 260 new cases Covid-19 coronavirus infections were recorded in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: AFP
Some 260 new cases Covid-19 coronavirus infections were recorded in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: AFP
A volunteer with the Blue-Sky Rescue team performs disinfecting of the virtual reality theater in a cinema before it reopens for business in Beijing.  Theaters in China, the world’s second largest movie market, this week reopened from the coronavirus shut down with theaters limited to 30% capacity. Photo: AP
A volunteer with the Blue-Sky Rescue team performs disinfecting of the virtual reality theater in a cinema before it reopens for business in Beijing. Theaters in China, the world’s second largest movie market, this week reopened from the coronavirus shut down with theaters limited to 30% capacity. Photo: AP
Shoppers stand together on Oxford Street, in London. New rules on wearing masks in England have come into force, with people going to shops, banks and supermarkets now required to wear face coverings. Police can hand out fines of 100 pounds ($127) if people refuse, but authorities are hoping that peer pressure will prompt compliance. Photo: AP
Shoppers stand together on Oxford Street, in London. New rules on wearing masks in England have come into force, with people going to shops, banks and supermarkets now required to wear face coverings. Police can hand out fines of 100 pounds ($127) if people refuse, but authorities are hoping that peer pressure will prompt compliance. Photo: AP
Lebanese couples, wearing protective face masks, sit on the steps during a group wedding at the Temple of Bacchus at the historic site of Baalbek in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley, during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo:  AFP
Lebanese couples, wearing protective face masks, sit on the steps during a group wedding at the Temple of Bacchus at the historic site of Baalbek in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley, during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: AFP
Teacher Maura Silva, who created a 'hug kit' using plastic covers, embraces her student Yuri Araujo Silva at Yuri's home, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in the 77 Padre Miguel slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Reuters
Teacher Maura Silva, who created a "hug kit" using plastic covers, embraces her student Yuri Araujo Silva at Yuri's home, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in the 77 Padre Miguel slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Reuters
People attend the inauguration of an exhibition of antique toys at the Museo di Roma in Palazzo Braschi Rome. The exhibition, that will be held from July 25 to January 10, 2021, gathers a collection of ancient toys, most of them dating to the period between 1860 and 1930, known as the golden age of toy. Photo: AP
People attend the inauguration of an exhibition of antique toys at the Museo di Roma in Palazzo Braschi Rome. The exhibition, that will be held from July 25 to January 10, 2021, gathers a collection of ancient toys, most of them dating to the period between 1860 and 1930, known as the golden age of toy. Photo: AP
People ride on a merry-go-round on the Koenigssplatz square in Munich, Germany. Photo: Reuters
People ride on a merry-go-round on the Koenigssplatz square in Munich, Germany. Photo: Reuters
Workers at the the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah, mask-clad due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, walk around the the Kaaba, holiest shrine, at centre of the complex ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage season. Photo: AFP
Workers at the the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah, mask-clad due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, walk around the the Kaaba, holiest shrine, at centre of the complex ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage season. Photo: AFP
Tourists and locals gather at a lookout point, with a view of the city of Barcelona in the background, after regional authorities across Spain introduced fresh coronavirus disease (Covid-19) restrictions aimed at stamping out a surge in infections, in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: Reuters
Tourists and locals gather at a lookout point, with a view of the city of Barcelona in the background, after regional authorities across Spain introduced fresh coronavirus disease (Covid-19) restrictions aimed at stamping out a surge in infections, in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: Reuters
A girl reacts while she stands with sheep outside of her family tent along a cattle market, ahead of the Eid Al Adha festival, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues, in Peshawar, Pakistan. Photo: Reuters
A girl reacts while she stands with sheep outside of her family tent along a cattle market, ahead of the Eid Al Adha festival, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues, in Peshawar, Pakistan. Photo: Reuters
Farmers prepare jute plants for retting, in Nadia district, West Bengal, India. Photo: PTI
Farmers prepare jute plants for retting, in Nadia district, West Bengal, India. Photo: PTI
A federal officer fires crowd control munitions at Black Lives Matter protesters at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse, in Portland, Ore. Since federal officers arrived in downtown Portland in early July, violent protests have largely been limited to a two block radius from the courthouse. Photo: AP
A federal officer fires crowd control munitions at Black Lives Matter protesters at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse, in Portland, Ore. Since federal officers arrived in downtown Portland in early July, violent protests have largely been limited to a two block radius from the courthouse. Photo: AP
A giraffe reaches for a leaf at the Oklahoma City Zoo, in Oklahoma City. Photo: AP
A giraffe reaches for a leaf at the Oklahoma City Zoo, in Oklahoma City. Photo: AP
Motorcyclists ease through local flood waters after a heavy downpour in Bangkok, Thailand. The rainy season in Thailand typically takes place from July to October bringing heavy rains and occasional flooding. Photo: AP
Motorcyclists ease through local flood waters after a heavy downpour in Bangkok, Thailand. The rainy season in Thailand typically takes place from July to October bringing heavy rains and occasional flooding. Photo: AP
An aerial view shows people in an inflatable armchair pulled by a boat as they enjoy the sea off the beach of koutsounari, near Ierapetra, in the island of Crete, Greece. Photo: AFP
An aerial view shows people in an inflatable armchair pulled by a boat as they enjoy the sea off the beach of koutsounari, near Ierapetra, in the island of Crete, Greece. Photo: AFP
A rainbow is seen behind electrical pylons in a field near the town of Zhodino, Belarus. Photo: Reuters
A rainbow is seen behind electrical pylons in a field near the town of Zhodino, Belarus. Photo: Reuters
A group of 85 vulnerable refugees, mainly families with children with health problems, disembark a bus before boarding a plane for Germany as part of the EU relocation program from Greek islands' hotspots at Athens' international airport in Spata. Photo: AFP
A group of 85 vulnerable refugees, mainly families with children with health problems, disembark a bus before boarding a plane for Germany as part of the EU relocation program from Greek islands' hotspots at Athens' international airport in Spata. Photo: AFP
A model presents a creation during a fashion show, wearing a mask as a measure to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Reuters<p></p>(Research: Mohammad Thanweeruddin/Khaleej Times)
A model presents a creation during a fashion show, wearing a mask as a measure to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Reuters<p></p>(Research: Mohammad Thanweeruddin/Khaleej Times)

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