Week in Photos: Homecoming, sea green & more

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Norfolk, Virginia, USA

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Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Williams, a Cryptologic Technician-Technical from Miami, Fla., hugs friends and family members on Pier 5 of Norfolk Naval Base, during the homecoming event following a six-month deployment of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Elrod, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Norfolk, Va.

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Utting, Germany

An aerial view of sailing boats taken on July 15, 2014 in Utting, Germany on the shore of Ammersee lake.

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Fuente de Piedra, Spain

An adult flamingo stands with flamingo chicks in an enclosure before they are tagged in Fuente de Piedra lake on July 19, 2014 in Fuente de Piedra, Spain. Fuente de Piedra lagoon is a natural reserve with more than 170 different species recorded and one of the main breeding grounds for flamingos on the Iberian Peninsula. Hundreds of flamingo chicks are tagged and checked to record the evolution of the species.

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Taipei, Taiwan

A man's umbrella is turned over by the strong wind in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan as Typhoon Matmo hits July 23, 2014.

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Haikou, China

A man pushes his electric bicycle against strong wind and heavy rainfalls along a flooded seaside street as Typhoon Rammasun hits Haikou, Hainan province July 18, 2014. A super typhoon slammed into China on Friday killing one person, as the government ordered an all-out effort to prevent loss of life from a storm that has already killed at least 64 people in the Philippines. Rammasun made landfall at Wenchang city on south China's island province of Hainan on Friday afternoon.

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Munich, Germany

German pianist Stefan Aaron plays an orange piano on a "flying carpet" platform suspended from a helicopter, over the Munich airport July 23, 2014. The concert is the fourth station of the "Orange Piano Tour," which brings the artist to places around the world.

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Anguiano, Spain

Dancers perform on stilts in honor of Saint Mary Magdalene, in a street for the traditional ''Danza de Los Zancos,'' Los Zancos Dance, in the small town of Anguiano, northern Spain Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Eight young people from the town balance on stilts down the old street, turning to the sound of folk music played on a pipe and drum.

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Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Jok Nebk, 16, finds a cool place to hang out as fellow canoe skills students practice flipping his capsized canoe during a Wolf River Conservation Corps canoe class on Poplar Tree Lake at Meeman-Shelby Forrest State Park Monday, July 21, 2014 in Memphis, Tenn., where eleven students learned basic strokes, water safety, rescue and river running skills. Kids were falling out of boats as often as getting in them on the first day of a one-week session while they practiced wet entry technique and canoe rescue under the instruction of veteran paddler Mark Burk.

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Varanasi, India

A bull stands inside a shop selling clothes at Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 20, 2014.

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Hockenheim, Germany

Williams Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil crashes with his car in the first corner after the start of the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit, July 20, 2014. 

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Nicosia, Cyprus

A mother with her child is silhouetted as she visits the graves of Greek and Cypriot soldiers killed in the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, at the Tymvos Macedonitissas military cemetery in Nicosia, Cyprus, July 17, 2014. Greek and Cypriot soldiers were killed in 1974, 40 years ago, during the Turkish invasion and subsequent occupation of the northern part of the island of Cyprus. Cyprus was split into Greek Cypriot south and Turkish Cypriot north in 1974 when Turkey invaded in response to a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

EPA: Wu Hong
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Qingdao city, China

Children accept traditional Chinese medical treatment with moxibustion boxes on their head in a hospital in Qingdao city, eastern China's Shandong province on July 18, 2014. A traditional Chinese medical treatment named 'winter diseases treated in summer' has more than 2,000 years history. The treatment takes places during the summer or 30 hottest days of summer. The patients receive the treatments by point pasting with medical ointment on their body and moxibustion on heads in order to cure tracheitis, asthma, rhinitis, rheumatoid arthritis and others winter diseases.

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Donetsk, Ukraine

A pro-Russia separatist pets a kitten standing on his shoulder as he mans a checkpoint in the northern outskirts of city of Donetsk, on July 22, 2014. Terrified civilians fled as intense clashes between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian rebels left at least four people dead on the outskirts of the insurgent bastion of Donetsk on July 21, 2014. A military spokesman said Monday that government troops were battling back control of the districts around the airport and had broken through the rebel cordon to reach their comrades inside.

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Nice, France

People dive into the Mediterranean Sea on a hot summer's day in Nice, southern France, July 21, 2014.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

David Beckham, center, with Cruz Beckham, left, and Romeo Beckham get slimed during the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards Show in Los Angeles July 17, 2014.

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Rishon Lezion, Israel

The girlfriend of Israeli soldier Tal Yifrah mourns as she lies atop his grave during his funeral in Rishon Lezion near Tel Aviv July 22, 2014.

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Gaza City, Palestinian Territories

A Palestinian woman wearing clothes stained with the blood of other relatives, who medics said were wounded in Israeli shelling, cries at a hospital in Gaza City July 20, 2014.

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Great Britain

George Berry, 8, wears a 'child safety suit' as part of a St. John Ambulance campaign to raise awareness of 'cotton wool culture' in Britain July 22, 2014.

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Eugene, Oregon, USA

Cedric Dubler of Australia gets set in the blocks for the start of the 110m hurdle portion of the men's decathlon during day two of the IAAF World Junior Championships.

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Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China

College students gather around candles forming the shape of an airplane during a candlelight vigil for victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

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St. Petersburg, Russia

Youngsters throw colored powder at each other during the Festival of Colors. 

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Fuzhou, Fujian, China

Buses are stranded in a flooded street in the aftermath of Typhoon Matmo.

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Ballarat, Australia

 Darren Weir-trained galloper Star enjoys a wash down after a trackwork session.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun breaks his bat during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds.

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Mumbai, India

A laborer sleeps on sacks of sand as another looks on at a market.

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Nimes, France

Katusha team rider Alexander Kristoff of Norway celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 222-km (137.9 miles) 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Tallard and Nimes.

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Shanghai, China

He Zi of China competes in the Women's 3m Springboard Final during day six of the 19th FINA Diving World Cup.

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Vatican, Italy

Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim with her daughter Maya in his Santa Marta residence. Ibrahim, a woman whose father was Muslim but whose mother was an Orthodox Christian, was once sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith. She has arrived in Italy along with her family, including the infant born in prison.

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