Picture News July 1 – 27, 2019

Tokyo, Japan, July 1 – A whaling ship departs from the port in Kushiro, Hokkaido. Japanese whaling fleets set sail Monday to hunt whales for commercial purposes for the first time in 31 years, a day after Tokyo formally left the International Whaling Commission. To prevent overhunting, the Fisheries Agency has set a quota of 227 whales for commercial whaling through late December with 52 minke, 150 Bryde’s and 25 sei whales. Photo courtesy of Kyodo
Naypyitaw, Myanmar, July 1 – Myanmar farmers work at a paddy field on the outskirts of Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Photo courtesy of Mizzima
Jakarta, Indonesia, July 1 – Thousands of residents lined the streets of Jakarta to see performers in traditional dress as the Indonesian capital marked its 492nd anniversary. Photo courtesy of Antara
Minsk, Belarus, July 1 – Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony of the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus, on June 30, 2019. The large-scale sport festival, which took place in 12 arenas, lasted for 10 days, and gathered athletes from 50 European countries and regions. Belarusian athletes demonstrated one of the best results in the history of participation in major sport events – 69 medals, including 24 golds. Ukraine took third place with 51 medals (16-17-18). Photo courtesy of Belta
Tokyo, Japan, July 2 – The Minke was brought into a warehouse where it was gutted. Japanese whaling fleets set sail Monday to hunt whales for commercial purposes for the first time in 31 years, catching two whales, a day after Tokyo formally left the International Whaling Commission. Photo courtesy of Kyodo
Hong Kong, July 2 – Journalists film a protester defacing the Hong Kong sign inside the meeting hall of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. Protesters took over the legislature’s main building, tearing down pictures of legislative leaders and spray-painting pro-democracy messages on the walls of the main chamber. Photo courtesy of Kyodo
Dhading, Nepal, July 2 – An elderly Nepalese man falls in the mud in a paddy field while playing with another during ‘Asar Pandra’, or paddy plantation day in Dhading district, Nepal. Nepalese Hindus consider ‘Asar Pandra’ an auspicious day for planting paddy. Photo courtesy of Niranjan Shrestha
Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 3 – The moon passes in front of the setting sun during a total solar eclipse in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun and scores a bull’s-eye by completely blocking out the sunlight. Photo courtesy of Marcos Brindicci
Hanoi, Vietnam, July 3 – The baby fed milk at Paediatrics Hospital 1 in HCM City. Doctors at Paediatrics Hospital 1 in HCM City have performed open heart surgery on a prematurely born baby weighing only 1,600 grammes. “The baby’s heart was only as large as an adult’s thumb. Her thorax was the same size as my wrist, and her blood vessels were very thin,” said Dr Nguyễn Đức Tuấn, head of the heart surgery unit at the hospital. She was delivered after 30 weeks of pregnancy at Từ Dũ Hospital, weighing 1,000 grammes. Thirteen days later she was diagnosed with a large ventricular septal defect, a 7-mm hole in the wall separating the two lower chambers of the heart. Photo courtesy of VNA
Dalian, China, July 3 – A performer from Peking opera, which blends music, dance and acrobatics, entertained the World Economic Forum’s summer meeting in Dalian, China. The three-day WEF Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019, also known as WEF Summer Davos, is being held from July 1-3 under the theme – “Leadership 4.0 – Succeeding in a New Era of Globalization.” Photo courtesy of Pan Yulong
Pyongyang, North Korea, July 4 – This photo provided by Lee Sang-hyun on July 2, 2019, a member of the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation, shows a commemorative coin released by North Korea.North Korea has released a commemorative coin that emphasizes denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, an official from an inter-Korean cooperation body said Tuesday. The coin obtained by Lee was engraved with text reading, “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” and “protection of the world’s peace and security.” The center of the coin shows three hands squeezing a nuclear missile-like object with the letter “N.”The coin contrasts with North Korea’s commemorative coins issued in the past. Last year, Pyongyang’s central bank minted a coin with a picture of fist pressing a rocket printed with the letters “USA,” and the American flag. Photo courtesy of Yonhap
New Delhi, India, July 4 – Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Maung Maung Kyaw inspects a guard of honour at the Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhavan), New Delhi. Photo courtesy of PTI Photo
Teotihuacan, Mexico, July 4 – A dancer takes part in a ceremony in Teotihuacan, Mexico, on July 2, 2019, to light the torch for the 2019 Pan American Games. The games will be held in Lima, Peru from July 26 to August 11, 2019, Photo courtesy of Andina
Mumbai, India, July 5 – Tourists are reflected in a puddle of water after rainfall at the landmark Gateway of India monument in Mumbai. Photo courtesy of Rafiq Maqbool
Sicilian island, July 5 – Smoke billows from the volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli. The news agency ANSA says that some 30 tourists jumped into the sea out of fear after a series of volcano erupted on the Sicilian island of Stromboli. Civil protection authorities said a hiker was confirmed killed by the eruptions Thursday. Photo courtesy of PTI
Caracas, Venezuela, July 6 – Military parade in Caracas. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, surrounded by top generals, addressed a military parade in Caracas Friday in commemoration of the country’s declaration of Independence, where revolutionary forces led by Simon Bolivar expelled the Spanish empire 208 years ago. Photo courtesy of telesur