Picture News July 8 – 14 , 2019

Nevşehir, Turkey, July 8 – An aerial view of hot air colorful balloons featuring various figures being prepared to fly over charming touristic hub famed for its fairy chimneys in Turkey as part of the International Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Festival in Nevsehir, Turkey. Photo courtesy of Murat Öner Taş/Anadolu Agency
Islamabad, Pakistan, July 8 – Three-day Shandur polo festival started in Pakistan on Sunday in the Shandur valley of northwestern Pakistan. The Shandur polo ground — called the “roof of the world” — hosts the annual event in the first or second week of July since 1936. Photo courtesy of Anadolu
Labuan, Malaysia, July 8 — Hot air balloons over Dataran Labuan during sunrise.
More than 5, 000 local and foreign visitors hot air balloon enthusiasts filled the Labuan Square here in conjunction with the Labuan Big Show (LABS) featuring the first ever hot air balloon fiesta kicked-off on Friday. The three-day fiesta saw three hot air balloon taking off 100ft on the air. Photo courtesy of Bernama
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 8 – Brazil won in home soil after 12 years of not lifting the Copa America trophy by beating Peru 3-1 in the final on Sunday at the legendary Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The match was highly anticipated as the Brazilian national team had strolled through the first stages scoring 13 goals and finally only receiving one against by Peru in the final. While Peru, who had a rocky start, showed a high level of playing in the later stages to reach the final hoping to spoil Brazil. Photo courtesy of Telesur
Rajasthan, India, July 9 – Jagmal Singh Bhati gives measurement of his 28 ft. long mustache in Bikaner. Photo courtesy of PTI Photo
Pamplona, Spain, July 9 – Revellers run next to fighting bulls from Cebada Gago ranch, during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain. Revellers from around the world flock to Pamplona every year to take part in the eight days of the running of the bulls. Photo courtesy of PTI
Cairo, Egypt, July 9 – Ivory Coast’s forward Wilfried Zaha (3rd-R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Round of 16 football match between Ivory Coast and Mali at the Suez Stadium in the north-eastern Egyptian city on July 8, 2019. Photo courtesy of Fadel Senna
Pyongyang, North Korea, July 9 – A national memorial service gets under way at a stadium in Pyongyang on July 8, 2019, to mark the death anniversary of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung in this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency on July 9. Photo courtesy of Yonhap
Arunachal Pradesh, India, July 10- A view of the village after incessant rains triggered landslides and flash floods at Kaspi Nala near Nag-Mandir Tenga in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The floods washed away several houses, restaurant, shops and over 800 people were reportedly to be stranded. An RCC bridge between Kaspi and Nagmandir was also washed away by floodwaters. According to the reports, several people are reportedly missing in the area. Photo courtesy of PTI
Hanoi, Vietnam, July 10 – A scene from the Vietnamese movie Vợ Ba (The Third Wife). The movie has bagged the Special Mention at the Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival (BAFF) 2019. According to the jury, the movie is “a combination of a sensual delicacy and a dreamy atmosphere. The director gives nuances to a classic narrative style. The film is testimony to meticulous craftsmanship with strong performance and confident directing”. The Best ASEAN film was granted to Thailand’s Manta Ray by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng. Photo courtesy of filmmovement.com
Caracas, Venezuela, July 10 – In total, 14,701 fellow citizens, who were based in different countries, have returned to Venezuela. Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry reported Tuesday that a total of 90 Venezuelans will return to their country, after having lived in Ecuador. Through the Plan Vuelta a la Patria (‘Return To The Homeland’) program, these nationals will reach Venezuelan soil. Photo courtesy of Telesur
KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 – Malaysian Members of Parliament and journalists alike today extended birthday wishes inside and outside the Dewan Rakyat to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who turned 94 today.
Speaker Datuk Mohammad Ariff Md Yusof, representing the MPs, conveyed birthday wishes just before oral question time and expressed the hope that Dr Mahathir would have a long life, good health and wisdom to lead the country.
“On behalf of the members of the Dewan Rakyat, it is with great pleasure that I convey our congratulations on the 94th birthday of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia.
“Indeed, the spirit of determination of Right Honourable Tun at this age will inspire us all to empower this nation,” he said.
Dr Mahathir thanked Mohammad Ariff and went on to reply to a question from Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (PH-Jeli) on the performance of Malaysia Airlines Berhad.
At the Parliament lobby later, journalists joined in the celebration of Dr Mahathir’s birthday by singing ‘Happy Birthday’ after he had concluded a press conference.
Seoul, South Korea, July 11 – South Korean President Moon Jae-in, top center, speaks during a meeting with business leaders at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. Moon criticized comments by Japanese officials who questioned the credibility of Seoul’s sanctions against North Korea while justifying Tokyo’s move to strengthen controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, which triggered a full-blown diplomatic dispute between the neighboring U.S. allies. Photo courtesy of PTI
New Delhi, India, July 11 – A charcoal burger on display in New Delhi. The popularity of charred foods, the acceptance of squid ink as more than a novelty ingredient, and the rise of activated charcoal as a health food has given a whole new concept of black food in the culinary industry. Photo courtesy of PTI
Halkidiki, Greece, July 12 – A man rides a bicycle among debris after a storm at Nea Plagia village in Halkidiki region, northern Greece. Seven people, including six tourists, have been killed in a violent storm that swept across a region of northern Greece. Photo courtesy of PTI
A nurse takes care of the new born babies on, World Population Day, in Mumbai, India. Photo courtesy of PTI
Anaheim, California, July 13- Two Japanese sensations, decluttering expert Marie Kondo and Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani, accepted awards from the Japan America Society of Southern California for enhancing Japan-U.S. relations, during a fundraiser Thursday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. Photo courtesy of Kyodo