17 August 2012
Last updated at 17:53
The London 2012 Olympics ended with a spectacular musical closing ceremony and the official handover to the next host city, Rio de Janeiro. Big Ben chimed to start the finale, as a cityscape in the shape of a Union Jack was unveiled.
Space shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour face each other as they are moved out of the Vehicle Assembly Building in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Endeavour will be moved to the California Science Center as a permanent exhibit and Atlantis will be kept at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Police detain a supporter of Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, for obstructing the highway outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Mr Assange has been living at the embassy since 19 June, after requesting political asylum whilst facing extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault.
Police in South Africa opened fire during clashes with striking workers at the Marikana platinum mine, leaving dozens of people dead, witnesses say. Police reportedly began shooting after miners carrying machetes defied an ultimatum to disarm.
A bomb went off in the Syrian capital, Damascus, near several military buildings and a hotel which is used by UN observers.
A forest fire raged on La Gomera in Spain's Canary Islands, affecting thousands of hectares causing about 5,000 people to be evacuated from the area.
A rower takes part in the Women's Lightweight Single Sculls during day two of the FISA Rowing World Championships at Plovdiv rowing course, Bulgaria.
A Free Syrian Army fighter runs for cover as a Syrian Army tank shell hits a building across a street during clashes in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of central Aleppo.
Protesters wearing masks take part in an Amnesty International flash mob demonstration in support of Russian punk band Pussy Riot in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three members of the band have been jailed for two years after staging an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral.