In Pictures

Day in pictures: 21 July 2014

A selection of images from around the world taken over the past 24 hours.

Image caption The wrecked Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is pictured from the air having been successfully raised from the under-sea platform it had been resting on for the past year. It struck a reef off the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people. The Costa Concordia's owners, Costa Crociere, estimate the operation to remove the wreck from the reef and tow it for scrapping will cost 1.5bn euros (£1.2bn; $2bn) in total.
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Image caption Newcastle United players warm up during a training session at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand, during their pre-season tour.
Image caption Visitors wander through the construction site of the Guedelon Castle in Treigny, central France. Work began on the castle in 1997 and it is being built using only technologies from the 13th Century.
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Image caption Rory McIlroy clinched his first Open Championship and third major title with a two-shot victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler on a thrilling final day at Hoylake. The Northern Irishman joined Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three of golf's modern majors by the age of 25.
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Image caption Boats decorated with wreaths sail in the Water Procession of Moos on Lake Constance into the harbour of Radolfzell, Germany. The procession takes place annually on the third Monday of July and is a thanksgiving for the sparing of the citizens of Moos from a cattle plague in 1796.
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Image caption Israel has continued its military campaign in Gaza. Here a woman walks towards a UN school in Beit Lahia where residents have fled. More than 500 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the Israeli offensive, officials say.
Image copyright Ronen Zvulun/reuters
Image caption A wounded Israeli soldier is carried into a helicopter for evacuation outside Gaza. Twenty Israelis - 18 of them soldiers - have died, Israel says, as it seeks to end rocket fire from Gaza.
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Image caption Nina Saunders makes her way across a zip wire over the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland, as part of the Queen's Baton Relay ahead of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at Celtic Park on Wednesday.
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Image caption The former Heilongjiang TV station headquarters collapses as it is demolished by explosives to make way for the city's new administrative service centre in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China.
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Image caption Dagmara Wozniak reacts after defeating Olga Kharlan of Ukraine to secure the US team's victory during their Women's team sabre semi-final competition at the Fencing World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
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Image caption Dancers perform on the closing night of Monty Python Live (Mostly) at the O2 Arena in London, England.