In Pictures

Day in pictures: 31 July 2014

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

Image copyright Rome Zoo
Image caption Rome Zoo announced the birth of two African wild dog puppies.
Image copyright AFP/JUSTIN TALLIS
Image caption Firefighters managed to salvage two-thirds of Eastbourne Pier, in the south of England, after a blaze broke out on Wednesday engulfing its wooden panelling.
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Image caption The imam of China's largest mosque, the Id Kah mosque in the ancient city of Kashgar, was stabbed to death after morning prayers on Wednesday.
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Image caption The build-up of rubbish and debris remains a major problem for Brazil's Guanabara Bay, which is due to be the site of sailing events for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Image copyright AP Photo/Yoan Valat
Image caption French President Francois Hollande reflects in the Parisian cafe where French socialist leader Jean Jaures was assassinated exactly 100 years ago.
Image copyright AFP/NOAH SEELAM
Image caption A farmer works in his paddy field despite below-average rainfall during India's monsoon season.
Image copyright Sean Gallup/getty images
Image caption Some 75,000 festival goers have thronged to the German village of Wacken for the start of a four-day heavy metal music festival.