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Last Updated: Friday, 20 July 2007, 14:12 GMT 15:12 UK
Day in pictures

An Indian woman in Allahabad

Political activists in the Indian city of Allahabad celebrate the anticipated election win of Pratibha Patil, the country's first female president.

Children jump into a pool in central Budapest, Hungary

Children leap into the cooling waters of a pond in central Budapest as temperatures across central Europe rise.

Released Palestinian prisoners at a checkpoint on their way to Ramallah

Released Palestinian prisoners celebrate at a checkpoint on their way to Ramallah. Israel has released some 250 prisoners to bolster moderate Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas.

Man with Turkish and Turkish-Cypriot flags in the divided city of Nicosia

A man bears the Turkish and Turkish-Cypriot flags during a ceremony in northern Nicosia, marking the 33rd anniversary of Turkey's invasion of Cyprus.

A woman walks through central London in the rain

Across the south of England, torrential rain has dampened the spirits of many schoolchildren who begin their summer holidays on Friday.

Polar bear in Budapest Zoo.

But other creatures enjoyed the water - like this polar bear catching his lunch in a pool at a Budapest zoo.

A meerkat under a heat lamp in a zoo in Sydney, Australia

Meanwhile, across the world, a chilly meerkat warms itself beneath a heat lamp in the Sydney's Taronga Zoo.

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