FIFA, strife-torn Iraq: World news in pictures (June 18)

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Bangalore, June 19: This is quite an eventful week with FIFA World Cup, strife in Iraq and many things more. Have a look at some of the interesting pictures from across the world.

There are pictures from London where a heavy rain lashed the city on Tuesday. In another picture, US president Barack Obama is seen endorsing small-time manufacturers and start-ups. There are pictures of people fleeing from strife-torn regions in Iraq. See the photographs here:

Rain lashes London

Ducks swim on Queens Quay as traffic makes its way through the flooded streets following a severe rainstorm in Toronto on Tuesday

Before addressing the state

South African President Jacob Zuma, right, before he gives the State of the Nation address in the city of Cape Town, South Africa

Prez endorses start-ups

President Barack Obama shows his I-Pad case as an example of a product made by a small start-up company while answering questions after making remarks during a tour of Bakery Square's TechShop, a membership-based manufacturing workshop in Pittsburgh, that's a model for the kind of sharing of resources he wants to see more of, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Pittsburgh. The president announced a plan to open the doors of more than 700 federal labs across the country to give innovators access to more than $5 billion in equipment, research and resources to develop new technologies. Additionally, he outlined a $150 million investment in research to support the Materials Genome Investment, a public-private endeavor that aims to reduce the time it takes to develop new materials that can be used in advanced manufacturing

Fate left hanging

Circus acrobat Julissa Segrera, second from right, of the United States, and Dayana Costa, right, of Brazil, are tearful as Costa reads a statement to reporters at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Boston. Eight acrobats were injured during a May 4 performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Providence, R.I., when the apparatus from which they were suspended fell, sending them plummeting to the ground

The football fiesta !

Two fans of the Belgian national soccer team watch the match against Algeria, broadcast live on a giant video screen at the Ghelamco soccer stadium in Ghent, western Belgium, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Belgium plays against Algeria, South Korea and Russia in Group H of the World Cup 2014 in Brazi


Iraqis who have fled fighting between security forces and al-Qaida inspired militants in their hometown of Tal Afar carry their belongings at Germawa camp for displaced Iraqis, in a hot dusty plain in the largely-autonomous Kurdish area of Dahuk, 260 miles (430 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad Tuesday

Stranded in violence

Around 46 Indian nurses are stranded in Iraq, which is hit by strife

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