Millions of Muslims across the world are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan.
Nearly 300 passengers are killed when their plane is shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm in Taiwan, and yet another disappears in West Africa. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory.
World in photos: July 14 - 20
If MH17 is confirmed as having been downed by missile fire, the attack will be the deadliest incident of a commercial passenger plane being shot down since the 1960s.
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Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who is credited with opening diplomatic channels with China, underwent heart surgery at a New York hospital on Tuesday.
Revelers from around the world gathered in Pamplona town square to kick off the 2014 San Fermin, a traditional Spanish festival which began in 1591.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made her seventh visit to China since taking office in 2005. Apart from Beijing, the "travel-lover" has been to many other cities in China.
Park Geun-hye is single and it was worried her Chinese counterpart would visit alone, according to local daily Chosun Ilbo.
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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was held on Tuesday for questioning into suspicions that a network of informers kept him abreast of a separate inquiry into alleged irregularities in his 2007 election campaign. Former dignitaries, including Berlusconi, Tymoshenko, have also been charged after leaving office.
Muslims are observing the fasting month of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, during which observant believers fast from dawn to dusk. They celebrate the end of the Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr festival.