Five-year-old girls dance on the shoulders of women during the 'Coca' celebration in Redondela, in rural northeastern Spain, Sunday. The tradition of dancing with daughters on the shoulders is taken from a local legend, believed to originate from the Middle Ages, about two women who were saved from a dragon by dancing in this manner. The children are dressed in traditional costumes called 'Penlas'. Miguel Vidal/Reuters
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning the men's final against Robin Soderling of Sweden at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros, in Paris, Sunday. Bogdan Cristel/Reuters
A participant of the 'Wattoluempiade' (mud Olympics), covered with mud, cheers to the audience following their soccer match on the mudflats of the river Elbe in Brunsbuettel near Hamburg, Sunday. About 400 athletes take part in the so-called 'Wattoluempiade' competing in soccer, volleyball, and other events. Morris Mac Matzen/Reuters
Soccer fans peek over the fence of Portugal's soccer team training camp in Magaliesburg South Africa, Sunday. The 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup kicks off on Monday. Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters
Women dressed as brides take part in a race in downtown Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday. Marko Djurica/Reuters
Emergency workers look at a railway bridge destroyed by floods from the Poprad River near Nowy Sacz, Poland, on Saturday. Jakub Ociepa/Agencja Gazeta/Reuters
A demonstrator waves a Palestinian flag under heavy rain during a protest against Israel in Ankara, Sunday. Israel rejected a proposal by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for an international investigation into its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship and said it had the right to launch its own inquiry. The UN chief had suggested establishing a panel that would be headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer and include representatives from Turkey, Israel, and the United States, an Israeli official said earlier in Jerusalem. Umit Bektas/Reuters
Soccer fans attend at a mass in the Sunnyside Church in Pretoria City, South Africa, on Sunday. The 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup kicks off on Monday. Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal shakes hands with the Raute people, a nomadic hunter-gatherer ethnic group, after a meeting at his office in Kathmandu on Sunday. Shruti Shrestha/Reuters
Iraqi and Kurdish elements seized parts of the town of Bashiqa, a settlement northeast of Mosul.
ByQassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press
Iraqi and Kurdish forces advanced on a town near Mosul on Sunday as part of an operation to retake the northern city from the Islamic State group, which staged an assault in western Iraq that appeared to be another diversionary attack.