About 150 Buddhist monks and parishioners do the annual cleaning of the 49-foot-tall bronze statue of Buddha at the Todaiji temple in Nara, western Japan. Kyodo News/AP
A girl plays the piano in the park in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. A group of young enthusiasts bought an old Soviet-made piano, adjusted it, painted it white and placed it in a park for free use by all visitors. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
A Congolese girl, displaced by recent fighting in North Kivu, holds a doll at the child friendly space within Mugunga III camp for the internally displaced people near Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man blows a whistle as he protests against Jewish female activists from the Women of the Wall prayer rights group who are holding a monthly prayer session near the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem's Old City. The activists are campaigning for equal worship rights at the holy site. Baz Ratner/Reuters
Members of the grounds crew cut grass on the 10th hole before a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y. Julio Cortez/AP
A Persian leopard cub named Dante reacts during a medical examination at the Budapest Zoo in Hungary. He was born in the park on June 10. Bernadett Szabo/Reuters
Volunteers take a break on the track during a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the world athletics championships at the Olympic stadium in Moscow. Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
A woman carrying a baby walks past campaign posters of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and challenger Morgan Tsvangirai in Harare, Zimbabwe. The recent election official results declares the re-election of Mugabe, but Tsvangirai has declared the election null and void and vowed to fight the outcome in courts. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
A multi exposure image of Carolin Golubytskyi (r.) of Germany winning against Elisa di Francesca of Italy in the semifinal of the women’s individual foil competition at the World Fencing Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Tibor Illyes/MTI/AP
A photographer takes wedding pictures of a couple at a park in Bucharest, Romania. Bogdan Cristel/Reuters
A Roma girl fills a plastic bottle with water from a public well at the impoverished outskirts of Ozd, northeastern Hungary. Ozd's municipal government restricted water access in June. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
China's Lin Dan reacts after losing a point to Netherlands' Eric Pang during their men's singles match at the second round of 2013 Badminton World Championships in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. Reuters
People suspected of violating immigration rules are detained by Russian police and wait to be escorted to a police station during an action at a street market in Moscow. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
Allie, a 26-year-old bottlenose dolphin, swims with her female calf born on August 2 at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill. Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society/Reuters
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton signs autographs for fans after practice at NFL football training camp in Spartanburg, S.C. Chuck Burton/AP
A child cools off from hot weather in a fountain at People's Square in Shanghai, China. A record-setting summer heat wave continues to bake most parts of south China. Aly Song/Reuters
Michelle Knight (c.) arrives at Ariel Castro's home in Cleveland. Castro held Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus captive for nearly a decade at this property. The house was torn down today as part of a deal that spared Castro a possible death sentence. Marvin Fong/The Plain Dealer/AP
Indian Muslims break their fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Allahabad, India. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
A nun chats with a woman in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain. Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
A giant panda lies on blocks of ice to cool off from the summer heat at its zoo enclosure in Wuhan, Hubei province. China. China Daily/Reuters
The Burundian election has a new date. But media and political crackdowns have made it difficult for both journalists and the opposition to work.
ByChristina Goldbaum, Contributor
Goran Tomasevic/ Reuters
Fabrice Nzohabonayo was out with a colleague in Musaga neighborhood last week, filming the now daily protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid, when a police officer asked him to stop.
“So I put down my camera, but then he grabbed me and said, ‘you are the one making people protest!’" says Mr. Nzohabonayo. Throwing him to the ground, the police officer started beating him with his baton. Soon another police officer joined him.
In the last six weeks, the government clampdown on independent press has plunged the country in a virtual media blackout: independent radio broadcasts have gone off air, their studios have been destroyed, and an estimated 50 journalists have fled the country, citing death threats and intimidation.