Photos of the day: Friday, July 30

  • This image of the city of Paris is displayed on an electronic ball at the Pavilion of Urban Planet during 2010 Shanghai Expo, in Shanghai. The Expo, a display of culture, ideas and technology from 189 countries and dozens of companies, is seen as a showcase of China's growing political and economic clout. CHINA/AFP/GETTY IAMGES STR / AFP/Getty Images

  • Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero arrives for a press conference at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Friday. Spain's unemployment rate rose to a 13-year high of 20.09 percent in the second quarter, the government said Friday, as the job market lagged behind an economy that has barely managed to break out of recession. On Thursday, a Parliamentary panel approved labor market reforms designed to stimulate the economy by encouraging employers to hire. DANIEL OCHOA DE OLZA/AP

  • A businessman reads a book beside a huge giant panda doll at the Ueno station in Tokyo, on Friday. A pair of Chinese giant pandas are headed for Tokyo's Ueno Zoo soon, where the fluffy bamboo eaters are set to delight the crowds from early next year, Tokyo metropolitan government announced July 27. TOSHIFUMI KTAMURA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

  • An Afghan man walks inside the empty seat of the Buddha, which was destroyed by the Taliban, in Bamiyan in July 2010. Bamiyan, some 124 miles, northwest of Kabul, stands in a deep green and lush valley stretching through central Afghanistan, on the former Silk Road that once linked China with Central Asia and beyond. The town was home to two nearly 2,000-year-old Buddha statues before they were destroyed by the Taliban, months before their regime was toppled in a US-led invasion in late 2001. SHAH MARAI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

  • U.S. soldiers stand guard as a medical helicopter arrives to evacuate a soldier from 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, who was seriously wounded when he stepped on an improvised mine near Combat Outpost Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday. RODRIGO ABD/AP

  • A woman cycles past St. James Park after the launch of London's first ever cycle hire scheme on Friday, in London, England. It is hoped that the flagship cycling scheme which comprises of a total of 5000 bikes spread over 315 docking stations across the capital will help build on the growth in cycle journeys taken on London's major roads. MATTHEW LLOYD/GETTY IMAGES

  • French Citroen WRC driver Sebastien Loeb in action during Myhinpaa special stage of Rally Finland 2010 - the eighth round of the FIA WRC World Rally Championship in Jyvaskyla, Finland on Friday. LEHTIKUYA RONI REKOMAA/AP

  • An aerial view shows Nowshera city submerged in floodwater caused by heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan on Friday. Boats and helicopters struggled to reach hundreds of thousands of villagers cut off by floods in northwest Pakistan on Friday as the government said it was the deadliest such disaster to hit the region since 1929. MOHAMMAD SAJJAD/AP

  • About 8,500 young scouts aged 14 to 17 participate in a camp, CiteCap, on Friday, in which they will lead actions on the theme of citizenship and environment in Cussac-Fort-Medoc south west of France. The scouts coming from France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Romania, Ireland, Tunisia, Morocco, Liban and Egypt will take part in 800 environmental, social and citizen projects according to staff in charge of the event. PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

  • An Indian villager carries a child on his shoulder on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad, India, Friday. Allahabad, on the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswathi, is one of Hinduism's important centers. RAJESH KUMAR SINGH/AP