Pictures of the Day: Sunday, August 12, 2012

Posted Aug. 12, 2012, at 10:08 p.m.
Fireworks explode during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in London.
Alastair Grant | AP
Fireworks explode during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in London.
Spain's Marc Gasol dives at the feet of United States' Kobe Bryant for the basketball during the men's gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London.
Matt Slocum | AP
Spain's Marc Gasol dives at the feet of United States' Kobe Bryant for the basketball during the men's gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London.
Thousands of supporters raise a poster of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as they celebrate in Tahrir Square, birthplace of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak 18 months ago, in Cairo late Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. Morsi ordered the retirement of the defense minister and chief of staff on Sunday and made the boldest move so far to seize back powers that the military stripped from his office right before he took over.
Amr Nabil | AP
Thousands of supporters raise a poster of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as they celebrate in Tahrir Square, birthplace of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak 18 months ago, in Cairo late Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. Morsi ordered the retirement of the defense minister and chief of staff on Sunday and made the boldest move so far to seize back powers that the military stripped from his office right before he took over.
A Sarayaku Indian girl shades herself with a large leaf as she watches a celebration in the village of Sarayaku, Ecuador, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. The Sarayaku people are gathering to celebrate a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in their favor, winning a 2003 lawsuit against oil activity on their ancestral Amazon lands. The court ruled that Ecuador's state violated the Sarayaku's property rights for not consulting them before signing an oil contract with the Argentine oil company Compania General de Combustibles (CGC) in 1996. The state must pay the Sarayaku $1.4 million dollars for property damage on communal land caused by oil exploration and for court costs. The company withdrew from Ecuador in 2011 after violent protests by the Sarayaku.
Dolores Ochoa | AP
A Sarayaku Indian girl shades herself with a large leaf as she watches a celebration in the village of Sarayaku, Ecuador, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. The Sarayaku people are gathering to celebrate a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in their favor, winning a 2003 lawsuit against oil activity on their ancestral Amazon lands. The court ruled that Ecuador's state violated the Sarayaku's property rights for not consulting them before signing an oil contract with the Argentine oil company Compania General de Combustibles (CGC) in 1996. The state must pay the Sarayaku $1.4 million dollars for property damage on communal land caused by oil exploration and for court costs. The company withdrew from Ecuador in 2011 after violent protests by the Sarayaku.
A Marine carry team carries the transfer case containing the remains of Foreign Service Officer Ragaei Abdelfattah of Annapolis, Md., upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Sunday Aug. 12, 2012. The Department of Defense announced the death of Abdelfattah who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Jose Luis Magana | AP
A Marine carry team carries the transfer case containing the remains of Foreign Service Officer Ragaei Abdelfattah of Annapolis, Md., upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Sunday Aug. 12, 2012. The Department of Defense announced the death of Abdelfattah who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
In this citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, a man looks at destroyed building from Syrian forces shelling in Khaldiyeh, Homs, Syria.
Uncredited | AP
In this citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, a man looks at destroyed building from Syrian forces shelling in Khaldiyeh, Homs, Syria.
Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gives a thumbs-up at a rally Sunday, August 12, 2012, in Mooresville, N.C., at the NASCAR Technical Institute.
Jason E. Miczek | AP
Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gives a thumbs-up at a rally Sunday, August 12, 2012, in Mooresville, N.C., at the NASCAR Technical Institute.

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