Pictures of the Day: Thursday, August 23, 2012

Posted Aug. 23, 2012, at 7:58 p.m.
A visitor to the Gardens by the Bay is silhouetted against illuminated flower billboards on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 in Singapore.
Wong Maye-E | AP
A visitor to the Gardens by the Bay is silhouetted against illuminated flower billboards on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 in Singapore.
A boy cools off under a waterfall on the Arga River,  in Pamplona, northern Spain on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
Alvaro Barrientos | AP
A boy cools off under a waterfall on the Arga River, in Pamplona, northern Spain on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
A paraglider flies over cornfields at the edge of the black forest in Fuerstenberg, southern Germany on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
Michael Probst | AP
A paraglider flies over cornfields at the edge of the black forest in Fuerstenberg, southern Germany on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
A Lebanese boy walks past a house that was hit by rockets on a frontline street where clashes erupted between pro- and anti-Syrian regime groups, in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. The latest clashes were between gunmen from the Sunni neighborhood of Bab Tabbaneh and the neighboring Jabal Mohsen, which is mostly populated by followers of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam. The clashes that began Monday left at least a dozen people dead and dozens more wounded.
Hussein Malla | AP
A Lebanese boy walks past a house that was hit by rockets on a frontline street where clashes erupted between pro- and anti-Syrian regime groups, in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. The latest clashes were between gunmen from the Sunni neighborhood of Bab Tabbaneh and the neighboring Jabal Mohsen, which is mostly populated by followers of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam. The clashes that began Monday left at least a dozen people dead and dozens more wounded.
Protesters create a fiery roadblock during protests for education reform in downtown Santiago, Chile on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. Students are demanding quality public schools as they protest the high cost of private universities and the banks that make education loans at high interest rates that most Chileans can ill afford.
Luis Hidalgo | AP
Protesters create a fiery roadblock during protests for education reform in downtown Santiago, Chile on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. Students are demanding quality public schools as they protest the high cost of private universities and the banks that make education loans at high interest rates that most Chileans can ill afford.
Dried sunflowers are seen in a field near the Bulgarian capital Sofia on Thursday, Aug 23, 2012  After the harshest winter in decades, the Balkans in the southeast of Europe is now facing its hottest summer and the worst drought in what officials across the region say is nearly 40 years. The record-setting average temperatures  which scientists say have been steadily rising over the past years as the result of the global warming  have ravaged crops, vegetable, fruit and power production in the region which is already badly hit by the global economic crisis.
Valentina Petrova | AP
Dried sunflowers are seen in a field near the Bulgarian capital Sofia on Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 After the harshest winter in decades, the Balkans in the southeast of Europe is now facing its hottest summer and the worst drought in what officials across the region say is nearly 40 years. The record-setting average temperatures which scientists say have been steadily rising over the past years as the result of the global warming have ravaged crops, vegetable, fruit and power production in the region which is already badly hit by the global economic crisis.
Tiffany Joh, of the United States, hits out of the sand on the 16th hole during the first round of the LPGA Tour's Canadian Women's Open golf tournament at Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, British Columbia, on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
Darryl Dyck, The Canadian Press | AP
Tiffany Joh, of the United States, hits out of the sand on the 16th hole during the first round of the LPGA Tour's Canadian Women's Open golf tournament at Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, British Columbia, on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.

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