In Pictures

Day in pictures: 22 July 2014

A selection of images from around the world taken over the past 24 hours.

Image caption Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have handed over two flight recorders from the downed MH17 plane to Malaysian experts. The Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crashed last Thursday, killing all 298 people on board. Western nations say there is growing evidence that flight MH17 was hit by a Russian-supplied missile fired by rebels, but Russia has suggested Ukrainian government forces are to blame.
Image caption A fisherman and his family are seen on a section of algae-covered river, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.
Image caption Shawn Sahbari of Green Canary sprays green water-based paint on a partially dead lawn at the Almaden Valley Athletic Club in San Jose, California. As the severe Californian drought continues to worsen, home-owners and businesses looking to conserve water are letting lawns die off and are having them painted to look green.
Image caption An aerial view shows a competitor sailing a skutsjes, the traditional Frisian sailboat, on the first day of the annual race on the Frisian lakes in Grou, near Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
Image caption A diplomatic push to broker a truce in the Gaza Strip is intensifying, as Israel continues its military operation against militants in the territory. Israel launched its ground operation in Gaza after days of air strikes, following rocket fire by militants into Israeli towns. Here Palestinians take cover as warning Israeli air strikes are fired at a nearby building in Gaza City.
Image caption Across the border Israelis take cover as a siren warning of incoming rockets from Gaza sounds in the southern city of Ashkelon. The UN Security Council has issued a call for an "immediate cessation of hostilities".
Image caption Belgium's Queen Mathilde, King Philippe and Interior Minister Joelle Milquet watch a traditional military parade in front of the Royal Palace in Brussels as the country celebrates its National Day on Monday.
Image caption A worker rests on vermicelli inside a factory in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, India.
Image caption The pack rides along a tree-lined road during the 16th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Lucon.
Image caption As Prince George celebrates his first birthday, a well-wisher is pictured outside Kensington Palace in London.