More than 2,000 homes were completely ruined by the disaster, forcing the displacement of over 30,000 people across the countryside.
A series of earthquakes rocked northwestern China on July 22. At least 89 people were killed and hundreds more injured by falling rubble from collapsed buildings.
The Gansu Provincial Seismological Bureau measured the main earthquake at magnitude 6.6 on the Richter scale, devastating a mountainous region that is home to 26 million people.
Swimmers from around the world are competing in aquatic sports, including swimming, diving, and water polo at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona.
Cuba’s Jeinkler Aguirre and Jose Guerra team up for the men’s 10-meter platform synchronized dive. FINA estimates the competition will involve 180 countries, 2,500 athletes, and 2,400 volunteers.
Nelson Mandela celebrated his 95th birthday on July 18 in Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, as admirers around the world paid homage to his life’s work.
South African children began Mandela Day by singing “Happy Birthday” in schools.
Helen Thomas, longtime dean of the White House press corps, died on July 20. The trailblazer saw a series of female firsts over the course of her nearly four-decade career.
Thomas was the United Press International’s White House correspondent for almost 40 years, reporting on presidencies from Kennedy to Obama.
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