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In the dive pool, trainees practice their combat side stroke, a method of swimming that enables them to keep a low profile in the water. - The Straits Times/ Alphonsus Chern
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The Straits Times photojournalists Alphonsus Chern and Caroline Chia witness first hand as trainees from the Naval Diver Unit undergo the 40th Combat Diver Course.

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British cyclist Bradley Wiggins leads a training session of the pursuit team at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, a day before the start of the 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 23, 2014. - AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
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Palestinian children sit in a car boot as they flee from their homes, and a Kyrgyz man rides a horse with a young tourist near the Kara-Kul lake in Kyrgyzstan. These and more, in Today in Pictures.

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A pro-Russian separatist shows members of the media a black box belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, before its handover to Malaysian representatives, in Donetsk July 22, 2014. The remains of some of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as Aleksander Borodai handed over the plane´s black boxes to Malaysian experts. Reuters / Maxim Zmeyev
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Black box from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 handed over to Malaysian representatives in Donetsk, missiles launched from southern Israel, wreckage from shelling at the Tripoli International Airport. These, and more from around the world.
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A woman walks past pieces of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk on July 20, 2014. The missile system used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner was handed to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine by Moscow, the top US diplomat said Sunday. Outraged world leaders have demanded Russia´s immediate cooperation to a prompt and independent probe. - AFP PHOTO / Bulent Kilic
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The mudflat sledge championships in Germany, and a 10-metre long boat made from recycled plastic bottles. These and
more, in Today in Pictures.

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A young girl places her head on a teddy bear as people light candles and place flowers in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kiev on July 17, 2014, to commemorate passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur which crashed in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine´s government and pro-Russians rebels traded blame for the disaster, with a rebel commander suggesting his men may have shot the plane by mistake, believing it was a Ukrainian army transport plane. - AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY
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The MH17 plane crash, and tourists at Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach, Korea. These and more, in Today in Pictures.

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A Palestinian protester argues with an Israeli soldier during a protest against the Israeli air strikes in Gaza strip, at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus, July 14, 2014. Reuters / Abed Omar Qusini
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Confrontation between a Palestinian protester and an Israeli soldier near the West Bank, Bastille Day celebrations in France, aftermath of shelling in eastern Ukraine. These, and more photos from around the world.
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Women dressed in folk costumes take part in a traditional wedding ceremony in the village of Galicnik, west of Macedonia´s capital Skopje, July 12, 2014. The Galicnik Wedding, a three-day traditional Macedonian wedding celebration held each "Petrovden" or St. Peter´s Day, involves traditional customs, costumes, and rituals and dances that have been passed down over the centuries. - REUTERS / Ognen Teofilovski
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A statue of a man comforting a person is placed to dissuade suicides on Mapo Bridge, South Korea, and medics treat a
participant who fell at a bull-run in northern Spain. These and more, in Today in Pictures.

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Wealthy Chinese and China-based expatriates enjoy a party with an "old Beijing" theme at the Capital Club in downtown Beijing for high-rollers in Beijing, China.
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China's New Rich by Sim Chi Yin / VII Photo Agency

China today is a country of great contrasts and a huge income gap, with a new generation of wealthy citizens and expatriates living in villas, shopping in a plethora of more

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Netherlands´ goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen reacts after failing to stop a ball during a penalty shoot out following extra-time in during the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the FIFA World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014. AFP Photo / Francois Xavier Marit
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Argentina's win against Netherlands at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, mudslide in Central Japan, air strike in Gaza City. These, and more pictures from around the world.
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A girl stands between her parents as they vote in Indonesia´s presidential election at a polling station in Ranai on the island of Natuna July 9, 2014. Indonesians began voting on Wednesday in a presidential election that has become a closely fought contest between the old guard who flourished under decades of autocratic rule and a new breed of politician that has emerged in the fledgling democracy. Reuters / Tim Wimborne
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Voting begins in Indonesia, Germany beat Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final, stranded whale on the Gold Coast. These, and more pictures from around the world.

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Chinese civilians take part in an event in memory of the start of the war with Japan outside a mall in Beijing on July 7, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping took part in an unusually high-profile ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the official start of war with Japan, as dancers in Beijing waved toy guns in commemoration. AFP Photo / Wang Zhao
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Chinese commemorate the start of the war with Japan in Beijing, children get wet playing on the streets of Brooklyn, running of the bulls in Pamplona. These, and more from around the world.
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Philippine emergency personnel attend to a victim of robbery along a street in the financial district of Manila on July 7, 2014. According to a witness quoted by media reports, the victim, a company messenger, was walking towards a local bank when a man tried to snatch the victim´s bag allegedly containing large amount of cash, but the victim resisted prompting the robber to shoot him in the leg. - AFP / TED ALJIBE
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Cyclists race at the second 201 km stage of the Tour de France, and police rescues a four-year-old Cambodian girl with
her leg chained to a pillar. These and more, in Today in Pictures.

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A girl prepares to slide down into a five-metre toilet at an exhibition titled "Toilet!? Human Waste and Earth´s Future" at the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo July 3, 2014. Visitors are to slide into a toilet bowl to simulate the journey of waste matter into the sewers. The exhibit is open until October 5 and costs 1,200 yen ($11.80) to visit. - REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Children in gowns and mortarboards pose for pictures at their kindergarten graduation ceremony, and Russian World War II veterans look at a WWII-era Soviet 45mm anti-tank gun nicknamed "Farewell to the Motherland". These and more, in Today in Pictures.

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A protester reacts as she is dragged away by policewomen on a street outside HSBC headquarters at Hong Kong´s financial Central district July 2, 2014, after an overnight sit-in with fellow demonstrators, at a mass rally demanding greater democracy from Communist Party rulers in Beijing. Reuters / Bobby Yip
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Demonstrations in Hong Kong, praying for rain in India, medieval horse racing in Italy. These, and more pictures from around the world.

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Hair Artist and Master Barber Rob Ferrel, known as "Rob the Original" cuts the likeness of Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi on the head of customer Vincent Hernandez, ahead of tomorrow´s World Cup match between Argentina and Switzerland at his barbershop in San Antonio, Texas June 30, 2014. Reuters / Ashley Landis
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A Lionel Messi "haircut", putting together Transformers in China, more from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. These, and more from around the world.

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A Malaysian Muslim prays during a lunch break on the 2nd day of the holy month of Ramadan inside a mosque in Kuala Lumpur June 30, 2014. Muslims are observing the fasting month of Ramadan, Islam´s holiest month, during which observant believers fast from dawn to dusk. They celebrate the end of the sacred Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr festival. - REUTERS/Samsul Said
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A fisherman casts his line from the rocks at Seal Beach, California, and Israeli policemen and immigration officers arrest an African asylum seeker. These and more, in Today in Pictures.

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Players battle for the ball during their match at the swamp soccer China tournament in Beijing, June 26, 2014. - Reuters / Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Violence in Syria, a car bomb in Iraq, wildfire in Jerusalem - these and more on Today In Pictures.

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Italy´s Giorgio Chiellini shows his shoulder, claiming he was bitten by Uruguay´s Luis Suarez, during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014. Reuters / Tony Gentile
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Suarez leaves his mark, festival of Sant Joan in Barcelona, survivors of the Korean ferry disaster head back to school. These, and more pictures from around the world.

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People attend a party held during the night of the San Juan bonfire on the beach of Playa de Poniente in Gijon early June 24, 2014. Fires formed by burning unwanted furniture, old school books, wood and effigies of malign spirits are seen across Spain as people celebrate the night of San Juan, a purification ceremony coinciding with the summer solstice. Reuters / Eloy Alonso
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St. John the Baptist Feast Day celebrations in the Philippines and Spain, Mexican fans celebrate Mexico's World Cup soccer match win over Croatia, haze returns to Malaysia. These, and more from around the world.
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Belgian supporters cheer for their team during the Group H football match between Belgium and Russia at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 22, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. AFP Photo / Kirill Kudryavtsev
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The effects of shelling seen in Damascus, people cooling off in the summer heat in Bordeaux, more from matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. These, and more pictures from around the world.

We feature the work of independent Singaporean photographers regularly in our Spotlight section. 

This month, we feature Rebecca Toh, Singapore-based photographer who is hugely influenced by the way films look and feel.


If you have someone whom you would like to recommend for Spotlight, email us at stlens@sph.com.sg.