Photo wRap: Dwight Howard, Lady Liberty and #PeaceTalks

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Dwight Howard signs with Houston Rockets, Lady Liberty is 126 and haunting portraits of homeless people round-up the past two weeks in photos

MANILA, Philippines—It’s been a news-filled two weeks. These stories speak for themselves.  Here is your world in photos from July 1 to July 13, 2013.

1. If a picture can indeed paint a thousand words, then this photo posted by NBA star Kobe Bryant says a lot, not for its aesthetics but more for the timing of when it was posted. It’s no secret that the LA Lakers wanted free agent center Dwight Howard to stay with them, even telling the young big man that if he wants to “get it done” and win a championship he should stick with LA. But after formally announcing his decision to sign with the Houston Rockets, the Lakers star, who recently adopted the monicker Vino, quickly posted this photo of him and forward/center Pau Gasol – his co-star in the last two NBA championships he won back in 2009 and 2010.

Screen shot taken from Kobe Bryant's Instagram account


2. It’s Lady Liberty’s 126th birthday and America’s 237th. The historic landmark opened for business once again after Superstorm Sandy slammed into New York City and caused extensive damage.

SYMBOL OF FREEDOM. Lady Liberty is 126 years old

Statue of Liberty photo from Shutterstock

3. A year later, another revolution.Egypt overthrows its first democratically elected president after only a year in office. Anti-Morsi protestors filled Tahrir once again, a throwback to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

ANTI-MORSI CROWD. Opposition protesters shout slogans and show a defaced poster of their president as they gather in thousands at the Presidential Palace to protest against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood on July 2, 2013 in Cairo. AFP/Gianluigi Guercia

4. Asiana Airlines Boeing 777, flight 214, crash-landed into the runway of San Francisco International Airport on July 6. Witnesses described the accident scene as a black ball of smoke.

5. That same day, a train bursted into flames in Lac Megantic, Canada. At least 28 people died.

RAIL DISASTER. An aerial photograph shows a fire caused by the derailment of a 73-car freight train hauling crude oil in Lac-Megantic, Canada. File photo by EPA/Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Read: Canada rail crash deaths rise to 28 

6. Minion mania hits social media! The loveable little monsters begin take over the real world.


Read: This little minion

7. We pass them by all the time. Do we ever really pay attention? Lee Jeffries is a self-taught artist and takes these compelling photos of the lives of the homeless around the world.


Read: Lee Jeffries’ Portraits of Homeless Men and Women are Aboslutely Haunting

8. Signed, sealed and delivered. The MILF-GPH ended their #PeaceTalks in Kuala Lumpur with a signed compromise on a wealth sharing agreement. Finally.

BREAKTHROUGH. Government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Malaysian facilitator Tengku Dato Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed and MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal sign the wealth-sharing annex and joint statement. Photo from OPAPP

Read: GPH-MILF agree on wealth sharing

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