A look at the best news photos from around the world.
A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask stands among a group of protesters from tobacconist groups throwing papers in the air in oppostion to neutral cigarette packaging in Paris, France. Government officials claim the packaging will help reduce the attractiveness of the product, while the tobacco industry claims plain packing will permit easier means of producing counterfeit cigarettes.
A fan rides a bicycle as he is suspended from a cable during the 161-km (100 miles) 17th stage of the 102nd Tour de France cycling race from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup in the French Alps.
A university assistant shows fragments of an old Quran at the University of Birmingham, in central England. The University of Birmingham said that scientific tests prove a Quran manuscript may have been written close to the time of the Prophet Muhammad. Radiocarbon testing at Oxford University dated the parchment to the time of the prophet, who is generally believed to have lived between 570 and 632.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of a river of smoke passing over the Greenland Sea. The smoke most likely arose from fires in Canada and Alaska. (Image Credit: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC)