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Photos of the Week: 11/1-11/7

This week we have images of a hole in the sky above Australia, scenes from Ashoura commemorations, a Russian debutante ball in London, fiery celebrations across Great Britain, a scene from China Fashion Week, the SpaceShipTwo disaster, and much more.

World Cup 2014: Italy v Costa Rica – in pictures

The most dramatic images from the Arena Pernambuco in Recife where Italy can keep England's faint hopes alive by defeating Costa Rica

The week in wildlife - in pictures

Mating mayflies, an elephant feast and tiger rivalry are among the pick of this week's images from the natural world

Summer solstice at Stonehenge – in pictures

Hundreds of revellers gather at mystical ancient site in Wiltshire to watch the sun rise and welcome in the year's longest day<p>• Will Self: has English Heritage ruined Stonehenge?

Lightning strikes the Shard during London storm

<b>Several bolts of lightning hit London during a brief thunderstorm, including one captured over the Shard in south London.</b><p>The 87-storey building is western Europe's tallest building standing at 310m (1,016ft) and is located next to London Bridge station.<p>The storm also affected phone lines in …


2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is under way, and entries will be accepted for another six weeks, until June 30, 2014. First prize winner will receive an 8-day Alaskan expedition for two. National Geographic was once more kind enough to allow me to share some of the early …

Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

Cocks of the walk - Malaysian ornamental chickens in pictures

Photographer Ernest Goh has captured the beauty and personalities of Malaysian ornamental chickens reared and groomed by dedicated owners for participation in pageants in his new book Cocks: The Chicken book. Here, four Ayam Seramas and a Silkie hen show their colourful side.<br>For prints and book …

The Fog

Dubai Marina

Dubai Cityscape fog

Star streaked Colosseum

Paintings by Murat Pulat

Paintings by Murat Pulat<p>Richly-textured paintings, using thick coats of oil paint, depicting iconic scenes from old Hollywood movies, New Wave French …