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Today in Pictures: August 3
The Olympic torch makes its way through Rio, the Pope blesses a follower, and South Africans vote in contested local elections.
An Olympic torch bearer runs through the city center as the Olympic flame is paraded through Rio de Janeiro on ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Olympic flame landed by boat in Rio de Janeiro to a welcome committee of samba dancers, cheering crowds and small protests ahead of the opening ceremony.
Kashmiri Muslim women mourn as men carry the body of a civilian Riyaz Ahmad Shah during his funeral procession in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. The autopsy report of Shah revealed there were hundreds of pellets in his body and that he had been shot from a close range. 50 people have died during this summer's violence and more than 3000 have been injured following the protests over the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander, Burhan Muzaffar Wani and his two associates in a gunfight on July 8.
A woman gets ready to cast her ballot during municipal elections at a polling station in Soweto's Freedom Park, South Africa. South Africans voted in closely-contested municipal elections that could deal a heavy blow to the African National Congress (ANC), which has ruled since leading the struggle to end apartheid. Nelson Mandela's former party risks losing control of key cities including the capital Pretoria, the economic hub Johannesburg and coastal Port Elizabeth, according to some polls.
Visitors take pictures of the Titan Arum, also known as the corpse flower, in full bloom at the Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. The plant is a native of Sumatra, Indonesia, and has the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. It emits a stinky smell during its full bloom and last for 24-48 hour before it collapses.