Today in Pictures: July 20

Detained Turkish soldiers are transported to court after a failed coup, Syrians survive shelling and more images from around the world.

Turkish police carry the coffin an officer killed last Friday during the failed military coup during his funeral procession in Ankara. Turkey on Wednesday intensified a sweeping crackdown on the media, the military, the courts and the education system following an attempted coup, targeting tens of thousands of teachers and other state employees for dismissal in a purge that raised concerns about basic freedoms and the effectiveness of key institutions.

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Delegates attend the opening of the first session of the 14th National Assembly in Hanoi, Vietnam. LUONG THAI LINH / EPA

A tractor makes its way up a row of lavender as it is harvested on the Lordington Lavender farm in West Sussex southeast England.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May listen to national anthems during a welcoming ceremony at the chancellery in Berlin.


Thai performers demonstrate as a Buddhist monk ordination takes part in a candle procession parade marking the start of the Buddhist Lent in Suphan Buri province. The Buddhist Lent or "Khao Pansa" is a three-month-long period starting on the first day after the full moon of the eighth lunar month. Buddhist monks must reside inside their temples to study and meditate. This is also the most auspicious time for Buddhist ordinations since it marks a period of renewed spiritual vigor.

A woman walks with an umbrella during heavy rain in Beijing. Some areas and streets in Beijing have started to flood. NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP - Getty Images

A Palestinian girl checks the fire damage to her family house in the West Bank village of Douma. No injuries were reported. A Palestinian official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank said that "settlers were the main suspects in the apparent arson attack," suggesting that Molotov cocktails could have been used. An investigation by Israeli police is underway.


Turkish plainclothes police accompany detained soldiers from the failed coup attempt as they arrive at court in Istanbul.


Syrian civilians are seen following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib.

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An Indian farmer carries a tray of red chili peppers as he walks on a roof where others are drying in the village of Sanour on the outskirts of Patiala. STR / AFP - Getty Images