Xinhua Photos of the Day (July 31)

BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) — The world in the past 24hrs. A selection of the best daily press photos from Xinhua.

A poster “SPACE FOR LEASE” is posted on the window of a building at SoHo in New York, the United States, July 30, 2020. The U.S. economy saw the sharpest contraction in decades between April and June as the country grappled with the fallout of COVID-19 lockdowns, indicating the depth and severity of the pandemic-induced recession. The U.S. economy contracted at an annual rate of 32.9 percent in the second quarter, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Thursday. It was the deepest decline since the government began keeping records in 1947. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attends the launching ceremony of Rural Women Campaign in Brasilia, Brazil, July 29, 2020. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on July 25 that he has tested negative for COVID-19 after having been isolated at the presidential residence since July 7, when he was first diagnosed with the disease. (Photo by Lucio Tavora/Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on July 30, 2020 shows the construction site of the National Ski Jumping Center in Chongli District of Zhangjiakou City, north China’s Hebei Province. (Xinhua/Zhang Chenlin)

An aircraft conducts a test flight for the second phase of the expansion project of the Haikou Meilan International Airport in Haikou, south China’s Hainan Province, July 30, 2020. The second phase of the airport expansion project started test flight on Thursday. (Xinhua/Pu Xiaoxu)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance onboard launches from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the United States, July 30, 2020. NASA launched its Mars rover Perseverance Thursday morning in a bid to search for signs of ancient life on the Red Planet. (Joel Kowsky/NASA/Handout via Xinhua)

Giant panda Chu Xin enjoys the birthday meal at the panda hall of Siberian Tiger Park in Changchun, northeast China’s Jilin Province, July 30, 2020. A birthday party was held to celebrate the fourth birthday of giant pandas Chu Xin and Mu Yun on Thursday. (Xinhua/Lin Hong)

A restored bronze chariot is on display at a base of Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology in Xi’an City, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, July 30, 2020. A bronze chariot, dating from the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046-771 BC), has been restored by cultural-relics protection workers in a project lasting three years, according to the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology.

The chariot, unearthed in 2014 at the Zhouyuan site in northwestern Shaanxi, is 3.13 meters long, 2.7 meters wide, and 1.5 meters high. When it was discovered, it had been crushed into thousands of fragments. The skeletal remains of four horses were also unearthed with it. (Xinhua/Li Yibo)

Aerial photo taken on July 29, 2020 shows a volcano of the Ulanhada volcano cluster in Qahar Right Wing Rear Banner of Ulanqab, north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Liu Lei)

Medical workers wait for people to take COVID-19 test inside a mobile swab collection vehicle in Kathmandu, Nepal, July 30, 2020. (Photo by Sulav Shrestha/Xinhua)

A man rides a stand-up paddle board in Lagos, Algarve region, Portugal, July 28, 2020. (Photo by Pedro Fiuza/Xinhua)■

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