Queen Elizabeth II prior to her speech announcing the beginning of a new parliamentary term in the UK (Image: Lehtikuva)

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IN TODAY'S BEST PHOTOS from around the world, we lead with a shot of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom today, who gave a contentious Queen's Speech amid ongoing turmoil over Brexit. In addition, we have a photo of orangutans rescued from forest fires in Indonesia, a bombed-out Iranian oil tanker, and protests in Catalunya. 

A mother orangutan and her cub following their rescue from massive forest fires across Indonesia, which have already caused a massive loss of biodiversity and brought much of the country to a half. 

 

A photo released by the Iranian Oil Tanker Company (NITC) today which shows the damaged hull of the Iranian-flagged Sabiti tanker, allegedly attacked off the coast of Saudi Arabia last week. 

 

A protestor in Barcelona today demonstrating against the Spanish court's decision to hand out lengthy prison sentences to Catalan separatist leaders. 

 

Image Credit: Lehtikuva