This Week in Pictures: Aug. 1-7

  • Large images of endangered species are projected on the south facade of The Empire State Building, Aug. 1, 2015, in New York. The large scale projections are in part inspired by and produced by the filmmakers of an upcoming documentary called “Racing Extinction.”
  • A Palestinian protester runs after throwing a molotov cocktail towards Israeli soldiers during clashes following the funeral of Palestinian youth Laith al-Khaldi, in Jalazoun refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Aug. 1, 2015. Al-Khaldi died on Saturday at a West Bank hospital following a clash with Israeli troops near Ramallah, Palestinian hospital officials said.
  • Firefighters watch as the Rocky fire burns near Clearlake, California, Aug. 1, 2015. The fire, one of dozens raging in drought parched Northern California, has destroyed 24 residences and scorched 25,750 acres, according to Cal Fire.
  • In this Aug. 1, 2015, photo, Liberal’s Gavin Wehby holds Bee Jays batboy Kaiser Carlile moments after the 9-year-old was accidentally hit in the head during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Wichita, Kan. Kaiser, who was wearing a helmet, was struck by a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle. He died on Sunday.
  • Molten lava erupts from the Piton de la Fournaise, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, in this picture taken Aug. 1, 2015, on the French Indian Ocean Reunion Island. The volcano erupted on Friday, opening up a 800-metre-long crack in its crater and sending hot jets of molten lava spewing up from the peak.
  • Kalay township in Sagaing, Myanmar is seen flooded, Aug. 2, 2015. Heavy rains in Myanmar have caused more flooding, devastating several townships and forcing more than 18,000 people into temporary shelters, officials said Saturday.
  • Hirokatsu Tayama of Japan competes during the men’s triathlon ITU World Olympic Qualification Event, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 2, 2015. The World Olympic Qualification is a test event for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
  • Children look at graffiti painted by pro-Houthi activists during a campaign against Saudi-led air strikes on the wall of the Saudi embassy in Sanaa, Aug. 2, 2015. A Saudi-led Arab alliance launched a military campaign on March 26 to end Houthi control over much of Yemen and to return President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from exile.
  • Firefighters monitor the Rocky fire near Clearlake, Calif., Aug. 2, 2015. The fire, one of dozens raging in drought parched Northern California, has destroyed 24 residences and scorched 54,000 acres, according to Cal Fire.
  • A helicopter flies above a reindeer camping ground as people take cover, some 200 km (124 miles) northeast of Naryan-Mar, the administrative centre of Nenets Autonomous Area, far northern Russia, Aug. 2, 2015. People, including local herders and members of their families, gathered at the site to mark Reindeer Day, a professional holiday of reindeer breeding workers, which is celebrated annually on Aug. 2 in the region.
  • Bangladeshis work in an aluminium factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Aug. 3, 2015. According to local reports, most of the workers migrated to the city doing odd jobs, as there are few opportunities in the villages they come from and many have lost their homes due to river erosion and flooding. Such workers earn 30 euro per week, working from dawn to dusk without proper safety equipment.
  • Migrants react after boarding the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship MV Phoenix some 20 miles off the coast of Libya, Aug. 3, 2015. Some 118 migrants were rescued from a rubber dinghy off Libya on Monday morning. The Phoenix, manned by personnel from international non-governmental organizations Doctors Without Borders and MOAS, is the first privately funded vessel to operate in the Mediterranean.
  • Flames rise from a wildfire near Clearlake, Calif., Aug. 3, 2015. Officials called for evacuations Monday as numerous homes were threatened by the flames.
  • Family members of murdered photojournalist Ruben Espinosa cry over his casket during his funeral in Mexico City, Aug. 3, 2015. With an investigation barely underway, Mexican journalist protection groups are already expressing fears that authorities won’t consider Espinosa’s brutal killing as being related to his work - even though he fled the state he covered fearing for his safety. Espinosa, 31, worked for the investigative magazine Proceso and other media in Veracruz state.
  • The pack in action during the first stage of the 2015 Tour of Denmark cycling race, over 180 km from Struer to Holstebro, Denmark, Aug. 4, 2015.
  • Dark clouds announce a change in weather at the beach of Rostock-Warnemuende, Germany, Aug. 4, 2015.
  • Boys dives into murky waters at a fishing town in Navotas City, north of Manila, Philippines, Aug. 4, 2015.
  • A man pours water over himself while washing a horse in order to cool it down as part of measures taken to ease the effect of a heatwave at the Beirut Hippodrome, Lebanon, Aug. 4, 2015.
  • A tank’s barrel is seen while driving through the course of the Tank Biathlon competition during the International Army Games-2015 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Russia, Aug. 4, 2015.
  • Rescue workers recover a body from the debris at the site of a collapsed residential building on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, Aug. 4, 2015. At least 12 people were killed and nine injured when the building collapsed in the early hours on Tuesday, local media reported.
  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (C) stands behind reporters as President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon make statements after their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C., Aug. 4, 2015.
  • An Indian flood victim waits near a makeshift at Nabadwip railway platform, 130km north of Calcutta, India, Aug. 4, 2015. At least 215 people have died in floods and a landslide in India over the past week. Eighty-three deaths were reported from the western state of Gujarat and 69 from eastern West Bengal and the worst-affected states were West Bengal, Gujarat and Rajasthan, the Home Ministry said.
  • Customers wearing protective ponchos drink cocktails at the Bompas and Parr’s ‘Alcoholic Architecture’ bar in London, Britain, Aug. 4, 2015. Party-goers to the gothic bar in walk into a breathable cocktail cloud composed of spirits at a ratio of 1:3. The bar features a walk-in cloud of breathable fine spirits made using powerful humidifiers to super-saturate the air – alcohol that enters the bloodstream through primarily the lungs but also the eyeballs.
  • Clouds of an approaching thunderstorm are seen from the puszta or Hungarian steppe of Hortobagy, Hungary, Aug. 4, 2015.
  • Migrants wait for an opportunity to cross the fence to the tracks in Coquelles as well as to avoid French police on the outskirts of Calais, France, Aug. 4, 2015. French polio report that around 1,700 attempts to access the Channel Tunnel were made by migrants throughout the night of Aug. 2, as they tried to reach asylum in England.
  • A soldier salutes from an armored vehicle during a military parade marking the 20th anniversary of the “Operation Storm” that crushed Serb insurgency in Croatia, in Zagreb, Aug. 4, 2015. The anniversary celebrations have for years burdened relations between Croatia and Serbia.
  • A Filipino boy wades through rising sea waters at a fish port in Navotas city, north of Manila, Philippines, Aug. 5, 2015. According to the Philippines State weather forecast, Typhoon Soudelor has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility with a strength of maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph to move West Northwest towards Taiwan and East China. The public is warned of possible storm surge, floods, and landslides.
  • Builders work on an arena near a partially built aquatic stadium inside Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 5, 2015. Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes said on Wednesday all the venues for South America’s first games are on track to be ready when the curtain comes up on Aug. 5 next year.
  • A migrant waits to disembark from a Coast Guard ship in the Sicilian harbour of Messina, Italy, Aug. 4, 2015. Around 300 migrants were taken to safety in the Sicilian port of Messina on Tuesday after being rescued at sea near Libya. The migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa had been rescued on Monday after travelling on two dinghies sailing towards Europe.
  • Swimmers warm up for the night session during the FINA Swimming World Championships at Kazan arena in Kazan, Russia, Aug. 5, 2015.
  • Iraqi firefighters extinguish a fire following a car bomb explosion in the Shiite predominant district of Sadr city, Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 5, 2015. An Iraqi police official said a minibus loaded with explosives detonated on a crowded street in Baghdad, killing several people.
  • The body of a suspect is removed from a movie theater following a shooting, Aug. 5, 2015, in Antioch, Tenn. A man armed with a hatchet and pellet gun unleashed a volley of pepper spray at audience members inside the movie theater, exchanging fire with a responding officer before being shot dead by a SWAT team as he tried to escape out a back door, police said.
  • Peace signs are drawn on the shields of riot police officers during a protest in front of the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) building in Managua, Nicaragua, Aug. 5, 2015. The protesters said they were demonstrating to demand fairer elections in the country next year.
  • Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic competes during the men’s 27 meter high dive final at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Aug. 5, 2015.
  • Migrants are illuminated by police torches as they run to cross a fence during an attempt to access the Channel Tunnel in Frethun, near Calais, France, Aug. 5, 2015.
  • People kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., Aug. 6, 2015, in water colored from a mine waste spill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that a cleanup team was working with heavy equipment Wednesday to secure an entrance to the Gold King Mine. Workers instead released an estimated 1 million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River.
  • In this Aug. 6, 2015 photo, Iraqi Army soldiers clash with Islamic State group militants at the front line in the eastern suburbs of Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq. The contested Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State group on May 17, as Iraqi forces abandoned their weapons and armored vehicles to flee the provincial capital in a major loss despite intensified U.S.-led airstrikes.
  • Bao Lanfang (C), whose son, daughter-in-law and 3-year-old granddaughter were aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, kneels down in front of media before she and other family members express their demands to Malaysia Airlines outside its Beijing office, Aug. 6, 2015. About a dozen grieving family members outside the Malaysia Airlines Beijing office on Thursday demanded more information and the visa to travel to Reunion Island. A piece of a wing that washed up on the island’s beach last week was part of the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, Malaysia said on Thursday, confirming the discovery of the first trace of the plane since it vanished last year.
  • A fisherman walks at a port as Typhoon Soudelor approaches, in Ningde, Fujian province, Aug. 7, 2015. Taiwan evacuated hundreds of people from their homes on Friday as the strongest typhoon to threaten the island in two years churned towards it and was expected to make landfall early on Saturday. After passing over Taiwan, the typhoon is expected to cross the Taiwan Strait and hit the Chinese province of Fujian, where the government has begun evacuating people who live on the coast.
  • Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich, center, says hello to the daughters of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, Catherine, 4, second from right, and Caroline, 7, left, during a commercial break as they participate in the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland.

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GOP candidates took to the stage on Thursday in the first of the Republican debates leading up to the 2016 presidential elections.

Debris found on Reunion Island, near Madagascar, was confirmed to be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March of last year with 239 people on board. 

Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes on Friday as Typhoon Soudelor hurtled toward Taiwan. The strongest typhoon to threaten the island in two years is expected to make landfall early on Saturday. And wildfires continued to ravage California and other parts of the western U.S.

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