This Week in Pictures: Aug. 16-22

  • Some of the 767 Filipino contract workers who were repatriated from Libya board a bus as they arrive at Manila’s international airport, Aug. 16, 2014. More countries moved to evacuate their citizens from Libya, where the fighting between rival militias escalated.
  • Police officers man their positions in front of Ferguson businesses just after 10 p.m. on West Florissant Avenue, Mo., Aug. 16, 2014.
  • A fireman tries to extinguish a fire after shelling in Donetsk, Ukraine, Aug. 16, 2014.
  • Performers dance in the rain during the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony in Nanjing, China, Aug. 16, 2014.
  • Protesters hang out of a car as they honk the horn and chant during ongoing demonstrations in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 16, 2014.
  • Hundreds of people gathered in Marikana, South Africa, during the second anniversary of what has become known as the Marikana Massacre, Aug. 16, 2014. Two years ago policemen shot and killed 34 striking miners who were demanding better pay and living conditions.
  • People watch police depart after a crowd of several hundred local residents drove away an Ebola burial team that had come to collect the bodies of four people who had died overnight in the West Point slum in Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 16, 2014. The mob then forced open an Ebola isolation ward and took the patients out, many saying that the Ebola epidemic is a hoax. The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 1,000 people in four West African countries.
  • A young Yazidi boy plays on the metal structure of a dismantled tent at Newroz refugee camp in al-Malikiyah, Syria, Aug. 16, 2014. An estimated 15,000 Iraqi Yazidis previously trapped on the steep slopes of Mt. Sinjar have flooded into the camp in search of safe refuge.
  • The horse of the “Leocorno,” or the Unicorn parish, is escorted by its groom during the parade before the Palio race in Siena, Italy, Aug. 16, 2014. Every year on July 2 and August 16, 10 riders race bareback around Siena’s shell-shaped central square in a bid to win the Palio, a silk banner depicting the Madonna and child.
  • Belgian singer Stromae performs during the Lowlands music festival in Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands, Aug. 16, 2014.
  • After refusing to honor the midnight curfew, protesters wait for a reaction from police in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 17, 2014. The curfew was imposed on Saturday in an attempt to reign in the violence that had erupted nearly every night in the suburban St. Louis town since the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9.
  • In this aerial image, men stand on a bridge at a swollen river in Fukuchiyama, Japan, Aug. 17, 2014. Fukuchiyama City recorded almost a foot of torrential rain in 24 hours and asked the Self-Defense Forces to initiate a relief mission to rescue isolated residents.
  • Anisha Lewis and her son Jarrod Smith, demonstrators protesting Michael Brown’s murder, pose for a portrait in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 17, 2014.
  • Cyclists ride during the 102-mile fourth and last stage of the Arctic Race in Norway, Aug. 17, 2014.
  • A protester yells at police in a cloud of tear gas after protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent near Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 17, 2014.
  • A meteor is seen crossing the Milky Way from Ari Atoll, Maldives, Aug. 17, 2014.
  • Festivalgoers are splashed with water during a summer festival at the Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine in downtown Tokyo, Aug. 17, 2014.
  • Children play as they cool down in a fountain beside the Manzanares River in Madrid, Aug. 17, 2014.
  • A Palestinian bride, who lost her home during the fighting between Hamas and Israel, poses during her wedding ceremony at a UN school in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Aug. 17, 2014.
  • Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd during a protest for Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 17, 2014.
  • People defy a curfew on Aug. 17, 2014, before smoke and tear gas was fired to disperse a crowd protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Demonstrators raise their arms during a protest against the killing of teenager Michael Brown, Aug. 17, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests erupted nearly every night in the two weeks following his death.
  • Palestinian children peek out from between the legs of Hamas members during a demonstration in support of the Hamas delegates who are due to take part in the talks that resumed in Cairo on Aug. 17, 2014 in Rafah in southern Gaza Strip.
  • A Yemeni tribesman holding his rifle poses for a picture during a tribal meeting to show their support for Gaza and anti-terror in Bani al-Harith area on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen, Aug. 17, 2014.
  • Tear gas rains down on a woman kneeling in the street with her hands in the air after a demonstration over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Members of a street theater perform at the 22nd Sziget (Island) Festival in Budapest, Hungary, Aug. 17, 2014. The festival, one of the biggest cultural events in Europe, will feature art exhibitions, theatrical and circus performances, and music concerts until Aug. 18.
  • Young performers gather and dance during the Festival of the Good Death on Aug. 17, 2014 in Cachoeira, Brazil. The Afro-Brazilian Sisterhood of the Good Death is made up of female descendants of slaves, all over the age of 50, and honors both Catholic traditions and Afro-Brazilian Candomble religious rites. The sisterhood is believed to be the oldest organization for women of African descent in the Americas.
  • A line of protesters shout at police during a standoff on West Florissant Avenue, in Ferguson, Mo., in the early morning hours of Aug. 16, 2014. Unrest returned to the streets of this St. Louis suburb early Saturday as demonstrations over the handling of the Michael Brown case gave way to sharper confrontations and some stores were looted.
  • A man is detained after a standoff between protesters and police, Aug. 18, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown’s shooting sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb.
  • Commuters cross a street in the business district of Central in Hong Kong, China, Aug. 18, 2014. Slowing economic growth and rising unemployment in Hong Kong may stoke more unrest in the city, which is grappling with a debate over how to pick its next leader in 2017.
  • Demonstrators stand in the middle of West Florissant as they react to tear gas fired by police during ongoing protests in reaction to the shooting of teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 18, 2014.
  • An Afghan refugee child stands at the doorway of his family’s mud house on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug. 18, 2014.
  • Palestinians ride in a motorbike rickshaw past the ruins of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed during the Israeli offensive, on the fifth day of the most recent ceasefire in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Aug. 18, 2014. Talks in Cairo on ending the Gaza war showed no signs of a breakthrough on Monday, with Israel and the Palestinians entrenched in their demands hours before the expiry of a five-day ceasefire.
  • A police helicopter flies overhead as demonstrators take part in a peaceful march in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown, near Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 18, 2014. Missouri’s governor lifted the curfew for the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Monday after days of violent unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman.
  • Palestinians leave their homes after collecting their usable belongings and move to safe areas in Gaza City, Gaza on Aug. 18, 2014.
  • Palestinian fighters from the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, stand inside an underground tunnel in Gaza, Aug. 18, 2014. Hamas granted a rare tour to a Reuters reporter, photographer and cameraman in what appeared to be an attempt to dispute Israel’s claim that it had demolished all of the Islamist group’s border infiltration tunnels in the Gaza war.
  • A man who was showing symptoms of possible Ebola listens as UNICEF health workers speak about Ebola prevention on Aug. 18, 2014 in New Kru Town, Liberia. UNICEF is canvassing communities in and around the capital, urging residents to wash their hands to help prevent the spread of the epidemic, which is spread by bodily fluids. The virus has killed more than 1,000 people in four African countries, and Liberia now has had more deaths than any other country.
  • Kurdish Peshmerga fighters walk in the outskirts of Gwer town after ISIS insurgents withdrew, Aug. 18, 2014.
  • A Russian APC moves in a field in about 6.2 miles from the Russia-Ukrainian border control point at Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Aug. 18, 2014.
  • A picture taken on Aug. 19, 2014, shows clothes hanging to dry at a UN school where Palestinian families have sought refuge to escape the fighting that broke out between Israel and Hamas in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.
  • A displaced Palestinian girl (R) sits at a desk in front of a painted wall at the entrance of a UN school where families have sought refuge from the fighting that broke out between Israel and Hamas, Aug. 19, 2014, in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo faced a new midnight deadline to end the bloodshed in Gaza after agreeing overnight to extend an existing truce by 24 hours.
  • A Bangladeshi rickshaw puller makes his way through the rain in Dhaka on Aug. 19, 2014. Seven rivers in Bangladesh are flowing above the danger mark after heavy rains.
  • Children and their educators hide in a bomb shelter of an orphanage during a shelling in the town of Makiyivka on Aug. 19, 2014. Ukraine said Tuesday that fighting had erupted in the heart of the major rebel stronghold of Lugansk as government forces pressed on with a punishing offensive to win back the war-torn east.
  • A very sick Saah Exco, 10, lies in a back alley of the West Point slum on Aug. 19, 2014, in Monrovia, Liberia. The boy was one of the patients that was pulled out of a holding center for suspected Ebola patients when the facility was overrun by a mob on Saturday. A local clinic Tuesday refused to treat the boy, according to residents, because of the danger of infection.
  • Police arrest a demonstrator protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests erupted nearly every night in the two weeks following the incident.
  • Police get geared up as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 19, 2014.
  • Journalist Jim Foley films Libyan NTC fighters attacking the west side of Colonel Gaddafi’s home city of Sirte on Oct. 5, 2011. in Libya. On Tuesday, a gruesome video released by ISIS showed Foley’s execution at the hands of his captors. Foley went missing in Syria in 2012.
  • Maria Kurjo and My Phan of Germany compete in the women’s synchronized platform diving preliminary competition at the 32nd LEN European Swimming Championships 2014 at the Schwimm- und Sporthalle im Europa-Sportpark in Berlin, Germany, Aug. 2014.
  • Police officers in riot gear watch demonstrators protesting against the shooting of Michael Brown from the side of a building in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 19, 2014. Police in riot gear ordered dozens of lingering demonstrators in Ferguson to disperse late on Tuesday and charged into the crowd to make arrests as relative calm dissolved amid protests over the police shooting death of Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black teen, in the St. Louis suburb.
  • Supporters of Imran Khan, a Pakistani Cricketer-turned-politician and head of the opposition party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, cross the containers separating the so-called “red zone” during a fifth day of mass protests, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug. 19, 2014.
  • Palestinians riding on a donkey cart flee their houses in the Shejaia neighborhood in the east of Gaza City Aug. 19, 2014. Israel said militants fired rockets from Gaza on Tuesday in violation of a truce and that it struck back with attacks in the Palestinian enclave. The fighting put talks in Cairo on a long-term ceasefire in jeopardy.
  • Local residents sit in a basement used as a shelter from artillery fire, in the settlement of Makiivka, on the outskirts of Donetsk, Aug. 19, 2014. Artillery fire could be heard on Tuesday in Makiivka, on the eastern outskirts of the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk, Reuters reporters at the scene said.
  • Palestinians fleeing their houses in the Shejaia neighborhood, ride on a motorcycle past the ruins of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed during the ongoing Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza City, Aug. 19, 2014. Israel said militants fired rockets from Gaza on Tuesday in violation of a truce and that it struck back with attacks in the Palestinian enclave, fighting that put talks in Cairo on a long-term ceasefire in jeopardy.
  • Israeli soldiers training in southern Israel, along the border with the Gaza Strip, Aug. 19, 2014. The Israeli military said three rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel despite a ceasefire.
  • Fifteen-year-old Yana Fenenko lies on a bed in a children’s hospital after suffering severe shrapnel wounds in Donetsk, Ukraine, Aug. 20, 2014. Thirty-four people have been killed in fighting between pro-Russian separatists and government troops in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region over the past 24 hours, the local government said. 
  • Cows wade through flood waters in search of food, in the flood affected Morigaon district of Assam state, India, Aug. 20, 2014. More than 400,000 people continued to struggle with floods caused by surging waters of the Brahmaputra in Assam, and more than 80,000 people are living in 87 relief camps set up by the authorities, more than 33,000 hectares of crops had been damaged said a news reports. 
  • Followers of the Shi’ite Houthi group shout slogans during a gathering near the Yemeni capital Sanaa Aug. 20, 2014. Countries trying to save Yemen from falling apart at the hands of Islamist militants and separatist movements warned Shi’ite Muslim Houthis on Tuesday to stop trying to gain territory by force and to engage in a political transition process. 
  • Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers search for survivors in the dusk at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area of the Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, Aug. 20, 2014. At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima. The toll could rise further, police said. Seven people were missing after a month’s worth of rain fell overnight, loosening slopes already saturated by heavy rain over the past few weeks. 
  • Athletes compete in a women’s 200-meter freestyle heat at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, Aug. 20, 2014. 
  • Boys play in the canal of a rice paddy field on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Aug. 20, 2014.
  • A man is doused with milk and sprayed with mist after being hit with an eye irritant by security forces trying to disperse demonstrators protesting the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 20, 2014.
  • A Liberian Army soldier, part of the Ebola Task Force, beats a local resident while enforcing a quarantine on the West Point slum in Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 20, 2014. 
  • A Ukrainian cadet takes part in a rehearsal for the Independence Day military parade in the center of Kiev, Aug. 20, 2014.
  • Shi’ite volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against ISIS militants, take part in field training in Najaf, Iraq, Aug. 20, 2014.
  • Driller Justin Arney’s hard hat and jacket rest on a truck during a lunch break as workers deepen the Brady family well in Woodland, Ca., Aug. 20, 2014.
  • An elderly resident in a makeshift evacuation center at an elementary school in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, Aug. 22, 2014. The number of those listed as unaccounted for in landslides in the western Japanese city of Hiroshima increased to 51 while rescuers were struggling to find survivors in the disaster-stricken area. About 3,000 rescuers, including more than 600 troops, had to suspend their operations late 21 August after heavy rain prompted authorities to issue an evacuation advisory in some part of Hiroshima city, approximately 435 miles south-west of Tokyo. 
  • National Guard watch from a small hill top a couple blocks away as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 21, 2014. The National Guard is to withdraw from Ferguson, Missouri as nearly two weeks of often violent protests have finally waned. Only six arrests were logged overnight in the town, which saw a more peaceful night after steady protests related to the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a policeman.



Almost two weeks after the deadly shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., protesters continued to take to the streets, with some demonstrations turning violent. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made a visit to the city on Wednesday to meet with community members, Brown’s family, and to initiate a “fair investigation” into Brown’s death.

Violence continued in Gaza midweek after Hamas launched rockets, ending a 10-day cease-fire. Israel responded in kind with renewed airstrikes.

In Iraq, Iraqi and Kurdish fighters regained control over Mosul Dam, previously held by ISIS militants. The week also brought the news of journalist James Foley’s brutal murder by ISIS militants. Obama spoke about the tragedy in a public address on Wednesday and noted that the U.S. military will continue airstrikes against the terrorist group.

The 2014 Youth Olympic Games began this week in Nanjing, China, and the Palio, a bareback horse race around the piazza in Siena, Italy, drew thousands of spectators eager to watch the centuries-old tradition. 

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