This Week in Pictures: Aug. 16-22
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.