This Week in Pictures: Aug. 2-8

  • Canada’s Jennifer Abel warms up prior to the women’s diving 3-meter springboard final of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, Scotland, Aug. 2, 2014.
  • Doctors and nurses rush a victim of a factory explosion for treatment at a hospital in Kunshan, Aug. 2, 2014. An explosion killed 65 people as it ripped through a factory in eastern China, a government broadcaster said, injuring 150 in what appeared to be an industrial accident.
  • A woman attends a religious ceremony near the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 close to the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Aug. 2, 2014. Shelling today forced international experts to abandon part of the crash scene of the downed jet in east Ukraine as sniffer dogs working elsewhere on the vast site helped uncover the remains of more victims. Nearly 300 people were killed when the Malaysian airliner was shot down over Ukraine on July 17.
  • Libya national Ali Gariany evacuated from her home country arrives at a port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, Aug. 2, 2014. Greek navy frigate Salamis carrying embassy staff and nearly 200 people from Greece, China and other countries evacuated from the conflict in Libya returned early Saturday to the port. The Greek Defense Ministry the ship transported 77 people from Greece, 78 from China, 10 from Britain, seven from Belgium, one each from Russia and Albania.
  • A Palestinian woman holds the hand of her child as they make their way back to their house in the northern Gaza Strip district of Umm al-Nasser on August 2, 2014. The Israeli army informed residents of Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza that it was “safe” to return to their homes, as witnesses said troops were seen withdrawing from the area. 
  • An Israel soldier with piece of his tank track, at an unspecified location next to the Israeli Gaza Strip border, after a pull back from the Gaza Strip, Aug. 2, 2014. A 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and militant groups in the Gaza Strip collapsed in less than three hours a day earlier, amid a flurry of mutual recriminations. 
  • Afghan residents walk through in a market in Jalalabad on Aug. 2, 2014. Afghanistan’s economy has improved significantly since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, largely because of the infusion of international assistance. Despite significant improvement in the last decade, the country is still extremely poor and remains highly dependent on foreign aid.
  • Boys run through a waterlogged street after heavy monsoon rains in New Delhi Aug. 2, 2014. India’s monsoon rains were 9% below average in the week that ended July 30, the weather office said on Thursday, reflecting a patchy phase after the previous week’s surplus downpours. 
  • A woman dives in a mud pit near the main stage at the Woodstock Festival in Kostrzyn-upon-Odra, close to the Polish-German border, early Aug. 2, 2014. Some 500,000 people attended the festival that is the brainchild of Polish journalist and social campaigner Jerzy Owsiak. He initiated the event to say thank you to those who donated money to his GOCC charity organization that delivers medical care for children.
  • Israeli soldiers seen mourning during the funeral of 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin at the military cemetery in Kfar Saba on Aug. 3, 2014, The IDF spokesman on Sunday morning announced the death of IDF officer Lt. Hadar Goldin, who fell in battle in the Gaza Strip on Friday.
  • Children play with foam bubbles from soap during the fair in honor of “Nuestra Senora de los Angeles” in the village of Las Pinedas near of Cordoba, Spain, Aug. 3, 2014.
  • Children are treated at a hospital in Ludian county, after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Zhaotong, Yunnan province, Aug. 3, 2014. The earthquake struck southwestern China on Sunday, killing at least 367 people and leaving 1,881 injured in a remote area of Yunnan province, and causing thousands of buildings, including a school, to collapse.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys climb a wall to watch the scene of an attack in Jerusalem, Aug. 4, 2014. An Israeli-declared cease-fire and troop withdrawals slowed violence in the Gaza war Monday, though an attack on Israeli bus that killed one person in Jerusalem underscored the tensions still simmering in the region.
  • Members of the Sea Cadets Corps in Folkestone, southern England, on Aug. 4, 2014, take a moment’s rest as they take part in a “Short Step” ceremony, to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One (WWI).
  • (L-R) Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Belgium’s Queen Mathilde, Belgium’s King Philippe, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and Britain’s Prince William attend a ceremony at St. Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Aug. 4, 2014. Dignitaries took part in events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Avrohom Wallis in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Meah She’arim, Aug. 4, 2014. Avrohom Wallis was killed when a Palestinian excavator driver ran him over in a terror attack Monday.
  • Ukrainian soldiers, who fled the conflict territory, spend their time at a tent camp as the sun sets over the scene near the Russia-Ukraine border just outside the village of Gukovo, Rostov-on-Don region, Southern Russia, Aug. 4, 2014. A Russian border security official said Monday that more than 400 Ukrainian soldiers have crossed into Russia. The Russian official said the soldiers deserted the Kiev government and the Russian side opened a safe corridor.
  • A woman with an umbrella crosses a street in Hanover, Germany, Aug. 4, 2014.
  • Afghan election commission workers carry sealed ballot boxes during an audit of the presidential run-off vote in the country’s general election at a counting centre in Kabul, Aug. 4, 2014. Afghanistan’s election audit needs to be fast and decisive to avert the threat of spiraling instability as US troops pull out, but attempts to speed up the process are bogged down in squabbles and confusion.
  • View of the Tungurahua volcano in the Cordillera Oriental of Ecuador seen from Huambalo village, Ecuador, Aug. 4, 2014. Activity continued to increase at the volcano as new magma continues to flow to its summit. Since the first ash emission a week ago, more and stronger explosions, as well as phases of continuous ash and gas emissions and milder strombolian activity have occurred, authorities report.
  • A man holds an injured child receiving medical treatment at a hospital following an earthquake in Ludian county in southwest China’s Yunnan province, Aug. 4, 2014. A strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing hundreds and injuring more than a thousand people.
  • An Army carry team transports the case containing the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Girard D. Gass Jr. of Lumber Bridge, N.C., upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Aug. 4, 2014. The Department of Defense announced the death of Gass Jr., who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
  • Pro-Russian separatists wait for Dutch and Australian forensic experts to continue recovery work at the site of the downed Malaysian airliner near the village of Rozsypne in the Donetsk region Aug. 4, 2014. Ukrainian government forces recaptured an important railway hub from pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country, with five soldiers killed and 15 others wounded over the last 24 hours, a security official in Kiev said on Monday.
  • A firefighter with the Anderson, Calif., Fire Protection District douses hot spots left behind by the Eiler Fire along Highway 89, Aug. 4, 2014, near Burney, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two Northern California wildfires that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain.
  • Rescue workers try to help a driver out of his car, after the vehicle was stuck over an alley in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, Aug. 4, 2014. The car rolled off the edge of a road after the driver was late to brake, according to local media. 
  • Filipino children wade through floodwater in the town of Hermosa, Bataan province, the Philippines, Aug. 5, 2014. Heavy rainfall brought by enhanced Southwest Monsoon and by Typhoon Halong caused wide spread flooding in Bataan, Zambales and Pangasinan provinces leaving roads impassible, a National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) official said. According to a Philippines state weather forecast, Typhoon Halong is moving toward the direction of southern Japan.
  • An elephant immerses behind a window in the elephants’ indoor pool at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, Aug. 5, 2014.
  • A Palestinian man enters his destroyed home in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Aug. 5, 2014. A 72-hour truce went into effect in the Gaza Strip and Israel early Aug. 5, 2014, after a last-minute flurry of rockets and airstrikes. The Egypt-brokered ceasefire, agreed between Israel and Hamas-led militant groups, began at 8 a.m. Both sides agreed to refrain from fighting and hold indirect talks in Cairo on a permanent truce.
  • Iraqi Yazidi women who fled the violence in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, sit at a school where they are taking shelter in the Kurdish city of Dohuk in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, on Aug. 5, 2014. Islamic State Sunni jihadists ousted the Peshmerga troops of Iraq’s Kurdish government from the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, forcing thousands of people from their homes. The Yazidis are a small community that follows a 4,000-year-old faith and have been repeatedly targeted by jihadists who call them “devil-worshipers” because of their unique beliefs and practices. 
  • A Palestinian girl, who is hoping to cross into Egypt with her family, is seen inside a bus as she waits at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip, Aug. 5, 2014. The Egyptian ceasefire proposal was endorsed Monday by the Palestinians and late at night was accepted also by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, bringing a much awaited pause to the 29-day long deadly conflict.
  • Filipino security guards wear raincoats as they keep watch at the Department of Foreign Affairs in suburban Pasay, the Philippines, Aug. 5, 2014. Philippine weather forecasters say Typhoon Halong has worsened monsoon rains flooding northern villages, but it is too far off at sea to hit the country as it continues to blow toward southern Japan.
  • Rescuers transfer an injured person in Hongshiyan Village of Qiaojia County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, Aug. 5, 2014. At least 398 people have been killed after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled the province Sunday afternoon.
  • Afghan boys play with a soccer ball beside the war-ravaged Dar-ul-Aman palace, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 5, 2014.
  • College students cool themselves inside an inflatable pool during the summer heat, at their dormitory in Wuhan, Hubei province, Aug. 5, 2014. 
  • A street view near the Padma River in Munshiganj, Bangladesh, Aug. 5, 2014. An overloaded ferry carrying up to 200 passengers capsized August 4 on the Padma River in Munshiganj, central Bangladesh.
  • Members of minority Sikh community shout slogans during a protest against the killing of a Sikh trader in Peshawar, Pakistan, Aug. 6, 2014. Unidentified armed men opened fire at three shops located in a market in Hastnagri, killing a Sikh trader and injuring two others. Peshawar hosts the largest Sikh population in a Muslim-dominated country.
  • Juventus supporters light flares during their friendly soccer match against Indonesia Super League All-Stars in Jakarta, August 6, 2014. Juventus Football Club is holding a three-day visit in Indonesia as a part of an Asia Pacific tour in Indonesia, Singapore and Australia. 
  • A visitor at the Reuters news agency exhibition, part of the 8th International Festival of Photography ”Photo Parade in Uglich,” in Yaroslavl Region, Russian Federation.
  • A tree stands amid the ruins of destroyed homes in the Shejaia neighborhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during an Israeli offensive, in Gaza City, Aug. 6, 2014. A Gaza ceasefire was holding on Wednesday as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israeli and Palestinian representatives on an enduring end to a war that has devastated the Islamist Hamas-dominated enclave.
  • Syrian refugees sit in a Lebanese Army truck after fleeing the violence in Arsal, Al-Labwa in eastern Bekaa Valley Aug. 6, 2014.
  • An Afghan refugee child sits at the front door of his home in the village of Sardaryab outside Peshawar, Aug. 6, 2014.
  • A worker uses a laptop inside his dormitory near a residential construction site in Hefei, Anhui province, Aug. 6, 2014.
  • An aerial view shows houses cut-off by monsoon floods in Kendrapara district of eastern Orissa state, India, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.The annual monsoon season, which runs from June through September, is vital for the largely agrarian economies of South Asia but every year also brings floods and landslides that kill thousands and submerge hundreds of villages.
  • U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy looks up at her umbrella during the ceremony at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 2014, for the 69th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing. 
  • Reflections on a window at the ward for male patients of the government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, which was abandoned when patients left in fear of contracting Ebola, seen Aug. 6, 2014. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been struggling since March to stop what has become the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded. The disease is causing widespread fear and disruption in West Africa, and shows no signs of being brought under control.
  • San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) comes out of the tunnel for pre-game introductions before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium, Aug. 7, 2014. 
  • Activists shout during clashes with forces from the Kiev-1 volunteer battalion on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Demonstrators on Thursday confronted city workers attempting to clear a central square, lighting tires on fire in protest against the city government’s move. Dark plumes of smoke from burning rubber rose above Independence Square as workers guarded by armed men in camouflage dismantled some of the barricades surrounding the area. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
  • A man passes by burning car tires in Independence Square (Maidan) in Kiev, Ukraine, Aug. 7, 2014. 
  • Iraqis inspect the aftermath of two explosions in Baghdad’s northeastern Shiite area of Sadr City which killed at least 16 people and wounded 34, on Aug. 7, 2014. Five bomb attacks, including four car bombings, killed at least 30 people and wounded around 70 others yesterday in several Baghdad districts, Iraqi police and medical sources said. 
  • Anne Kllingshirn, of Kailua, Hawaii walks with her daughter Emma, 1, as storm clouds float overhead during the sunrise hours on Kailua Beach, in Kailua, Hawaii, Aug. 7, 2014. The National Weather Service downgraded Hurricane Iselle to a tropical storm about 50 miles before it was expected to make landfall early Friday in the southern part of Hawaii’s Big Island. By 2 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Friday, the storm was swirling about 10 miles from the Kau coastline. 
  • Palestinian medics prepare the lifeless body of Ibrahim al-Dawawsa, 12, who was killed in an Israeli air strike, in the morgue of the Shifa hospital, before his funeral in Gaza City, Aug. 8, 2014. Israel and Gaza militants resumed cross-border attacks on Friday after a three-day truce expired and Egyptian-brokered talks on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock.



The crisis in Iraq changed drastically on Friday when the U.S. launched military airstrikes again Islamic extremists near the city of Erbil, where the U.S. has a consulate. The militants represent ISIS, a group seeking to establish a state governed under Sharia law. On Thursday, the U.S. sent humanitarian aid to Iraq to help the tens of thousands of Iraqi minorities who have fled death threats from ISIS.

An Ebola outbreak in West Africa caused panic across the globe. More than 900 people had reportedly died from the virus as of Friday.

Hawaii braced for its first hurricane in 22 years while, in China, more than 500 people were killed in an earthquake in the southwest province of Yunnan. Fighting escalated in eastern Ukraine, and protesters in the country’s Independence Square clashed with municipal workers on a level not seen since the February revolution that led to the ouster of Viktor Yanukovych.

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