This Week In Pictures: Aug. 22-28

  • Matt Demiter, of the Everett Fire Department, runs his hand through gravel and ash to check the ground temperature while working with crews to stomp out long burning embers remaining after a wildfire near Okanogan, Wash., on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015.
  • Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates with a burnout as his crew members react after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2015 in Bristol, Tenn. 
  • A Macedonian police officer raises his baton toward migrants to stop them from entering into Macedonia at Greece’s border, near the village of Idomeni, Greece, Aug. 22, 2015. Thousands of rain-soaked migrants stormed across Macedonia’s border on Saturday as police lobbed stun grenades and beat them with batons, struggling to enforce a decree to stem their flow through the Balkans to western Europe. Security forces managed to contain hundreds in no-man’s land. But several thousand others—many of them Syrian refugees—tore through muddy fields to Macedonian territory after days spent in the open without access to shelter, food or water.
  • Lebanese activists hold up a makeshift shield as they are sprayed by riot police using water cannons during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Lebanese riot police fired several rounds of tear gas and water cannons for the second consecutive day in downtown Beirut Sunday as they battled protesters with batons and stones, a marked escalation of mass demonstrations against an ongoing trash crisis. 
  • A Ukrainian government soldier rests in a shelter at his position near Avdiivka, outside Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. 
  • Fu Ni the giant panda is given specially prepared panda treats for her birthday at the Adelaide Zoo on August 23, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia. Fu Ni the giant panda turned 9 years old. 
  • Jessica Ennis-Hill of Great Britain competes in the Women’s Heptathlon Long Jump during day two of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 23, 2015 in Beijing, China. 
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a forehand to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the final round on Day 9 of the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 23, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Yasmani Copello of Turkey (L) gestures in front of Johnny Dutch of the U.S. after their men’s 400-meter hurdles semi-final at the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China Aug. 23, 2015. 
  • Syrian refugees from Kobani pose for a “selfie,” moments after arriving on a dinghy on the island of Lesbos, Greece Aug. 23, 2015. Greece, mired in its worst economic crisis in generations, has been found largely unprepared for a mass influx of refugees, mainly Syrians. Arrivals have exceeded 160,000 this year, three times as high as in 2014. The crisis has exposed massive shortages in Greece’s available facilities, but also striking discord within the European Union on how to handle the humanitarian crisis.
  • A boy transports his sheep on a banana raft in the flood which affected the Morigaon district of the state of Assam, India, 23 August 2015. Flash floods, triggered by heavy rains in the past few days, have affected nearly 300,000 people in thirteen districts with some 1,000 villages submerged in water. 
  • Topless women wearing American flag body paint walk around Times Square in New York City on Aug. 23, 2015. Topless women posing for photos in Times Square are causing headaches for New York politicians and police who wish to regulate their presence but have no clear idea how. 
  • German fire fighters tackle a serious fire at at saw mill in Rauschenhammermuehle near Schwarzenbach am Wald, Bayern, Germany, Aug. 23 2015. The fire at the saw mill has caused an estimated 20 to 25 million Euros in damages. 
  • A trader talks on his phone outside the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street, Aug. 24, 2015.
  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Aug. 25, 2015 in New York City. Following a day of steep drops in global markets, the Dow Jones industrial average rallied over 300 points in morning trading.
  • Malachi Bradley, center, smiles at his brother Levi as he is reunited with his family, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Uintah County, Utah, after being lost near the Wyoming border on Sunday. 
  • Pablo Sandoval #48 of the Boston Red Sox leaps onto the tarp to make a catch for an out against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at U.S. Cellular Field on August 24, 2015 in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Canada’s Shawnacy Barber competes in the men’s pole vault final at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. 
  • A surfer rides a wave on an illuminated surf board during a night surfing event in Nigran, Pontevedra, northwestern Spain, Aug. 24, 2015.
  • Attendees photograph President Barack Obama during Obama’s keynote address at the National Clean Energy Summit 8.0 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug. 24, 2015. 
  • Camels sit in the back of a pick-up truck before they get taken for a drive, getting a chance to rest their tired legs after hours of walking. Owners of the camels who were heading to a market stopped to put them into the back of the truck as the journey would be too far for them to walk. These photos were taken by photographer Ewien van Bergeijk-Kwant, 41, when she stopped to get fuel for her car and spotted the truck in the Sahara. 
  • Palestinian schoolgirls, pictured through a hole in the roof of a classroom that witnesses said was damaged by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, attend a lesson on the first day of a new school year at Suhada Khouza school in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, August 24, 2015.
  • Protesters hold onto a North Korean flag as the police try take it away from them during an anti-North Korea rally at a checkpoint on the Grand Unification Bridge which leads to the truce village Panmunjom, just south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, August 24, 2015. South Korean President Park Geun-hye demanded on Monday that North Korea apologize over recent landmine blasts, even as the bitter rivals held marathon talks to defuse tensions that have brought the peninsula back to the brink of armed conflict.
  • A migrant from Syria carries her child as she walks through a field in the village of Miratovac near the town of Presevo, Serbia, August 24, 2015. Long lines of migrants, many of them refugees from Syria, snaked through southern Serbia by foot on Monday before jumping on trains and buses north to Hungary on the last leg of an increasingly desperate journey to western Europe. 
  • Covered in wine, revelers enjoy the ‘Batalla del Vino’ (Battle of Wine) in Toro (Zamora), on August 24, 2015. Toro, a small village of Spain known for having Toro wine appellation, celebrated the first battle of wine in the Main Square during the festivities of San Agustin, imitating the wine battle of Haro (La Rioja). Hundreds of people dressed in white cover each other in red wine with water pistols, back-mounted spraying devices, buckets and others. 
  • Lebanese protesters set fire to barriers and trash behind the barbed wire separating them from the police, during a protest against the trash crisis and government corruption, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. The powerful Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah threw its weight behind mass protests calling for the government’s resignation Tuesday, deepening a crisis that started over trash collection but is tapping into a much deeper malaise.
  • Nadine Mueller of Germany competes to win bronze in the women’s discus throw final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, August 25, 2015.
  • Two women dressed in Spanish flamenco style clothes walk down the street, during local festivities in Almeria, southeast Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. During summer time across south Spain there are many local festivities where locals and tourists enjoy the outdoors due to the warm weather.
  • The carcass of a whale is lifted during a raising action in the Navy Port in Hel, northern Poland, Aug. 25, 2015. The whale was found on Aug. 22, 2015, near the beach in Stegna and then transported to Hel. Scientists from the Marine Research Station will examine the carcass, will determine the species, sex, and why the animal died. 
  • Workers unload barbed wire to increase security near the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon, August 25, 2015. Lebanon’s cabinet held an emergency meeting on Tuesday in its newly fortified headquarters after protests over trash collection spilled over into street violence and calls for the feuding government to resign. 
  • A worker gestures as he removes concrete barriers near the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon, August 25, 2015. Lebanon’s cabinet held an emergency meeting on Tuesday in its newly fortified headquarters after protests over trash collection spilled over into street violence and calls for the feuding government to resign. 
  • Rescuers work at the core area of explosion site in Tianjin, north China, Aug. 25, 2015. The death toll from the Tianjin warehouse explosions has risen to 139, according to the latest data from rescue authorities. 
  • Molten lava flows from the Piton de la Fournaise, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, at dawn on the French Indian Ocean Reunion Island, August 25, 2015. The eruption which started on Monday is the fourth one this year for the Piton de la Fournaise, sending hot jets of molten lava spewing up from the peak. 
  • A hillside burned by the Okanogan Complex fire is pictured near Tonasket, Wash. August 25, 2015. In north-central Washington, a cluster of deadly fires dubbed the Okanogan Complex has burned more than 258,339 acres (104,546 hectares), overtaking last year’s Carlton Complex fire as the state’s largest on record. 
  • Humboldt Penguins are led to the weighing scales with a feed of anchovies to encourage them at London Zoo, in London, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The Zoo held it’s annual weigh-in where the vital statistics of animals were taken in an aid for keepers to detect pregnancies and check the animals general wellbeing. 
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton waits to be introduced before speaking about rural issues at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa.
  • Two men keep their heads above a puddle of squashed tomatoes, during the annual “tomatina” tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual “Tomatina” battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 150 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities.
  • Japan’s Kengo Tomita reacts after Yugo Aoki hit a game-winning RBI single off Venezuela’s Johan Garcia during the eighth inning of an international double-elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in South Williamsport, Pa. Japan won 5-4. 
  • Firefighters battle a structure fire Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif. The fire was started after a driver struck a gas line and subsequently fled the scene.
  • Mikel Thomas of Trinidad and Tobago lays on the track after falling during his men’s 110-meter hurdles heat at the IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 26, 2015.
  • Migrants walk alongside the railway tracks at Idomeni, northern Greece to cross the border and enter Macedonia, Thursday Aug. 27, 2015. Thousands of migrants have arrived on Greek islands so far this year, hoping to head north to other more prosperous European countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries.
  • Teal Harle of Canada competes in the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup Slopestyle Qualification during the Winter Games NZ at Cardrona Alpine Resort on August 27, 2015 in Wanaka, New Zealand.
  • A Chinese day trader plays cards with others as he watches a stock ticker at a local brokerage house on August 27, 2015 in Beijing, China. A dramatic sell-off in Chinese stocks caused turmoil in markets around the world, driving indexes lower and erasing trillions of dollars in value. China’s government has implemented a series of top-heavy measures to manipulate a market turnaround including its fifth cut to interest rates since November. Concerns about the overall health of China’s economy remain amid data showing slower growth. 
  • A sign painter outlines the pope’s nose on the side of a New York City office building, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Pope Francis visits the U.S. beginning Sept. 22 with stops in Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia. 
  • Usain Bolt of Jamaica shakes hands with fans after winning the men’s 200 meter final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, August 27, 2015.
  • A young migrant’s hair becomes stuck while crawling under a barbed fence with her family at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, on Aug. 27, 2015. As Europe struggles with its worst migrant crisis since World War II, Hungary has become, like Italy and Greece, a “frontline” state. So far this year, police say around 141,500 migrants have been intercepted crossing into Hungary, mostly from neighbouring Serbia.
  • A masked kurdish militant holds a molotov cocktails in front of a burning barricade during clashes with Turkish police on Aug. 27, 2015 in the Gazi district of Istanbul. Five people, including two children and a soldier, were killed in clashes between Kurdish militants and security forces in Turkey’s restive Kurdish-majority southeast on Aug. 27, 2015, local officials and the army said.
  • A helicopter makes a water bucket drop as it flies through smoky air while fighting a wildfire that flared up in the late afternoon near Omak, Wash., Aug. 27, 2015. Firefighters were holding their own against the largest wildfire on record in Washington state, even as rising temperatures and increased winds stoked the flames.
  • A Naga sadhu, or naked Hindu holy man, performs a ritual inside his tent during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher festival, at Trimbakeshwar, India, Aug. 28, 2015. Hindus believe taking a dip in the waters of a holy river during the festival will cleanse them of their sins. The festival is held four times every 12 years.

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It was a big week for sports, dominated by the World Athletics Championships in Beijing. On Aug. 22 there was a NASCAR night race in Tennessee, an event for which tickets were in high demand. Elsewhere, the Western & Southern Open in tennis concluded, the Winter Games NZ kicked off, baseball fans delighted and surfers turned on their night lights. 

Fires raged on across the globe, burning in of Washington state, with new sparks in California as well as at a mill in Germany.

Migrants continued their northern trajectories past barbed wire and vast fields in eastern Mediterranean regions. Many have pushed on despite lacking food, water and shelter.

Topless women took over Times Square in the ‘Big Apple’ as anxiety gripped stock traders downtown. Stock markets tumbled on “Black Monday” on fears of China’s slowing growth, causing shockwaves across stock markets internationally.

North and South Korea were at the brink of war, with tensions escalating over South Korea’s broadcast of propaganda messages over a loudspeaker.

Protests over Lebanon’s trash crisis turned violent over the weekend and despite an emergency cabinet meeting on Tuesday, it seems the issue will continue to reek for at least some time.

Traditional celebrations took place across Spain, whether it was Flamenco dancing, swimming in tomatoes at Pamplona or showering with wine in Toro. See all this and more in our slideshow for This Week in Pictures.

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