Photo Essay

  • People quarantined in the West Point township wait for relatives to deliver them food and personal items on Aug. 23, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Authorities began allowing relatives to make deliveries after local residents complained they were not receiving enough basic necessities. The Liberian government sealed the neighborhood on Aug. 20 to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the capital of Monrovia.
  • Thousands of demonstrators marched peacefully in Staten Island on Aug. 23, 2014, to protest the death of Eric Garner at the hands of a New York City police officer.
  • Ron Mcgee, bottom, and Shawn Williams, top, sunbathe on a float in a shallow tidal pool, Aug. 23, 2014, on the South Beach of Tybee Island, Ga. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in south Georgia.
  • Spain's Irene Vazquez Gea competes during the women's 5,000m race walk at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, Aug. 23, 2014.
  • Members of the Shiite Houthi movement take part in a rally at an anti-government sit-in square in Sanaa, Yemen, Aug. 23, 2014. Reports state that Yemen's government offered to resign within a month in a bid to end the ongoing protests by Shiite Houthi militants. Rebel commander Abdel-Malik al-Houthi launched a wave of anti-government protests on Aug. 18, sparking fears of violence erupting in Sanaa.
  • Matua Fallah waits to receive a small ration of rice at a makeshift distribution center on Aug. 23, 2014 in Dolo Town, Liberia. The government has been slow to deliver sufficient food aid to the rural town of some 20,000 people, following an Aug. 20 quarantine to stop the epidemic from spreading from the community, located near Liberia's international airport.
  • Smoke rises after Israeli warplanes targeted Al Zafir tower in Gaza City, Aug. 23, 2014. Several Palestinians were killed on Aug. 23 in more than a dozen Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and militants fired rockets and mortars into southern Israel, as the Palestinian president said peace negotiations must resume soon.
  • Spectators watch fireworks during the International Festival of Pyrotechnics in Katowice, Poland, Aug. 23, 2014.
  • Men cool off in the fountains surrounding the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Fallen books litter the aisles of the Napa Public Library after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area at 3:20 a.m., in Napa, Calif., Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Local residents Vawone Duncan (R) leans on his father Ducan Yawan after police made arrests as demonstrators gathered to protest the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 24, 2014. Demonstrators in the U.S. town of Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday marked two weeks since a white policeman shot an unarmed black teenager to death, holding smaller, quieter protests as supporters of the officer rallied separately and called the shooting justified. The demonstrations remained peaceful as darkness fell, marking the fourth night of relative calm for the St. Louis suburb following nightly spasms of unrest since Michael Brown, 18, was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. 
  • A woman looks after her friend, a hospital patient evacuated to the basement after early-morning shelling hit nearby in Donetsk, Ukraine, Aug. 24, 2014. Ukraine’s national day of independence was celebrated in Kiev on Sunday, though many on hand were skeptical about next week’s negotiations with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.
  • Patients and relatives gather in a hospital basement after an early-morning shelling that hit the hospital compound in central Donetsk, Ukraine, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • A nurse keeps two rifles of pro-Russian rebels as they help a doctor move a patient out of a hospital basement, after an early-morning shelling that hit the hospital compound in central Donetsk Ukraine, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Afghan Army soldiers attend their graduation ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 24, 2014.  Foreign combat troops are set to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 after handing over all security responsibilities to Afghan forces.
  • James Foley, the American journalist slain by Islamic State militants after being held in captivity for nearly two years, is remembered during a small ceremony in Irbil, approximately 220 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq, on Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Friends and relatives of four-year-old Israeli boy Daniel Tregerman mourn during his funeral in a cemetery near the border with the Gaza Strip, Aug. 24, 2014. Tregerman was killed by a mortar attack from Gaza on Friday, the first Israeli child to die in the six-week conflict. Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt hostilities and return to talks. But there was no sign that negotiations, last held before a ceasefire collapsed on Tuesday, would resume any time soon.
  • A car sits atop an embankment after losing control and skidding up the concrete retaining wall on South La Brea Ave in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles on Aug. 24, 2014. The driver and his passenger escaped injury.
  • Spanish bullfighter Leonardo Hernandez falls after his horse was gored by his first bull at La Malagueta bullring in Malaga, Andalusia, Spain, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Youth splash and play in flood water during a sudden heavy rain shower in Manila, Aug. 25, 2014.
  • Britain's Josh Collins riding Spook a Little competes in the team reining competition and 1st individual qualifying at the World Equestrian Games at the d'Ornano stadium in Caen, Aug. 25, 2014.
  • A woman sits with a baby, in the West Point area that has been hardest hit by the Ebola virus spreading in Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 25, 2014. A Liberian doctor who was among three Africans to receive an experimental Ebola drug has died, the country's information minister said Monday.
  • Indian villagers take shelter inside an army bunker anticipating firing from the Pakistan side of the border at Abdullian village in Ranbir Singh Pura, in Jammu and Kashmir state, India, Aug. 25, 2014. Indian and Pakistani forces exchanged gunfire and mortar rounds in the disputed Kashmir region for a second straight night on Saturday, after two villagers were killed on each side in an exchange Friday night.
  • A family member wears a tie with Michael Brown's photograph during Brown's funeral service at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Aug. 25, 2014. Thousands attended Brown's service Monday as speakers remembered the teenager shot by a police officer and urged mourners to work for justice.
  • People smoke cigarettes at a smoking booth on a street in Tokyo, Aug. 25, 2014. Japan Tobacco, the world's third-biggest tobacco company is poised to complete a takeover of Zandera, the UK maker of the E-Lites e-cigarette brand, in the next few weeks.
  • Attendees stand in line as they take part in the funeral services for 18-year-old Michael Brown at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 25, 2014. Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 9.
  • Fans file out of Louis Armstrong Stadium after watching Andy Murray's four-set victory over Robin Haase on the first day of the U.S. Open, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, Aug. 25, 2014.
  • Attendees for Michael Brown's funeral gather outside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Aug. 25, 2014. Brown's family has discouraged any suggestion that his funeral might spark a renewed eruption of violence in the area, after his fatal shooting by a white police officer more than two weeks ago set off nights of protests.
  • Michael Brown Sr, yells out as his son’s casket is lowered into the ground at St. Peter’s Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. on Aug. 25, 2014. Family, politicians and activists gathered for the funeral on Monday following weeks of unrest with at times violent protests spawning headlines around the world focusing attention on racial issues in the United States. 
  • Lesley McSpadden, in red, mother of Michael Brown, reacts while standing next to her son's coffin during his funeral service at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Aug. 25, 2014. Brown's family has discouraged any suggestion that his funeral might spark a renewed eruption of violence in the area, after his fatal shooting by a white police officer more than two weeks ago had set off nights of protests.
  • Children huddle together for warmth after playing in flood water during a sudden heavy rain shower in Manila on Aug. 25, 2014.
  • An Ukrainian serviceman is seen at his position during fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian town of Ilovaysk, Aug. 26, 2014.
  • A trader shelters from the sun under an umbrella as he waits for customers at Lisbon's Ladra flea market, Aug. 26, 2014. Every Tuesday and Saturday sellers display on stands or stretched-out blankets on the floor their new and second-hand goods for customers at the traditional market.
  • Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during a news conference at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Aug. 25, 2014.
  • People walk along a street next to Lisbon's Ladra flea market, Aug. 26, 2014. Every Tuesday and Saturday traders display on stands or stretched-out blankets on the floor their new and second-hand goods for customers at the traditional market.
  • Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, wait for aid at an abandoned building that they are using as their main residence, outside the city of Dohuk, Aug. 25, 2014.
  • Julio Cesar (L) and a neighbor work on his car in a garage in Havana, Aug. 26, 2014.
  • A Palestinian woman stands outside her house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli offensive, after a ceasefire was declared, in the east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Aug. 27, 2014.
  • Fourteen-year-old Liu Jing’s clothes hang to dry in Shanghai, China, Aug. 26, 2014. The girl’s parents are rubbish collectors from Jiangsu province, and Liu Jing joins them in Shanghai during her winter and summer vacations. For the two months Liu spends in Shanghai, she hardly leaves the urban village because she is afraid of the outside world, and her parents go to work very early and back home late and don’t have time to take her to look around. Although their rental house is full of mosquitos and bugs, stinks, and life is boring to the girl, she still feels happy because she can stay with her parents. However, the summer vacation will be over soon and she will have to leave her parents and go back to her hometown.
  • Timo Barthel of Germany competes during Men's 10m Platform Preliminary during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Aug. 26, 2014.
  • A makeshift memorial for Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a police officer on Aug. 9, on the spot where he was killed in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 26, 2014. Many of the those protesting the Michael Brown shooting emphasized that their frustrations go far beyond the city of Ferguson and the single incident, acknowledging that the world they hoped to change wasn't going to do so quickly or easily.
  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (C) attends a team training session at their training ground in London Colney, north of London, Aug. 26, 2014. Arsenal are due to play Besiktas in a Champions League qualifying soccer match on Wednesday in London.
  • Alexis Jandard of France competes during Men's 10m Platform Preliminary during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Aug. 26, 2014.
  • A decorated elephant walks on a street carrying the mahout, or handler, and branches with fresh leaves in Allahabad, India, Aug. 27, 2014.
  • Patrons wait to enter Arthur Ashe Stadium for the evening session on day three of the U.S. Open in New York, Aug. 27, 2014. Venus Williams faced Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in the first match, defeating her 6-1, 6-4.
  • School children sit in a cycle rickshaw as they wait for the rickshaw-puller during the morning in the old quarters of Delhi, Aug. 27, 2014.
  • Ukrainian servicemen play basketball in a school building in the eastern Ukrainian town of Ilovaysk, Aug. 27, 2014.
  • Jackie Robinson West team members watch video highlights from their tournament games during a downtown welcome home celebration for the U.S. Little League champions, in Chicago, Aug. 27, 2014. The rolling celebration started on the city's South Side with a neighborhood rally at the team's home park and worked its way downtown via trolley buses, along 70 blocks lined with residents waiting to see their heroes.
  • Besiktas' Cenk Tosun (L) and Atiba Hutchinson react after a missed opportunity during their Champions League playoff soccer match against Arsenal at the Emirates stadium in London, Aug. 27, 2014.
  • Women hold posters of Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi during a pro-government demonstration in Sanaa, Aug. 26, 2014. Talks on forming a new Yemeni government collapsed on Sunday over demands by Shi'ite Muslim Houthis to restore fuel subsidies cut by president Hadi, officials said.
  • An Israeli soldier sits smoking near the last three tanks left in a staging area outside Nir Am in southern Israel, along the border with the Gaza Strip, after almost all the tanks and APC were removed, Aug. 27, 2014. An indefinite ceasefire to end seven weeks of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip was holding with Hamas declaring 'victory' and the Israeli cabinet divided on the deal. Egypt, which brokered the deal, has said that indirect talks between the two sides would resume within a month.
  • Afghan boys cool off themselves in front of a municipality water tanker in Kabul, Aug. 27, 2014.
  • Israeli couple, Noga and Moshiko Siho, have their wedding photo taken in an army staging area on the Israeli Gaza border, near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.
  • Defense Adviser Oleksandr Danyluk (right) talks to people during they holds a mass-meeting in front of General Staff of Armed Forces.
  • Iraqi special police officers demonstrate their skills during a graduation ceremony in Kerbala, Aug. 28, 2014.
  • Believers attend a religious service marking the Day of the Virgin Mary at Sioni Cathedral in Tbilisi, Aug. 28, 2014. On this day, Orthodox Christians celebrate the assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven after the end of her life on earth.
  • A cow is silhouetted against smoke and flames during a forest fire at the Arca hills in the southern provice of Cadiz, Spain, early morning, Aug. 28, 2014. The fire, which remains active, started near the main Spanish highway A-7 and caused the evacuation of some 200 people from a camping ground and a residential area in La Alcaidesa.
  • A sign showing the direction and distance to cities stands as a metal board in the shape of a gunman is placed on an old bunker at an observation point on Mt. Bental in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, overlooking the border with Syria, Aug. 28, 2014.
  • Members of the Malaysian armed forces march take a break during a rehearsal for Malaysia National Day celebrations In Kuala Lumpur, Aug. 28, 2014.
  • A police officer tries to prevent activists and relatives of soldiers who say that the soldiers are surrounded by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, from getting into the defense ministry building during a protest in Kiev, Aug. 28, 2014.
  • A volunteer closes his eyes during practice drills for the upcoming Independence Day celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Aug. 28, 2014.
  • A boy tries to catch a pigeon at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Teej festival in Kathmandu, Aug. 28, 2014. The three-day festival, commemorating the union of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, involves sumptuous feasts and rigid fasting. Hindu women pray for marital bliss, the well-being of their spouses and children, and the purification of their own bodies and souls during this period of religious fasting.
  • Helpers build up the mobile sculpture of the social project 'Kuechenmonument' (Kitchen Monument) at the Berlinische Galerie, in Berlin, Germany, Aug. 28, 2014. The gallery is inviting people to take part in workshops, talks and gastronomy events in the bubble-shaped tent on its forecourt for the time the gallery is closed due to renovation.
  • A Haitian youth cleans himself after helping his cousin make bread at a small bakery in the Jalousie neighborhood of the Petion Ville commune in Port-au-Prince on Aug. 28, 2014
  • Immigration officials remove Central American migrants from a northbound freight train during a raid by federal police in San Ramon, Mexico, just after midnight on the morning of Aug. 29, 2014.
  • Devotees shout religious slogans as they carry a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, on top of a school van to a place of worship on the first day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Aug. 29, 2014. 
  • A North Korean boy arm wrestles with former NFL player Bob “The Beast” Sapp on Aug. 29, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Former NFL player Sapp and a group of brawny pro wrestlers led by a Japanese politician took their oddball attempt at sports diplomacy to the streets of Pyongyang on Friday, staging a tug-war and arm wrestling competition with local children before a large and somewhat bewildered crowd of spectators
  • Supporters of the Shi’ite Houthi perform the weekly Friday prayers during an anti-government rally in Sanaa on Aug. 29, 2014. Talks on forming a new Yemeni government collapsed on Sunday over demands by Shi’ite Muslim Houthis to restore fuel subsidies cut by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. 
  • A participant experiences the effect of air pressure during a performance for school children organized by members of the “Newton Park” interactive museum of science at the Museum Centre in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, August 29, 2014, several days before the beginning of a new academic year. A group of young engineers, scientists and researchers, who specialize in chemistry, applied mathematics and physics, founded an interactive museum of science to conduct experiments aimed at the popularization of the exact sciences for the pupils and their parents. 
  • A view of clouds over a 1-km-long fissure in a lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier, which covers part of Bardarbunga volcano system in Iceland on Aug. 29, 2014.
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This Week in Pictures: Aug. 23-29

Updated

Events in Ferguson calmed this week, as the body of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot by Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, was put to rest.

In West Africa, the Ebola virus continued to claim victims as health officials struggled to contain the growing outbreak that has already claimed more than 1,500 lives. Tensions escalated again between Russia and Ukraine as Ukraine’s president, Petro O. Poroshenko, claimed that Russia was invading from the southeast.

In China, the youth Olympics continued into this week, and the US Open kicked off at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York.

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