This Week In Pictures: Aug. 29-Sept. 4

  • Croatia’s Blanka Vlasic celebrates after clearing the bar in the women’s high jump final at the World Athletic Championships at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.
  • Hindu holy men prepare to bathe in the Godavari River during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik, India, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Hindus believe taking a dip in the waters of a holy river during the festival, will cleanse them of their sins. According to Hindu mythology, the Kumbh Mela celebrates the victory of gods over demons in a furious battle over a nectar that would give them immortality. 
  • A young couple share a tender moment as a perigee moon, also known as a super moon, rises in the sky in the town of Novogrudok, 150 kilometers (93 miles) west of the capital Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. The supermoon happens when moon is full and makes it closest approach to Earth in her orbit.
  • Spanish bullfighter Alejandro Talavante aims his sword on his way to killing a bull during a bullfight in San Sebastian De Los Reyes, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Bullfight is an ancient tradition in Spain. 
  • A Lebanese anti-government protester shouts slogans during a demonstration against the ongoing trash crisis and government corruption, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Thousands of people gathered Saturday amid tight security in downtown Beirut, for a major rally to protest government corruption and the country’s dysfunctional political system. 
  • Participants of the traditional shepherd’s run 2015 run across a stubble field in Markgroningen, Germany, 29 August 2015. It’s the oldest shepherd’s run of this type in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
  • Mohamed Farah of Great Britain crosses the finish line to win gold in the Men’s 5000 metres final during day eight of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Beijing, China. 
  • Nickel Ashmeade and Usain Bolt of Jamaica make selfies after winning the men’s 4x100m relay during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 29, 2015. 
  • Soldiers of the U.S. and Belgian Army stand next to the coffin of Augusta Chiwy during a memorial service at the Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne, Belgium on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Augusta Chiwy, 94, a Belgian nurse who helped save hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II, was buried Saturday near where thousands of Allied troops fell. 
  • Marwa Fahmy wife of Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, bursts into tears, as she is watched by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, after the verdict in a courtroom in Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the last twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.
  • A discarded push chair is left on the border of Serbia and Hungary close to the village of Roszke on August 29, 2015 near Szeged, Hungary. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called Balkans route has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then traveling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. The massive increase, said to be the largest migration of people since World War II, led Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban to order Hungary’s army to build a steel and barbed wire security barrier along its entire border with Serbia, after more than 100,000 asylum seekers from a variety of countries and war zones entered the country so far this year. 
  • A man relaxes at sunset in an abandoned hotel that has given refuge to many migrant families on August 29, 2015 in Kos, Greece. Migrants from many parts of the Middle East and African nations continue to flood into Europe before heading from Athens, north to the Macedonian border.
  • A Hungarian police officer patrols at the Hungarian border with Serbia, at early morning near Roszke, Hungary, August 29, 2015. About 100,000 migrants, many of them from Syria and other conflict zones in the Middle East, have taken the Balkan route into Europe this year, heading via Serbia for Hungary and Europe’s Schengen zone of passport-free travel. 
  • In this Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 photo, a Palestinian man looks from a window at bulldozers and diggers work at the Egyptian side of the border with Gaza Strip. Egyptian military bulldozers have been digging through the sand along the border in recent days, pressing ahead with what appears to be a renewed campaign to pressure Gaza’s Hamas rulers and stamp out militant activity along the border, who are known for building hidden tunnels.
  • A Civil Guard helps villagers during a fire in the village of Cabreiro, some 60 km from Ourense, northwestern Spain, on August 30, 2015. The region, known as Galicia, has been struggling to control fire outbreaks in the wake of mass abandonments. In recent years, hundreds of whole villages have gone up for sale.
  • Members of team Japan celebrate while waiting for Masafuji Nishijima #16 to cross the plate after hitting a three RBI home run against the Mid-Atlantic team from Red Land Little League of Lewisberry, Pennsylvania during the third inning of the Little League World Series Championship game at Lamade Stadium on August 30, 2015 in South Willamsport, Pennsylvania. Team Japan won the championship soon after.
  • Francena McCorory, Sanya Richards-Ross, Natasha Hastings and Allyson Felix of the United States pose prior to the Women’s 4x400 Relay Final during day nine of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 30, 2015 in Beijing, China. 
  • A child loses his balance on the “gostra”, a pole covered in grease, during the celebrations for the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian’s, outside Valletta, August 30, 2015. In the traditional “gostra”, a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top of a pole and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes. From May to September in Malta, there is hardly any weekend when a town or a village is not celebrating the feast of its patron saint or other saints revered in different churches.
  • A reveller is reflected on a mirror while getting ready to take part in a LGBT pride parade to mark Gaijatra Festival, also known as the festival of cows, in Kathmandu, Nepal August 30, 2015.
  • Migrants walk along in the sunset after crossing into Hungary from the border with Serbia near Roszke, Hungary, August 30, 2015. About 100,000 migrants, many of them from Syria and other conflict zones in the Middle East, have taken the Balkan route into Europe this year, heading via Serbia for Hungary and Europe’s Schengen zone of passport-free travel.
  • An Indian artist with his body painted with the likeness of a tiger dances before a tableau with a picture of tiger during the ‘Pulikali’ or Tiger Dance procession in Thrissur, Kerala state, India, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. This folk art festival is held every year in this town to entertain people during the harvest festival ‘Onam’. 
  • A maiden takes her turn to dance as others watch while preparing to deliver the reeds at Ludzidzini royal palace during the annual Reed Dance in Swaziland, August 30, 2015. During the eight day ceremony, virgin girls cut reeds and present them to the queen mother. The Reed Dance also allows Swaziland’s King Mswati III to choose a wife if he wishes. Mswati currently has 15 wives.
  • Flags of the of nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party seen in the background as police clash with protesters, after a vote to give greater powers to the east in front of the Parliament, in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment.
  • Sloane Stephens serves against Coco Vandeweghe during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in New York.
  • Supporters wave American flags along the shoreline as the USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered super carrier, departs for Yokosuka, Japan from Naval Station North Island in San Diego, California August 31, 2015. The Reagan is replacing the USS George Washington as part of a complicated three-carrier swap that exchanges crews for ships, saving the Navy millions in moving costs.
  • Kanye West pauses as he speaks while accepting the Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 30, 2015, where he announced his bid for presidency in 2020.
  • Migrants are helped to board on the Norwegian Siem Pilot ship during a migrant search and rescue mission off the Libyan Coasts, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Four dead bodies and hundreds of migrants were transferred on the Norwegian Siem Pilot ship from an Italian Navy ship and a Doctor Without Borders vessels after being rescued in different operation in the mediterranean sea.
  • A group from Chihuahua, Mexico, including from left, John Peters, Peter Peters, Abraham Nelson, Daniel Loewan and Franz Peters record the corn combining field demonstrations during the first day of the Farm Progress Show, Tuesday Sept. 1, 2015, in Decatur, Ill.
  • An Indian policeman pushes government car as another stands in flames after it was set on fire by students during a protest in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Police used batons and water canons to disperse protesters near the legislative assembly as they resorted to stoning. The students were demanding the state government to allot permanent jobs to them.
  • A man climbs on a road sign pole to escape the water from a tidal bore which surged past a barrier on the banks of Qiantang River, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 1, 2015.
  • A Palestinian man sits atop the rubble of a house which was destroyed by Israeli troops during an Israeli raid in the West Bank city of Jenin September 1, 2015. At least five Palestinians and an Israeli soldier were wounded during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank late on Monday to arrest Islamist militants, Palestinian medical sources and Israeli media said.
  • German actor Jo Weil sets a world record in speed-kissing in Cologne, Germany, 01 September 2015. Weil kissed 63 women in 30 seconds.
  • Migrants, hoping to cross into Hungary, walk along a railway track outside the village of Horgos in Serbia, towards the border it shares with Hungary August 31, 2015.
  • A group of refugees sit together to charge their cell phones using a TV station’s generator outside the Keleti train station in Budapest, Sept. 2, 2015. About 2,000 refugees remained stranded near station Wednesday and hundreds of passengers were delayed overnight on five Eurostar trains after migrants blocked tracks near the French port of Calais, as Europe continued to grapple with a surge of desperate refugees and migrants. 
  • Migrants try to break through a police cordon and crossing the border between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Sept. 02, 2015. The Gevgelija-Presevo journey is just a part of the journey that the refugees, the vast majority of them from Syria, are forced to make along the so-called Balkan corridor, which takes them from Turkey, across Greece, Macedonia and Serbia to Hungary, the gateway to the European Union.
  • A Macedonian policeman carries a child across the border between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 02 September 2015. The Gevgelija-Presevo journey is just a part of the journey that the refugees, the vast majority of them from Syria, are forced to make along the so-called Balkan corridor, which takes them from Turkey, across Greece, Macedonia and Serbia to Hungary, the gateway to the European Union. 
  • A demonstrator blocks a street near the city circuit courthouses in Baltimore, Sept. 2, 2015. Four months after the arrest and indictment of six Baltimore police officers, including one on charges of murder, for the death of Freddie Gray, an unarmed black man, a judge on Wednesday convened the first hearing in the case. About 50 demonstrators gathered outside the downtown courthouse and the police had made at least one arrest. 
  • Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker enjoys an ice cream soda during a meet and greet visit to the Highland Park Soda Fountain in Dallas, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. 
  • A sign supporting same sex marriage lies on the ground in front of the Rowan County Courthouse September 2, 2015 in Morehead, Kentucky. Citing a religious objection, Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk of Courts, who is an Apostolic Christian, has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of a Supreme Court ruling.
  • Participants make their way through dust at Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The 29th annual alternative living event is traditionally centered around the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy. 
  • U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets traditional fishermen on the shore of the Nushagak River in Dillingham, Alaska September 2, 2015. After meeting tribal leaders and fishermen in Dillingham, home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery, Obama flew into Kotzebue, an Arctic town of about 3,000 that is battling coastal erosion caused by rising seas.
  • A resident tries to extinguish a fire burning temporary houses at a riverside slum in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 2, 2015. There were no casualties in the fire, local media reported. 
  • An Indian driver takes a bath at Barabazar during a 24 hour general strike in Calcutta, India, 02 September 2015. A strike called by 10 trade unions in India saw schools and colleges closed, with some clashes in the eastern state of West Bengal, police said. The unions claimed that 150 million employees of banks, manufacturing industries and auto and taxi drivers were expected to join the strike protest against proposed changes in labour laws. 
  • The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft, bound for the International Space Station and carrying the crew of Aidyn Aimbetov of Kazakhstan, Sergei Volkov of Russia and Andreas Mogensen of Denmark, blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, September 2, 2015. 
  • An African migrant rests after arriving on a fishing boat at Las Carpinteras beach in the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, Spain, Sept. 1, 2015. Around 60 people, including six women and a two-year-old child, were aboard the fishing boat, according to local authorities. 
  • A boy climbs onto a fence while playing in Kabul, Afghanistan September 3, 2015. 
  • Chinese soldiers march in formation passed Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City during a military parade on September 3, 2015 in Beijing, China. China is marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and its role in defeating Japan with a new national holiday and a military parade in Beijing.
  • Birds are released at the end of the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. 
  • Same sex marriage supporters holds hands and hold up their signs during a protest in front of the Rowan County Courthouse September 3, 2015 in Morehead, Kentucky. Kim Davis, an Apostolic Christian and a Rowan County clerk, refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples in defiance of a Supreme Court ruling, citing religious objections. Davis was held in contempt of court and placed in Carter County jail on Thursday, September 3rd. 
  • The Cotopaxi volcano spews ash and vapor, as seen from El Pedregal, Ecuador, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Cotopaxi began showing renewed activity in April and its last major eruption was in 1877.
  • The moon rises over a cross at the GSP stadium, in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. 
  • A young refugee blows soap bubbles at the Keleti train station in Budapest, Serbia, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Hundreds of refugees were stuck at two train stations in Hungary, many of whom set off on foot for Austria on Friday, one group forming a line nearly a half-mile long as they streamed out of Budapest, the other breaking out of a train near a migrant reception center and then running toward the West after overwhelming police.
  • Migrants march along the highway towards the border with Austria, out of Budapest, Hungary, September 4, 2015. Hundreds of migrants broke out of a Hungarian border camp on Friday and others set off on foot from Budapest as authorities scrambled to contain a migrant crisis that has brought Europe’s asylum system to breaking point. 
  • Migrants protest outside a train that they are refusing to leave for fear of being taken to a refugee camp from the train that has been held at Bicske station since the day before on Sept. 4, 2015 in Bicske, near Budapest, Hungary.
  • A woman looks out of a train that was stopped in Bicske, Hungary, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Over 150,000 people have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia. Many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. 
  • Reenactment actors dressed up in period costumes drag a dead cart through the streets and shout “bring out your dead” as they take part in a procession to mark 350 years since the Great Plague of London in the City of London on Sept. 4, 2015.
  • Rowan County deputy clerk Brian Mason, left, hands James Yates, and his partner William Smith Jr., their marriage license at the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky. on Sept. 4, 2015. 
  • A boy dressed like Hindu Lord Krishna waits to attend celebrations on the eve of Janmashtami at a school in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. The day marked the birth of Krishna.

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This week saw a continued rise in migration along with subsequent tensions. Train stations were closed to refugees, new barbed wire fences increased frictions, images of emotional scenes are abound.

The spectacle of U.S. politics saw very interesting moments this week. As Republican candidates ramped up their retorts to one another, a religiously stalwart Kentucky clerk was sent to jail for refusing to abide by the Supreme Court and hip-hop star Kanye West announced his bid for a 2020 presidency.

As China celebrated their 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender during World War II, a general strike in India saw tens of millions of workers in opposition to Modi’s pro-market reforms.

Meanwhile in sports, the World Athletics Championship in Beijing concluded and the US Open commenced, and of course, in Malta, young participants in an ancient festival attempted to climb a greasy pole known as the ‘gostra’. 

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