This Week in Pictures: Aug. 30-Sept. 5

  • Festival-goers ride an art car during the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada, on Aug. 30, 2014.
  • A woman holds a parasol as she stands next to elephants during the 2014 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Samut Prakan province, on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 30, 2014.
  • Festival-goers stand in front of Pulse and Bloom, an interactive art installation that visualizes the heartbeats of participants, during the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada, Aug. 30, 2014.
  • A man uses a plastic sheet to protect himself from a heavy monsoon rain shower in Kolkata, India, Aug. 31, 2014.
  • A supporter of Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) political party, prays while wearing a gas mask, for protection from tear gas released by the police to disperse the supporters as they marched to the prime minister’s house, in Islamabad, Pakistan on Aug. 30, 2014. Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country’s political crisis failed.
  • A competitor runs through a foam tunnel during the Brutal Run extreme obstacle course race in Budapest, Aug. 30, 2014.
  • Boys pass the time in their home at Kanhla village, an area to be included in the New City Project, outside Yangon, Myanmar, Aug. 30, 2014. The Yangon region government said on Aug. 28 an open tender would be held for the huge low-cost housing project, one of the biggest of its kind in Myanmar, just days after the city’s mayor stunned lawmakers by announcing a deal had been struck in secret with a firm set up only nine months ago.
  • DJ Zedd performs during the second day of the 2014 Electric Zoo Festival on Randall’s Island in New York, Aug. 30, 2014. Despite widely publicized safety measures at this year’s festival, tens of thousands of people still showed up in their party outfits: face paint, rhinestones, wild wigs, fluorescent bikinis, butterfly wings and superhero costumes. 
  • Police officers in riot gear march during Independence Day, or Merdeka Day, celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Aug. 31, 2014.
  • Tungurahua volcano erupts near Banos, Ecuador, Aug. 31, 2014. Tungurahua, which means “Throat of Fire” in the local Quechua language, has been classified as active since 1999.
  • Peshmerga forces, as well as Shiite militias, fight ISIS from a make-shift outpost on the edge of the village of Salam, Iraq, Aug. 31, 2014. The village is just south of Kirkuk and north of Amerli, where residents have been held under siege for the past seven weeks.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men attend a protest against the jailing of a Jewish seminary student who failed to comply with a recruitment order, next to the army recruiting office in Jerusalem, Aug. 31, 2014.
  • Janine Rivera cools off at a misting station during the Made in American music festival in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 31, 2014.
  • A mother says goodbye to her son, a volunteer in the Kurdish peshmerga forces, as he prepares to leave home for the front line near Tuz Khurmatu, northeast of Tikrit city, in Iraq, Aug. 31, 2014.
  • Residents gather near a destroyed car after an attack by suspected militants at the Jilacow underground cell inside a national security compound in Mogadishu, Somalia, Aug. 31, 2014. Islamist rebels blew up a car bomb and gunmen attacked the national-intelligence site in Somalia’s capital where suspected militants are held, in an assault on Sunday that left 11 people dead, government officials and the rebel group said.
  • Malaysian police officers march during the 57th National Day celebrations at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug. 31, 2014.
  • A Palestinian walks next to a fire to light the area that witnesses said was shelled by Israel during an offensive, in the Shejaia neighborhood east of Gaza City, Aug. 31, 2014.
  • President Barack Obama arrives via Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Sept. 1, 2014. Obama made a Labor Day visit Monday to Milwaukee to deliver remarks at the Laborfest 2014 rally.
  • Members of Russia’s Squadron of the Special Guards dressed like Russian soldiers of the First World War perform during the opening of the International Military Music Festival ‘Spasskaya Tower’ on Moscow’s Red Square, Russia, Sept. 1, 2014.
  • Ukrainian students carry bouquets of flowers during a ceremony at the start of the school year known as “Day of Knowledge” in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk, Ukraine, Sept. 1, 2014.
  • A member of the North Korean subway station staff waits for the arrival of a train, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Foreign visitors are usually only allowed to take one to two stops, on Pyongyang’s north-south Chollima subway line.
  • An Indian laborer loads goods on a bike at Chawri Bazar, in New Delhi, India, Sept. 1, 2014. Chawri Bazar, said to be the first wholesale market of old quarters of Delhi, is a specialized wholesale hardware market said to have started in the late 19th Century, mostly selling brass, copper and paper products.
  • North Korean commuters ride on a subway, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea.
  • A woman helps her son off a horse-drawn carriage at the start of the school day in San Jose de las Lajas, Cuba, Sept 1, 2014.
  • Participants dance during the West Indian Day Parade in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Sept. 1, 2014.
  • Health workers push an Ebola patient who escaped from quarantine from Monrovia’s Elwa hospital, into an ambulance in the center of Paynesville in this still image taken from a Sept. 1, 2014 video. The patient, who wore a tag showing he had tested positive for Ebola, held a stick and tried to get away from doctors when they arrived on the scene attempting to catch him. The patient was walking through a local market in search of food.
  • An Afghan National Army soldier takes part in a training at the military training camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 1, 2014.
  • Israeli naval officers stand at attention during their graduation ceremony in the northern city of Haifa, Sept. 2, 2014.
  • A man drinks tea while standing next to a roadside tea shop in Kolkata, India, Sept. 2, 2014.
  • A fan attends day 9 of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept. 2, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. 
  • The Colombian team performs during the Squad Compulsory Vaulting competition at the World Equestrian Games at the Zenith in Caen, Sept. 2, 2014.
  • People seek relief from the heat in the spray of the water from the Flushing Meadows Park Unisphere fountain in the Queens Borough of New York, Sept. 2, 2014.
  • Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (left) arrives at his corruption trial at U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Sept. 3, 2014, in Richmond, Virginia. McDonnell and his wife Maureen were found guilty of accepting gifts, vacations and loans from a Virginia businessman in exchange for helping his company.
  • North Koreans watch as their others play an arcade game at the Kaeson Youth Amusement Park, Sept. 3, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea.
  • Olga Koshykova stands next the rubble of her home after it was destroyed during recent clashes between Ukrainian and rebel forces in Ilovaysk, Ukraine, Sept. 3, 2014.
  • A street merchant  carries a bunch of colorful cotton candy on a pole on a rainy day in Dharmsala, India, Sept. 3, 2014.
  • Ragheda, foreground, the wife of Sgt. Ali Sayid, who was beheaded by Islamic militants, mourns during Ali’s funeral in his hometown of Fnaydek, in Akkar, north Lebanon, Sept. 3, 2014. Sgt. Ali Sayid went missing around the same time that some two dozen soldiers and police were seized by militants from Syria who overran the border town of Arsal for several days last month.
  • An anti-government protester takes a morning bath with others at a public pump during the Revolution March in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sept. 3, 2014. Pakistan’s parliament threw its weight behind embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention.
  • Children play on the hills in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sept. 3, 2014.
  • A British soldier in combat gear is seen on the golf course of the Celtic Manor Hotel ahead of the NATO summit in Newport, Wales, Sept. 3, 2014. 
  • An injured man is carried on a stretcher at a field hospital in Douma, Syria, Sept. 3, 2014. Activists said forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad shelled various locations on Wednesday, including a market in Douma, and in al-Nashabiyeh city, in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus.
  • A ladder leans against a half-finished mural during the “All you can paint” festival in Halle/Saale, Germany, Sept. 3, 2014.
  • Horse-drawn carriages in action during the dress rehearsal for the stallion exhibition “Hengstparaden” at the state stud farm Moritzburg, in Moritzburg, Germany, Sept. 3, 2014. The farm has been presenting its stallions to breeders and visitors for 85 years.
  • A union leader representing horse-drawn carriage drivers escorts models seeking refuge past animal activists protesting a fashion show that uses the horse-drawn carriages, in Central Park in New York, Sept. 3, 2014. The issue of horse-drawn carriages continues to be a contentious issue in New York as fashion week kicks off.
  • Fans are silhouetted by the setting sun as Kei Nishikori of Japan takes on Stan Wawrinka in a quarterfinal men’s singles match in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Sept. 3, 2014. Nishikori defeated Wawrinka.
  • A pro-Russian rebel holds a dog named Devka with a hand grenade attached to the leash in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sept. 3, 2014. A day ahead of a NATO summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued his own peace plan for eastern Ukraine, calling on the Russian-backed insurgents there to “stop advancing” and urging Ukraine to withdraw its troops from the region. Hours earlier, Ukraine had issued a vague statement about agreeing with Putin on cease-fire steps. The separatists rejected the move, saying no cease-fire was possible without a pullback by Ukraine, while Putin’s spokesman claimed that Moscow could not agree to a cease-fire because it was not a party to the conflict.
  • Military personnel wait outside as leaders from the U.S., France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and Ukraine participate in a meeting on the situation in Ukraine at the NATO Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, Sept. 4, 2014.
  • A child passes a fountain in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Sept. 4, 2014.
  • Unmarked military vehicles burn on a country road in the village of Berezove, eastern Ukraine, Sept. 4, 2014, after a clash between pro-government troops and Russian-backed separatist militia. Separatist rebels have made major strides in their offensive against Ukrainian government forces in recent days, drawing on what Ukraine and NATO says is ample support from the Russian military. 
  • Anti-government protesters wait for a speech by their leader Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party, during heavy rain in front of the Parliament house in the Red Zone during the Revolution March in Islamabad, Sept. 4, 2014. Pakistan’s protest leaders demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation prepared to resume talks with the government on Wednesday, reviving hopes for a negotiated solution to a crisis that has shaken the coup-prone nation.
  • A worker carries a bucket to clean windows outside a Burger King restaurant before it opens as protestors demonstrate outside, Sept. 4, 2014, in Atlanta. Calling for higher pay and the right to form a union without retaliation, fast-food chain workers and community supporters in Atlanta protested Thursday as part of a wave of strikes and protests in 150 cities across the U.S.
  • A coal miner cries in front of the Raspotocje coal mine in Zenica, Bosnia, Sept. 5, 2014. Thirty-four Bosnian coal miners were trapped underground on Friday after an earthquake triggered a rock burst, leaving rescue teams struggling to clear debris to reach them. The 3.5 magnitude earthquake hit the central town of Zenica on Thursday afternoon, causing rocks in the nearby Raspotocje mine to fracture half an hour later, blocking parts of the mine, officials said on Friday. 
  • President Barack Obama meets a family in a field as he visits Stonehenge after leaving the NATO summit in Newport, Wales, on Sept. 5, 2014. 

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Revelers battled heat and dust in Black Rock City, Nevada, this week, for the annual Burning Man Festival. As summer wound down, students headed back to school.

Fighting continued in Iraq, where Shiite and peshmerga fighters continue to battle Sunni militants and try to maintain to control of territory in the north. In eastern Ukraine, clashes continued between pro-government troops and Russian-backed separatists. And Ebola continued to afflict a growing number of people in West Africa. 

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