This Week in Pictures: Aug. 8-14
Sunday marked one year since the death of Michael Brown Jr. at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson. Peaceful protests were interrupted by violence on Sunday night, and a state of emergency was declared in St. Louis County the following day.
In Japan, people memorialized the August 9, 1945, atomic bombing of Nagasaki by U.S. forces, which killed 70,000 people just days after the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
Syrian refugees continue to flood into Greece and Turkey, and other Balkan nations are feeling increasingly strained by the number of migrants coming from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Many are entering Europe through the Mediterranean.
Two massive explosions at a warehouse in the Chinese port city of Tianjin resulted in dozens of deaths, left hundreds injured, and also caused colossal destruction to buildings and hundreds of vehicles in the area.
Wildfires continue to eat their way along the Pacific coast at an alarming rate, and firefighters have raised the condition level of the major fires to the highest possible level.
Stargazers around the world gathered to witness the Perseid meteor shower early Thursday morning. And on Friday, the American Flag was raised in Cuba after 54 years of tensions dating back to the Cold War.