This Week in Pictures: Aug. 8-14

  • A flamingo and flamingo chicks are seen in a corral before being fitted with identity rings at dawn at a lagoon in the Fuente de Piedra natural reserve, in Fuente de Piedra, near Malaga, southern Spain, Aug. 8, 2015. Around 600 flamingo chicks were tagged and measured before being placed in the lagoon, one of the largest colonies of flamingos in Europe, according to authorities of the natural reserve.
  • People cool themself in a weir on the Berounka river close to village of Dobrichovice, Czech Republic, Aug. 8, 2015. Extreme hot weather continue in Czech Republic.
  • A migrant drinks water on the deck of the Medecins san Frontiere (MSF) rescue ship Bourbon Argos somewhere between Libya and Sicily Aug. 8, 2015. Some 241 mostly West African migrants on the ship are expected to arrive on the Italian island of Sicily on Sunday morning, according to MSF.
  • Police stand near a suspect in a parking lot after gunfire during a protest on the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, Aug. 9, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said that plainclothes officers had been tracking the man, who they believed was armed, during the protest. Belmar said the man opened fire on police and was struck when the officers returned fire. The man was taken to a hospital, where Belmar said he was in surgery early Monday morning.
  • Arkansas’ Jake Hall, from left, La’Michael Pettway and Karl Roesler pass the time playing with their cell phones in the players’ locker room during the annual NCAA college football media day event in Fayetteville, Ark., Aug. 9, 2015. Members of the media were granted access to the locker room for one hour to interview players. Arkansas is to kick off its season at home against University of Texas-El Paso on Sept. 5.
  • Contestants prepare for the 2015 Miss Gay Nicaragua beauty contest in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, Aug 8, 2015. With eighteen contestants, this is the first time that this event is done outside of the capital city of Managua.
  • Baltimore Ravens wide receivers cast shadows as they walk off the field after NFL football training camp, Aug. 8, 2015, in Owings Mills, Md.
  • Police take cover behind a vehicle during a protest in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9, 2015. The one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson began with a march in his honor and ended with a protest that was interrupted by gunfire.
  • Afghan migrants stay inside a tent as they cook food at a camp set near Calais, northern France, Aug. 9, 2015. An estimated 2,500 migrants are currently at the windswept camp surrounded by sand dunes that sprung up when a state-approved day center for migrants was opened nearby. The ramshackle encampment of tents and lean-tos is referred to as the “jungle,” like the camps it replaced.
  • Catholics offer prayers at an early morning mass to pay respect to the victims of the atomic bombing at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, southern Japan, Aug. 9, 2015. Seventy years ago, a U.S.-dropped atomic bomb detonated about 1,500 feet from the church, killing two priests who were hearing confessions and about 30 others inside. The more than 70,000 who died in Nagasaki in the Aug. 9, 1945, bombing included 8,500 of the cathedral’s 12,000 parishioners, decimating the largest Christian community in Japan.
  • An Army carry team transports the remains of Army 1st Sgt. Peter A. McKenna Jr., of Bristol, R.I., upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Aug. 10, 2015. The 7th Special Forces Group to which he was assigned said that McKenna died Friday in Kabul, Afghanistan, during an attack on a NATO facility. McKenna was killed about a month after he was honored at the historic Fourth of July parade in his hometown.
  • A man and a young girl watch a helicopter working to extinguish a forest fire in Pereiro of Aguiar, Ourense, Galicia, Spain, Aug. 10, 2015.
  • St Louis County police officers hold an anti-police demonstrator in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 10, 2015. Police in riot gear clashed with protesters who had gathered in the streets of Ferguson early on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the police shooting of an unarmed black teen whose death sparked a national outcry over race relations.
  • Firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Mangualde, Portugal, Aug. 11, 2015. About 200 firefighters, 58 land vehicles, two helicopters and one plane are working to fight the fire.
  • A dinghy overcrowded with Syrian refugees drifts in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece after its motor broke down off the Greek island of Kos, Aug. 11, 2015. United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the “total chaos” on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey, according to Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR director for Europe.
  • Syrian refugee children attend a class at a makeshift school set up in a tent at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan, Aug. 11, 2015. Around 40 children gather for three hours daily to learn from a volunteering teacher.
  • A Sadhu or Hindu holy man rows a boat near submerged huts on the flooded banks of river Ganga after heavy monsoon rains in the northern India caused the rise in water levels, in Allahabad, India, Aug. 11, 2015.
  • Syrian men form a safety passage for women following clashes during a registration procedure in the national stadium of the Greek island of Kos, Aug. 11, 2015. Local authorities struggle to cope with the increasing numbers of migrants and refugees arriving on dinghies from nearby Turkish coast.
  • Costa Rica coach Paulo Wanchope (R) is pictured fighting with a security guard during the Olympic qualifying match between Costa Rica amd Panama at the Maracana stadium in Panama City, Aug. 11, 2015. Wanchope resigned on Wednesday after being involved in a brawl with a security guard at the end of an Olympic qualifying match against Panama. Wanchope, who was observing the match on Tuesday in Panama City between the respective countries’ under-23 teams, was shown in video footage to retaliate after being pushed by the man.
  • Flamingos wade in Cape Town’s Black River, Aug. 11, 2015.
  • Lebanon’s Hezbollah members and supporters carry a man that fainted during the funeral of his friend, Hezbollah fighter Ali Manana, in Sarafand, southern Lebanon, Aug. 11, 2015. Manana was killed during what activists said were clashes between Hezbollah fighters alongside the army of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad against Syrian Rebels in Syria.
  • A masked Palestinian boy wearing a Hamas headband sits on a chair as he waits to watch an anti-Israel military parade by Hamas militants in Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip, Aug. 11, 2015.
  • Stars seen as streaks from a long camera exposure are seen behind Arnotegui Hermitage, in Obanos, northern Spain, Aug. 11, 2015. A meteor shower is expected to peak Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
  • Jeeps run on the cliff-hanging roads in Xintang County during 2015 Jeep Club Annual Meeting on Aug. 11, 2015 in Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hubei Province of China. Over 160 jeeps run on the roads dug by villagers on cliff from Shuanghe Village to Muliyuan Village during 2015 Jeep Club Annual Meeting in Xintang County, Hubei Province.
  • Festival goers enjoy the atmosphere at Isla Fantasia Water Park as part of the Circuit Festival on Aug. 11, 2015, in Barcelona, Spain. The Circuit Festival is considered Europe’s biggest gay and lesbian festival.
  • A member of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation takes a photo of the Jerusalem Fire burning along Morgan Valley Road on Aug. 11, 2015, near Lower Lake, Calif. The fire has consumed 16,000 acres after doubling in size overnight and is currently five percent contained.
  • A burn operation is seen along Morgan Valley Road during the Jerusalem Fire on Aug. 11, 2015, near Lower Lake, California. The fire has consumed 16,000 acres after doubling in size overnight and is currently five percent contained.
  • A festival-goer walks in an installation during the 23rd Sziget (Island) Festival on Shipyard Island in Budapest, Hungary, Aug. 11, 2015. The event is one of the biggest cultural events of Europe, offering art exhibitions, theatrical and circus performances and music concerts.
  • A photograph made available shows a migrant smoking a cigarette next to a railway of the Channel Tunnel in Calais, France, August 11, 2015. A few thousand migrants currently living in the Calais area wait for the opportunity to get to Great Britain through the Channel Tunnel which connects France and England. 
  • An aerial view shows numerous sail boats sailing on the water near Bremerhaven, Germany, Aug. 12, 2015.
  • A model wears a creation by Maatin Shakir during the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug. 12, 2015.
  • A Syrian refugee (C) tries to catch his breath as he stands in a crowded line to get registered in the national stadium of the Greek island of Kos, Aug. 12, 2015. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the “total chaos” on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey, according to Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR director for Europe.
  • Hot air balloons fly during the 19th FAI Hot Air Balloon European Championship in Debrecen, 226 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, Aug. 12, 2015.
  • A ten day old Bengal Tiger cub is carried by his mother in the Bali Zoo in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, Aug. 12, 2015.
  • Kashmiri villagers shout slogans during the funeral procession of civilian Bilal Ahmad at Awantipora, some 20 miles from Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 12, 2015. Ahmad was killed when Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel allegedly opened fire on people protesting against the killing of two militants in a prolonged gunbattle that took place in Pulwama district in the Indian-ruled portion of Kashmir on Tuesday.
  • Members of the women battalion of India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) walk past lush green hills as party of their daily physical training in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India, Aug 12, 2015.
  • A migrant carries a child off a dinghy after crossing from Turkey to the Greek southeastern island of Kos, at the early hours, Aug. 12, 2015. Dozens of boat people from the Middle East are flowing into the Greek holiday island of Kos from nearby Turkey, joining thousands of refugees camped under wretched conditions.
  • Jordan Spieth of the United States putts during a practice round prior to the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits on Aug. 12, 2015, in Sheboygan, Wis.
  • India’s Rohit Sharma successfully completes a catch to dismiss Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews during the first cricket test match between India and Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, Aug. 12, 2015.
  • Police officers try to make space as migrants queuing for a registration procedure inside a stadium in Kos, on the Greek southeastern island of Kos, Aug. 12, 2015. Locked in a sunbaked football stadium without food, drinking water or sanitation, about 1,000 refugees queued for hours Wednesday to register with overwhelmed Greek authorities on the holiday island of Kos, now at the forefront of a humanitarian crisis sweeping the financially broken country.
  • Migrants try to board a train that would take them towards Serbia, at the railway station in the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija on Aug. 12, 2015. Macedonia is facing increasing pressure as migrants flow through its southern and northern borders with Greece and Serbia. Thousands of migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa are heading north through the Balkans on their way to the more prosperous European Union countries.
  • A refugee stands in front of a flash head in the Hannover Messe Hall 21, in Hannover, Germany, Aug. 12, 2015. All incoming refugees are to be photographed. The Hall 21 has been set up for last minute emergency accommodation for refugees.
  • Smoke billows from the site of an explosion that reduced a parking lot filled with new cars to charred remains at a warehouse in northeastern China’s Tianjin municipality, Aug. 13, 2015. Huge explosions in the warehouse district sent up massive fireballs that turned the night sky into day in the Chinese port city of Tianjin, officials and witnesses said Thursday.
  • A migrant girl looks towards the see as they arrive on a dinghy at the southeastern island of Kos, Greece, after crossing from Turkey, Aug. 13, 2015. Greece has become the main gateway to Europe for tens of thousands of refugees and economic migrants, mainly Syrians fleeing war, as fighting in Libya has made the alternative route from north Africa to Italy increasingly dangerous.
  • Damaged cars are seen near the site of explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin August 13, 2015. Two massive explosions caused by flammable goods ripped through an industrial area in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday.
  • People wearing masks look on near the site of the explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin, China, Aug. 13, 2015. Two massive explosions caused by flammable goods ripped through an industrial area in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring as many as 400, official Chinese media reported. 
  • Lawn mowers work on the 11th fairway before the first round of the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wis., Aug. 13, 2015. 
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry boards his aircraft from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., for a flight to Havana, Aug. 14, 2015. Kerry is traveling to the Cuban capital to raise the U.S. flag and formally reopen the long-closed U.S. Embassy. Cuba and the U.S. officially restored diplomatic relations July 20, as part of efforts to normalize ties between the former Cold War foes.



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.