This Week in Pictures: Aug. 9-15
The public’s attention shifted quickly this week, as the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of the Ferguson, Mo. police led to protests and looting, and riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds and regain a semblance of order in the city. Police have faced criticism over the harsh tactics employed against the crowd’s gathering to protest.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri-al Maliki stepped down on Thursday, in the wake of the end of the siege of a mountaintop where members of the religious minority Yazidi sect had fled in fear of ISIS’s steady march.
Shelling continued in eastern Ukraine, as Russia sent a convoy of supplies to the border.