This Week in Pictures: Aug. 9-15

  • Refugees from the Yazidi religious minority cross the Syrian border into Faysh Khabur, in Iraq’s northern Dohuk province, August 9, 2014. Many of the Yazidis who fled from Islamic State fighters remain on the slopes of Mount Sinjar, where they are now in danger of starving. 
  • A contestant takes part in the first international waterfall jumping competition held in the old town of Jajce, Bosnia, August 9, 2014. 
  • Nancy Jayah walks past the home of Foday Ansumana Konneh, who reportedly lost family members to Ebola, in the village of Njala Giema, Sierra Leone, August 9, 2014. A World Health Organization panel of ethicists will meet on Monday to discuss the use of experimental treatments never before used on humans on patients in West Africa.
  • Revelers throw brightly colored powder during the Monsoon Holi Festival in Madrid, Spain, August 9, 2014. 
  • Police officers arrive to break up a crowd in Ferguson, Mo., August 9, 2014. Earlier in the day police shot and killed an 18-year-old man.
  • Residents survey the damage in front of the destroyed home of Olga Terepa who died after a reported shelling in Donetsk, Ukraine, August 9, 2014. 
  • A Palestinian girl stands inside her family’s house, which witnesses said was damaged in an Israeli air strike that destroyed a neighboring house, in Gaza City, August 9, 2014. Israel launched more than 20 aerial attacks in Gaza early on Saturday and militants fired several rockets at Israel in a second day of violence since a failure to extend an Egyptian-mediated truce that halted a month-long war earlier this week. 
  • A monk walks past a brightly colored wall in Tibet, August 9, 2014. 
  • A woman near the entrance of a hospital, after coming up from the basement for some fresh air, in Donetsk, Ukraine, August 10, 2014. The Ukraine military’s artillery bombardment of this rebel capital with ground-to-ground rockets reached its most intense level yet on Sunday. 
  • Palestinian firefighters extinguish a blaze at a soap factory moments after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, August 10, 2014. Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a fresh 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, accepting an Egyptian invitation to resume talks to end fighting that has killed some 2,000 people. 
  • The full moon, nicknamed “the supermoon”, rises at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 10, 2014. A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. 
  • Relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, No. 132 of the Colorado Rockies, pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 10th inning of the MLB game in Phoenix, Arizona, August 10, 2014. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 5-3 in 10 innings. 
  • A Guardiola Fantoni ranch fighting bull runs while a spectator uses a Spanish fan to cover herself from the harsh sun during a bullfight at Las Ventas bullring, in Madrid, Spain, August 10, 2014.
  • Young Hindu priests perform a ritual during the Janai Purnima festival (Sacred Thread Festival) at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 10, 2014. Hindus take holy baths and change their sacred thread, also known as Janai, for protection and purification during the festival. 
  • Revelers attend the Cinetrip Future Disco bath party at Szechenyi Bath in Budapest, August 10, 2014.
  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan supporters celebrate his presidential victory in Istanbul, August 10, 2014. The prime minister won easily with 51.8% of the vote, ahead of two opposition candidates Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Selahattin Demirtas. 
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews look on as they attend the “Redemption of the First Born Donkey” (“Pidyon Peter Chamor” in Hebrew) ceremony in the religious city of Bnei Brak, Israel, August 10 2014.
  • The supermoon is seen from the Astro-Physical Institute of the Canaries in the Canary Islands, Spain, August 10, 2014. 
  • Two Palestinian fishermen paddle their small boat a few hundred yards off the beach in Gaza City, August 10, 2014. For hours every morning the fishermen wade through the surf on the beach or paddle off the coast casting their small nets to bring back food for their families. The fishermen agree that there are less and less fish to be caught off the beach because of the raw sewage being dumped into the ocean. 
  • A fire burns in Ferguson, Missouri, August 10, 2014. People crammed a suburban St. Louis street Sunday night at a vigil for unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot and killed by a police officer. 
  • A man backs away as law enforcement officials close in on him and eventually detain him during protests over the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager killed by a police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri, August 11, 2014. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Monday that it had opened an inquiry into the shooting of Brown. 
  • A girl buys candy at a makeshift store inside an informal settlers community in Manila, Philippines, August 11, 2014. The Philippines has one of the fastest growing populations in Southeast Asia with around 100 million people. At least 12 million people live in the capital city of Manila alone, making it one of the most densely populated and largest cities in the world. Lack of space and economic opportunities has pushed around four million people to live informally along waterways, bridges and even cemeteries, further straining the already weak infrastructure and the limited resources of the city. 
  • Relatives of Palestinian Zakaria al-Aqra mourn during his funeral in the West Bank village of Qabalan, August 11, 2014. Local medical officials said Israeli troops killed Zakaria al-Aqra in the occupied West Bank on Monday during a raid on his house. 
  • Aerial view of Niteroi area of the Guanabara bay, which surrounds the north and south part of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 11, 2014. This area, which is suffering high levels of contamination due to spilled sewage and sedimentation process, will host sailing competitions at the 2016 Olympic Games. 
  • A child uses a rag to shield his face from tear gas being fired by police who used it to force protesters from the business district into nearby neighborhoods in Ferguson, Missouri, August 11, 2014. 32 arrests were made after protests turned into rioting and looting in Ferguson. 
  • Iraqi Yazidi women cook bread at Bajid Kandal refugee camp in Dohuk Province, northern Iraq, August 11, 2014. Thousands of Yazidi, a minority, fled their homes after ISIS militants took control of Sinjar, and at least 500 Yazidis have been killed by ISIS fighters, according to Iraq’s human rights minister, Mohammed Shia al-Sudani. 
  • Bullfighters and their assistants make the ‘paseillo’, or ritual entrance to the arena, before a bullfight at Las Ventas bullring, in Madrid, Spain, August 10, 2014. 
  • Prisoners smoke cigarettes behind a pile of tires in a pavilion at a prison that was reportedly damaged by artillery strikes, on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, August 11, 2014. 
  • Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to ISIS, walk towards the Syrian border near the town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate, August 10, 2014. The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, has prompted tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee for their lives.
  • Students of Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School are suspended in mid-air as they rehearse for a stunt performance at a stadium in Nanjing, China, August 9, 2014. Five-hundred-twenty students took part in the performance called “Building the Dream”, which will be part of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games. 
  • Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect ride in the trunk of a car as they make their way towards the Syrian border, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate, Aug. 10, 2014. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq’s Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north.
  • Indonesian villagers walk to the crater during the Kasodo ceremony at Mount Bromo, Probolinggo, Indonesia, August 12, 2014. The Kasodo ceremony is a way of Tengger Hindus to express their gratitude to the Gods for the good harvest and fortune bestowed on them. The peak of Kasodo ceremony was held early in the morning as thousands of Tengger Hindus climbed Mount Bromo and threw their offerings into the crater. The offerings range from vegetables, chickens, fruits, goats to money and other valuables.
  • Horses are seen during the media preview of the equestrian theatrical spectacular, Cavalia at the Cavalia’s White Theatre Tent on Bayfront Avenue, beside Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Aug. 12, 2014.
  • Palestinians sit on the remains of their house, which witnesses said was destroyed in the Israeli offensive, during a 72-hour truce in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, August 12, 2014. Talks to end a month-long war between Israel and Gaza militants are “difficult”, Palestinian delegates said on Tuesday, while an Israeli official said no progress had been made so far.
  • A double rainbow forms over Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, August 12, 2014.
  • Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, August 12, 2014. Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
  • Tengger tribes people place vegetables as offerings at Mount Bromo during the annual Kasada ceremony in East Java, August 12, 2014. The Kasada ceremony is a festival held every 14th day of the Kasada month in the traditional Hindu lunar calender to honor Sang Hyang Widhi (God Almighty). Hundreds of worshippers from the Tengger tribe sacrifice food and livestock that they throw into the crater for the blessings of safety and prosperity for their families and community.
  • Two elderly Afghan refugee men, who sell ice cubes, rest during a heat wave on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, August 12, 2014.
  • A flight deck crew member stands clear as a F/A-18C Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA-87) takes off the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), in the Gulf, August 12, 2014. Planes have been taking off from the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN77) to strike key positions taken over by the Islamic State fighters in Iraq. President Barack Obama has authorized air strikes to confront the Islamist fighters in various cities of Iraq. 
  • A woman reacts after shelling in the town of Yasynuvata near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, August 12, 2014. Shelling on a town just north of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday ripped through blocks of flats and set its central market on fire, killing several in an attack that local residents blamed on Ukrainian forces.
  • Journalists and crews gather in the TV Tribune prior to the opening of the the European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, August 12, 2014.
  • People who were on an Iraqi military helicopter that crashed are evacuated on another rescue helicopter, in Iraq’s Sinjar mountains, August 12, 2014. An Iraqi military helicopter that was delivering supplies to Yazidis still trapped in the mountains was filled with Yazidi refugees, military personnel and journalists when it crashed, killing the Kurdish pilot and injuring many others.
  • A multiple exposure picture shows a Perseids meteor shower in the night sky from the mountains of Sierra Norte, Spain, August 12, 2014. The perseid meteor shower occurs every year in August when the Earth passes through the debris and dust of the Swift-Tuttle comet. 
  • A protester takes shelter from the tear gas exploding around him in Ferguson, Missouri on the fourth night of unrest after the fatal police shooting of teen Michael Brown, Aug. 13, 2014.
  • A train travels over a bridge in Beijing, August 13, 2014. China’s industrial production, which measures output at factories, workshops and mines, rose 9% year-on-year in July. 
  • Police advance through smoke in Ferguson, Missouri, August 13, 2014. Protests in the St. Louis suburb turned violent Wednesday night, with people lobbing molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd. 
  • Visitors play the “The Crew” video game at an exhibition stand during the Gamescom 2014 fair in Cologne, Germany, August 13, 2014. The Gamescom convention, Europe’s largest video games trade fair, runs from August 13 to August 17.
  • A man shields himself from the rain with an umbrella as he runs across an intersection in Hong Kong, August 13, 2014. 
  • Businessmen make their way to work through the early morning light at Brookfield Place, downtown Toronto, August 13, 2014. 
  • A girl from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rests at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Iraq, August 13, 2014. 
  • Indian firefighters battle to extinguish a huge fire under the basement of a multi-story building in Calcutta, Eastern India, August 12, 2014. 
  • Clergymen attend a service in Kiev on the election day of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, August 13, 2014. Former Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate died on July 5. 
  • Visitors run away as a tidal wave surges past a barrier on the banks of Qiantang River, in Hangzhou, China, August 13, 2014.
  • A general view of rescue workers during search and rescue operations at a quarry in the area of Catequilla, Ecuador, August 13, 2014, where a landslide occurred on August 12 due to a 5.1 magnitude earthquake registered in the north of the city of Quito. 
  • Law enforcement officers, including a sniper perched atop an armored vehicle, watch as demonstrators protest the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, August 13, 2014. The police chief of this St. Louis suburb said Wednesday that Brown injured the officer who later fatally shot the unarmed 18-year-old though witnesses dispute that such an altercation occurred. 
  • A South Korean security guard peers out of a glass door during Pope Francis and South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s meeting at the presidential house in Seoul, August 14, 2014. As Francis became the first pope in 25 years to visit South Korea, Seoul’s never-timid rival, North Korea, made its presence felt by firing three short-range projectiles less than an hour before he arrived, officials said. 
  • An athlete from Zambia sings with teammates at the square of the Youth Olympic Village in Nanjing, east China’s Jiangsu Province, August 14, 2014. Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games will be held from August 16 to 28. 
  • A health worker wearing protective clothing carries a mattress for new arrivals to a newly-opened Ebola isolation center set up in a school by the Liberian health ministry, which was closed due to the epidemic on Aug. 14, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. People suspected of contracting the Ebola virus are being sent to such centers in the capital Monrovia where the spread of the highly contagious and deadly Ebola virus has been called catastrophic. The epidemic has killed more than 1,000 people in four West African countries. 
  • Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson (L) speaks to protesters as he walks through a peaceful demonstration as communities continue to react to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO., Aug. 14, 2014. Missouri’s governor Jay Nixon moved to ease tensions on Thursday after days of racially charged protests over the police shooting of Brown, an unarmed black teenager, putting the African-American captain of the Highway Patrol Johnson in charge of security in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. 

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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.

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