This Week in Pictures: Aug. 15-21

  • People release doves as a symbol of peace at Yasukuni Shrine on the anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War Two in Tokyo, Aug. 15, 2015.
  • Indian policemen get ready before the start of India’s Independence Day celebrations in Kochi, India, Aug. 15, 2015. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s independence day speech focused on measures his “Team India” had rolled out to include millions of poor Indians in the banking and insurance systems, policies for workers, and farmers and successes in the fights against inflation and corruption.
  • Smoke rises as damaged vehicles are seen burning near the site of Wednesday night’s explosions at Binhai new district in Tianjin, China, Aug. 15, 2015. Chinese police have for the first time confirmed the presence of deadly sodium cyanide at the site of two huge warehouse blasts that killed 85 people, state media said on Saturday, as a series of new explosions were heard and small fires broke out.
  • Right-wing activists jostle with riot police officers as anti-war and anti-imperialism protesters (not pictured) march near the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Aug. 15, 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II.
  • A policeman tries to stop a migrant from boarding a train through a window at Gevgelija train station in Macedonia, close to the border with Greece, Aug. 15, 2015. In the past month, an estimated 30,000 refugees have passed through Macedonia, another step in their uncertain search for a better life in western Europe.
  • U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets Louie Dixon as she campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, August 15, 2015.
  • Spectators watch as a diver jumps from the Old Mostar Bridge during the sixth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2015, in Mostar, 140 kms south of Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, Aug. 15, 2015.
  • A member of the Syrian emergency personnel runs towards the site of air strikes following shelling by Syrian government forces on a marketplace in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on August 16, 2015. At least 82 people were killed and 250 people were injured, with the death toll—most of them civilians—likely to rise as many of the wounded were in serious condition, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
  • Migrants board a boat to the Greek island of Kos on early Aug. 16, 2015 off the shore of Bodrum, southwest Turkey. Authorities on the island of Kos have been so overwhelmed that the government sent a ferry to serve as a temporary centre to issue travel documents to Syrian refugees – among some 7,000 migrants stranded on the island of about 30,000 people. The early hours are the safest time for migrants traveling from Turkey to the Greek islands just across the water, which have seen a huge influx of refugees escaping the civil war in Syria and chaos in Afghanistan since the beginning of this year.
  • Migrants look out of a window onboard a crowded train taking them towards Serbia, at the railway station in the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, on Aug. 16, 2015. Macedonia is a major transit route for thousands of migrants from Middle East, Asia and Africa who are heading north through the Balkans on their way to the more prosperous European Union countries.
  • People crowd on a beach to escape the summer heat on a hazy day in Dalian, Liaoning province, China, Aug. 16, 2015.
  • Spectators watch as a diver jumps from the Old Mostar Bridge during the sixth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2015, in Mostar, 140 kms south of Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, Aug. 15, 2015.
  • A left-wing protester runs to avoid water from a Turkish police water cannon, after throwing a petrol bomb toward it, during minor clashes between police and citizens protesting Turkey’s operations against Kurdish militants in Istanbul, early Aug. 16, 2015. There had been a sharp escalation of violence between Turkey’s security forces and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) after the collapse of a two-year peace process with the rebels. Dozens of people, mostly Turkish soldiers, have died since July in the renewed violence.
  • A migrant tries to catch his breath after running ashore, after a failed attempt to cross on a dinghy to the nearby Greek island of Kos, from the coastal town of Bodrum, Turkey, early Aug. 16, 2015. The city of Bodrum, a magnet for wealthy tourists, is these days drawing plenty of other visitors— migrants fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa and seeking a better life in Europe. At its closest point, the Greek island of Kos is only 2.5 miles from Turkey and migrants, mostly from Syria, but also from Afghanistan, Iran and African nations often try to cross in groups upward of eight people in small inflatable plastic boats meant for a maximum of four, powered by tiny electric outboard motors and plastic paddles. 
  • Daughter of Indian civilian Sarpanch Karamat Hussain who was killed in Pakistani shelling mourns at Balakot sector in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir, India, Aug. 16, 2015. Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy gunfire and mortar rounds for a seventh day Sunday along the highly militarized line of control dividing the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir between the two archrivals, officials said.
  • Jordan Spieth walks along the 11th hole during the fourth round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Aug. 16, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis.
  • A migrant, hiding under a train, tries to sneak on a train towards Serbia, at the railway station in the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, on Aug. 17, 2015. Over 1,000 migrants from Middle East, Asia and Africa, enter Macedonia daily from Greece, heading north through the Balkans on their way to the more prosperous European Union countries. The migrants’ urgency to reach Europe has become more pronounced as they race to reach Hungary before the Hungarian government finishes building a razor-wire fence.
  • A photo made available on Aug. 17, 2015, shows fans enjoying the concert of the British folk rock band Passenger at the 23rd Sziget (Island) Festival on Shipyard Island, Northern Budapest. The event is one of the biggest cultural events of Europe, offering art exhibitions, theatrical and circus performances and music concerts.
  • In this photo taken late Aug. 16, 2015, firefighters extinguish fire at a house destroyed by night-long shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. A night-long artillery exchange in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russia-backed rebels claimed nine lives on Monday, casting doubt on the already shaky cease-fire.
  • A Syrian refugee woman carrying her baby in her arms walks to the ferry Eleftherios Venizelos, which functions as a registration center and accommodation for migrants and refugees, after crossing by a boat from Turkey, in the southeastern Greek island of Kos early Aug. 17, 2015.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reports to jury duty, Aug. 17, 2015.
  • A man takes a nap next to a cooler on a sidewalk in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 17, 2015. Thailand’s economy grew slower yet in the second quarter of 2015 at 2.8% down from 3% in the same period of 2014 according to official data, due to poor exports and domestic activity as well as China’s devaluation of the yuan, prompting Thailand’s planning agency to downgrade the country’s economic growth forecast from 3.0-4.0% down to 2.7-3.2%.
  • A woman (L) uses a cloth to shield the sun from her face while joining other visitors at the National World War II Memorial, with the Washington Monument seen behind, on a hot and humid day in Washington, D.C., Aug. 17, 2015.
  • A man relaxes on a hot afternoon at the Astoria Pool in the borough of Queens on August 17, 2015, in New York City. It is the biggest public pool in New York City, which is in the middle of a heat wave, with temperatures in the high 90s and with a heat factor making it feel over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • A streak of lightning over a building during a powerful storm in Sofia, Bulgaria, Aug. 17, 2015.
  • Members of a Thai police unit do work at and around the Erawan Shrine, where a bomb was detonated on Aug. 17 in central Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 18, 2015. A bomb exploded on Aug. 17 near a Hindu shrine in a busy business district of Bangkok that is popular with tourists, killing at least 19 people and injuring hundreds, mostly are foreign tourists, police said. The blast occurred close to the Erawan Shrine, located on Ratchaprasong Intersection in the center of Thailand’s capital, leaving body parts scattered across the street.
  • A general night view on the volcano Cotopaxi from Quito, Ecuador, early Aug. 18, 2015. Ecuador’s president on Aug. 15 imposed a state of emergency in the country over concern that the volcano Cotopaxi might erupt.
  • Representatives from the police and People’s Liberation Army (PLA), marking the seventh day since the Tianjin explosions, pay tribute to the people who died, in a ceremony at Binhai new district, Tianjin, China, Aug. 18, 2015. Hundreds of residents displaced by huge explosions last week in the Chinese port of Tianjin demanded compensation on Monday, as authorities worked to complete a sweep of the blast site for dangerous chemicals.
  • Surfer Arlen Macpherson sits on his board, which has an electronic shark repellent device installed, at Sydney’s Bondi Beach in Australia, Aug. 18, 2015. A spate of shark attacks in Australia has left some of world’s top surfing beaches deserted and many people having second thoughts about taking a swim as the summer approaches.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin (front) is seen inside a research bathyscaphe while submerging into the waters of the Black Sea as he takes part in an expedition near Sevastopol, Crimea, Aug. 18, 2015.
  • An Indian rickshaw driver seen at work during statewide general strike for 12 hours in Calcutta, India, Aug. 18, 2015. Congress advanced the general strike by two days in protest against the alleged lynching of a student in Sabang College in West Midnapore district of Bengal.
  • A young boy covers his face while the funeral takes place of former IRA member Kevin McGuigan Sr on Aug. 18, 2015, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The father of nine was shot dead outside his home in the Short Strand area earlier this week after being told by police he was under threat from republicans. McGuigan was given the warning shortly after the killing of former IRA commander Gerard Davison in May of this year. Northern Ireland first minister, Peter Robinson, has indicated that political party Sinn Fein could be expelled from the coalition government if IRA involvement in the killing is proven. Sinn Fein has denied any IRA connection in the killing. The PSNI have warned against possible reprisal attacks on rival republicans over the murder of McGuigan.
  • A member of the Thai Royal Army stands guard as work is done at the scene where a bomb was detonated on Aug. 17 at the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 18, 2015. A bomb exploded near a Hindu shrine in a busy business district of Bangkok that is popular with tourists, killing at least 19 people and injuring hundreds, mostly are foreign tourists, police said. The blast occurred close to the Erawan Shrine, located on Ratchaprasong Intersection in the center of Thailand’s capital, leaving body parts scattered across the street.
  • Chinese relatives of a victim from Shanghai, killed in the Aug. 17 Ratchaprasong district bomb blast, cry as families identify and claim the deceased, at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 18 2015. The bomb blast killed at least 20 people and injured hundreds, many foreign tourists, police said. The blast occurred close to the Erawan Shrine, in the popular tourist shopping spot of Ratchaprasong, leaving body parts scattered across the street.
  • An old car in a ravine that burnt out during the Chelan Complex Fire that has burned over 60,000 acres of land and dozens of homes near Chelan, Washington on Aug. 18, 2015.
  • Apple boxes burned through and spilled onto the ground at an orchard during the Chelan Complex Fire that has burned over 60,000 acres of land and dozens of homes near Chelan, Washington on Aug. 18, 2015.
  • Jackson Hotshots’ firefighters, from Jackson, Miss., stand with hands and helmets over their hearts as they watch a motorcade, carrying the bodies of firefighters killed a day earlier while fighting a wildfire, on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Twisp, Wash. Authorities say three firefighters died after their vehicle crashed and was apparently caught by a “hellstorm” of flames as they battled a blaze in Washington state. 
  • Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (not pictured) pies left fielder Henry Urrutia (51) after his walk off home run during the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Aug. 19. 2015 in Baltimore, Md. Baltimore Orioles defeated New York Mets 5-4. 
  • Migrant men help a fellow migrant man holding a boy as they are stuck between Macedonian riot police officers and migrants during a clash near the border train station of Idomeni, northern Greece, as they wait to be allowed by the Macedonian police to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Macedonian special police forces have fired stun grenades to disperse thousands of migrants stuck on a no-man’s land with Greece, a day after Macedonia declared a state of emergency on its borders to deal with a massive influx of migrants heading north to Europe. 
  • Twin brothers and Hurricane Katrina survivors De’Shane and Dennis Sims, 14, pose before departing in a pickup truck after training at the Running Bear Boxing Club, run by their grandfather Harry Sims next to his home in the Lower Ninth Ward, on August 20, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The teens were 4 years old when they were rescued from the flooding in the neighborhood by their grandfather and taken to the Superdome. The gym was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina and it took about three years for Sims to be able to reuild the club. A number of youngsters train there on afternoons after school. The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1,836 and is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, is Aug. 29. 

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On Sunday, Aug. 15, divers in Bosnia and Herzegovina dazzled spectators as they leaped off Old Mostar Bridge.

That same day in Douma, which is north of Damascus in Syria, Syrian Army forces dropped multiple bombs onto a public marketplace, an act that the U.N. Envoy to Syria vociferously denounced. Meanwhile, migrants from Syria continue their treacherous mass exodus towards Greece and Turkey. 

As Californian wildfires continue to burn, the Chelan Complex Fire — now named the “Reach” fire for having merged with other wildfires in Washington state — has burned across 70 thousand acres, a space roughly two-thirds the size of Seattle. Three firefighters have died fighting the blaze.

The lives lost in a massive warehouse explosion in Tianjin were mourned, as were those killed by the Erawan explosion in Bangkok.

Donald Trump reported for jury duty in New York City and Hilary charmed supporters in Iowa, while Putin took a plunge in the Black Sea in a submarine to examine a Byzantine shipwreck.

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