This Week in Pictures: July 18-24

  • Participants prepare for their performance backstage during a Latin dance competition in Tel Aviv, Israel, July 18, 2015. Some 66 dancers took part in the contest on Saturday, selecting a winning couple to represent Israel in the finals of The World Latin Dance Cup, which will be held at the end of the year in Miami.
  • A prison inmate hand crew hikes to a paved road after cutting a hand line around part of the Pine Fire outside of Wrightwood, Calif., July 18, 2015. The Pine Fire burned over 125 acres.
  • KKK on the steps of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia on July 18, 2015.
  • Members of the Secret Service counter assault team keep watch as U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at JFK Airport in New York to board Air Force One and return to Washington, July 18, 2015.
  • Brazil's Adriana da Silva runs during the women's marathon at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Ontario, July 18, 2015. Adriana da Silva won the silver medal.
  • Festival-goers take a bath in a mud pool during the 18th Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon beach in Boryeong City, South Korea, July 18, 2015. Boryeong mud is rich in natural mineral component and is considered to prevent skin aging.
  • Team Sky’s riders’ helmets, with Britain’s Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, center, light up as they pass under the trees during the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 110.9 miles with start in Rodez and finish in Mende, France, July 18, 2015.
  • Cyclists hang on to the back of a truck outside the capital Bujumbura, July 19, 2015,  as the country awaits next week's presidential elections. Each day scores of cyclists make the 45 kilometer downhill journey at breakneck speed from Bugarama to sell bananas, often hanging from the back of trucks for the return uphill trip.
  • Brazil's Camilla Lopes, left, and the United States' Charlotte Drury warm up on trampolines behind a partition before women's trampoline competition at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, July 19, 2015.
  • The Blue Creek fire in the Blue Mountains glows in this view south of Walla Walla, Wash., July 20, 2015.  Several wildfires lit up Washington state on Tuesday, closing freeways, including a major east-west artery, destroying at least one home and threatening dozens of others.
  • A villager sits in a doorway of a house where revolutionary slogans are painted on the wall in Dongzhai village, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, July 19, 2015. The village, with a population about 1,600 people, is known locally for its revolutionary slogans dating from the 1950s, which could be seen on almost every old house, local media reported. The slogan on the wall reads: "Just for the people (L), wholeheartedly for the public (top) and never for the self".
  • Official photographers work to capture the pack of riders during the 15th stage of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France 2015 cycling race, which covers more than 183 km between Mende and Valence, France, July 19, 2015.
  • A man tries to extinguish flames as the fire approaches a house at the holiday resort village of Asini, near the town of Nafplio, about 87 miles southwest of Athens on July 20, 2015. A 47-year-old policeman was identified as the victim of a fire in a wooded area east of Greek capital on Sunday as firefighters were battling with dozens of fires around Greece the last four days. Foreign forces supported Greek firefighters following Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ request for help.
  • People hold onto windows to avoid a bull during the 'Toro de Cuerda' (Bull on Rope) festival in Grazalema, southern Spain, July 20, 2015. Three bulls restrained by a rope are allowed to run through the streets of the village during the annual festival.
  • FIFA president Sepp  Blatter is photographed  while banknotes thrown by British comedian Simon Brodkin hurtle through the air during a press conference following the extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee at the  headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, July 20, 2015.
  • A photo made available July 21, 2015, of the glowing Milky Way seen in the summer night sky over the vicinity of Salgotarjan, 109 kilometers northeast of Budapest, Hungary, late July 20, 2015. The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our own solar system and appears as a disc shape bright band in the sky, although it can rarely been seen by the naked eye.
  • Afghan boys are reflected as they ride on swings in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 21, 2015.
  • Election observers sit in an empty polling station for the presidential elections in Bujumbura, Burundi, July 21, 2015. A low turnout was experienced in several polling stations in the Burundi’s capital at the start of voting in the country’s presidential election following a night of explosions and gunfire in at least two opposition strongholds that oppose President Pierre Nkurunziza’s candidacy for a third term in office.
  • An airplane sprays water over a wildfire in Cascais, outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal, July 21, 2015. The fire broke out this afternoon and is being fought by 187 firemen using 55 vehicles and four aircraft.
  • Two members and supporters of Right Sector political party kiss as they attend a mass meeting on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, July 21, 2015. About 2,000 people attended a mass anti-government rally entitled 'Go away government of traitors', according to local reports.
  • Toshiba Corp. CEO Hisao Tanaka, center, speaks with chairman Tadashi Muromachi, left, and executive director Keizo Maeda, right, during a press conference to announce his resignation at the company's headquarters in Tokyo,  July 21, 2015. Tanaka stepped down Tuesday to take responsibility for doctored books that inflated profits at the Japanese technology manufacturer by 151.8 billion yen ($1.2 billion). Toshiba acknowledged a systematic cover-up, which began in 2008, as various parts of its sprawling business including computer chips and personal computers were struggling financially, but top managers set unrealistic earnings targets under the banner of “challenge.”
  • A tear rolls down the cheek of Sgt. Benjamin Tranter, a former classmate of Lance Cpl. Squire Wells, known as "Skip," seen in photo at right, as he attends a memorial service for Wells at Sprayberry High School where they both attended, July 21, 2015, in Marietta, Ga. Crowds gathered at the suburban Atlanta high school to remember the Marine who was fatally shot in an attack on military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • People enjoy the sunny warm weather on a small island of the lake Ammersee near Munich, southern Germany, on July 21, 2015. Meteorologists forecast temperatures around 30 degrees and more sun in the region during next days.
  • Soldiers stand by, providing election day security the day after a night punctuated by gunfire and several explosions in Bujumbura, Burundi, July 21, 2015. Nighttime violence has become common in the country since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in April that he would seek a third term in office, in defiance of opposition at home and international condemnation.
  • Afghan internally displaced children pose for a photograph at their makeshift home on the outskirts of Herat province, Kabul, western Afghanistan, July 22, 2015.
  • Shiite rebels known as Houthis bury a fellow Houthi, who was killed in a recent a car bomb attack, during his funeral in Sanaa, Yemen, July 22, 2015.
  • A woman and a dog swim during hot temperatures down the Limmat river in Zurich, Switzerland, July 22, 2015.
  • Firefighters battle a multiple-alarm fire at a large warehouse in North Brunswick, N.J., July 22, 2015. The fire in central New Jersey that was fueled by plastics, autos and household goods sent plumes of black smoke into the air that were visible from space.
  • Rafael Sobis of Mexico’s Tigres celebrates a foul called against Brazil Internacional during their Copa Libertadores semifinal soccer match in Monterrey, Mexico, July 22, 2015. Tigres went on to win the match 3-1, advancing to the final where they will face off with Argentina’s River Plate.
  • Women gather to mourn the death of a man killed during a robbery attempt in Bujumbura, Burundi, July 22, 2015. Politically motivated killings are not unknown of in Burundi, but this man was killed when men tried to rob the shop he worked in. Results for Tuesday’s election will be announced Friday with Pierre Nkurunziza likely to win a third term after some opposition groups boycotted the polls.
  • French farmers block the A6 highway in Limonest, near Lyon, France, to protest against a squeeze in margins by retailers and food processors July 23, 2015. France announced measures worth up to 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) on Wednesday to support its livestock farmers and try to halt protests which have escalated in recent days into road blockades in the northwest.
  • The Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Kjell Lindgren of the U.S., Oleg Kononenko of Russia and Kimiya Yui of Japan leaves a trail across the sky on this long exposure picture, as it blasts off at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, July 23, 2015.
  • A woman walks past a stranded car as she tries to cross a flooded tunnel after heavy rainfall hit Wuhan, Hubei province, China, July 23, 2015. Severe downpours hit the city on Thursday, flooding streets and shutting down public transportations, local media reported. 
  • Afghan men wash under a waterfall to cool off in Parwan province, Afghanistan July 23, 2015.
  • An Afghan man harvests wheat on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan July 23, 2015. 
  • Riders, team cars and press motorcycles climb the hairpins of Montvernier during the 18th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 115.9 miles with start in Gap and finish in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France, July 23, 2015.
  • Egyptian volunteers look for victims of a passenger boat after it sank in the river Nile in Giza, south of Cairo, Egypt, July 23, 2015. Egypt’s Interior ministry said more than a dozen civilians have drowned when the passenger boat traveling down the Nile near Cairo collided with a scow, causing the boat to capsize.
  • Law enforcement personnel stand near a police line at The Grand Theatre following a deadly shooting in Lafayette, La., July 23, 2015.
  • People hold placards denouncing Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s security-related legislation during an anti-government rally in Tokyo, July 24, 2015. Abe, pushed through parliament’s lower house legislation that could see troops sent to fight abroad for the first time since World War II, despite protests and a risk of further damage to his sagging ratings.



The week ended in another tragic shooting at a movie theater, this time in Louisiana, where a man opened fire on theatergoers who were watching “Trainwreck.” The shooter killed two people and injured nine before killing himself.

Funerals for victims of a different shooting at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, took place and will continue through the weekend. The Ku Klux Klan also held a rally at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, this past Saturday that coincided with a demonstration by the New Black Panther Party.

Wildfires in California, Washington and Montana threatened residents and destroyed homes, making for one of the worst wildfire years to date.

In France, cyclists made their way along the 2,200-mile Tour de France course, which will continue through most of this month.

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