This Week in Pictures: July 25-31

  • Lebanese Shiite women listen to the speech of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as he speaks via a video link during their graduation ceremony in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, July 25, 2015. Nasrallah said he is “proud” of U.S. sanctions targeting three members of the group. The U.S. Treasury Department slapped sanctions last week on three Hezbollah members including senior figure Mustafa Badr al Din, and a Lebanese businessman for their suspected militant activities in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
  • Indian police men take cover from stones and rocks thrown at them by Kashmiri Muslim protesters during a protest amid a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, July 25, 2015. 
  • Competitors swim during the Men’s 5km Open Water Swimming on day one of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazanka River on July 25, 2015 in Kazan, Russia.
  • Mourners arrive for a public visitation for Sgt. Carson Holmquist at Grantsburg High School in Grantsburg, Wis., July 25, 2015. Holmquist was killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Richer Perez of Cuba reacts after winning the men’s marathon while Raul Pacheco of Peru crosses the finish line to place second during Day 15 of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games on July 25, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.
  • Japan’s Minami Itahashi and Yu Okamoto dive in the mixed 10m synchro platform final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, July 25, 2015.
  • Masked demonstrators take cover behind a shield as they clash with riot police during a funeral ceremony for Gunay Ozarslan, a member of the far-left People’s Front who, according to local media reports, was killed by Turkish police during a security operation on Friday, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 25, 2015. 
  • Smoke rises from the valleys during the Blue Creek Wildfire near Walla Walla, Washington on July 25, 2015.
  • The Villarrica volcano is seen under an overcast sky, from Pucon, Chile, July 25, 2015. Villarrica is among the most active volcanoes in South America.
  • A boy rides on his father’s shoulders through a field of sunflowers during a three-day sunflower festival in the town of Nogi, Tochigi prefecture, some 70 kms north of Tokyo on July 26, 2015.
  • A female migrant sits in a packed coach of the train heading to the Serbian border at the train station in Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, July 26, 2015. Greece and Italy are the main entry points for Europe-bound asylum seekers and economic migrants. After they have reached the bloc, many start to make their way to wealthier countries in Western Europe. From the beginning of the year to mid-June, nearly 160,000 landed in both countries, according to IOM estimates.
  • Plants grow on houses in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan, July 26, 2015. Just a handful of people still live in a village on Shengshan Island east of Shanghai that was once home to more than 2,000 fishermen. Every day hundreds of tourists visit Houtouwan, making their way on narrow footpaths past tumbledown houses overtaken by vegetation.
  • A burnt out pick-up truck in a yard during the Blue Creek Wildfire near Walla Walla, Washington on July 26, 2015. 
  • Mary Kirkland, center, the mother of shooting victim Shakur Franklin, hugs Vanessa Belen, left, the mother of shooting victim Elijah Jackson, during a memorial, July 26, 2015, in Erie, Pa. Franklin and Jackson were were among several people shot late Friday evening during a large gathering near a residence in Erie. Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene while Franklin died Saturday, according to the Erie Times-News. One the right is Jackson’s grandmother, Lily Mitchell.
  • Spectators watch as a diver jumps from the Ura e Shenjte bridge during the traditional annual high diving competition, near the town of Gjakova, 100 kms south of Kosovo’s capital Pristina, July 26, 2015. A total of 27 divers from Kosovo competed diving from a 22 meters high bridge into the Drini i Bardhë river.
  • Left-wing protesters with their face hidden, wait in front of a barricade during clashes with Turkish riot police in Istanbul’s Gazi district, on July 26, 2015. 
  • A Chinese woman walks in amidst flowers in her bridal gown during a photo shoot at the Landiao Zhuangyuan or Blues Manor Lavender Garden in Beijing, China, July 26, 2015.
  • President Barack Obama (C) shakes hands with people after giving a speech at Moi International Sports Complex in Nairobi, Kenya, July 26, 2015. Obama is wrapping up his three-day visit to Kenya before heading to Ethiopia. It was his first visit to his father’s homeland since becoming president. He promoted Africa as a hub for global economic growth and addressed issues on terrorism, economic recovery and human rights.
  • Protestors make barricades against police during the clashes between Turkish riot police and a group gathering to stage a march following the funeral for Gunay Ozarslan, who was killed an anti-terror operation on the DHKP-C, in the Gazi neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey, July 26, 2015.
  • A Nepalese Hindu woman holds a burning incense stick during a Sarwan Brata (fast) offering prayer, after lighting lamps to Lord Shiva, the god of creation and destruction, at the Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, July 27, 2015. Thousands of married and unmarried Nepalese Hindu women wearing red, yellow and green attires flocked to temples this month to pray for the long and prosperous lives of their husbands or to find good husbands. The fasting is undertaken every Monday exclusively by women by worshipping Lord Shiva.
  • Four-year-old Haifa Al Atawna looks out from the window of her family’s destroyed house after nightfall during a power outage in the Al Shejaeiya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, July 27, 2015.
  • A burned car is seen after a wildfire in Sant Salvador de Guardiola, Spain, July 27, 2015. A wildfire racing through forested hills in northeastern Spain has forced the evacuation of several hundred people. The blaze broke out Sunday afternoon in dry woodland and was being fanned by steady winds. Within hours the fire had charred around 2,471 acres. Firefighters said some 800 people were evacuated.
  • A Ukrainian serviceman examines a crater after shelling close to his position, not far from the Donetsk International Airport, Donetsk area, Ukraine, July 27, 2015. Ukraine’s government said that separatist rebels opened fire on civilian homes in east Ukraine in a flare up of weekend fighting that saw monitors for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) caught in heavy gunfire.
  • Swimmers compete in the open water men’s 10km at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, July 27, 2015.
  • Marine pallbearers carry the casket of Marine Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan into a funeral service at Holy Cross Church in Springfield, Mass., July 27, 2015. Sullivan was one of five service members shot to death in the July 16 attack in Chattanooga.
  • A girl stands next to nuns during a ceremony marking the 1,000th anniversary of the death of Vladimir the Great in Kiev, Ukraine, July 27, 2015. Ukrainians mark on July 28 the Christianisation of the country, which was known as Kievan Rus’ at the time, by its grand prince, Vladimir I (Vladimir the Great), in 988 AD.
  • Migrants walk on the railway tracks to catch a train heading to the Serbian border at the train station in Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, July 27, 2015. Greece and Italy are the main entry points for Europe-bound asylum seekers and economic migrants. After they have reached the bloc, many start to make their way to wealthier countries in Western Europe. From the beginning of the year to mid-June, nearly 160,000 landed in both countries, according to IOM estimates.
  • A general view of Stadium court prior to the exhibition match between Andy Roddick and Frances Tiafoe during the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station on July 27, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • A worker of Avdeevka Coke and Chemical Plant in a gas mask carries a hose, in the eastern town Avdeevka, near Donetsk, Ukraine, July 28, 2015. Heavy mortar shelling early July 27 has led to two deaths in Avdeevka. Despite a lot of damage caused, Avdeevka Coke and Chemical Plant continues to run.
  • A view of Untes village surrounded by the flames of a forest fire which is close to becoming a risk level two fire because it has surrounded houses and a farm, and two firefighting team members have been evacuated near Ourense, Galicia, northwestern Spain, July 28, 2015.
  • Tourists watch the sunrise above a sea of fog on Eggishorn mountain (2,927 meters above sea level), in Fiesch, Switzerland, early July 28, 2015.
  • A young boy sits on his knees during a prayer service at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kiev marking the 1000th anniversary of the repose of Vladimir the Great in the St. Volodymir cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, July 28, 2015.
  • Two girls ride their horses near Frankfurt, Germany, July 28, 2015. 
  • Brazilians play soccer on Copacabana beach on July 28, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The famed beach will host various Olympic events including beach volleyball, cycling, open water marathon and triathlon. August 5 marks the one-year mark to the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
  • Keisha Hopkins walks away from the scene of a deadly church bus crash along Interstate 70 in Greenfield, Ind., July 28, 2015. Indiana State Police Capt. David Bursten says the bus was traveling from northwestern Indiana when it crashed in eastbound lanes about 20 miles east of Indianapolis.
  • A man with his cattle flees flooded areas in the Muhammad Pur Ghota area of Punjab province, Pakistan, July 28, 2015. According to local officials the death toll from floods in Pakistan has risen to 69, as rescuers continue to struggle to reach nearly 300,000 people stranded without food or potable water.
  • Josh Reddick (C) of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning of their MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif., July 28, 2015. The A’s won the game.
  • Visitors walk by light decorations at a tunnel near the Cheonggye stream in Seoul, South Korea, July 28, 2015.
  • Shanicca Soloman cries in the arms of friend Terrell Whitney outside funeral services for Samuel Dubose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate.
  • Deepak, right, son of Amarjit, who was killed in Monday’s rebel attack, wails near his father’s body at Jagatpur village on the outskirts of Dinanagar, India, July 28, 2015. Indian forces fought an extended gunbattle Monday with militants who attacked a moving bus and stormed into a police station in a northern town bordering Pakistan.
  • A police officer stands guard at the entrance of a hotel following a shooting in Barcelona, Spain, July 28, 2015. A gunman opened fire in a street in downtown Barcelona Tuesday, wounding one person, Spanish police said. A regional police official said two people were standing outside a hotel when the shooter arrived and opened fire on them, wounding one. The pair fled and were later found by police. The official said the second person had also been injured when he fell on glass.
  • President Barack Obama (2nd L of the group under wing) talks with Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam (L in group) and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (2nd R in group) after viewing a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Ethiopian Airlines at Bole International Airport before departing Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 28, 2015.
  • Young Israeli settlers scuffle with Border Police officers, over the demolition of a building, at the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank town of Ramallah, July 29, 2015. Israeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime minister’s office announced the “immediate construction” of some 300 new units at another location in the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem.
  • A full moon rises over the illuminated Kazan Kremlin with the Qol Sharif mosque illuminated in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, located in Russia’s Volga River area about 450 miles east of Moscow, early July, 29, 2015.
  • Melissa Wu of Australia is seen underwater during the women’s 10m platform semi final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, July 29, 2015.
  • A tiger rests at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok, Thailand, July 29, 2015, International Tiger Day.
  • In this photo dated July 29, 2015, French police officers carry a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island. Air safety investigators, one of them a Boeing investigator, have identified the component as a “flaperon” from the trailing edge of a Boeing 777 wing, a U.S. official said. Flight 370, which disappeared March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, is the only 777 known to be missing. 
  • A wall of flames lurches over a ridge as a resident of Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., prepares to evacuate because of the Rock Fire, Wednesday evening, July 29, 2015.
  • Suspected members of the 18th Street gang are presented to the media after they were arrested and accused of collaboration in the organization of attacks against bus drivers during the third day of a suspension of public transport services in San Salvador, El Salvador, July 29, 2015. Violent gangs in El Salvador ordered bus drivers to strike on Monday in a conflict that has killed six people and left thousands of commuters stranded on the streets of the Central American capital, police and bus company officials said.
  • Chincoteague ponies gallop into the corral at the Chincoteague Carnival Grounds after the 90th annual Chincoteague Pony Swim on July 29, 2015. A portion of the pony herd will be auctioned on Thursday to benefit the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, which owns and maintains the herd.
  • A laborer stands as a bulldozer works on a new section of the Suez canal during a media tour in Ismailia, Egypt, July 29, 2015. Work on a parallel waterway to allow two-way traffic on Egypt’s Suez Canal will be finished in time to allow ships to transit for a gala inauguration at the key trade route on Aug. 6, 2015.
  • Metrostars SC goalkeeper Daniel Godley looks on in the fog during the FFA Cup match between Blacktown City FC and MetroStars FC at Lily’s Football Centre on July 29, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.
  • Nepalese army and police rescue teams recover the body of a victim of a landslide in Lumle village, about 125 miles west of Kathmandu, Nepal, July 30, 2015. Landslides in a mountain area of Nepal buried three villages Thursday, killing several people, authorities said.
  • A firefighter works to extinguish a fire that broke out at a former U.S. airfield in Erlensee, Germany, July 30, 2015. About 250 firefighters attempted to control the fire in the historical ensemble of buildings, part of the country’s national heritage.
  • People disarm an Orthodox Jewish assailant shortly after he stabbed participants at the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, July 30, 2015. The man stabbed and wounded six participants during the march on Thursday, police said.
  • Tourists swim inside the Blue Cave of the island of Kastellorizo, Greece’s easternmost island July 30, 2015. 
  • Firefighters work to dig a fire line on the Rocky Fire in Lake County, Calif., July 30, 2015. The Rocky Fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon in Lake County, 110 miles north of San Francisco. By Thursday morning it had spread to 8,000 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. 
  • A Palestinian man inspects a house after it was torched in a suspected attack by Jewish settlers killing an 18-month-old Palestinian child, his four-year-old brother and parents were wounded, according to a Palestinian official from the Nablus area, at Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus, July 31, 2015. 

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Wildfires continued to scorch large swaths of land not only in the U.S., but in parts of Europe as well, as a lack of snowfall this past winter and continued drought throughout the summer have a created a dangerous climate for fires.

A piece of an airplane washed up on shore in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island, fueling speculation that the first trace of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 might have just surfaced. The 777 airliner disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 passengers on board. 

Turkey launched a two-pronged cross-border offensive against Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants after a wave of violence in the country, and reached an agreement with the U.S. in which the two countries agreed to create an ISIS-free zone along the Turkish border. 

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