This Week in Pictures: Aug. 27- Sept. 2

  • A boy jumps in the water of the Walensee lake at Murg, Switzerland, Aug. 27, 2016.
  • People take part in the Annual Afropunk Music festival in the borough of Brooklyn in New York, N.Y. Aug. 27, 2016.
  • Gabonese voters queue to cast their ballots during the Presidential Election on Aug. 27, 2016 in Libreville. The people of Gabon began casting their ballots on Aug. 27, 2016 in a vote to decide whether President Ali Bongo will remain in office or be unseated by a career diplomat and close associate of his late father, who ran the country for 41 years. The election takes place in a climate of persistent social unrest driven in large part by the economic impact of the slump in the price of oil, which has long dominated Gabon’s economy.
  • An Indonesian soldier rides a motorbike through thick smoke from burning land in Kampar, Riau province, Indonesia, on Aug. 27, 2016. According to media reports, thousands of firefighters have been sent in Riau province to control the land and forest fire. Indonesian authorities reported that they have arrested more than 450 people linked to forest fires that hit the country in previous years caused a cloud of toxic smoke which affected several countries in the region, local media reported on Aug. 26, 2016. The head of the National Police, Tito Karnavian, said the arrests serve as a deterrent against companies and farmers who start uncontrolled burning of agricultural production land for cleaning.
  • Saudis wait next to wreckage at a market for vehicles on Aug. 27, 2016 in the Saudi border city of Najran, a week after it was struck by a rocket fired from Yemen. Cross-border attacks into Saudi Arabia have intensified since the suspension in early August of UN-brokered peace talks between the Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies, and Yemen’s internationally recognized government which has the military support of a Saudi-led Arab coalition. 
  • Relatives mourn over a coffin of one of the earthquake victims prior to the start of the funeral service in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, Aug. 27, 2016. Rescue crews, rattled by aftershocks, dug through crumbled homes looking for quake survivors as donations began pouring into the area and Italy again anguished over its failure to protect ancient towns and modern cities from the country’s highly seismic terrain.
  • Syrian rescue workers and civilians evacuate a man in the Maadi district of eastern Aleppo after regime aircrafts reportedly dropped explosive-packed barrel bombs on Aug. 27, 2016. At least 15 civilians were reported killed when two bombs fell several minutes apart, near a tent where people were receiving condolences for those killed this week.
  • A fire burns at the village of Piedrabuena, Ciudad Real, central Spain, on Aug. 28, 2106.
  • In this underwater picture a woman floats in a swimming pool during a summer day in Madrid, Spain, Aug. 28, 2016.
  • Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) work at the scene where two suspects were shot dead following an encouter and shootout with police at a checkpoint along a highway in Manila on Aug. 28, 2016. More than 2,000 people have died violent deaths since Duterte took office two months ago and immediately implemented his scorched-earth plans to eradicate drugs in society, ordering police to shoot dead traffickers and urging ordinary citizens to kill addicts. The bloodbath has seen unknown assailants kill more than half the victims, according to police statistics, raising fears that security forces and hired assassins are roaming through communities and shooting dead anyone suspected of being involved in drugs.
  • People wave national flags as they wait for Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan arrival to the United Solidarity and Brotherhood rally in Gaziantep, Turkey, Aug. 28, 2016.
  • A woman washes a her foot with water streaming out of a pipe as catholic nuns leave the St. Michel Church in Libreville on Aug. 28, 2016 after the Sunday’s service.
  • A man dives off a 10 meter cliff at flooded granite quarry near village of Hrimezdice, during hot summer day in central Bohemia, Czech Republic, on Aug. 28, 2016.
  • Maidens carry and lay reeds while they sing and dance during the annual royal Reed Dance at the Ludzidzini Royal palace on Aug. 28, 2016 in Lobamba, Swaziland. Umhlanga, or Reed Dance ceremony, is an annual Swazi cultural event where tens of thousands of Swazi girls travel from the various chiefdoms to the Ludzidzini Royal Village to participate in the eight-day event. The Reed Dance is a beauty pageant at which King Mswati III can choose a new wife from one of tens of thousands of young virgins who come to dance before him.
  • Members of the forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) fire their weapons at enemy positions on Aug. 28, 2016, in the coastal city of Sirte, east of the capital Tripoli, during their military operation to clear the Islamic State group’s (IS) jihadists from the city. GNA forces who for more than three months have been pressing an offensive to retake Sirte from IS, pushed into the last areas of the city held by the group in what was the jihadists’ coastal stronghold.
  • A Kashmiri man holding an umbrella fishes from a weed covered portion of the Dal Lake standing on a wooden bridge as it rains in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Aug. 28, 2016.
  • Rowers practice in the Arga River as the sun sets at the end of summer day, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Aug. 29, 2016.
  • A helicopter operated by Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) sprays water on a fire in Kampar, Riau province on August 29, 2016. Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported findings of 138 hot spots around the country on Aug. 29, eighty-five of them were found in Riau, producing enough haze to blow to Singapore.
  • Fire rises from oil wells, set ablaze by Islamic State militants before fleeing the oil-producing region of Qayyara, Iraq, which has been recaptured by Iraqi forces, Aug. 29, 2016.
  • A firefighter passes beneath tape as he and others battle a blaze at a Presbyterian church in the Overbrook neighborhood of Philadelphia, Aug. 29, 2016.
  • Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff attends the final session of debate and voting on Rousseff’s impeachment trial in Brasilia, Brazil, Aug. 29, 2016.
  • A sculpture called “The Viewpoint of Memory” by artist Francisco Cedilla to honour the victims of the Spanish civil war and dictatorship of General Franco is seen ahead of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances at El Torno, Spain Aug. 29, 2016.
  • Romanian servicemen hold torches during events marking 100 years since Romania engaged in WWI in Bucharest, Romania, Aug. 29, 2016.
  • Migrants, most of them from Eritrea, jump into the water from a crowded wooden boat as they are helped by members of an NGO during a rescue operation at the Mediterranean sea, about 13 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Aug. 29, 2016. Thousands of migrants and refugees were rescued Monday morning from more than 20 boats by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO before transferring them to the Italian cost guards and others NGO vessels operating at the zone.
  • Rousseff supporters rally outside the National Congress building as suspended President Dilma Rousseff is questioned on the Senate floor during her impeachment trial on Aug. 29, 2016 in Brasilia, Brasil. Senators will vote in the coming days whether to impeach and permanently remove Rousseff from office.
  • Riders alongside a herd of fighting bulls (L) as they come down an incline towards the entrance to the town during the 2nd ‘encierro,’ or bull run, in the Fiesta de Cuellar, in Castilla y Leon, Spain, on Aug. 29, 2016. The fiesta in Cuella is recognised as one of the oldest in Spain, dating back to 1499.
  • An injured displaced woman from Qayyara poses for a picture in Qayyara, Iraq, August 29, 2016.
  • The wet personal belonging of a migrant man are spread out to dry in the sun after he was rescued from the Mediterranean sea, about 13 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Aug. 29, 2016. Some thousands of migrants and refugees were rescued Monday morning from more than 20 boats by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO before transferring them to the Italian cost guards and others NGO vessels operating at the zone.
  • A refugee from Eritrea sleeps on the Astral vessel after being rescued from the Mediterranean sea, about 13 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Thousands of migrants and refugees were rescued Monday morning from more than 20 boats by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO before transferring them to the Italian cost guards and others NGO vessels operating at the zone.
  • Police fire tear gas grenades at supporters of suspendend president Dilma Rousseff holding a demonstration during her impeachment trial in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Aug. 29, 2016. Rousseff who testified for the first time at her trial urged the Senate in Brasilia to vote against impeaching her denying charges that she fiddled government accounts.
  • Performers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival, which has taken place annually since 1964, is expected to attract over a million people. The two-day event, started by members of the Afro-Caribbean community, sees costumed performers take to the streets in a parade and dozens of sound systems set up around the Notting Hill streets.
  • An Indian policeman takes cover behind an armored vehicle as Kashmiri protesters throw stones at him during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Aug. 30, 2016. Clashes and curfew continued in parts of Srinagar on Tuesday after anti-India protests and clashes erupted in several neighborhoods, a day after authorities lifted a curfew imposed in most parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir as part of a 52-day security lockdown.
  • Students play as mount Sinabung volcano spews thick volcanic ash in Karo, North Sumatra province on Aug. 30, 2016. Many residents in the area were forced to relocate to other villages in northern Sumatra located at a safer distance from mount Sinabung volcano, one of most active in Indonesia.
  • Children play on pontoons as clouds gather over the banks of the river Ganges in Allahabad, India, Aug. 30, 2016.
  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Everett, Washington, D.C., Aug. 30, 2016.
  • Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland hits a return to Fernando Verdsasco of Spain on the second day of the US Open Tennis Championships at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., Aug. 30, 2016. The US Open runs through September 11.
  • Morning sun shines on the mist raising from a forest near Bernbeuren in the alpine upland, southern Germany, on Aug. 30, 2016.
  • A man hangs shirts out to dry in an open-air laundry in Mumbai, India, Aug. 30, 2016.
  • Rousseff supporters rally at Avenida Paulista when President Dilma Rousseff was questioned on the Senate floor during her impeachment trial on Aug. 30, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Senators will vote in the coming days whether to impeach and permanently remove Rousseff from office
  • Somali soldiers help a man, center, who was wounded by a blast near the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Aug. 30, 2016. A suicide bomber has detonated an explosives-laden truck near the gate of Somalia’s presidential palace in the capital on Tuesday, killing at least five people, police say.
  • Pedestrians walk with umbrellas during rainfall in Shimla on Aug. 30, 2016.
  • Jody Friedman and Jeff Montgomery in front of the Playa TV as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gather for the 30th annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, on Aug. 30, 2016.
  • A man throws her daughter in the air while they are silhouetted at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 30, 2016. The weather agency on Aug. 29, said the temperature dropped over the weekend after a month-long record heat.
  • Le Bonsir and Exreme Choice (r) from Mick Price Racing are seen in the stables before track gallops at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Aug. 30, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Nepalese crowd around a statue of Buddha during Pancha Dan festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, Aug. 30, 2016. Pancha Dan, the festival of five summer gifts, is a day when devotees donate five essential commodities necessary for well being, including rice grain, salt and money.
  • Returning Afghans, who have recently arrived from Pakistan, wait during the registration process at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration center on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 30, 2016. Hundreds of migrants are returning back from Pakistan because of the border tension between both countries. They are in UNHCR camp in Kabul to receive helps from UNHCR. The families are getting awareness regarding their safety before they go to their homeland, also the children receive vaccination and each person is getting 390 U.S dollars.
  • A Gabonese woman takes cover protecting her mouth from the tear gas as supporters of opposition leader Jean Ping protest, trying to reach the electoral commission, in Libreville on Aug. 31, 2016. Bongo won by a narrow 5,594 votes of a total 627,805 registered voters. Turnout was 59.46 percent nationwide but soared to 99.93 percent in one of the country’s nine provinces – the Haut-Ogooue, heartland of Bongo’s Teke ethnic group – in a result hotly contested by the opposition.
  • A worker fogs the common areas of a public housing estate at an area where locally transmitted Zika cases were discovered in Singapore on Aug. 31, 2016.
  • A man steers a wooden boat through dead fish in a breeding pond at the Maninjau Lake in Agam regency, West Sumatra province, Indonesia, Aug. 31, 2016. Thousands of fish at the fish farm of the Maninjau Lake died suddenly due to lack of oxygen caused by a sudden change in water conditions.
  • A man pedals his cycle rickshaw during monsoon rains in New Delhi, India, Aug. 31, 2016.
  • Malaysia’s Army personnel marches during the 59th National Day celebrations at the Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Aug. 31, 2016. Malaysia gained its independence on Aug. 31, 1957.
  • Revellers covered in tomato pulp participate in the annual “tomatina” festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on Aug. 31, 2016. Today at the annual Tomatina fiesta 160 tonnes of ripe tomatoes were offloaded from trucks into a crowd of 22,000 half-naked revellers who packed the streets of Bunol for an hour-long battle.
  • A distressed supporter of Gabonese opposition leader Jean Ping is carried away as protestors clash with anti riot policemen in Libreville on Aug. 31, 2016, during a demonstration sparked after Gabon’s president Ali Bongo was declared winner of last weekend’s contested election. Protesters shouting “Ali must go!” tried to storm the offices of the election commission shortly after authorities announced his re-election by a narrow majority. Bongo won by a narrow 5,594 votes of a total 627,805 registered voters. Turnout was 59.46 percent nationwide but soared to 99.93 percent in one of the country’s nine provinces – the Haut-Ogooue, heartland of Bongo’s Teke ethnic group – in a result hotly contested by the opposition.
  • Carlos Gomez #14 of the Texas Rangers is soaked with a Powerade cooler after the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 14-1 at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Aug. 31, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.
  • A member of a Chinese honor guard stands with a flag before a welcome ceremony for Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Aug. 31, 2016.
  • Luis Concepcion of Panama celebrates the win against Kohei Kono of Japan in the WBA super-flyweight title in Tokyo, Japan on Aug. 31, 2016.
  • A Piaroa Indian woman rests in a hammock after arriving from Amazonas State to participate in an opposition protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Aug. 31, 2016. As opponents of President Nicolas Maduro these Piaoa came to Caracas after travelling more than 375 miles by foot, canoe and bus to join the protest in what is shaping up to be a major test of their strength and the government’s ability to tolerate growing dissent.
  • Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger is honored after the match on Aug. 31, 2016 in Moenchengladbach, Germany.
  • Hillary Clinton speaks at the 98th American Legion Convention at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on Aug. 31, 2016.
  • Baby giraffe of Niger (Giraffa Camelopardalis) “Kenai” (R), born on August 25, 2016, kisses his mother “Dioni” on Aug. 31, 2016 at the zoo of La Fleche, northwestern France.
  • Kashmiri Muslim protesters shout slogans as a tear smoke shell explods near them during clashes between police and protesters in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, on Aug. 31, 2016. Indian police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse Kashmiri Muslims protesting after a young man identified as Danish Manzoor, 28, was killed when government forces reportedly opened fire at protesters in Nadihal village of Rafiabad in northern Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Authorities lifted a curfew for the first time since the current unrest began, while clashes between youths and government forces were reported from various places in the Kashmir valley. During the past 54 days of unrest in Kashmir, some 70 people have been killed and more than 8,500 injured following the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani and his two associates in a gunfight on on July 8, 2016.
  • A dog wades through the shallow water prior to the arrival of tropical storm Hermine at Shell Point Beach August 31, 2016 near Crawfordville, Fla. Areas south of Tallahassee are under mandatory evacuation orders according to the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Malaysian schoolchildren wave national flags during the 59th National Day celebrations at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 31, 2016. Malaysia celebrated its 59th National Day to commemorate the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British rule in 1957. 
  • South African surfer Jake Kolnik rides a wave at Dungeons offshore reef in the Atlantic Ocean outside Cape Town, South Africa, on Sept. 1, 2016. The big wave surfing season is at its peak with winter swells driven by storms in the South Atlantic breaking on the Cape’s outer reefs providing good conditions. Big wave surfers are competing in the 2016 Striped Horse Challenge and Rebel Sessions big wave competitons simultaneously throughout the season.
  • A Hindu priest recites prayers from a holy book while performing a ritual near the bank of Bagmati River during Kuse Aunse (Father’s Day) at Gokarna Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal on Sept. 1, 2016. Hindus all over the country, whose fathers have passed away, come to the temple for worship, holy dips, and to present offerings on this occasion.
  • Fishermen load their catch of horse mackerel on a fishing boat in the early hours of the morning on Sept. 1, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. September 1 marks the end of the seasonal fishing ban and the official opening of the fishing season across Turkey.
  • A masked Kashmiri protester throws an Iron grill towards Indian policemen during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sept. 1, 2016. Protesters seeking end of Indian rule clashed with government forces at several places in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday. The disputed Himalayan region has remained under security lockdown and separatist sponsored shutdown after some of the largest protests in recent years were sparked by the killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8. 
  • A wounded protesters is treated at a hospital in Libreville on Sept. 1, 2016. The results of the presidential election, announced earlier on August 31, 2016 handed Ali Bongo a second term and extended his family’s nearly five-decade-long rule. The opposition described the election as fraudulent and called for results from each of Gabon’s polling stations to be made public to ensure the credibility of the overall outcome – a demand echoed by the United States and European Union.
  • This picture taken on Sept. 1, 2016 in the Turkish-Syrian border town of Karkamis, in the southern region of Gaziantep, shows a boy looking at smoke rising close to the Syrian-Turkish border town of Jarabulus. Turkey denied a US claim it had agreed a truce with a Kurdish militia targeted as part of its week-old intervention in Syria but Turkish-backed fighters confirmed a lull in the fighting. In an unprecedented operation, Turkey sent tanks into Syria to help Arab rebels clear the border area of Islamic State (IS) jihadists and halt the westward advance of a US-backed Kurdish militia, which Ankara sees as a terrorist group.
  • Rescue teams continue their operations in the rubble of the largely destroyed Lazio mountain village of Amatrice, Italy, Sept. 1, 2016. 
  • A woman cooks next to makeshift tents at the old Athens’ International airport, Sept. 2, 2016. Some 60,000 migrants remain stranded on Greece’s mainland and the islands since European border closures earlier this year. 
  • A municipal worker fumigates an alley of an impoverished colony to check the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in New Delhi, India, Sept. 2, 2016. 
  • Lynne Garrett speaks to loved ones as she surveys damage outside of her home from the winds and storm surge associated with Hurricane Hermine which made landfall overnight in the area on Sept. 2, 2016 in Tampa, Fla. 
  • Honor guards of the People’s Liberation Army wait for the arrival of leaders of foreign delegations at the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou City of Zhejiang province, China, Sept. 2, 2016.  



With a little more than two months left in the U.S. presidential race, Donald Trump this week took a major hit with Latino voters, as the Republican nominee waffled on his immigration stance and his Hispanic adviser resigned. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton picked up the support of James Glassman — a prominent Republican and high-ranking state department official under George W. Bush.

Brazil saw its own presidential saga come to a head earlier this week when the final vote was cast to impeach Dilma Rousseff. Supporters of the former president took to the streets, but clashed with police through the night. Demonstrations turned violent in Gabon as well, following the re-election of Ali Bongo, whose family has ruled now for nearly five decades. 

Thousands of refugees were rescued 13 miles off the coast of Libya on Monday when members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO came to the aid of 20 boats on the Mediterranean.

In Mogadishu, a suicide bomber on Tuesday killed at least five people after detonating bombs outside the Somalian presidential palace.

When it comes to weather, both Indonesia and Spain continued to battle blazes this week. Thousands of firefighters were dispatched to the Indonesian province of Riau in an effort to tame an uncontrolled forest fire. 

As Louisiana continued to recover from severe flooding, Hurricane Hermine made landfall over northern Florida, submerging parts of the panhandle overnight. President Obama, who last week traveled to Louisiana to survey flood damaged, is on his way to the 11th G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. The summit of world leaders will take place over the Labor Day weekend.

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