This Week in Pictures: Aug. 6-12

  • China’s Sun Yiwen, right, competes against France’s Lauren Rembi in the women’s individual epee fencing bronze medal match at the 2016 Summer Olympics on Aug. 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • A bather dives into the sea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug. 6, 2016.
  • People visit Danxia landform in Zhangye, Gansu province, China on Aug. 6, 2016.
  • The Pioneering Spirit, the largest ship in the world, owned by Swiss-Dutch offshore company Allseas, leaves the harbor of Rotterdam, the Netherlands on Aug. 6, 2016.
  • Mathias Skard Almaas and Karl Martin Soederstroem paddle their inflatable rowboat along a flooded road in Asker, Norway on Aug. 6, 2016.
  • Palestinians attend a protest concert by the band Dawaween, who were denied access to perform at a festival in Jerusalem, in Beit Hanun, near the Erez crossing point with Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip on Aug. 6, 2016.
  • A resident wades through a flooded area caused by heavy monsoon rains in a neighborhood of Karachi, Pakistan on Aug. 6, 2016.
  • An athlete performs on the rings during the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug. 6, 2016.
  • Visitors ride on a swing carousel at the 581st “Cranger Kirmes” funfair in Herne, Germany on Aug. 6, 2016.
  • The Au Cuba Libre bar in Rouen, France on Aug. 6, 2016 in which at least 13 people were killed and six injured in a fire during a birthday party.
  • Argentina’s Federico Grabich competes in the Men’s 200m freestyle heat during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 7, 2016.
  • Nompumelelo Mosia takes a break while washing clothes in a bucket outside her house in the informal settlement of Univille, Johannesburg, South Africa on Aug. 7, 2016.
  • An Indian wrestler makes a video clip during a bout of traditional wrestling at the Loknath Vyayamshala wrestling club to mark the Nag Panchami festival in Allahabad on Aug. 7, 2016. The Hindu festival of Nag Panchami is observed during the monsoon with prayers and tributes to snakes.
  • France’s Sofiane Oumiha lands a punch on Honduras’ Teofimo Andres Lopez Rivera during the Men’s 60kg match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug. 7, 2016.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greats supporters on Aug. 7, 2016 in Istanbul during a rally against the failed military coup on July 15.
  • An Afghan child swims in a canal on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan on Aug. 7, 2016.
  • Brazil’s Ghislain Perrier reacts after losing to China’s Ma Jianfei in the men’s individual foil qualifying bout as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Aug. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • A fire captain watches as a firefighting aircraft flies overhead during the Pilot Fire near Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino county near Hesperia, Calif. on Aug. 7, 2016.
  • Omar Assar of Egypt eyes the ball as he plays against Lei Kou of Ukraine during their table tennis match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug. 7, 2016.
  • United States’ Lilly King competes in a heat of the women’s 100-meter breaststroke during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics on Aug. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • A building crumbles during a controlled demolition conducted to better protect the nearby ancient area of the city in Datong, Shanxi province, China on Aug. 8, 2016.
  • A Hindu devotee takes a dip before collecting holy water from the Bagmati River during the Bol Bom pilgrimage, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal on Aug. 8, 2016. During this pilgrimage, devotees walk miles barefoot before offering the water at Lord Shiva’s temple at Pashupatinath in Kathmandu.
  • A woman prepares cutouts of the number 8 before a ceremony marking the 28th anniversary of the 8888 Uprising in Yangon, Myanmar on Aug. 8, 2016.
  • Zambian incumbent president and leader of Zambian ruling party Patriotic Front leader Edgar Lungu’s supporters stand in a parking lot two days ahead of the Zambian Presidential and legislative elections on Aug. 8, 2016 in Lusaka.
  • An activist paints the ground the colour red to symbolize blood near flowers on the pavement in central Mahabandoola Park in Yangon on Aug. 8, 2016 during a rally to mark the 28th anniversary of the 8888 Uprising.
  • Children play cool themselves off in a public urban beach next to the Manzanares river during a hot summer day in Madrid, Spain on Aug. 8, 2016.
  • Kashmiri Muslim protesters run for cover amid tear gas smoke as Indian paramilitary soldiers walk back towards their base camp after a day long curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir on Aug. 8, 2016.
  • Journalists have a drink while waiting for the Jamaican Olympic Association press conference to begin at the Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 8, 2016.
  • A group of Palestinian women from the West Bank city of Hebron singing and enjoying the water at the beach in Tel Aviv, Israel for the first time on Aug. 8, 2016.
  • The men’s synchronised 10m platform in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug. 8, 2016.
  • People take pictures of the smoke rising from a wildfire at Curral dos Romeiros, Funchal in Madeira island on Aug. 9, 2016.
  • Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion compete in the Women’s Synchronised 10m Platform Final during the diving event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug. 9, 2016.
  • Simone Biles celebrates with teammates following her floor routine during the women’s team final on Aug. 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • A group of Nepalese indigenous women wearing traditional attire chat before taking part in a march on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in Kathmandu, Nepal on Aug. 9, 2016.
  • A newly married couple lays on a canvas mat as they are lowered from a glass bridge during a promotional event for the tourist spot on Chinese Valentine’s’ Day in Pingjiang, Hunan province, China on Aug. 9, 2016.
  • Indian police personnel take away Irom Chanu Sharmila, the so-called ‘Iron Lady’, after her appearance at the District and Sessions Judge Imphal West court of Imphal, Manipur, India on Aug. 9, 2016. Sharmila, who lives in a prison-turned-hospital, went on hunger strike after the death of 10 civilians in a village near Imphal, who were allegedly killed by an Assam Rifles battalion.
  • An Indian Border Security Force soldier looks on near the coffins of three colleagues during a wreath-laying ceremony at BSF headquarters in Srinagar on Aug. 9, 2016.
  • Female dancers perform a coordinated routine during the 51st National Day parade at the National Stadium in Singapore on Aug. 9, 2016.
  • Revellers party in a swimming pool during the Circuit Festival’s Water Park Day, an open air gay party in Vilassar de Mar, near Barcelona, Spain on Aug. 9, 2016.
  • Pakistani nurses place candles at the site during a vigil to pay tribute to victims a day after a suicide bombing at the Civil Hospital in Quetta on Aug. 9, 2016.
  • Neighbors fight a fire which began at Soutomaior village in Pontevedra, northwestern Spain, on Aug. 10, 2016.
  • A Kashmiri Muslim pilgrim, right, is greeted by relatives and neighbors as he leaves for the annual hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir on Aug. 10, 2016.
  • Supporters of the Zambian Ruling party Patriotic Front and incumbent president Edward Lungu cheer during his presidential campaign closing rally on Aug. 10, 2016 in Lusaka, Zambia.
  • Syria Democratic Forces female fighters embrace each other in the city of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria on Aug. 10, 2016.
  • An unidentified man scales Trump Tower using suction cups on Aug. 10, 2016 in New York, before being captured by police.
  • Fans watch Spain’s Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan play Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk Rippel and Barbara Seixas de Frietas in the rain during their Rio 2016 Olympics Games women’s Beach Volleyball match at the Beach Volleyball Arena on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug. 10, 2016.
  • People celebrate after Brazil scores a goal against Denmark during the men’s Olympic soccer tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics from at a bar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug. 10, 2016.
  • Nico Miguel Hernandez of the U.S.A. celebrates after winning his boxing match against Carlos Quipo of Ecuador.
  • Germanys Lisa Unruh shoots an arrow during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games women’s competition at the Sambodromo archery venue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug. 10, 2016.
  • Flames and smoke rise from a well on fire at Bai Hassan oil field, the largest in Iraqi oil-rich Kirkuk province, on Aug. 10, 2016.
  • A boy jumps into the sea at sunset in Gaza City on Aug. 11, 2016.
  • Zambian Electoral Commission officers check voter registration books and count votes with torchlights at a polling station in Lusaka South during Zambian general elections on Aug. 11, 2016 in Lusaka.
  • Festival-goers look out from a folding screen in Hungaricum Village on the Obudai-sziget, the venue of the 24th Sziget Festival, in Northern Budapest, Hungary on Aug. 11, 2016.
  • United States’ Simone Biles bites her gold medal for the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug. 11, 2016.
  • A relative reacts as she kneels next to a coffin covered with a Turkish national flag during the funerals of Behiye Yildirim and Derya Yildirim on Aug. 11, 2016, a day after they were killed in a car bomb attack in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey.
  • Brazil players yell toward their teammates during a preliminary women’s water polo match against Russia at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug. 11, 2016.
  • People peer into the tennis court where Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez are playing against Canada’s Vasek Pospisil and Daniel Nestor during their men’s doubles semi-final tennis match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug. 11, 2016.
  • French illusionist/magician Vincent Vignaud performs during the rehearsal of the Magic Night illusionist show at the Margaret Island Open-Air Stage in Budapest, Hungary on Aug. 11, 2016.
  • Laborers wait to load metal pipes inside a shop in Mumbai, India on Aug. 11, 2016.
  • A worker smokes a cigarette during a break at a fabric factory in Solo, Indonesia Central Java province on Aug. 11, 2016.
  • A woman walks through floodwaters in front of her home in Kyangyi Dauk village near Darka in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy region on Aug. 12, 2016.
  • A man collects coconuts and other items thrown as offerings by worshippers in the Sabarmati river, a day after the “Dashama” festival in Ahmedabad, India on Aug. 12, 2016.
  • Balloonists prepare to inflate their hot air balloons on the second day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in Bristol, southwest England on Aug. 12, 2016.
  • Children try to push an injured and weak dolphin back into the water after it washed ashore during bad weather and high tide on a beach in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia on Aug. 12, 2016.
  • A Perseid meteor along the Milky Way illuminates the dark sky near Pesquera de Ebro in the province of Burgos, northern Spain, during the “Perseids” meteor shower on Aug. 12, 2016.

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Late last week, the 2016 Summer Olympics kicked off in Rio de Janeiro amid the threat of the Zika virus. The event followed months of controversy surrounding the presence of a drug-resistant super bacteria in Rio’s water supply, body parts washing ashore, heightened security coinciding with massive budget cuts, and arguments over the fate of Russian athletes caught using performance-enhancing drugs. This year’s Olympic Games include 205 countries and cover 42 different sports. They also feature the first ever Refugee Olympic Team.

By Friday morning, the United States was leading all other nations in the medals count, having won 16 gold, 12 silver, and 11 bronze, tailed by China, Japan, and Great Britain respectively. American gymnast Simone Biles and swimmer Michael Phelps are two of the most favored athletes in this year’s games, already winning a combined 6 gold medals for their home countries.

On Tuesday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump incited controversy with his statement on Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, saying, “By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.” Critics accused Trump of encouraging violence and assassination, but Indiana governor and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence defended his running mate, stating, “Donald Trump is urging people around this country to act in a manner consistent with their convictions in the course of this election, and people who cherish the Second Amendment have a very clear choice in this election.”

Late Wednesday night, a fire in a Maryland apartment complex killed 2 and injured 31 more, leaving many others unaccounted for. The fire was evidently caused by an explosion, but authorities are still unsure what might have caused the blast. In a French bar over the weekend, 13 were killed and 6 others injured when the candles on a birthday cake set afire flammable material in the bar’s ceiling.

Meanwhile, wildfires stretched across Southern France and part of Portugal this week, with thousands forced to evacuate their homes.

In New York City, a 19-year-old from Virginia attempted to climb Trump Tower using only suction cups on Wednesday. The climber apparently wanted to meet with Donald Trump in person, and was able to climb for two hours up to the 20th floor of the building before New York City police officers pulled him into the building.

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