This Week in Pictures: Aug. 6-12
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.