This Week in Pictures: July 23-29
This week, Democrats held their national convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. On Sunday, the day before the official beginning of the DNC, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned from her role as chairperson of the Democratic National Committee after hacked emails suggested she favored Hillary Clinton’s campaign over that of Bernie Sanders.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump praised the hack, which security experts believe was carried out by Russians, publicly challenging them to try and uncover even more emails.“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens.”
The first day of the convention brought rousing speeches by first lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Cory Booker and comedian Sarah Silverman, who came with a message for voters who consider themselves “Bernie or Bust,” over whose booing and yelling speakers struggled to be heard – “You’re being ridiculous.” Day two of the DNC saw Sen. Bernie Sanders formally nominate Hillary Clinton, a speech by former President Bill Clinton in which he reminded viewers of not only his wife’s successful career but her personal triumphs. Sanders supporters staged a walkout. The third day of the convention saw speeches by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Vice President Joe Biden, Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine and President Barack Obama who said, “I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman…more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.” On the final day of the DNC, Hillary Clinton accepted her nomination, followed by a shower of balloons.
In southern and central California, thousands of firefighters are battling devastating wildfires in a continuation of the blazes that have ravaged through much of the state this year. At least one person has died, 18 homes have been destroyed and 20,000 residents have been evacuated. Tens of thousands of acres have been scorched.
After a gunman in Munich killed nine people and wounded 16 last week, Germany experienced another violent tragedy on Sunday when a Syrian refugee blew himself up near a music festival in Ansbach, injuring 15 people. Not far away in Normandy, France on Tuesday, two attackers who had pledged allegiance to ISIS slashed the throat of an 85-year-old priest as he performed mass.
Two people were killed and 19 injured by a shooter in a Fort Myers, Fla. nightclub early Monday morning. The attack came less than two months after the attack on Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, that killed 49 and injured 53 more.
Near Tokyo, Japan, a 26-year-old killed 19 and injured 26 disabled people on Wednesday, the deadliest attack in Japan since the end of World War II.