This Week in Pictures: July 23-29

  • South African policemen stand guard as they face a crowd of protesters during the fourth day of disturbances on July 23, 2016 in Meyerton, South Africa ahead of August 3 municipal elections.
  • A woman holds a portrait of journalist Pavel Sheremet, who was killed when his car exploded in Kiev, during his funeral at the cemetery on July 23, 2016 on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus.
  • Participants in fancy costumes pose during the PrideWalk on ‘Roze Zaterdag’ (Pink Saturday), the start of Europride on July 23, 2016 at the Vondelpark in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • A shocked boy sits near the scene of a suicide bomb attack that targeted a demonstration by the Hazara minority on July 23, 2016 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • Afghan protesters beat a policeman after a suicide attack that targeted crowds of minority Shiite Hazaras during a demonstration at the Deh Mazang Circle of Kabul on July 23, 2016.
  • A woman weeps over the body of her husband, who was killed on a street by a vigilante group in a spate of drug-related killings on July 23, 2016 in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines.
  • People sit beneath storm clouds on Havana’s seafront boulevard on July 23, 2016 in El Malecon, Cuba.
  • The sun sets over a forest which is shrouded in smoke from the Siberian Taiga wildfire on July 23, 2016 outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
  • People help a fallen dancer who wears stilts in honor of Saint Mary Magdalene in a street for the traditional ”Danza de Los Zancos” (Los Zancos Dance) on July 23, 2016 in the small town of Anguiano, northern Spain. In the 4-century old tradition, eight young people from the town balance on stilts down the old street, turning to the sound of folk music played on a pipe and drum.
  • The Christ the Redeemer statue is seen through the beach volleyball venue on July 23, 2016 on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Athletes practice the water jump in the women’s 3,000-metre steeplechase during the IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games athletics meeting on July 23, 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park stadium in Stratford, east London.
  • Stephen Colbert attends the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Brandon Strong and Jag Arntfield from Michigan camp out in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in support of Bernie Sanders before the start of the Democratic National Convention, July 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • People sitting inside a dam, waiting to catch fish from a flooded river on July 24, 2016 in Dezhou, Shandong province, China.
  • A firefighter battles a wildfire on July 24, 2016 near Placerita Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, Calif. Thousands of homes remained evacuated Sunday as two massive wildfires raged in tinder-dry California hills and canyons.
  • Kashmiris protesters march, shouting slogans against Indian rule and denounced the killings of Kashmiri civilians during the recent unrest, on July 24, 2016 shortly after a day-long curfew in central Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir.
  • A man holds two children and a Turkish flag in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on July 24, 2016 during the first cross-party rally to condemn the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  • A participant jumps into a lake with a bike during a local event to call on residents to protect the environment on July 24, 2016 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
  • Spanish matador Pablo Belando is tossed by a bull on July 24, 2016 during a bullfight at the Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain.
  • An Indian devotee gets his body pierced by priests with needles attached to hanging lemons before taking part in a procession in praise of Hindu goddess Maha Mariamman (Sheetla Mata) on July 24, 2016 in Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India. Some devotees pierce their body with metal needles and rods as they participate in the annual religious procession, which gives thanks to the goddess in return for having their wishes fulfilled.
  • Jamaican singer Grace Jones performs during the Byblos International Festival on July 24, 2016 in the ancient city of Byblos, north of Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Young girls sit beside candles and flowers on July 24, 2016 near the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany, where an 18-year-old German-Iranian student killed ten people and injured thirty-five.
  • Secretary of State John Kerry, left, greets China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting on July 25, 2016 in Vientiane, Laos.
  • A chopper drops fire retardant in the mountains off Placerita Canyon Road on July 25, 2016  in Santa Clarita, Calif. to fight the the fast-moving Sand Fire which continued raging across the mountains north of Los Angeles, scorching more than 33,000 acres and destroying at least 18 homes.
  • A boy walks through a waterfall on July 25, 2016 while playing at The Yards Park in Washington D.C. as a heat wave rolls across the area.
  • A woman watches from her doorstep as demonstrators from various groups, including supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, take part in a protest on the first day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Law enforcement officers are reflected in front of the Living Faith Christian Center before funeral services begin for Baton Rouge Police Department officer Montrell Jackson on July 25, 2016 in Baton Rouge, La.
  • A man who fell off a bridge while waiting to watch tidal wave struggles as waves come towards him on the banks of Qiantang River on July 25, 2016 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China.
  • A supporter of former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sits alone at the Democratic National Convention on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate march on July 25, 2016 near the town of Boryspil, Ukraine.
  • An activist with the coalition “Democracy Spring” is arrested outside the site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Supporters of former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders protest with signs and tape over their mouths during the first day of the Democratic National Convention on July 25, 2016 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A convention attendee shows off a pocket size doll in support of Hillary Clinton during the first day of the Democratic presidential nominee, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A helicopter collects water to put out a fire in Artana no July 25, 2016 in Castellon, Spain.
  • Migrants carry out a hunger strike to pressure the Hungarian government to open the border on July 26, 2016 at the border between Serbia and Hungary at Horgos, Serbia. There are around 1,400 migrants staying in Serbia waiting for the opportunity to continue their journey to the Western countries of the European Union through Hungary. 
  • A nun walks past a poster  before the opening ceremony of World Youth Day on July 26, 2016 in Krakow, Poland.
  • Boxing trainer Moacyr Lima trains Leandro Guignoni in beach boxing at Pepe beach on July 26, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since Lima first installed a ring on the beach at the end of last year, beach boxing has attracted fitness enthusiasts from amature to professional fighters.
  • Signs are raised in support of Hillary Clinton as former President Bill Clinton speaks on stage during the second day session of the Democratic National Convention on July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A woman passes next to a traditional tile wall at Eyup sultan mosque on July 26, 2016 at Eyup district in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • A priest listens to a confession on the Blonia Meadows on July 26, 2016 in Krakow, Poland to celebrate the Opening Mass on the first day of the World Youth Day.
  • A police officer stands guard near a facility for the disabled where a deadly attack by a knife-wielding man took place, July 26, 2016 in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan.
  • Visitors enjoy the interactive installation of ‘Onda Pixel’ by French artist Miguel Chevalier during its opening on July 26, 2016 in Milan, Italy.
  • Democratic nominee for President Hillary Clinton appears live via satellite to address the Democratic National Convention at the conclusion of its second day on July 26, 2016 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Flowers and a sign reading “you don’t get my hate” stand in Ansbach, southern Germany, on July 26, 2016 two days after a man blew himself up outside a German music festival.
  • A woman confesses her sins to a priest as Catholics attend the “Grand Pardon” religious procession on July 26, 2016 in Sainte-Anne-d’Auray, western France.
  • A polar bear is seen in an aquarium at the Grandview Mall in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China on July 27, 2016.
  • Fans of Colombia’s Atletico Nacional cheer for their team as fireworks light up the sky before the Copa Libertadores final match against Ecuador’s Independiente del Valle on July 27, 2016 in Medellin, Colombia.
  • Riot police secure a police station, which is being held by an armed group, on July 27, 2016 in Yerevan, Armenia. A spokesman for Armenia’s police said that two of the gunmen who were holding the police station hostage for more than a week have surrendered after an exchange of gunfire.
  • Ukrainian Orthodox priests, monks, nuns and believers attend a march organized by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate on July 27, 2016 in downtown Kiev, Ukraine. Orthodox believers mark the 1028th anniversary of Kievan Rus Christianization on July 27 and 28, 2016.
  • Supporters of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi hold candles as they cheer during a rally around his residence in Kinshasa on July 27, 2016. Congo’s veteran opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi returned home after a two-year absence to a warm welcome from large crowds on July 27 as the mineral-rich African nation heads into fresh turbulence. Thousands of supporters sporting Tshisekedi T-shirts and waving party flags who had gathered at the airport flanked his motorcade as it crawled its way into the city of 11 million people.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally on July 27, 2016, in Toledo, Ohio.
  • A group of folk dancers rehearse prior to the arrival of Pope Francis at the military airport on July 27, 2016 in Krakow, Poland.
  • Tears stream down the face of a delegate as he listens to President Barack Obama speak on the third night at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Mississippi delegate Kelly Jacobs shows off her necklace for Hillary Clinton on the floor of the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Dancers perform at the Torch Festival on July 27, 2016 in Xichang, China’s Sichuan province. As a result of fast urbanization in the rural areas of China like Lienchiang prefecture, traditional costumes are fading away for the Yi people.
  • Orthodox nuns walk to prayer on July 27, 2016 in downtown Kiev, Ukraine in observance of the holiday marking the adoption of Christianity by what is now Russia and Ukraine in the 10th century.
  • Residents of the Kliptown section of Soweto, South Africa gather next to burning tires during a service delivery demonstration on July 27, 2016.
  • President Barack Obama smiles as he speaks on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Pope Francis is helped onto his feet after falling on the stairs during a mass at the Jasna Gora Monastery on July 28, 2016 in Czestochowa, Poland on July 28, 2016.
  • Pilgrims wait for Pope Francis’ arrival on July 28, 2016 in Krakow, Poland.
  • Russia’s Ekaterina Galitskaya competes in the women’s 100m hurdle final at a track and field meet called “Stars of 2016” in Moscow on July 28, 2016.
  • A child climbs onto a giant mockup laptop keyboard at a shopping center on July 28, 2016 in Beijing, China.
  • A charred slope smolders after the Soberanes Fire burned through the area in the mountains above Carmel Highlands, Calif. on July 28, 2016.
  • A diver performs with sardines as part of summer events at the Coex Aquarium on July 29, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Confetti and balloons are set off in celebration of the final night of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton celebrates with Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine after accepting the nomination on the final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in in Philadelphia, Pa.


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.

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