This Week in Pictures: July 30-Aug 5

  • Members of a dance troupe prepare to perform the national dance, the Cueca, at the Plaza de Armas, as part of a daily cultural heritage program organized by the mayor’s office, in downtown Santiago, Chile, July 30, 2016. 
  • A man’s shadow is seen behind a Turkish flag at Taksim Square, July 30, 2016. Dozens of staff at Turkey’s highest court have been suspended from their jobs as part of the crackdown in the wake of a failed military coup. 
  • Men grab a bull by its tail as they work to load it into the back of a truck to be transported to Pillaro, Ecuador, July 30, 2016. 
  • Two girls during the wedding party of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, in Gaza City, July 30, 2016. Weddings have emerged as a welcome celebration that slices through the often morose mood in the Gaza Strip. 
  • Kevin Proctor of the Storm scores a try during the round 21 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Melbourne Storm on July 30, 2016 in Townsville, Australia.  
  • A Yemeni female teacher invigilates a final secondary school exam in Sana’a, Yemen, July 30, 2016. According to reports, more than 200,000 Yemeni students enrolled in secondary schools in 2016 to take the final school exams. 
  • Participants perform on slack lines across buildings during the 8th Urban Highline Festival in Lublin, Poland, July 30, 2016. The event is one of the biggest highline festivals in the world. 
  • A tank’s barrel is seen on the course of the Tank Biathlon competition during the International Army Games 2016 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Russia, July 30, 2016. 
  • An Iraqi shepherd takes care of his sheep on the outskirts of the holy city of Najaf on July 30, 2016. 
  • Bar girls use their phones outside a bar along the Walking Street, July 31, 2016 in Pattaya, Thailand. Thailand’s first female minister of tourism would like the sex trade, a huge business in the country, to be banned. 
  • Kids huddle together under an umbrella to escape the rain as they wait for Pope Francis’ appearance in the famous ‘papal window’ at the Kracow Archbishops’ Palace in Krakow, Poland, July 31, 2016. 
  • A fighter of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government runs for cover during a battle with Islamic State fighters in Sirte, Libya, July 31, 2016. 
  • A worker stops to watch a diver practice for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 31, 2016. 
  • People look at a man as he jumps from the 22 meter-high bridge, Ura, during the High Diving competition near the town of Gjakova, Kosovo, July 31, 2016. 
  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally with democratic vice presidential nominee U.S. Sen Tim Kaine (D-VA) at Fort Hayes Vocational School on July 31, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. 
  • A flood-affected man takes shelter on a road, pulling a cow as its calf looks from an enclosure in Morigaon district, northeastern Assam state, India, July 31, 2016. A week of heavy rain has killed dozens of people. 
  • An Afghan laborer looks on as he works at a traditional cotton factory in Jalalabad on July 31, 2016. 
  • A Muslim woman looks on as people attend a Mass in tribute to priest Jacques Hamel in the Rouen Cathedral on July 31, 2016. 
  • A boy runs to grab a falling kite as the Maracana stadium, back, is illuminated during the rehearsal of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 31, 2016. 
  • A supporter wearing a headscarf of the Turkish flag gathers with fellow protestors ahead of a pro-Erdogan rally in Cologne, Germany, July 31, 2016. Extra police were deployed as tens of thousands of protestors gathered. 
  • A security officer at a rally held by political opposition parties in Kinshasa, July 31, 2016. Congo’s veteran opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi called for elections to be held and for President Joseph Kabila to step down as scheduled on December 20. 
  • New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera tags out Colorado Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez after Gonzalez tried to score on a wild pitch during the fifth inning of a baseball game, July 31, 2016, in New York. 
  • Indian artist Korakula Munesh dresses as the Hindu goddess Maha Kali before performing in a final procession during the Bonalu festival at the Sri Akkanna Madanna Mahankali Temple in Hyderabad on Aug. 1, 2016. 
  • Local residents and firefighters try to save Galataki Monastery as a fire approaches the area near the seaside village of Limni on the island of Evia, about 100 miles north of Athens, Aug. 1, 2016. 
  • Ingrid de Oliveira of Brazil practices on the Women’s 10m Platform at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park on Aug. 1, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 
  • Children ride in the trunk of a car on a flooded street in Sanaa, Yemen, Aug. 1, 2016. 
  • A Filipino removes rubbish brought by strong waves from Typhoon Nida (locally known as Carina) along the Manila Bay, Manila, Philippines, Aug. 1, 2016. 
  • A religious officer canes an Acehnese youth onstage as punishment for dating outside of marriage, which is against sharia law, outside a mosque in Banda Aceh on Aug. 1, 2016.  
  • An Afghan police officer secures the road leading to a guest house, where foreign contractors are reportedly staying, after the Taliban attacked the compound on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 1, 2016. 
  • An artistic gymnastic athlete from China’s women’s team practices during a training session for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Athletes’ Park near the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 2, 2016. 
  • A fighter of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government fires a shell with Soviet made T-55 tank at Islamic State fighters in Sirte, Libya, Aug. 2, 2016. 
  • Israeli Arab boys jump into the Mediterranean sea from the ancient wall surrounding the old city of Acre, northern Israel, Aug. 2, 2016. 
  • A Colombian anti-narcotics policeman stands guard after burning a cocaine lab, which police said belongs to criminal gangs, in a rural area of Calamar in Guaviare state, Colombia, Aug. 2, 2016. 
  • Colombian drug squad members during an operation to destroy a cocaine processing lab in a rural area of the municipality of Calamar, Guaviare department, Colombia, on Aug. 2, 2016. 
  • An athlete from Norway takes a selfie inside the Olympic village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 2, 2016. 
  • Kuwaiti divers search for shells containing pearls during the annual pearl diving season on Aug. 2, 2016, off the coast of the port city of Khairan, 62miles south of Kuwait City. 
  • Band members wait to perform before the arrival of the Olympic torch ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Aug. 2, 2016 in Sao Goncalo, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. 
  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a Purple Heart, given to him by veteran Louis Dorfman, during a campaign event at Briar Woods High School, Aug. 2, 2016 in Ashburn, Va. 
  • A re-enactment of the attack by ISIS on Yazidis of the town of Sinjar, to mark the second anniversary of what a U.N.-appointed commission of independent war crimes investigators termed a genocide, in Dohuk, Iraq, Aug. 3, 2016. 
  • President Barack Obama speaks at the Presidential Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Aug. 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. 
  • A disabled woman casts her vote at a polling station in Soweto, South Africa, Aug. 3, 2016. 
  • An unidentified relative of Riyaz Ahmad Shah, one among two civilians killed by government forces wails as an ambulance carrying his body arrives at his home in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Aug. 3, 2016. 
  • A boy wearing a plastic mask walks in an industrial area in Mumbai, India, Aug. 3, 2016. 
  • South African voters wait at a polling station outside in Umlazi, Durban, Aug. 3, 2016. South Africans voted in closely-contested municipal elections that could deal a heavy blow to the African National Congress (ANC). 
  • Kashmiri Muslim women mourn as men carry the body of a civilian Riyaz Ahmad Shah, 24, during his funeral procession in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, Aug. 3, 2016. 
  • Pope Francis greets a young participant of his weekly general audience at the Paul VI Hall, Vatican City, Aug. 3,2016. 
  • A photographer from the Self-Defense Forces takes pictures prior to a welcome ceremony for their new Defense Minister Tomomi Inada at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo, Aug. 4, 2016. 
  • A man shifts his belonging after fire erupted at a mall, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2016. Hundreds of shops were gutted, inflicting losses amounting to hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars, one man was killed. 
  • A Filipino crime scene investigator conducts an investigation where the body of a suspected drug dealer, who was shot dead by an unidentified gunman, lies in a street in Pasay City, Philippines, Aug. 4, 2016. 
  • A migrant struggles as he is evacuated by the French police dismantling a temporary makeshift camp, mainly composed of Sudanese and Eritreans migrants, at the avenue de Flandre in the North of Paris, France, Aug. 4, 2016.
  • Afghan shopkeepers toss rolls of fabric out of a window as a fire rages at the Business shopping mall in Kabul on Aug. 4,2016. 
  • Police officers search the scene where one women died and several were injured in a suspected knife attack in Russell Square, Central London, Aug. 4, 2016. 
  • Thousands of students protest a proposed education overhaul promoted by President Michelle Bachelet’s administration in Santiago de Chile, Chile, Aug. 4, 2016. The students took to the streets once again in the capital and other cities to denounce the overhaul that they say does not go far enough to correct injustices. 
  • A Turkish girl gestures under a huge picture of modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk at a rally in Gundogdu Square in Izmir on Aug. 4, 2016, protesting against the failed July 15 military coup attempt. 
  • Fighters of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government fire a rocket at Islamic State fighters in Sirte, Libya, Aug. 4, 2016. 
  • A supporter of Thai former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, wearing a headband decorated with pictures of Yingluck, looks on as Yingluck arrives for her trial on criminal charges  in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 5, 2016.  
  • An Indian youth plays in the waters of a flooded street during heavy rain showers in Mumbai on Aug. 5, 2016. 
  • Brazilian former volleyball player Maria Isabel Barroso Salgado holds up the torch of Rio 2016 Olympic games with the City Mayor Eduardo Paes and Archbishop Orani Tempesta in front of the statue of Christo the Redeemer on Aug. 5, 2016.



This week saw the start of a new U.S. bombing campaign over Islamic State targets in Surt, Libya, and the escalation of political controversy—sparked when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump criticized the parents of an Army captain who was killed in Iraq.

As the tension between Ghazala and Khizr Khan, Gold Star parents, and Donald Trump carried over from last week, top GOP leaders struggled with whether or not to intervene. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Mitch McConnell both came out in defense of the Khans—without directly addressing Trump—while Sen. John McCain issued a scathing condemnation of the nominee. In response, Trump refused to endorse Paul Ryan, who is up for re-election.

The continuing dispute has brought with it renewed scrutiny over news of Trump’s five deferments from the Vietnam draft, and on Tuesday veteran Louis Dorfman gifted Trump his own purple heart at a campaign rally in Ashburn, Virginia. Meanwhile, Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton saw a surge in polls.

Severe flooding throughout India killed more than 160 people, as wildfires raged on the Greek island of Evia. More cases of Zika have been found in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, and a blaze broke out in a shopping mall in Afghanistan. 

A knife attack in London on Thursday killed an American woman, on the same day protests welcomed the arrival of the Olympic Torch to Rio de Janeiro. Olympic athletes have spent the week preparing for the Friday night opening ceremony to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.