This Week in Pictures: Sept. 3-9
The 2016 Paralympic Games opened in Rio de Janeiro this week in the same Maracanã stadium used during last month’s Summer Olympic Games. Para-athletes from 160 countries will compete for medals in 22 different sports during the 11-day competitions.
President Barack Obama traveled to Asia this week, first visiting China to attend the G20 Summit, and then becoming the first sitting president to visit Laos. While Obama initially canceled his planned meeting with controversial Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte after the leader made offensive comments perceived as threatening, the two eventually briefly met informally during an event in Laos.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Wednesday attended the first-ever NBC/MSNBC Commander-in-Chief Forum, held at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City and moderated by Matt Lauer. The two candidates spoke back-to-back on their proposed national security and military policies.
The next morning, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson made headlines when he asked “What is Aleppo?” in response to a question on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” about the Syrian city at the center of the refugee crisis. The gaffe led many to declare him as ineligible for the presidency.
Earlier this week, 19 years after her death in 1997, Mother Theresa was declared a saint. Now Saint Teresa of Kolkata, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning nun is remembered for her work with the poor in Kolkata, India, and for founding the Missionaries of Charity in 1950.
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Oklahoma on Saturday, the largest quake recorded in Oklahoma’s history. While no one was reported seriously injured, the quake caused damage to many buildings and homes. Some are blaming the earthquake on wastewater injection wells given the state’s history of earthquakes that appear to be caused by drilling.
Seven people were killed by a car bomb in Baghdad on Monday. ISIS took credit for the attack, which also wounded 14 others.
Thousands of firefighters continued to battle the wildfires that have been ravaging Spain and Portugal for months. The flames have destroyed agricultural fields and have forced thousands to evacuate their homes.
Around 70,000 people attended this year’s 30th annual Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The festival is known for its elaborate structural art and its Mad Max-esque atmosphere.
After Tropical Storm Hermine wound down earlier this week, Hurricane Newton hit parts of northwestern Mexico and the southwestern U.S. With 90mph winds initially hitting resorts in Cabo, the storm eventually dissipated and warnings were called off.