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    The Week in Pictures August 3 – August 9 2013 (71 Photos)


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    A protester stands against Turkish soldiers during clashes near Silivri, where a hearing on people charged with attempting to overthrow Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Islamist-rooted government is due to take place August 5, 2013. A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a former military commander to life in prison and dozens of others including opposition members of parliament to long terms for plotting against the government, in a case that has exposed deep divisions in the country. Retired military chief of staff General Ilker Basbug was sentenced to life for his role in the [Ergenekon] conspiracy to overthrow the government of Erdogan. (Photo by Murad Sezer/Reuters)


    A protester stands against Turkish soldiers during clashes near Silivri, where a hearing on people charged with attempting to overthrow Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Islamist-rooted government is due to take place August 5, 2013. A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a former military commander to life in prison and dozens of others including opposition members of parliament to long terms for plotting against the government, in a case that has exposed deep divisions in the country. Retired military chief of staff General Ilker Basbug was sentenced to life for his role in the [Ergenekon] conspiracy to overthrow the government of Erdogan. (Photo by Murad Sezer/Reuters)




    Passengers climb to board an overcrowded train at a railway station in Dhaka August 8, 2013. (Photo by Munir uz Zaman/AFP Photo)


    Passengers climb to board an overcrowded train at a railway station in Dhaka August 8, 2013. (Photo by Munir uz Zaman/AFP Photo)




    A Kashmiri paramilitary trooper throws a stone during a clash between protestors and Indian police officials in Srinagar on August 9, 2013. At least 30 people including 20 police were injured during clashes that broke out after Eid prayers in Srinagar, Indian Kashmir's main city, a police official and witnesses said. Indian police and paramilitary forces fired tear smoke shells and pallet guns at hundreds of protestors throwing rocks at them near the main prayer ground Eidgah in the old town area of the summer capital of the Himalayan state. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)


    A Kashmiri paramilitary trooper throws a stone during a clash between protestors and Indian police officials in Srinagar on August 9, 2013. At least 30 people including 20 police were injured during clashes that broke out after Eid prayers in Srinagar, Indian Kashmir's main city, a police official and witnesses said. Indian police and paramilitary forces fired tear smoke shells and pallet guns at hundreds of protestors throwing rocks at them near the main prayer ground Eidgah in the old town area of the summer capital of the Himalayan state. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)




    A World War II U.S. plane flies in front of a wall of fire as it takes part in a re-enactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor during an afternoon air show at the EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on August 3, 2013. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Reuters)


    A World War II U.S. plane flies in front of a wall of fire as it takes part in a re-enactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor during an afternoon air show at the EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on August 3, 2013. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Reuters)




    Japan's newest warship, the DDH183 Izumo, is pictured during a launch ceremony in Yokohama on August 6, 2013. The 248-metre-long and 19,500-tonne helicopter destroyer is the biggest warship since World War II in a move likely to jangle nerves among neighbours China and South Korea, as Tokyo mulls an overhaul of its pacifist constitution. (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP Photo)


    Japan's newest warship, the DDH183 Izumo, is pictured during a launch ceremony in Yokohama on August 6, 2013. The 248-metre-long and 19,500-tonne helicopter destroyer is the biggest warship since World War II in a move likely to jangle nerves among neighbours China and South Korea, as Tokyo mulls an overhaul of its pacifist constitution. (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP Photo)




    Thai security personnel inspect the site of a bomb attack on a roadside in Yala province, south of Bangkok, August 5, 2013. Five field army soldiers were injured after the explosion by suspected Muslim militants, as they were making their way to provide escort to teachers travelling to school, police said. (Photo by Surapan Boonthanom/Reuters)


    Thai security personnel inspect the site of a bomb attack on a roadside in Yala province, south of Bangkok, August 5, 2013. Five field army soldiers were injured after the explosion by suspected Muslim militants, as they were making their way to provide escort to teachers travelling to school, police said. (Photo by Surapan Boonthanom/Reuters)




    Boys sit in the boot of a car in Sanaa August 8, 2013. (Photo by Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Reuters)


    Boys sit in the boot of a car in Sanaa August 8, 2013. (Photo by Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Reuters)




    An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of an overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad on August 6, 2013. The monsoon, which covers the subcontinent from June to September and usually brings flooding, accounts for about 80 percent of India's annual rainfall. (Photo by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP Photo)


    An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of an overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad on August 6, 2013. The monsoon, which covers the subcontinent from June to September and usually brings flooding, accounts for about 80 percent of India's annual rainfall. (Photo by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP Photo)




    People and vehicles pass on a road flooded by heavy territorial rains in Peshawar, Pakistan, Saturday, August 3, 2013. About a dozen of people have been killed and many others injured in flash floods triggered by heavy territorial rains in Pakistan, as authorities warned the situation may worsen further. (Photo by Mohammad Sajjad/AP Photo)


    People and vehicles pass on a road flooded by heavy territorial rains in Peshawar, Pakistan, Saturday, August 3, 2013. About a dozen of people have been killed and many others injured in flash floods triggered by heavy territorial rains in Pakistan, as authorities warned the situation may worsen further. (Photo by Mohammad Sajjad/AP Photo)




    A construction vehicle lies where it was swallowed by a sinkhole on Saint-Catherine Street in downtown Montreal, August 5, 2013. (Photo by Christinne Muschi/Reuters)


    A construction vehicle lies where it was swallowed by a sinkhole on Saint-Catherine Street in downtown Montreal, August 5, 2013. (Photo by Christinne Muschi/Reuters)




    Greek firefighters run to safer ground while their colleague calls for help on a radio as a forest fire rages in Marathon near Athens August 5, 2013. A wildfire fanned by strong winds raged near Athens on Monday, damaging homes and sending residents fleeing, fire brigade officials said. Reuters witnesses said the blaze had damaged at least three homes at a hamlet by the town of Marathon – the site of the historic 490 BC battle between Athenians and Persians about 40 kilometres (25 miles) northeast of the Greek capital. (Photo by Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)


    Greek firefighters run to safer ground while their colleague calls for help on a radio as a forest fire rages in Marathon near Athens August 5, 2013. A wildfire fanned by strong winds raged near Athens on Monday, damaging homes and sending residents fleeing, fire brigade officials said. Reuters witnesses said the blaze had damaged at least three homes at a hamlet by the town of Marathon – the site of the historic 490 BC battle between Athenians and Persians about 40 kilometres (25 miles) northeast of the Greek capital. (Photo by Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)




    A girl plays piano in the park in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 7, 2013. A group of young enthusiasts bought an old Soviet-made piano, adjusted it, painted white and placed in a park for free use by all visitors. The instrument is covered with a plastic foil at night and during rains. This is the group's first step in their project [Free city entertainments], local media said. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)


    A girl plays piano in the park in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 7, 2013. A group of young enthusiasts bought an old Soviet-made piano, adjusted it, painted white and placed in a park for free use by all visitors. The instrument is covered with a plastic foil at night and during rains. This is the group's first step in their project [Free city entertainments], local media said. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)




    A Bangladeshi woman tries to jump onto an overcrowded train from a bridge to travel home for Eid al-Fitr in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Muslims across the world are preparing for the arrival of Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by A. M. Ahad/AP Photo)


    A Bangladeshi woman tries to jump onto an overcrowded train from a bridge to travel home for Eid al-Fitr in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Muslims across the world are preparing for the arrival of Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by A. M. Ahad/AP Photo)




    A Christie's employee poses next to a Triceratops skull at Christie's Auction House on August 5, 2013 in London, England. The skull, which was excavated in the U.S makes up part of the [Out of the Ordinary] sale at Christie's Auction House, and is expected to fetch between £150,000 -£250,000 GBP when it goes on sale on September 5, 2013. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)


    A Christie's employee poses next to a Triceratops skull at Christie's Auction House on August 5, 2013 in London, England. The skull, which was excavated in the U.S makes up part of the [Out of the Ordinary] sale at Christie's Auction House, and is expected to fetch between £150,000 – £250,000 GBP when it goes on sale on September 5, 2013. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)




    A brass sculpture of a Rhinoceros sits at Christie's Auction House on August 5, 2013 in London, England. The piece makes up part of the [Out of the Ordinary] sale at Christie's Auction House, and is expected to fetch between £8,000 – £10,000 GBP when it goes on sale on September 5, 2013. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)


    A brass sculpture of a Rhinoceros sits at Christie's Auction House on August 5, 2013 in London, England. The piece makes up part of the [Out of the Ordinary] sale at Christie's Auction House, and is expected to fetch between £8,000 – £10,000 GBP when it goes on sale on September 5, 2013. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)




    A [Reborn Baby] kit is seen at Belgian artist Beatrice Van Landeghem's workshop, called [La nurserie des Tis Lous De Bea], in La Louviere, Belgium, on August 9, 2013. The dolls are carefully crafted in vinyl, which have become popular with collectors, but also with grieving parents and nostalgic grandparents. The dolls are created from a kit composed with the limbs and head made from vinyl and a trunk made from fabric which are painted several times to create the skin tone of newborn babies. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)


    A [Reborn Baby] kit is seen at Belgian artist Beatrice Van Landeghem's workshop, called [La nurserie des Tis Lous De Bea], in La Louviere, Belgium, on August 9, 2013. The dolls are carefully crafted in vinyl, which have become popular with collectors, but also with grieving parents and nostalgic grandparents. The dolls are created from a kit composed with the limbs and head made from vinyl and a trunk made from fabric which are painted several times to create the skin tone of newborn babies. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)




    Lance Bombardier James Simpson of the Royal Artillery with head coach Michael Cohen during a training session on August 4, 2013 in woods near Otley, Leeds ahead, of the Spartan Race he is competing in September. The soldier who lost both his legs in a explosion in Afghanistan has been described as an inspiration by the organisers of an extreme challenge dubbed [the obstacle race from hell]. L/Bdr Simpson, 27, is set to be the first double amputee to take part in a Spartan Race event. Spartan Race is an open country run punctuated with a range of punishing, surprise obstacles – from mud crawls and ice-pit plunges to cargo-net climbs and fire-log leaps. (Photo by Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire)


    Lance Bombardier James Simpson of the Royal Artillery with head coach Michael Cohen during a training session on August 4, 2013 in woods near Otley, Leeds ahead, of the Spartan Race he is competing in September. The soldier who lost both his legs in a explosion in Afghanistan has been described as an inspiration by the organisers of an extreme challenge dubbed [the obstacle race from hell]. L/Bdr Simpson, 27, is set to be the first double amputee to take part in a Spartan Race event. Spartan Race is an open country run punctuated with a range of punishing, surprise obstacles – from mud crawls and ice-pit plunges to cargo-net climbs and fire-log leaps. (Photo by Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire)




    Students with their faces painted in colors, participate in a Hiroshima Day peace rally in Mumbai, India, on August 6, 2013. Tuesday marked the 68th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing that killed as many as 140,000 people. (Photo by Rafiq Maqbool/Associated Press)


    Students with their faces painted in colors, participate in a Hiroshima Day peace rally in Mumbai, India, on August 6, 2013. Tuesday marked the 68th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing that killed as many as 140,000 people. (Photo by Rafiq Maqbool/Associated Press)




    An animal rights protester, covered in fake blood, lies on pavement in central Brussels calling for the abolition of bullfighting, on August 8, 2013. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)


    An animal rights protester, covered in fake blood, lies on pavement in central Brussels calling for the abolition of bullfighting, on August 8, 2013. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)




    Visitors cool off in a pool at a water theme park in Shanghai, China, Thursday, August 8, 2013. Hot weather has set in with temperatures rising up more 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in Shanghai. (Photo by Eugene Hoshiko/AP Photo)


    Visitors cool off in a pool at a water theme park in Shanghai, China, Thursday, August 8, 2013. Hot weather has set in with temperatures rising up more 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in Shanghai. (Photo by Eugene Hoshiko/AP Photo)




    A man carries his child in a bag as he crosses a street in Bhubaneswar, India, on August 9, 2013. (Photo by Biswaranjan Rout/Associated Press)


    A man carries his child in a bag as he crosses a street in Bhubaneswar, India, on August 9, 2013. (Photo by Biswaranjan Rout/Associated Press)




    Winemaker Andrew Parley at the Chapel Down Winery in Tenterden, Kent, looks on August 7, 2013 at the 15 litre Nebuchadnezzar bottle, the largest bottle of English Sparkling Wine ever to be made. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)


    Winemaker Andrew Parley at the Chapel Down Winery in Tenterden, Kent, looks on August 7, 2013 at the 15 litre Nebuchadnezzar bottle, the largest bottle of English Sparkling Wine ever to be made. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)




    This photo taken Saturday, August 3, 2013, shows an aerial view of Shanghai Tower after a final beam is installed in Shanghai, China. A topping-out ceremony was held Saturday for China's tallest building in the financial hub of Shanghai when the final beam was hoisted to the top of the skyscraper and installed in a flag-waving ritual. At 632 meters (2,073 feet), the Shanghai Tower in the city's Pudong district is the world's second-tallest building, surpassed only by Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which soars 829.8 meters (2,722 feet). (Photo by AP Photo)


    This photo taken Saturday, August 3, 2013, shows an aerial view of Shanghai Tower after a final beam is installed in Shanghai, China. A topping-out ceremony was held Saturday for China's tallest building in the financial hub of Shanghai when the final beam was hoisted to the top of the skyscraper and installed in a flag-waving ritual. At 632 meters (2,073 feet), the Shanghai Tower in the city's Pudong district is the world's second-tallest building, surpassed only by Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which soars 829.8 meters (2,722 feet). (Photo by AP Photo)




    A truck carries a Sri Lankan Hindu devotee hanging with iron hooks pierced into his back as a ritual during a Hindu temple festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, August 9, 2013. Hindu devotees mark [Paal Kudam] or the festival of milk by pouring milk on the idols of their deity and seek their blessings. (Photo by Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo)


    A truck carries a Sri Lankan Hindu devotee hanging with iron hooks pierced into his back as a ritual during a Hindu temple festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, August 9, 2013. Hindu devotees mark [Paal Kudam] or the festival of milk by pouring milk on the idols of their deity and seek their blessings. (Photo by Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo)




    An anti-government protester fights police outside the parliament in Bangkok, on August 7, 2013. Thailand's parliament will debate a political amnesty bill that the protesters fear will allow the ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra to return from exile without having to serve a jail sentence. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Associated Press)


    An anti-government protester fights police outside the parliament in Bangkok, on August 7, 2013. Thailand's parliament will debate a political amnesty bill that the protesters fear will allow the ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra to return from exile without having to serve a jail sentence. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Associated Press)




    Wooden model Cylon is posed holding a newspaper in the flat of its maker, Ukrainian Dmitry Balandin, in Zaporizhzhya August 6, 2013. It took Balandin, who works as a crane operator, six months to build the model from 500 parts. Balandin says he does not use blueprints and designs the parts as he works on them. He says he would love to build metal models but that is impossible to do so in his small apartment. He plays with Cylon as a child would play with a doll or Lego toy, and is now making a girlfriend for his model. He hopes to eventually build an entire model family and have them displayed at exhibitions and galleries. (Photo by Gleb Garanich/Reuters)


    Wooden model Cylon is posed holding a newspaper in the flat of its maker, Ukrainian Dmitry Balandin, in Zaporizhzhya August 6, 2013. It took Balandin, who works as a crane operator, six months to build the model from 500 parts. Balandin says he does not use blueprints and designs the parts as he works on them. He says he would love to build metal models but that is impossible to do so in his small apartment. He plays with Cylon as a child would play with a doll or Lego toy, and is now making a girlfriend for his model. He hopes to eventually build an entire model family and have them displayed at exhibitions and galleries. (Photo by Gleb Garanich/Reuters)




    Vincent Wong, the Group Head of Ports and Maritime Command, center, gestures during a press conference in Hong Kong, Wednesday, August 7, 2013. A shipment of illegal ivory, rhino horns and leopard skins worth $5.3 million was seized in Hong Kong's second big bust of endangered species products in a month. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)


    Vincent Wong, the Group Head of Ports and Maritime Command, center, gestures during a press conference in Hong Kong, Wednesday, August 7, 2013. A shipment of illegal ivory, rhino horns and leopard skins worth $5.3 million was seized in Hong Kong's second big bust of endangered species products in a month. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)




    Afghan children play with plastic toy guns in Kabul on August 8, 2013. Civilian casualties in the Afghan war rose 23 percent in the first half of this year due to Taliban attacks and increased fighting between insurgents and government forces, the UN said last month. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo)


    Afghan children play with plastic toy guns in Kabul on August 8, 2013. Civilian casualties in the Afghan war rose 23 percent in the first half of this year due to Taliban attacks and increased fighting between insurgents and government forces, the UN said last month. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo)




    An artisan works on an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a workshop in the southern Indian city of Chenna, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by Babu/Reuters)


    An artisan works on an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a workshop in the southern Indian city of Chenna, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by Babu/Reuters)




    A Kashmiri man shouts for help as he carries an injured young woman after she was hit by a tear gas shell fired by Indian police during a clash with anti-India protesters, at Eidgah, or an open-air mosque, in Srinagar, India, Friday, August 9, 2013. Indian forces used tear gas and pellet guns to quell thousands of stone-throwing protesters who took to the streets after special Eid prayers on Friday in the Indian portion of Kashmir. (Photo by Dar Yasin/AP Photo)


    A Kashmiri man shouts for help as he carries an injured young woman after she was hit by a tear gas shell fired by Indian police during a clash with anti-India protesters, at Eidgah, or an open-air mosque, in Srinagar, India, Friday, August 9, 2013. Indian forces used tear gas and pellet guns to quell thousands of stone-throwing protesters who took to the streets after special Eid prayers on Friday in the Indian portion of Kashmir. (Photo by Dar Yasin/AP Photo)




    People look at buildings damaged by a landslide in Dharmsala, India, on August 7, 2013. Fearing more landslides, the nearby village of 60 residents were evacuated. No injuries were reported. (Photo by Ashwini Bhatia/Associated Press)


    People look at buildings damaged by a landslide in Dharmsala, India, on August 7, 2013. Fearing more landslides, the nearby village of 60 residents were evacuated. No injuries were reported. (Photo by Ashwini Bhatia/Associated Press)




    The members of Ivory Coast's special forces march, on August 7, 2013, at the presidential palace in Abidjan during celebrations marking the 53nd anniversairy of the country's independence from France. (Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP Photo)


    The members of Ivory Coast's special forces march, on August 7, 2013, at the presidential palace in Abidjan during celebrations marking the 53nd anniversairy of the country's independence from France. (Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP Photo)




    Lightning strikes during a thunderstorm above the city of Goerlitz, Germany, on August 4, 2013. (Photo by Florian Gaertner/DPA)


    Lightning strikes during a thunderstorm above the city of Goerlitz, Germany, on August 4, 2013. (Photo by Florian Gaertner/DPA)




    Kiersten Sorber from Orlando, Fla. crawls through the Colossal Colon during the United Ostomy Associations of America's biannual meeting, Thursday afternoon, August 8, 2013 in Jacksonville, Fla. (Photo by Bob Self/AP Photo/SIPA)


    Kiersten Sorber from Orlando, Fla. crawls through the Colossal Colon during the United Ostomy Associations of America's biannual meeting, Thursday afternoon, August 8, 2013 in Jacksonville, Fla. (Photo by Bob Self/AP Photo/SIPA Press)




    Fans play bubble soccer before the start of the Guinness International Champions Cup game between Juventus and Inter Milan in Miami, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by J. Pat Carter/Associated Press)


    Fans play bubble soccer before the start of the Guinness International Champions Cup game between Juventus and Inter Milan in Miami, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by J. Pat Carter/Associated Press)




    A H-2B rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station blasts off from the launching pad at Tanegashima Space Center on the Japanese southwestern island of Tanegashima, on August 4, 2013. (Photo by Kyodo/Reuters)


    A H-2B rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station blasts off from the launching pad at Tanegashima Space Center on the Japanese southwestern island of Tanegashima, on August 4, 2013. (Photo by Kyodo/Reuters)




    Sudanese homeless families rest on the side of a highway in Khartoum,Tuesday, August 6, 2013. Floods that hit different areas in Sudan this week have lead to destructions of hundreds of homes, death of scores and dozens injured. (Photo by Abd Raouf/AP Photo)


    Sudanese homeless families rest on the side of a highway in Khartoum,Tuesday, August 6, 2013. Floods that hit different areas in Sudan this week have lead to destructions of hundreds of homes, death of scores and dozens injured. (Photo by Abd Raouf/AP Photo)




    A young woman walks towards a stage to be photographed while applying for a job as a Playboy bunny during a casting in Monterrey. Playboy is doing [Bunny Hunt 2013] castings in several Mexican cities for the Playboy casino in Cancun, on August 7, 2013. (Photo by Daniel Becerril /Reuters)


    A young woman walks towards a stage to be photographed while applying for a job as a Playboy bunny during a casting in Monterrey. Playboy is doing [Bunny Hunt 2013] castings in several Mexican cities for the Playboy casino in Cancun, on August 7, 2013. (Photo by Daniel Becerril /Reuters)




    A biker and his passenger make their way down Main Street in Sturgis during the motorcycle rally, on August 7, 2013 afternoon as she takes video with her phone along the way. (Photo by Chris Huber)


    A biker and his passenger make their way down Main Street in Sturgis during the motorcycle rally, on August 7, 2013 afternoon as she takes video with her phone along the way. (Photo by Chris Huber)




    An Egyptian vendor carries bread downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, August 5, 2013. Egypt's central bank reported Monday that foreign reserves reached $18.8 billion, their highest level in almost two years, but economists caution the boost is a reflection of aid from oil-rich Arab Gulf nations and not the result of an improved economy. The July reserve figures, which were released on the central bank's website, represent a nearly $4 billion jump from $14.9 billion at the end of June. (Photo by Amr Nabil/AP Photo)


    An Egyptian vendor carries bread downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, August 5, 2013. Egypt's central bank reported Monday that foreign reserves reached $18.8 billion, their highest level in almost two years, but economists caution the boost is a reflection of aid from oil-rich Arab Gulf nations and not the result of an improved economy. The July reserve figures, which were released on the central bank's website, represent a nearly $4 billion jump from $14.9 billion at the end of June. (Photo by Amr Nabil/AP Photo)




    Charles Montoya and Chantal LaRue of [She Dances With Fait] pose stating if they were not at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival they would finding new ways to dance and moving house on August 6, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The city is in full swing with hundreds of entertainers attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which runs from the 2–26 August and is one of the largest arts festivals in the world, dating back to 1947. (Photo by Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)


    Charles Montoya and Chantal LaRue of [She Dances With Fait] pose stating if they were not at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival they would finding new ways to dance and moving house on August 6, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The city is in full swing with hundreds of entertainers attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which runs from the 2–26 August and is one of the largest arts festivals in the world, dating back to 1947. (Photo by Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)




    Activists of India's Congress party's youth wing try to break barricades as police use water cannon to stop them during a protest against the death of five Indian army soldiers in cross-border exchanges, New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013. India's army says five of its soldiers were killed and another wounded when Pakistani troops fired at a patrol near the cease-fire line in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Tuesday. The incident could threaten recent overtures aimed at resuming peace talks between the nuclear-armed rivals. (Photo by Tsering Topgyal/AP Photo)


    Activists of India's Congress party's youth wing try to break barricades as police use water cannon to stop them during a protest against the death of five Indian army soldiers in cross-border exchanges, New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013. India's army says five of its soldiers were killed and another wounded when Pakistani troops fired at a patrol near the cease-fire line in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Tuesday. The incident could threaten recent overtures aimed at resuming peace talks between the nuclear-armed rivals. (Photo by Tsering Topgyal/AP Photo)




    A Palestinian child poses with a plastic toy gun in front of a stall as families shop at a market on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, on August 7, 2013 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP Photo)


    A Palestinian child poses with a plastic toy gun in front of a stall as families shop at a market on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, on August 7, 2013 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP Photo)




    A police officer is tended to by a colleague after Loyalist protesters attacked the police with bricks and bottles as they waited for a republican parade to make its way through Belfast City Centre, on August 9, 2013. Police said two officers were injured. Eight were hurt the previous night when a crowd threw paint bombs, bottles and masonry at police. (Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)


    A police officer is tended to by a colleague after Loyalist protesters attacked the police with bricks and bottles as they waited for a republican parade to make its way through Belfast City Centre, on August 9, 2013. Police said two officers were injured. Eight were hurt the previous night when a crowd threw paint bombs, bottles and masonry at police. (Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)




    Tourists watch a hot water lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by Max Waugh/Solent News/SIPA Press)


    Tourists watch a hot water lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by Max Waugh/Solent News/SIPA Press)




    A construction crane lift the last piece of steel during the topping out ceremony at the Shanghai Tower at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, on August 5, 2013. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)


    A construction crane lift the last piece of steel during the topping out ceremony at the Shanghai Tower at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, on August 5, 2013. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)




    Star trails form over yurts, traditional nomad felt tents, in a long exposure picture on the mountainous Assy plateau, on August 5, 2013. (Photo by Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)


    Star trails form over yurts, traditional nomad felt tents, in a long exposure picture on the mountainous Assy plateau, on August 5, 2013. (Photo by Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)




    Photographer Roberto Giudici snapped this picture of four waterspouts as he was sailing off the Greek island of Orthoni, on August 3, 2013. (Photo by Roberto Giudici/Caters News)


    Photographer Roberto Giudici snapped this picture of four waterspouts as he was sailing off the Greek island of Orthoni, on August 3, 2013. (Photo by Roberto Giudici/Caters News)




    Guinea born Iya Traore, a former football player, juggler and acrobate performs in Paris, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by Pierre Andrieu/AFP Photo)


    Guinea born Iya Traore, a former football player, juggler and acrobate performs in Paris, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by Pierre Andrieu/AFP Photo)




    This 35ft straw sculpture of a Dalek is on display at Snugburys Ice Cream Farm in Cheshire, on August 3, 2013. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Wire)


    This 35ft straw sculpture of a Dalek is on display at Snugburys Ice Cream Farm in Cheshire, on August 3, 2013. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Wire)




    Women stand next to cardboard posters in the Washington Heights section of New Yorkas they participate in the annual [Breastfeeding Subway Caravan] to mark [World Breastfeeding Week], on August 3, 2013. (Photo by AFP Photos/Getty Images)


    Women stand next to cardboard posters in the Washington Heights section of New Yorkas they participate in the annual [Breastfeeding Subway Caravan] to mark [World Breastfeeding Week], on Au
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The Week in Pictures August 3 – August 9 2013 (71 Photos)


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A protester stands against Turkish soldiers during clashes near Silivri, where a hearing on people charged with attempting to overthrow Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Islamist-rooted government is due to take place August 5, 2013. A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a former military commander to life in prison and dozens of others including opposition members of parliament to long terms for plotting against the government, in a case that has exposed deep divisions in the country. Retired military chief of staff General Ilker Basbug was sentenced to life for his role in the [Ergenekon] conspiracy to overthrow the government of Erdogan. (Photo by Murad Sezer/Reuters)


A protester stands against Turkish soldiers during clashes near Silivri, where a hearing on people charged with attempting to overthrow Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Islamist-rooted government is due to take place August 5, 2013. A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a former military commander to life in prison and dozens of others including opposition members of parliament to long terms for plotting against the government, in a case that has exposed deep divisions in the country. Retired military chief of staff General Ilker Basbug was sentenced to life for his role in the [Ergenekon] conspiracy to overthrow the government of Erdogan. (Photo by Murad Sezer/Reuters)




Passengers climb to board an overcrowded train at a railway station in Dhaka August 8, 2013. (Photo by Munir uz Zaman/AFP Photo)


Passengers climb to board an overcrowded train at a railway station in Dhaka August 8, 2013. (Photo by Munir uz Zaman/AFP Photo)




A Kashmiri paramilitary trooper throws a stone during a clash between protestors and Indian police officials in Srinagar on August 9, 2013. At least 30 people including 20 police were injured during clashes that broke out after Eid prayers in Srinagar, Indian Kashmir's main city, a police official and witnesses said. Indian police and paramilitary forces fired tear smoke shells and pallet guns at hundreds of protestors throwing rocks at them near the main prayer ground Eidgah in the old town area of the summer capital of the Himalayan state. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)


A Kashmiri paramilitary trooper throws a stone during a clash between protestors and Indian police officials in Srinagar on August 9, 2013. At least 30 people including 20 police were injured during clashes that broke out after Eid prayers in Srinagar, Indian Kashmir's main city, a police official and witnesses said. Indian police and paramilitary forces fired tear smoke shells and pallet guns at hundreds of protestors throwing rocks at them near the main prayer ground Eidgah in the old town area of the summer capital of the Himalayan state. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)




A World War II U.S. plane flies in front of a wall of fire as it takes part in a re-enactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor during an afternoon air show at the EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on August 3, 2013. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Reuters)


A World War II U.S. plane flies in front of a wall of fire as it takes part in a re-enactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor during an afternoon air show at the EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on August 3, 2013. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Reuters)




Japan's newest warship, the DDH183 Izumo, is pictured during a launch ceremony in Yokohama on August 6, 2013. The 248-metre-long and 19,500-tonne helicopter destroyer is the biggest warship since World War II in a move likely to jangle nerves among neighbours China and South Korea, as Tokyo mulls an overhaul of its pacifist constitution. (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP Photo)


Japan's newest warship, the DDH183 Izumo, is pictured during a launch ceremony in Yokohama on August 6, 2013. The 248-metre-long and 19,500-tonne helicopter destroyer is the biggest warship since World War II in a move likely to jangle nerves among neighbours China and South Korea, as Tokyo mulls an overhaul of its pacifist constitution. (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP Photo)




Thai security personnel inspect the site of a bomb attack on a roadside in Yala province, south of Bangkok, August 5, 2013. Five field army soldiers were injured after the explosion by suspected Muslim militants, as they were making their way to provide escort to teachers travelling to school, police said. (Photo by Surapan Boonthanom/Reuters)


Thai security personnel inspect the site of a bomb attack on a roadside in Yala province, south of Bangkok, August 5, 2013. Five field army soldiers were injured after the explosion by suspected Muslim militants, as they were making their way to provide escort to teachers travelling to school, police said. (Photo by Surapan Boonthanom/Reuters)




Boys sit in the boot of a car in Sanaa August 8, 2013. (Photo by Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Reuters)


Boys sit in the boot of a car in Sanaa August 8, 2013. (Photo by Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Reuters)




An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of an overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad on August 6, 2013. The monsoon, which covers the subcontinent from June to September and usually brings flooding, accounts for about 80 percent of India's annual rainfall. (Photo by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP Photo)


An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of an overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad on August 6, 2013. The monsoon, which covers the subcontinent from June to September and usually brings flooding, accounts for about 80 percent of India's annual rainfall. (Photo by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP Photo)




People and vehicles pass on a road flooded by heavy territorial rains in Peshawar, Pakistan, Saturday, August 3, 2013. About a dozen of people have been killed and many others injured in flash floods triggered by heavy territorial rains in Pakistan, as authorities warned the situation may worsen further. (Photo by Mohammad Sajjad/AP Photo)


People and vehicles pass on a road flooded by heavy territorial rains in Peshawar, Pakistan, Saturday, August 3, 2013. About a dozen of people have been killed and many others injured in flash floods triggered by heavy territorial rains in Pakistan, as authorities warned the situation may worsen further. (Photo by Mohammad Sajjad/AP Photo)




A construction vehicle lies where it was swallowed by a sinkhole on Saint-Catherine Street in downtown Montreal, August 5, 2013. (Photo by Christinne Muschi/Reuters)


A construction vehicle lies where it was swallowed by a sinkhole on Saint-Catherine Street in downtown Montreal, August 5, 2013. (Photo by Christinne Muschi/Reuters)




Greek firefighters run to safer ground while their colleague calls for help on a radio as a forest fire rages in Marathon near Athens August 5, 2013. A wildfire fanned by strong winds raged near Athens on Monday, damaging homes and sending residents fleeing, fire brigade officials said. Reuters witnesses said the blaze had damaged at least three homes at a hamlet by the town of Marathon – the site of the historic 490 BC battle between Athenians and Persians about 40 kilometres (25 miles) northeast of the Greek capital. (Photo by Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)


Greek firefighters run to safer ground while their colleague calls for help on a radio as a forest fire rages in Marathon near Athens August 5, 2013. A wildfire fanned by strong winds raged near Athens on Monday, damaging homes and sending residents fleeing, fire brigade officials said. Reuters witnesses said the blaze had damaged at least three homes at a hamlet by the town of Marathon – the site of the historic 490 BC battle between Athenians and Persians about 40 kilometres (25 miles) northeast of the Greek capital. (Photo by Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)




A girl plays piano in the park in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 7, 2013. A group of young enthusiasts bought an old Soviet-made piano, adjusted it, painted white and placed in a park for free use by all visitors. The instrument is covered with a plastic foil at night and during rains. This is the group's first step in their project [Free city entertainments], local media said. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)


A girl plays piano in the park in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 7, 2013. A group of young enthusiasts bought an old Soviet-made piano, adjusted it, painted white and placed in a park for free use by all visitors. The instrument is covered with a plastic foil at night and during rains. This is the group's first step in their project [Free city entertainments], local media said. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)




A Bangladeshi woman tries to jump onto an overcrowded train from a bridge to travel home for Eid al-Fitr in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Muslims across the world are preparing for the arrival of Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by A. M. Ahad/AP Photo)


A Bangladeshi woman tries to jump onto an overcrowded train from a bridge to travel home for Eid al-Fitr in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Muslims across the world are preparing for the arrival of Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by A. M. Ahad/AP Photo)




A Christie's employee poses next to a Triceratops skull at Christie's Auction House on August 5, 2013 in London, England. The skull, which was excavated in the U.S makes up part of the [Out of the Ordinary] sale at Christie's Auction House, and is expected to fetch between £150,000 -£250,000 GBP when it goes on sale on September 5, 2013. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)


A Christie's employee poses next to a Triceratops skull at Christie's Auction House on August 5, 2013 in London, England. The skull, which was excavated in the U.S makes up part of the [Out of the Ordinary] sale at Christie's Auction House, and is expected to fetch between £150,000 – £250,000 GBP when it goes on sale on September 5, 2013. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)




A brass sculpture of a Rhinoceros sits at Christie's Auction House on August 5, 2013 in London, England. The piece makes up part of the [Out of the Ordinary] sale at Christie's Auction House, and is expected to fetch between £8,000 – £10,000 GBP when it goes on sale on September 5, 2013. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)


A brass sculpture of a Rhinoceros sits at Christie's Auction House on August 5, 2013 in London, England. The piece makes up part of the [Out of the Ordinary] sale at Christie's Auction House, and is expected to fetch between £8,000 – £10,000 GBP when it goes on sale on September 5, 2013. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)




A [Reborn Baby] kit is seen at Belgian artist Beatrice Van Landeghem's workshop, called [La nurserie des Tis Lous De Bea], in La Louviere, Belgium, on August 9, 2013. The dolls are carefully crafted in vinyl, which have become popular with collectors, but also with grieving parents and nostalgic grandparents. The dolls are created from a kit composed with the limbs and head made from vinyl and a trunk made from fabric which are painted several times to create the skin tone of newborn babies. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)


A [Reborn Baby] kit is seen at Belgian artist Beatrice Van Landeghem's workshop, called [La nurserie des Tis Lous De Bea], in La Louviere, Belgium, on August 9, 2013. The dolls are carefully crafted in vinyl, which have become popular with collectors, but also with grieving parents and nostalgic grandparents. The dolls are created from a kit composed with the limbs and head made from vinyl and a trunk made from fabric which are painted several times to create the skin tone of newborn babies. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)




Lance Bombardier James Simpson of the Royal Artillery with head coach Michael Cohen during a training session on August 4, 2013 in woods near Otley, Leeds ahead, of the Spartan Race he is competing in September. The soldier who lost both his legs in a explosion in Afghanistan has been described as an inspiration by the organisers of an extreme challenge dubbed [the obstacle race from hell]. L/Bdr Simpson, 27, is set to be the first double amputee to take part in a Spartan Race event. Spartan Race is an open country run punctuated with a range of punishing, surprise obstacles – from mud crawls and ice-pit plunges to cargo-net climbs and fire-log leaps. (Photo by Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire)


Lance Bombardier James Simpson of the Royal Artillery with head coach Michael Cohen during a training session on August 4, 2013 in woods near Otley, Leeds ahead, of the Spartan Race he is competing in September. The soldier who lost both his legs in a explosion in Afghanistan has been described as an inspiration by the organisers of an extreme challenge dubbed [the obstacle race from hell]. L/Bdr Simpson, 27, is set to be the first double amputee to take part in a Spartan Race event. Spartan Race is an open country run punctuated with a range of punishing, surprise obstacles – from mud crawls and ice-pit plunges to cargo-net climbs and fire-log leaps. (Photo by Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire)




Students with their faces painted in colors, participate in a Hiroshima Day peace rally in Mumbai, India, on August 6, 2013. Tuesday marked the 68th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing that killed as many as 140,000 people. (Photo by Rafiq Maqbool/Associated Press)


Students with their faces painted in colors, participate in a Hiroshima Day peace rally in Mumbai, India, on August 6, 2013. Tuesday marked the 68th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing that killed as many as 140,000 people. (Photo by Rafiq Maqbool/Associated Press)




An animal rights protester, covered in fake blood, lies on pavement in central Brussels calling for the abolition of bullfighting, on August 8, 2013. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)


An animal rights protester, covered in fake blood, lies on pavement in central Brussels calling for the abolition of bullfighting, on August 8, 2013. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)




Visitors cool off in a pool at a water theme park in Shanghai, China, Thursday, August 8, 2013. Hot weather has set in with temperatures rising up more 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in Shanghai. (Photo by Eugene Hoshiko/AP Photo)


Visitors cool off in a pool at a water theme park in Shanghai, China, Thursday, August 8, 2013. Hot weather has set in with temperatures rising up more 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in Shanghai. (Photo by Eugene Hoshiko/AP Photo)




A man carries his child in a bag as he crosses a street in Bhubaneswar, India, on August 9, 2013. (Photo by Biswaranjan Rout/Associated Press)


A man carries his child in a bag as he crosses a street in Bhubaneswar, India, on August 9, 2013. (Photo by Biswaranjan Rout/Associated Press)




Winemaker Andrew Parley at the Chapel Down Winery in Tenterden, Kent, looks on August 7, 2013 at the 15 litre Nebuchadnezzar bottle, the largest bottle of English Sparkling Wine ever to be made. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)


Winemaker Andrew Parley at the Chapel Down Winery in Tenterden, Kent, looks on August 7, 2013 at the 15 litre Nebuchadnezzar bottle, the largest bottle of English Sparkling Wine ever to be made. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)




This photo taken Saturday, August 3, 2013, shows an aerial view of Shanghai Tower after a final beam is installed in Shanghai, China. A topping-out ceremony was held Saturday for China's tallest building in the financial hub of Shanghai when the final beam was hoisted to the top of the skyscraper and installed in a flag-waving ritual. At 632 meters (2,073 feet), the Shanghai Tower in the city's Pudong district is the world's second-tallest building, surpassed only by Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which soars 829.8 meters (2,722 feet). (Photo by AP Photo)


This photo taken Saturday, August 3, 2013, shows an aerial view of Shanghai Tower after a final beam is installed in Shanghai, China. A topping-out ceremony was held Saturday for China's tallest building in the financial hub of Shanghai when the final beam was hoisted to the top of the skyscraper and installed in a flag-waving ritual. At 632 meters (2,073 feet), the Shanghai Tower in the city's Pudong district is the world's second-tallest building, surpassed only by Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which soars 829.8 meters (2,722 feet). (Photo by AP Photo)




A truck carries a Sri Lankan Hindu devotee hanging with iron hooks pierced into his back as a ritual during a Hindu temple festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, August 9, 2013. Hindu devotees mark [Paal Kudam] or the festival of milk by pouring milk on the idols of their deity and seek their blessings. (Photo by Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo)


A truck carries a Sri Lankan Hindu devotee hanging with iron hooks pierced into his back as a ritual during a Hindu temple festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, August 9, 2013. Hindu devotees mark [Paal Kudam] or the festival of milk by pouring milk on the idols of their deity and seek their blessings. (Photo by Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo)




An anti-government protester fights police outside the parliament in Bangkok, on August 7, 2013. Thailand's parliament will debate a political amnesty bill that the protesters fear will allow the ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra to return from exile without having to serve a jail sentence. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Associated Press)


An anti-government protester fights police outside the parliament in Bangkok, on August 7, 2013. Thailand's parliament will debate a political amnesty bill that the protesters fear will allow the ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra to return from exile without having to serve a jail sentence. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Associated Press)




Wooden model Cylon is posed holding a newspaper in the flat of its maker, Ukrainian Dmitry Balandin, in Zaporizhzhya August 6, 2013. It took Balandin, who works as a crane operator, six months to build the model from 500 parts. Balandin says he does not use blueprints and designs the parts as he works on them. He says he would love to build metal models but that is impossible to do so in his small apartment. He plays with Cylon as a child would play with a doll or Lego toy, and is now making a girlfriend for his model. He hopes to eventually build an entire model family and have them displayed at exhibitions and galleries. (Photo by Gleb Garanich/Reuters)


Wooden model Cylon is posed holding a newspaper in the flat of its maker, Ukrainian Dmitry Balandin, in Zaporizhzhya August 6, 2013. It took Balandin, who works as a crane operator, six months to build the model from 500 parts. Balandin says he does not use blueprints and designs the parts as he works on them. He says he would love to build metal models but that is impossible to do so in his small apartment. He plays with Cylon as a child would play with a doll or Lego toy, and is now making a girlfriend for his model. He hopes to eventually build an entire model family and have them displayed at exhibitions and galleries. (Photo by Gleb Garanich/Reuters)




Vincent Wong, the Group Head of Ports and Maritime Command, center, gestures during a press conference in Hong Kong, Wednesday, August 7, 2013. A shipment of illegal ivory, rhino horns and leopard skins worth $5.3 million was seized in Hong Kong's second big bust of endangered species products in a month. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)


Vincent Wong, the Group Head of Ports and Maritime Command, center, gestures during a press conference in Hong Kong, Wednesday, August 7, 2013. A shipment of illegal ivory, rhino horns and leopard skins worth $5.3 million was seized in Hong Kong's second big bust of endangered species products in a month. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)




Afghan children play with plastic toy guns in Kabul on August 8, 2013. Civilian casualties in the Afghan war rose 23 percent in the first half of this year due to Taliban attacks and increased fighting between insurgents and government forces, the UN said last month. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo)


Afghan children play with plastic toy guns in Kabul on August 8, 2013. Civilian casualties in the Afghan war rose 23 percent in the first half of this year due to Taliban attacks and increased fighting between insurgents and government forces, the UN said last month. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo)




An artisan works on an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a workshop in the southern Indian city of Chenna, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by Babu/Reuters)


An artisan works on an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a workshop in the southern Indian city of Chenna, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by Babu/Reuters)




A Kashmiri man shouts for help as he carries an injured young woman after she was hit by a tear gas shell fired by Indian police during a clash with anti-India protesters, at Eidgah, or an open-air mosque, in Srinagar, India, Friday, August 9, 2013. Indian forces used tear gas and pellet guns to quell thousands of stone-throwing protesters who took to the streets after special Eid prayers on Friday in the Indian portion of Kashmir. (Photo by Dar Yasin/AP Photo)


A Kashmiri man shouts for help as he carries an injured young woman after she was hit by a tear gas shell fired by Indian police during a clash with anti-India protesters, at Eidgah, or an open-air mosque, in Srinagar, India, Friday, August 9, 2013. Indian forces used tear gas and pellet guns to quell thousands of stone-throwing protesters who took to the streets after special Eid prayers on Friday in the Indian portion of Kashmir. (Photo by Dar Yasin/AP Photo)




People look at buildings damaged by a landslide in Dharmsala, India, on August 7, 2013. Fearing more landslides, the nearby village of 60 residents were evacuated. No injuries were reported. (Photo by Ashwini Bhatia/Associated Press)


People look at buildings damaged by a landslide in Dharmsala, India, on August 7, 2013. Fearing more landslides, the nearby village of 60 residents were evacuated. No injuries were reported. (Photo by Ashwini Bhatia/Associated Press)




The members of Ivory Coast's special forces march, on August 7, 2013, at the presidential palace in Abidjan during celebrations marking the 53nd anniversairy of the country's independence from France. (Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP Photo)


The members of Ivory Coast's special forces march, on August 7, 2013, at the presidential palace in Abidjan during celebrations marking the 53nd anniversairy of the country's independence from France. (Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP Photo)




Lightning strikes during a thunderstorm above the city of Goerlitz, Germany, on August 4, 2013. (Photo by Florian Gaertner/DPA)


Lightning strikes during a thunderstorm above the city of Goerlitz, Germany, on August 4, 2013. (Photo by Florian Gaertner/DPA)




Kiersten Sorber from Orlando, Fla. crawls through the Colossal Colon during the United Ostomy Associations of America's biannual meeting, Thursday afternoon, August 8, 2013 in Jacksonville, Fla. (Photo by Bob Self/AP Photo/SIPA)


Kiersten Sorber from Orlando, Fla. crawls through the Colossal Colon during the United Ostomy Associations of America's biannual meeting, Thursday afternoon, August 8, 2013 in Jacksonville, Fla. (Photo by Bob Self/AP Photo/SIPA Press)




Fans play bubble soccer before the start of the Guinness International Champions Cup game between Juventus and Inter Milan in Miami, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by J. Pat Carter/Associated Press)


Fans play bubble soccer before the start of the Guinness International Champions Cup game between Juventus and Inter Milan in Miami, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by J. Pat Carter/Associated Press)




A H-2B rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station blasts off from the launching pad at Tanegashima Space Center on the Japanese southwestern island of Tanegashima, on August 4, 2013. (Photo by Kyodo/Reuters)


A H-2B rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station blasts off from the launching pad at Tanegashima Space Center on the Japanese southwestern island of Tanegashima, on August 4, 2013. (Photo by Kyodo/Reuters)




Sudanese homeless families rest on the side of a highway in Khartoum,Tuesday, August 6, 2013. Floods that hit different areas in Sudan this week have lead to destructions of hundreds of homes, death of scores and dozens injured. (Photo by Abd Raouf/AP Photo)


Sudanese homeless families rest on the side of a highway in Khartoum,Tuesday, August 6, 2013. Floods that hit different areas in Sudan this week have lead to destructions of hundreds of homes, death of scores and dozens injured. (Photo by Abd Raouf/AP Photo)




A young woman walks towards a stage to be photographed while applying for a job as a Playboy bunny during a casting in Monterrey. Playboy is doing [Bunny Hunt 2013] castings in several Mexican cities for the Playboy casino in Cancun, on August 7, 2013. (Photo by Daniel Becerril /Reuters)


A young woman walks towards a stage to be photographed while applying for a job as a Playboy bunny during a casting in Monterrey. Playboy is doing [Bunny Hunt 2013] castings in several Mexican cities for the Playboy casino in Cancun, on August 7, 2013. (Photo by Daniel Becerril /Reuters)




A biker and his passenger make their way down Main Street in Sturgis during the motorcycle rally, on August 7, 2013 afternoon as she takes video with her phone along the way. (Photo by Chris Huber)


A biker and his passenger make their way down Main Street in Sturgis during the motorcycle rally, on August 7, 2013 afternoon as she takes video with her phone along the way. (Photo by Chris Huber)




An Egyptian vendor carries bread downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, August 5, 2013. Egypt's central bank reported Monday that foreign reserves reached $18.8 billion, their highest level in almost two years, but economists caution the boost is a reflection of aid from oil-rich Arab Gulf nations and not the result of an improved economy. The July reserve figures, which were released on the central bank's website, represent a nearly $4 billion jump from $14.9 billion at the end of June. (Photo by Amr Nabil/AP Photo)


An Egyptian vendor carries bread downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, August 5, 2013. Egypt's central bank reported Monday that foreign reserves reached $18.8 billion, their highest level in almost two years, but economists caution the boost is a reflection of aid from oil-rich Arab Gulf nations and not the result of an improved economy. The July reserve figures, which were released on the central bank's website, represent a nearly $4 billion jump from $14.9 billion at the end of June. (Photo by Amr Nabil/AP Photo)




Charles Montoya and Chantal LaRue of [She Dances With Fait] pose stating if they were not at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival they would finding new ways to dance and moving house on August 6, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The city is in full swing with hundreds of entertainers attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which runs from the 2–26 August and is one of the largest arts festivals in the world, dating back to 1947. (Photo by Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)


Charles Montoya and Chantal LaRue of [She Dances With Fait] pose stating if they were not at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival they would finding new ways to dance and moving house on August 6, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The city is in full swing with hundreds of entertainers attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which runs from the 2–26 August and is one of the largest arts festivals in the world, dating back to 1947. (Photo by Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)




Activists of India's Congress party's youth wing try to break barricades as police use water cannon to stop them during a protest against the death of five Indian army soldiers in cross-border exchanges, New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013. India's army says five of its soldiers were killed and another wounded when Pakistani troops fired at a patrol near the cease-fire line in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Tuesday. The incident could threaten recent overtures aimed at resuming peace talks between the nuclear-armed rivals. (Photo by Tsering Topgyal/AP Photo)


Activists of India's Congress party's youth wing try to break barricades as police use water cannon to stop them during a protest against the death of five Indian army soldiers in cross-border exchanges, New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013. India's army says five of its soldiers were killed and another wounded when Pakistani troops fired at a patrol near the cease-fire line in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Tuesday. The incident could threaten recent overtures aimed at resuming peace talks between the nuclear-armed rivals. (Photo by Tsering Topgyal/AP Photo)




A Palestinian child poses with a plastic toy gun in front of a stall as families shop at a market on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, on August 7, 2013 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP Photo)


A Palestinian child poses with a plastic toy gun in front of a stall as families shop at a market on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, on August 7, 2013 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP Photo)




A police officer is tended to by a colleague after Loyalist protesters attacked the police with bricks and bottles as they waited for a republican parade to make its way through Belfast City Centre, on August 9, 2013. Police said two officers were injured. Eight were hurt the previous night when a crowd threw paint bombs, bottles and masonry at police. (Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)


A police officer is tended to by a colleague after Loyalist protesters attacked the police with bricks and bottles as they waited for a republican parade to make its way through Belfast City Centre, on August 9, 2013. Police said two officers were injured. Eight were hurt the previous night when a crowd threw paint bombs, bottles and masonry at police. (Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)




Tourists watch a hot water lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by Max Waugh/Solent News/SIPA Press)


Tourists watch a hot water lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by Max Waugh/Solent News/SIPA Press)




A construction crane lift the last piece of steel during the topping out ceremony at the Shanghai Tower at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, on August 5, 2013. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)


A construction crane lift the last piece of steel during the topping out ceremony at the Shanghai Tower at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, on August 5, 2013. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)




Star trails form over yurts, traditional nomad felt tents, in a long exposure picture on the mountainous Assy plateau, on August 5, 2013. (Photo by Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)


Star trails form over yurts, traditional nomad felt tents, in a long exposure picture on the mountainous Assy plateau, on August 5, 2013. (Photo by Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)




Photographer Roberto Giudici snapped this picture of four waterspouts as he was sailing off the Greek island of Orthoni, on August 3, 2013. (Photo by Roberto Giudici/Caters News)


Photographer Roberto Giudici snapped this picture of four waterspouts as he was sailing off the Greek island of Orthoni, on August 3, 2013. (Photo by Roberto Giudici/Caters News)




Guinea born Iya Traore, a former football player, juggler and acrobate performs in Paris, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by Pierre Andrieu/AFP Photo)


Guinea born Iya Traore, a former football player, juggler and acrobate performs in Paris, on August 6, 2013. (Photo by Pierre Andrieu/AFP Photo)




This 35ft straw sculpture of a Dalek is on display at Snugburys Ice Cream Farm in Cheshire, on August 3, 2013. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Wire)


This 35ft straw sculpture of a Dalek is on display at Snugburys Ice Cream Farm in Cheshire, on August 3, 2013. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Wire)




Women stand next to cardboard posters in the Washington Heights section of New Yorkas they participate in the annual [Breastfeeding Subway Caravan] to mark [World Breastfeeding Week], on August 3, 2013. (Photo by AFP Photos/Getty Images)


Women stand next to cardboard posters in the Washington Heights section of New Yorkas they participate in the annual [Breastfeeding Subway Caravan] to mark [World Breastfeeding Week], on Au
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