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23 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

Here are the most moving, sorrowful, and breathtaking pictures from the past week.

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Service personnel from the Ministry of People's Armed Forces rally in Pyongyang in support of North Korea's stance against the US. This picture, taken on Aug. 10, was released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Aug. 11.

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Protesters stage a "die-in" during a demonstration against nuclear weapons outside the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, on Aug. 9. An estimated 50 protesters were arrested for illegal assembly in front of the laboratory, as they gathered to mark the 72nd anniversary of the atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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People attend the Peace Message Lantern Floating Ceremony — held to console the souls of the atomic bomb victims on the 72nd anniversary of the bombings — at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Aug. 6.

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An anti-government activist stands with his trousers down in front of security forces at a barricade on a Caracas street in protest against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Aug. 8.

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A huge explosion sends fire into the air as the regime forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out air and ground strikes on Damascus on Aug. 7.

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A firefighter tackles a wildfire close to the Portuguese village of Pucarica on Aug. 10 — one of 3,000 firefighters battling 80 wildfires raging across the country, civil protection officials said.

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Rescuers carry a survivor in Puge, China, on Aug. 8. A landslide triggered by heavy rain killed eight people and left 17 others missing.

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A man seeking safety walks with his hands in the air through a thick cloud of tear gas toward riot police, as police clashed with protesters throwing rocks in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi on Aug. 10. International observers urged Kenyans to be patient as they awaited final election results following opposition allegations of vote-rigging, but clashes between police and protesters again erupted in Nairobi. Incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner on Aug. 11.

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A Haitian boy holds onto his father as they approach an illegal crossing point between Champlain, New York, and Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, on Aug. 7. Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, people from across the globe walk across a ditch into Canada — knowing they will instantly be arrested, but hoping for kinder treatment from the Canadian government than they found in the US.

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Nur Setut, a 6-year-old Syrian girl born in 2011 when the Syrian civil war began, does karate exercises in Aleppo on Aug. 9. Despite all difficulties, Nur has kept working toward her dream of becoming a world karate champion.

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Justin Gatlin of the US praises Usain Bolt of Jamaica after beating Bolt in the final race of Bolt's career at London Stadium on Aug. 5.

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A couple dressed in Madrid's traditional "chulapo" attire dance during a religious procession in honor of San Lorenzo on Aug. 10. The festivities were part of a weeklong street fiesta which included dancing, eating, and drinking, along with cultural events and religious processions.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe entertainers perform on the Royal Mile on Aug. 10. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the world's largest performing arts festival, boasting more than 30,000 performances of more than 2,000 shows.

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A male baby snow leopard awaits his first vaccination at the Tierpark zoo in Berlin on Aug. 10. The leopard was born on June 13, and still has no name.


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