Week in Photos: August 9, 2014

From earthquake recovery in China to Yazidi refugees in Kurdistan and free rock climbing over Croatia’s blue waters, see the week’s most striking photos.


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Gaza City, Gaza Strip

August 6, 2014
Palestinians stand next to a makeshift shelter erected outside their destroyed house in the devastated neighborhood of Shejaiya. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a vigorous defense of Israel’s month-long conflict in Gaza as “justified” and “proportionate,” blaming Hamas for the heavy Palestinian civilian death toll.

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Jerusalem, Israel

August 4, 2014
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys climb down a wall near the scene of a suspected attack. A Palestinian killed an Israeli and overturned a bus with a construction vehicle on Monday and a gunman wounded a soldier in attacks in Jerusalem that appeared to be a backlash against Israel’s Gaza war. There were no passengers on the bus, in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of the city. Surveillance video broadcast on Israeli television showed the yellow excavator’s mechanical arm tearing into the side of the bus as it lay on the sidewalk. 

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Khan Younis, Gaza Strip

August 5, 2014
Mahmoud al-Ghol lies in bed at the European Hospital. The 10-year-old Palestinian boy was pulled from beneath the rubble of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike that killed nine members of the al-Ghol family.

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Jabaliya Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip

August 3, 2014
A relative reacts at a badly damaged house, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike that killed three Palestinians from the Wahdan family, as bloodstains are seen on a damaged wall.


Longtoushan, China

August 7, 2014
Rescue workers carry the body of a victim down a mountain in the earthquake zone in Yunnan province. The earthquake in China the previous weekend triggered landslides that blocked rivers and created rapidly growing bodies of water that could unleash more destruction on survivors of the disaster that killed 615 people, state media reported.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

August 7, 2014
Soum Rithy (C), who lost his father and three siblings during the Khmer Rouge regime, breaks out in tears and hugs another survivor after the verdict was delivered in the trial of former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan and former Khmer Rouge leader “Brother Number Two”' Nuon Chea at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on the outskirts of the city. A U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia sentenced the two top surviving cadres of the Khmer Rouge regime to life in jail after finding them guilty of crimes against humanity for their roles in the 1970s “killing fields” revolution.

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Dohuk, Kurdistan

August 5, 2014
Iraqi Yazidi women who fled the violence in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar sit at a school where they are taking shelter. Islamic State (IS) Sunni jihadists ousted the Peshmerga troops of Iraq’s Kurdish government from the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, forcing thousands of people from their homes. The Yazidis are a small community that follows a 4,000-year-old faith and have been targeted repeatedly by jihadists who call them “devil-worshipers” because of their unique beliefs and practices. 

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Donetsk, Ukraine

August 7, 2014
A woman looks out from a damaged window following what locals say was shelling by Ukrainian forces. The Ukrainian government said Thursday it was suspending a ceasefire with separatist rebels at the crash site of the Malaysian airliner after an international recovery mission had been halted. 

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Bovington, United Kingdom

August 4, 2014
Members of the Great War Society living history group dressed as 4th Battalion the Middlesex Regiment stand under a shower of a million poppy flowers representing the dead during a World War I centenary ceremony at the Tank Museum. August, 4, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary of Great Britain’s declaration of war on Germany. In 1914, British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith announced at 11 p.m. that Britain was to enter the war after Germany had violated Belgian neutrality. The First World War or the Great War lasted until November 11, 1918, and is recognized as one of the deadliest historical conflicts, with millions of casualties.

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Sydney, Australia

August 7, 2014
Dancers from the Australian Ballet are pictured in the Bondi Icebergs oceanside pool. The dancers, taking advantage of the pool being emptied for cleaning, were promoting their February 2015 production of Swan Lake at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.


Pyongyang, North Korea

August 6, 2014
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles during a visit to the Chonji Lubricant Factory, in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).


Yangzhi County, China

August 1, 2014
A fisherman transports a dead whale shark after it was caught in a fisherman’s net in Fujian province. According to local media, the whale shark is 5 meters long and weighs more than 2 tons.

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Pula, Croatia

August 4, 2014
A young man poses while he climbs in an 8- to 10-meter-high cave. Deep Water Soloing (DWS), free climbing over water, is a relatively new discipline and is popular with climbers who want to go rock climbing in high summer temperatures. Climbing over deep water means most of the climbing routes are safe for beginners but still offer a challenge for the more advanced climber. There are many opportunities for DWS along the mile-long cliffs of Croatia.