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Photos of the Week: 8/17-8/23

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This week's edition features coverage of mudslides in Japan, a home-made electric wooden horse in China, an oil spill in Mexico, a massive rubber duck in Los Angeles, scenes from Ferguson, Gaza, and much more. [35 photos]

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Australia's Nathan Hedge rides a wave during the 14th edition of the Billabong Pro Tahiti surf event in Teahupoo, on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, on August 18, 2014. (Gregory Boissy/AFP/Getty Images)
Australia's Nathan Hedge rides a wave during the 14th edition of the Billabong Pro Tahiti surf event in Teahupoo, on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, on August 18, 2014. (Gregory Boissy/AFP/Getty Images)
A man is doused with milk and sprayed with mist after being hit by an eye irritant from security forces trying to disperse demonstrators protesting against the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 20, 2014. (Reuters/Adrees Latif) #
A combination of three pictures taken in Gaza City on August 23, 2014 shows Palestinian men watching and then running as an Israeli bomb (top photo, upper left) drops down and hits its target in the Palestinian enclave. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images) #
Groom Mahmoud Mansour and his bride Maral Malka celebrate with friends and family before their wedding in Mahmoud's family house in Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv, on August 17, 2014. Israeli police on Sunday blocked more than 200 far-right Israeli protesters from rushing guests at the wedding of a Jewish woman and Muslim man as they shouted "death to the Arabs" in a sign of tensions stoked by the Gaza war. (Reuters/Ammar Awad) #
British actor Rowan Atkinson, dressed in his popular television character Mr. Bean, dances with Chinese performers during the filming of a promotional video in Shanghai on August 20, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer) #
A tornado approaches the coastal city of Genoa, in Northern Italy, on August 19, 2014. At right, in background, the profile of the Costa Concordia cruise liner wreck which was towed to Genoa for scrapping. Tornadoes and thunderstorms hit Genoa and the Liguria region coast Tuesday, causing damage to seaside cabins and floods but no victims. (AP Photo/Tano Pecoraro) #
Getty Images staff photographer Scott Olson is placed into a paddy wagon after being arrested by police as he covered the demonstration following the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) #
A member of the Church of Aladura prays on the beach on August 20, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. He and other church members were praying for God to rescue Liberia from its current crisis. The Ebola virus has killed more than 1,200 people in four African nations, with more in Liberia than any other country. (John Moore/Getty Images) #
Peasants try to lift a horse dying from hunger at the El Rosario farm in San Francisco Libre town, Nicaragua, on August 19, 2014. According to a recent report by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), run by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), low rainfall linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon has led to drought in parts of Central America, causing widespread damage to crops, shortages and rising prices of food, and worsening hunger among the region's poor. (Reuters/Oswaldo Rivas) #
Devotees try to form a human pyramid to break a clay pot containing curd during the celebrations to mark the Hindu festival of Janmashtami in Mumbai on August 18, 2014. Janmashtami, which marks the birthday of Hindu god Krishna, was celebrated across the country. (Reuters/Shailesh Andrade) #
Indonesian police fire a tear gas canister as they try to disperse supporters of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto during a protest near the Constitutional Court in Jakarta on August 21, 2014. Indonesian police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters outside the country's top court in Jakarta on Thursday, as judges started delivering their verdict into last month's disputed presidential election. Losing candidate Prabowo has asked the Constitutional Court to overturn the election result, saying the vote in the world's third largest democracy was tainted by mass fraud. (Reuters/Beawiharta) #
Peshmerga fighters stand guard at Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on August 21, 2014. Despite its structural faults, the country's biggest dam at 3.6 km long, built by a German-Italian consortium in the 1980s, is a vital water and power source for Mosul, Iraq's largest northern city of 1.7 million residents. Control the dam and you control the 'keys' to the city. With that in mind, Islamic State insurgents who captured swathes of Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate, wrested control of the dam from Kurdish forces in recent weeks. While Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured the dam with the help of U.S. air strikes on Monday, "the most dangerous dam in the world" - as a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report described it - still has the potential for catastrophe. (Reuters/Youssef Boudlal) #
A model displays a creation by a Gen Next designer during the first day of the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai, India, on August 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade) #
Participants struggle to reach prizes during a greased-pole climbing competition held as a part of the Independence Day celebrations in Jakarta, Indonesia, on August 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara) #
A giant inflatable rubber duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats through the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Tall Ships Festival, in San Pedro, California, on August 20, 2014. The creation, which is five stories tall and five stories wide, has been seen floating in various cities around the world since 2007. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) #
A bull with its horns set on fire is seen during the El Novillo de Bombas festival in Mira, north of Quito, on August 16, 2014. Thousands of residents in Mira participate in the yearly event which originated from Spain many centuries ago. (Reuters/Guillermo Granja) #
A tourist from Britain takes in the sun on a river boat near Homps along the Canal du Midi, southwestern France, on August 12, 2014. This 360-km network of navigable waterways links the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean through locks, aqueducts, bridges and tunnels. An UNESCO World Heritage site, the Canal du Midi, built between 1667 and 1694, it is a remarkable feat of civil engineering, paving the way for the Industrial Revolution. (Reuters/Regis Duvignau) #
Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers search for survivors at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, on August 20, 2014. At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, and the toll could rise further, police said. (Reuters/Toru Hanai) #
Lexi Pearson kisses her husband, Navy pilot Bryan Pearson, as he gets ready to deploy with the USS Carl Vinson in Coronado, California, on August 22, 2014. The carrier and its strike group, including more than 6,000 sailors, departed Friday for a nine-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) #
Passengers sit in the carriage of a subway train with floors decorated to resemble a basketball court to celebrate the ongoing 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China, on August 19, 2014. (Reuters/Aly Song) #
A dead dragonfly, covered in oil, lies on the shore of an irrigation canal that flows into the river San Juan in Cadereyta on August 22, 2014. An oil pipeline spill that contaminated a river in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon will take months to clean up, the country's top water authority said on Thursday. The 24-inch Madero-Cadereyta pipeline, owned by national oil company Pemex, was ruptured when thieves attempted to tap into it, the company said on Sunday. David Korenfeld, head of Mexico's national water commission, said that residents near the contaminated parts of the river, located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the state capital of Monterrey, were advised not to consume the water. (Reuters/Daniel Becerril) #
Zoya Lipnyagova's adopted daughter Tanya, 17, shepherds goats on a pasture near their house farm in the village of Kluchi, in Krasnoyarsk region, Siberia, on August 17, 2014. Eight years ago former flight attendant Zoya Lipnyagova, her husband Gennady and their two children left Krasnoyarsk for the village to live in a 19th century wooden house and adopted seven more orphaned children some years later. In 2010, Zoya received a license of a businesswoman and 300,000 rubles ($8,251) from the state as a start-up capital to open her own business, which started with three goats at that time. The family now runs a farm with about 120 goats and gradually buys equipment for manufacturing goat cheese to sell it to grocery stores in Krasnoyarsk. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
A worker takes a selfie before removing a yellow and blue Ukrainian flag attached by protesters atop Stalin-era skyscraper in Moscow, Russia, on August 20, 2014. Protesters scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine. The dangerous prank, which set Russian social networking sites abuzz, drew a harsh response from the police.(AP Photo/Ilya Varlamov) #
Tarek al-Rifi, the father of one of the three children from the Al-Rifi family killed in an Israeli military strike, reacts at Gaza city's Al-Shifa hospital on August 21, 2014. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images) #
A nurse holds the hand of a premature baby, who was born at five months of pregnancy, after feeding it with expressed breast milk on the first day of donation at a hospital in Medellin on August 20, 2014. Nursing mothers who have volunteered will supply the milk bank to offer a more nutritious alternative for children whose mothers are not able to provide them with breast milk. (Reuters/Fredy Builes) #
Li Jingyang shows his home-made electric wooden horse at a court yard in Yongji county, Jilin province, China, on August 20, 2014. Li, a 60-year-old carpenter, made the 1.4-meter-high (4.9-ft) horse over six years as a hobby. The battery-operated machine can walk and turn around, according to local media. (Reuters/China Daily) #
Shiite fighters, from the brigades of peace loyal to Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against ISIS militants, take part in field training in Najaf on August 23, 2014. (Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani) #
Tracer bullets ricochet off their targets as Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force tanks fire their machine guns during a night session of an annual training exercise at Higashifuji training field near Mount Fuji in Gotemba, west of Tokyo, on August 19, 2014. Japanese battle tanks, helicopters and elite troops stormed the foothills of Mount Fuji Tuesday in a first-of-its-kind display of the tactics and equipment the nation's military could use to defend or retake islands in and around the East China Sea. (Reuters/Yuya Shino) #
Police mounted on horses ride through counter-demonstrators protesting against an election meeting arranged by the neo-nazi party "Svenskarnas Parti", at a square in central Malmo, Sweden, on August 23, 2014. Two people were reportedly injured. There were several thousand protesters, while the party meeting totaled less than a hundred sympathizers. (AP Photo/TT News Agency, Drago Prvulovic) #
A woman and a child in a maternity hospital in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on August 22, 2014. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov) #
A demonstrator kicks a vehicle that was set on fire during a protest at Golaghat district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam on August 20, 2014. Thousands of protesters in the far-flung Indian state of Assam defied a curfew and attacked police in a fifth day of unrest over a territorial dispute with a neighboring state. Assam and the tiny state of Nagaland in northeastern India have been claiming tracts of land along the state limits since the creation of Nagaland more than four decades ago. (Reuters/Stringer) #
Cleaners abseil down one of the faces of Big Ben, to clean and polish the clock face, above the Houses of Parliament, in central London, on August 19, 2014. (Reuters/Toby Melville) #
A man comforts a woman, both wounded by what locals say was recent shelling by Ukrainian forces in Donetsk, Ukraine, on August 23, 2014. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov) #
A model in the Grand Carnival during The 13th Jember Fashion Carnival 2014 on August 24, 2014 in Jember, Indonesia. The 13th Jember Fashion Carnival theme is Triangle, Dynamic in Harmony and consists of ten parades which include Mahabharata, Tambora, Phoenix, Pine Forest, Apache, Borobudur, Flying Kite, Wild Deer, Stalagmite, and Chemistry. (Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images) #
A Ukrainian soldier gestures as he talks with children on August 18, 2014 in the small eastern city of Popasna, Lugansk region, recently freed by Ukrainian forces from pro-Russia militants. (Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images) #
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