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Photos of the Week: 8/24-8/29

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This week we have a look at swarms of locusts in Madagascar, 31 riders on a single motorcycle, magma from Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, Japan's tidy superhero Mangetsu-man, huge waves in California, and a gigantic French mechanical horse-dragon. [35 photos]

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A Chinese woman and her daughter wear face-kinis while swimming in the Yellow Sea in Qingdao, China, on August 22, 2014. The locally designed mask is worn by many local women to protect them from jellyfish stings, algae and the sun's ultraviolet rays. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
A Chinese woman and her daughter wear face-kinis while swimming in the Yellow Sea in Qingdao, China, on August 22, 2014. The locally designed mask is worn by many local women to protect them from jellyfish stings, algae and the sun's ultraviolet rays. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
A riot policeman is set on fire by a Molotov cocktail thrown by a small group of anti-government protesters during clashes in San Cristobal, Venezuela, on August 25, 2014. The demonstrators protested against the control of fingerprints to buy food, a raise in public transportation costs, the lack of safety, the shortage of goods and the closure of the border with Colombia, among other things. (George Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images) #
A mechanical horse-dragon made of wood and steel is presented to the public in Nantes, western France, on August 26, 2014. This horse-dragon, created by the French artist Francois Delaroziere of "Les machines de l'ile" (The Machines of the Isle), is the hero of the show "Long Ma" which will be presented in Beijing on October 17, 2014 as part of the fiftieth anniversary of the relationship between France and China. (Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP/Getty Images) #
A boogieboarder rides a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Southern Californians experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) #
Airport and airline employees walk the fifth runway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to clear debris as the sun rises on August 27, 2014, in Atlanta. The annual Foreign Object Debris Walk drew approximately 100 airline and airport employees volunteering to find and remove debris that could be hazardous to aircraft. The resulting damage from foreign object debris is estimated to cost the aerospace industry $4 billion a year. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #
Crowds of people throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual "Tomatina" tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, on August 27, 2014. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual Tomatina battle that has become a major tourist attraction. Trucks dumped 125 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz) #
An unidentified man, who calls himself Mangetsu-man (Mr. Full Moon), pauses as he cleans Nihonbashi bridge using a broom with a volunteer, while clad in a costume featuring a full moon for a head, in Tokyo, on August 25, 2014. While most superheroes fight crime, for Mangetsu-man the enemy is garbage and his "super" weapons are a broom, a dustpan and an army of volunteers who have joined his mission. He first appeared on the streets of Tokyo last year without any publicity or fanfare and mainly cleans around the city's Nihonbashi bridge. (Reuters/Issei Kato) #
Magma is visible along a 1-km-long fissure in a lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier, which covers part of Bardarbunga volcano system in Iceland on August 29, 2014. The eruption is at the tip of a magma dyke around 40 km from the main Bardarbunga crater and activity subsided to relatively low levels after peaking between 0020 and 0200 GMT, Iceland Met Office seismologist Martin Hensch said. Iceland's Meteorological Office on Friday downgraded its volcano alert level to orange from red and said a small eruption that started during the night is not a threat to aviation. (Reuters/Marco Nescher) #
Michael Brown Sr., yells out as the casket is lowered during the funeral service for his son Michael Brown in Normandy, Missouri, on August 25, 2014. Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot and killed August 9 in a confrontation with a police officer that fueled almost two weeks of street protests. (AP Photo/New York Times, Richard Perry) #
A nurse at Simon Bolivar Zoo's veterinary surgery gives medicine to a squirrel in San Jose, Costa Rica, on August 28, 2014. Thousands of parrots, macaws, toucans, monkeys, goldfinches, turtles and iguanas are captured in Costa Rica each year to be kept as pets, putting the species at risk. Forty NGOs, public entities and professionals are holding the first Congress of Rescue, Recuperation and Release of Wild Fauna in the capital of this Central American country. (Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Pro-Russian separatist stands near a damaged war memorial at Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of Donetsk, on August 28, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that Russian forces had entered his country and the military conflict was worsening after Russian-backed separatists swept into a key town in the east. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov) #
A crowd watches as two fighters battle in the Thunderdome during the Burning Man 2014 "Caravansary" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada on August 27, 2014. People from all over the world have gathered at the sold out festival to spend a week in the remote desert cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
Israeli couple Noga and Moshiko Siho have their wedding photo taken in an army staging area on the Israeli Gaza border, near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel, on August 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) #
Members of the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit rappel from a Griffon helicopter on to a ship while taking part in a scenario during the Operation Nanook military exercise on Baffin Island, Nunavut, on August 26, 2014. (Reuters/Chris Wattie) #
Iraqi firefighters hose down burning cars after an attack involving three bombs took place in Kirkuk, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, on August 23, 2014. (AP Photo) #
A stray dog stands on a mound of garbage at a landfill site on the outskirts of Bangalore, India, on August 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi) #
Young members of a local Kyokushin Karate federation perform during an exercise session at a summer training camp in Taiga district on a bank of the Yenisei River near the town of Divnogorsk, outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, on August 26, 2014. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
Ukrainians paint each other's faces with national colors and state emblem during celebration of the 23rd anniversary of Ukraine's Independence, in the capital Kiev, on August 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) #
Police officers file past the casket of Oklahoma City police canine officer K-9 Kye during funeral services in Oklahoma City on August 28, 2014. K-9 Kye died on August 25 after being stabbed by a burglary suspect on August 24. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) #
The Cove House Lifeguard Administrative Building, after it was destroyed by waves in Point Mugu, California, on August 28, 2014. Waves up to 15 feet (4.5 meters) high generated by Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean hit Southern California beaches, creating dangerous conditions for beachgoers and threatening coastal flooding, meteorologists said. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni) #
Thirty-one stunt riders balance on a motorcycle during dress rehearsals for the upcoming Independence Day celebrations in Kuala Lumpur on August 28, 2014. (Reuters/Olivia Harris) #
A man tries to grab a flag as he slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in grease, during the week-long celebrations for the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, outside Valletta, on August 24, 2014. In the traditional game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top of a pole and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes. (Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi) #
A swarm of locusts invades the center of Madagascar's capital of Antananarivo on August 28, 2014. (Rijasolo/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Indian schoolgirl walks through an alley in New Delhi, India, on August 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #
Britain's Josh Collins riding Spook a Little competes in the team reining competition and 1st individual qualifying at the World Equestrian Games at the d'Ornano stadium in Caen, France, on August 25, 2014. (Reuters/Regis Duvignau) #
Brad Whitehead of Manchester, England, fires a fully automatic machine gun at Machine Guns Vegas on August 28, 2014, in Las Vegas. Most visitors to Machine Guns Vegas have already pulled the trigger on an Uzi or an M5, from the behind the controls of their XBox. But with strict gun laws keeping the real thing out of reach for most people, especially outside the U.S., indoor shooting ranges with high-powered weapons have become a hot tourist attraction. (AP Photo/John Locher) #
Members of the National Park Service watch as new U.S. citizens raise their hands for their oath of allegiance during a special naturalization ceremony held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 2014. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) #
A car sits atop an embankment after losing control and skidding up the concrete retaining wall on South La Brea Ave in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, on August 24, 2014. The driver and his passenger escaped injury. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) #
A bird covered in spilled oil perches on the banks of the San Juan river in Cadereyta, Mexico, on August 26, 2014. An oil pipeline spill that contaminated the river in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon will take months to clean up, the country's top water authority said. The 24-inch Madero-Cadereyta pipeline, owned by national oil company Pemex, was ruptured when thieves attempted to tap into it, the company said. (Reuters/Daniel Becerril) #
A masked student runs after clashes broke out with riot police during a demonstration against the government to demand changes in the public state education system, in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, on August 28, 2014. Chilean students have been protesting against what they say is profiteering in the state education system. (Reuters/Eliseo Fernandez) #
Ahmed Gueye from Senegal prepares before a fight at the Sport Palace during the third stage of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) regional wrestling event in Abidjan on August 24, 2014. (Reuters/Luc Gnago) #
Palestinians inspect the damage of a Rafah commercial center after an Israeli strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 24, 2014. The Gaza police operation room reported three airstrikes on a Rafah commercial center, which consists of two floors and includes 100 shops. The building almost collapsed and a huge fire erupted in the shops. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba) #
Central American migrants rest atop the last boxcar of a moving freight train as it heads north from Arriaga toward Chahuites, Mexico, on August 26, 2014. A Mexican crackdown seems to be keeping women and children off the deadly train, known as "The Beast," that has traditionally helped thousands of migrants head north. The once-open route to the United States has become so difficult that trains now carry a small fraction of the migrants they used to, and almost exclusively adult men. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) #
A spider sits in its net covered in dewdrops and waits for a victim on August 27, 2014 in Cologne, Germany. (Henning Kaiser/AFP/Getty Images) #
Skateboarder Chris Young, 22, launches himself off a buckled sidewalk in Napa, California, following an earthquake on August 24, 2014. Officials in the city of Napa say 15 to 16 buildings are no longer inhabitable after Sunday's magnitude-6.0 earthquake, and there is only limited access to numerous other structures. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) #
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