From the devastating wildfires in California to the creation of the first US Space Force, here are the most eye-catching and emotional pictures from this past week.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
BuzzFeed News Photo Essay Editor
Posted on August 10, 2018, at 5:13 p.m. ET
An air tanker drops retardant on the Ranch fire, part of the Mendocino Complex fire, burning along High Valley Road near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Aug. 5.
Firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Ranch fire near Lodoga, California, on Aug. 7.
This photo shows burned-out cars after the Ranch fire hit Spring Valley near Clearlake Oaks on Aug. 7.
Thomas Musolino wears a mask of President Donald Trump with an arm around his 10-year-old daughter, Gianna, during a Trump campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 2.
Vice President Mike Pence during an event on the creation of the US Space Force on Aug. 9 at the Pentagon. Pence says the time has come to establish a new US Space Force to ensure America's dominance in space amid heightened completion and threats from China and Russia.
A picture taken on Aug. 8 shows a fireball exploding during Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City.
A relative of 23-year-old Palestinian Enas Khammash, who was killed with her toddler in an Israeli airstrike, inspects their bedroom in the central Gaza Strip on Aug. 9.
Activists in favor of the legalization of abortion comfort one another outside the National Congress in Buenos Aires on Aug. 9, after senators rejected the bill to legalize abortion.
Members of a search-and-rescue team carry the body of a quake victim found among the rubble in Bangsal on a northern Indonesian island on Aug. 8, three days after the area was struck by an earthquake.
A military paramedic at a makeshift hospital tends to a boy with a head injury that he got from Sunday's earthquake in Kayangan, Indonesia, on Aug. 8.
Boats arrive to help evacuate people following an earthquake on the Indonesian Gili Islands on Aug. 6.
An rescued person sits onboard the rescue boat of nongovernmental organization Proactiva Open Arms in the Mediterranean Sea on Aug. 5.
Lourdes de Leon hugs her son, Leo — one of three minors who had been separated from their family along the US–Mexico border — upon arrival at a shelter in Guatemala City on Aug. 7.
Police detain BJP Mahila Morcha activists while protesting against the Aam Aadmi Party in New Delhi on Aug. 6.
Indian police fire a jet of dyed water from their water cannon at Kashmiri government teachers during a protest over the regularization of jobs and pay on Aug. 9 in Srinagar, India.
A body-painted supporter of Soumaila Cisse's party attends a political rally in Bamako, Mali, on Aug. 7, to condemn the alleged fraud and ballot box stuffing that took place in the July 29 poll.
A former child soldier holds a gun as he participates in a child soldiers' release ceremony outside Yambio, South Sudan, on Aug. 7.
Rohingya woman Dola Banu, 19, poses for a photo with her son at the Thangkhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on Aug. 9.
Hot air balloons carrying tourists in the sky at sunrise in Cappadocia, Turkey, on Aug. 7.
Ali Kemer, a 50-year-old horse breeder, kisses one of his horses in the village of Hormetci, Turkey, on Aug. 5.
A mountain guide leads a group of vacationers on a hike on a glacier in Val Thorens in the French Alps on Aug. 9.
A woman looks through the glass of a polar bear's enclosure as he cools off in the water at the zoo in Mulhouse, France, on Aug. 3.
A cargo ship floats past the famous Kalyazin Bell Tower, part of the submerged monastery of St. Nicholas, in the town of Kalyazin, Russia, on Aug. 9.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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