22 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

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

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Fireworks explode above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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A dancer performs a segment during the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games, highlighting the planet's environmental concerns.

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Samir Ait Said of France breaks his leg during competition on the vault.

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Gold medalist Kristin Armstrong of the United States shows her medal to her son Lucas after the Cycling Road Women's Individual Time Trial on Day 5 of the Olympic Games.

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Alexandra Raisman of the United States is in tears after competing on the floor during the Women's Individual All Around Final on Day 6 of the Rio Olympics.

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Simone Biles of the United States competes on the balance beam during the Women's Individual All Around Final on Day 6 of the Olympics.

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South Africa's Chad Le Clos, top, and United States' Tom Shields compete during a Men's 100-meter Butterfly heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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United States' Michael Phelps celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 200-meter Individual Medley.

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Olympic cyclists ride past an 'eco barrier' along a polluted canal in the Leblon neighborhood, during the Women's Road Race at the 2016 Olympics.

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Alexander Massialas of the United States defeats Artur Akhmatkhuzin of Russia during the Men's Individual Foil Round on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Rugby player Isadora Cerullo of Brazil kisses her girlfriend Marjorie, an Olympic volunteer, after accepting her wedding proposal on the sidelines of the women's rugby medal ceremony.

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The Olympic Cauldron is seen ablaze at the Olympic Boulevard for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games.

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Five-year old white lion Ludwig, father of five new-born white lion cubs, looks towards the camera at a private zoo in the village of Demydiv, Ukraine. Most white lions live in captivity as the rare color mutation is widely believed to make it difficult for white lions to survive in the wild.

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Performers dressed as Pikachu, a character from Pokemon series, cram themselves into an elevator during the Pikachu Outbreak event hosted by The Pokemon Company in Yokohama, Japan. A total of 1,000 Pikachus appeared at the city's landmarks in the Minato Mirai area, aiming to attract visitors and tourists to the city.

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Brazil's national security force officers aim their weapons during a police operation in search for criminals in Vila do Joao, part of the Mare complex of slums in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A police officer was shot and killed after he and two others working security at the Rio Olympics became lost near a slum.

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An Indian paramilitary soldier falls down as he tries to kick a tear gas shell that was thrown back at him by Kashmiri Muslim protesters in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Kashmir has been under a security lockdown and curfew since the killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8th sparked some of the largest protests against Indian rule in recent years.

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A woman throws prayer paper onto a fire during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Hungry Ghost Festival falls on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month. According to traditional Chinese belief, the seventh month in the lunar calendar is when restless spirits roam the earth.

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New York City Police officers struggle to pull a man through a window as he scaled the east side of Trump Tower using suction cups. A police spokeswoman says officers responded to Donald Trump's namesake skyscraper on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, but had no further information. The 58-story building is both the headquarters to the Republican presidential nominee's campaign and his personal residence.

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Women breastfeed their babies at an event promoting the freedom of mothers to breastfeed in public, during World Breastfeeding Week at the Village Museum in Bucharest, Romania.

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Activist Irom Sharmila is taken to a hospital after a court appearance in Imphal, in the north-eastern state of Manipur, India. The 44-year-old activist has been on a hunger strike for nearly 16 years to protest against alleged brutality by India's military.

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A man passes a pile of damaged vehicles in the village of Stajkovci, Macedonia, following overnight torrential rains and fierce storms. The fierce storms killed at least 20 people in Macedonia's capital of Skopje.

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A hot air balloon is prepared to take to the skies at a preview flight to launch next week's Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in Bristol, England. The four day event event, which will officially open next week, is now in its 38th year and is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event.