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22 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

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

Posted on August 18, 2017, at 5:10 p.m. ET

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Thousands gather with candles at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on Aug. 16. They marched on the same path that white supremacists had taken with torches the previous Friday.

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A bloodied woman is treated for wounds after confronting white supremacists during the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12.

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A photo of Heather Heyer, who was killed during the rally, at a memorial. Her life was celebrated in Charlottesville on Aug. 16.

AP / Noah Berger

Anti-racist protesters block traffic in both directions on Interstate 580 in Oakland on Aug. 12. Several hundred demonstrators marched to decry racism in the wake of the deadly violence in Charlottesville.

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A Baltimore monument dedicated to the Confederate women of Maryland lies on a flatbed trailer after it was taken down on Aug. 16.

Reuters / Jonathan Ernst

President Donald Trump reads from a prepared statement as he delivers remarks on the protests in Charlottesville from his golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Aug. 12.

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People leave a cordoned area after a van plowed into a crowd on La Rambla in Barcelona on Aug. 17. Fourteen people have died and five suspects were killed by police following linked attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils.

AP / Manu Fernandez

From left: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, King Felipe, and Catalonia's regional President Carles Puigdemont join a minute's silence on Aug. 18 in memory of the victims of the attacks.

Reuters / Issei Kato

People release doves at the Yasukuni Shrine for the war dead in Tokyo on Aug. 15 — a symbol of peace marking the 72nd anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II.


WWII veteran Marvin Strombo (right) and Tatsuya Yasue, an 89-year-old farmer, hold a Japanese flag on Aug. 15. The flag was owned by Yasue's brother, Sadao Yasue, who was killed in the Pacific during WWII. Strombo returned the flag to the fallen soldier's family, having taken it from the man's body 73 years ago.

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A "comfort woman" statue was installed on a bus on Aug. 14, ahead of the 72nd Independence Day in Seoul. The statue was originally erected in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul in 2011, and regarded as a symbol of the sex slaves forced to work by the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII.

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A forest fire rages in the vicinity of Kalamos, 20 miles east of Athens, on Aug. 13.

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Soldiers evacuate trapped people from a flood-hit area of Xianning, China, on Aug. 13. Heavy rainstorms hit Xianning city last weekend, causing flooding in low-lying areas across the region.

Reuters / Zohra Bensemra

A Syrian Democratic Forces sniper aims his weapon during fighting with ISIS in Syria on Aug. 11.

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Volunteers with the Syria Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, bury their comrades during a funeral in Sarmin, a jihadist-held town nine kilometers east of Syria's northwestern city of Idlib, on Aug. 12. Seven volunteers were shot dead early that morning during a raid on their base, according to the organization.

Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A Palestinian woman holds her daughter as they wait for a travel permit to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing — which was opened by Egyptian authorities for humanitarian cases — on Aug. 16.


Dev Kumar Sada, uncle of 8-year-old flood victim Kamal Sada, guides the boy's dead body in Nepal's Koshi River on Aug. 13. Kamal died from sickness caused by continuous exposure to rainfall and flooding in his remote village. Since all the land in their village was flooded and waterlogged, family members decided to leave Kamal's body in the river. According to government reports, 66 people have died, 50 are missing, and thousands more have been affected after three days of heavy rain.

AP / Rajanish Kakade

Young Indians collapse as they try to form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi Handi," an earthen, curd-filled pot hanging above them, as part of celebrations marking the Janmashtami festival in Mumbai on Aug. 15. The festival marks the birth of the Hindu god Krishna, and the act seeks to reenact the story of Lord Krishna stealing butter during his childhood.

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The Saman dance is performed by 10,447 male dancers at Gayo Lues, Indonesia, on Aug. 12. The Saman dance is a Gayo tribe dance used to convey messages of kindness.

AP / Esteban Felix

Cholo, Diana, Karla, Gasparin, Reina, and Martha rest inside doghouses made of cardboard and placed by a group that calls itself "Perritos Plaza Maipú" in Santiago, Chile, on Aug. 13. The group provides food, water, and shelter to abandoned dogs in the Maipú neighborhood.

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A rare white moose is caught on camera in Gunnarskog, Sweden, in a picture released on Aug. 14.

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Flowers, candles, messages, stuffed toys, and others items are displayed on La Rambla in tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack.

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