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28 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

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

Posted on September 8, 2017, at 5:09 p.m. ET


Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane, moves westward on Sept. 5 in the Atlantic Ocean toward the Leeward Islands. This image was captured at the beginning of daylight in the area, with nighttime visible to the left.

Gerben Van Es / AP

This Sept. 6 photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in St. Maarten.

Adrees Latif / Reuters

A group of people lock arms in prayer after helping clear furniture from the flooded house of a neighbor in the aftermath of Harvey in Houston on Sept. 3.

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Matt Murray, a volunteer with an animal rescue organization, carries a small dog he found abandoned beside a flooded home on Sept. 5, in Orange, Texas. Thousands of pets and livestock have either run away or been left to fend for themselves after Harvey ravaged parts of the state of Texas.

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Elvira Vera jumps out of her car to embrace Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt as he distributes relief supplies to people impacted by Hurricane Harvey on Sept. 3 in Houston.

Bryan Woolston / Reuters

A worker covers the windows of a restaurant with plywood in preparation for Hurricane Irma in Miami Beach on Sept. 7.

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Shoppers at Costco in Altamonte Springs, Florida, wait in line for the arrival of a shipment of water during preparations for the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma, on Sept. 6.

Tristan Fortsch / AP

The Eagle Creek wildfire as seen from Stevenson, Washington, across the Columbia River, burning in the Columbia River Gorge above Cascade Locks, Oregon, on Sept. 4. A lengthy stretch of Interstate 84 remained closed as crews battled the wildfire, which also forced evacuations and sparked blazes across the Columbia River in Washington state.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un examines a metal casing with two bulges in this undated photo released on Sept. 3 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency, which claimed the country had developed a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded into the country's new intercontinental ballistic missile.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Joint Chiefs ChairJoseph Dunford (right) listens as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis makes a statement to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House on Sept. 3 regarding the escalation of North Korea's nuclear threats.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Carlos Esteban, 31, of Woodbridge, Virginia, a nursing student and DACA recipient, rallies with others in support of DACA outside the White House on Sept. 5, 2017. President Donald Trump began dismantling the government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

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Residents on the 210 Freeway try to see if their house is on fire, during the La Tuna Fire near Burbank, California, on Sept. 2. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news conference that officials believe it was the largest fire ever in LA.

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Hot air balloons fly over Nevsehir in Turkey's historical Cappadocia region, Central Anatolia, on Sept. 5.

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The Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft lands with Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer of NASA, near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Sept. 3.

Jim Bourg / Reuters

A Burning Man participant (left) evades a chasing firefighter and falls into the flames of an effigy at the annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada on Sept. 2. The man later died as a result of his injuries.

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A street in the eastern area of Mexico City is left in rubble after an 8.2 earthquake on Sept 8.

Mohammad Ponir Hossain / Reuters

Rohingya refugees carry their child as they cross the Naf River in Teknaf, Bangladesh, on Sept. 7.


A Ukrainian soldier inspects an abandoned library near his position on the front line in the town of Maryinka, Ukraine, on Sept. 3.

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A cow is slaughtered on Sept. 2, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Adha.

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Indonesian Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on Sept. 1.

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Conservators Jenny Van Enckevort and Kloe Rumsey inspect the Manchester suffragette banner hanging in the conservation department of the Manchester People's History Museum on Sept. 7, in Manchester, England. For nearly 50 years the banner lay undiscovered in a Leeds charity shop. It will go on public display next year to mark the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

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World War II veterans who worked at Bletchley Park and its outstations pose for a picture in front of Bletchley Park Mansion during an annual reunion on Sept. 3 in Milton Keynes, England. Bletchley Park was the Government Code and Cypher School's main codebreaking center during World War II and the site where codebreakers famously cracked the German's Enigma and Lorenz cyphers.

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Thousands of couples attend a mass wedding held by the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification on Sept. 7, in Gapyeong-gun, South Korea.

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The Visions in Motion dance group prepares to march down Eastern Parkway for the West Indian American Day Parade in celebration of the Caribbean Carnival on Sept. 4 in Brooklyn.

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Janus, the Geneva Museum of Natural History's two-headed Greek tortoise, is photographed on the day of its 20th birthday on Sept. 3. The tortoise, named after the two-headed Roman god, was born in 1997 at Geneva's Natural History Museum from an egg that had been placed in an incubator.

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A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records looks at his notes next to the Sandburg sandcastle on Sept. 1 in Duisburg, Germany. The Sandburg took three weeks to build and is made from 3,500 tons of sand.

Andrew Medichini / AP

Pope Francis is recorded with a tablet as he greets journalists on board a flight to Bogota, Colombia, on Sept. 6.

Bram Janssen / AP

Ghanaian refugees Simon (left) and Peace hold their newborn baby girl onboard a Spanish rescue vessel on the Mediterranean Sea on Sept. 6. The Ghanaian woman gave birth right after being rescued by members of the Spanish NGO ProActiva Open Arms while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy.

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