23 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of The Week

From the wildfires in the Amazon raising awareness of an ongoing climate emergency to the simmering tensions in Afghanistan and Hong Kong, these are the most striking and memorable pictures from this past week.

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An aerial view of a deforested plot of the Amazon near Porto Velho, Rondonia State, in Brazil, Aug. 22.

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Extinction Rebellion demonstrators gather outside the Brazilian Embassy in London to protest and raise awareness about the massive fires in the Amazon rainforest, Aug. 23.

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Firefighters walk through a burnt field as they combat a fire in the surroundings of Robore in Bolivia on Aug. 23.

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A villager tries to extinguish a peatland fire Aug. 22 in Riau, Indonesia.

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A helicopter drops water over a forest fire raging in the Moya Mountains on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain, on Aug. 19.

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A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force tank fires during a training exercise at the base of Mount Fuji in Gotemba, Japan, on Aug. 22.

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A pedestrian looks at a roadside television screen reporting on North Korea’s projectile launch earlier in the day in Tokyo, Aug. 16.

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Smoke billows above buildings during a reported airstrike by pro-regime forces near the town of Hish in Syria’s Idlib province, Aug. 19.

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Afghan men investigate in a wedding hall after a deadly bomb blast in Kabul, Aug. 18.

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Antonio Basco cries next to the coffin containing the body of his wife, Margie Reckard, who was killed in a shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 17.

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Reed Elliotte stands in the back of the room in a US flag outfit with his mother, Larrietta, listening to President Donald Trump address the American Veterans convention in Louisville, Kentucky, Aug. 21.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, dives for the ball during a baseball game between his staff and some members of the local media at the Field of Dreams, the movie site, in Dyersville, Iowa, Aug. 19.

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An Israeli soldier detains a Palestinian man during clashes following a weekly protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel, in the village of Kafr Qaddum in the West Bank, Aug. 23.

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Students dressed up as Hindu gods Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva during the Janmashtami festival celebration, Aug. 21 in Mumbai.

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Demonstrators stand at a vigil with yellow helmets, goggles, and symbolically covered right eyes in front of the Chinese Embassy and demand freedom for Hong Kong.

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Protesters embrace outside Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station in Hong Kong on Aug. 23.

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The cuirassiers during the Quirinal consultations in Rome, Aug. 22.

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Joyce Hope Scott, from Boston, stands at the “Door of No Return” as she visits the “Maison Des Esclaves” slaves house, a gathering point where slaves were shipped west at Gorée Island off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, July 7, 2019.

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Young visitors embark on a guided glacier tour at an exposed portion of the Aletsch Glacier on Aug. 22 near Bettmeralp, Switzerland.

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Immigrants jump off the Spanish rescue ship Open Arms, close to the Italian shore in Lampedusa, Italy, Aug. 20.

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People jump in the sea at Cullercoats Bay in North Tyneside, United Kingdom.

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A boy jumps in a pond covered with algae on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, on Aug. 23.

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A Rohingya child sits inside a sewage ring at a camp in Teknaf in Bangladesh on Aug. 21.


Joyce Hope Scott’s name was misstated in an earlier version of this post.