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The Week in Pictures

Color of the blues, blaze on a bridge, blast in Beirut, bloody chaos in Cairo, bugs in bloom and more images.

A cloud of smoke billows from the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in New York City on August 16 after a truck caught fire on the span. Frank Ritter / AP
Flames consume trees as the Rim Fire burns out of control on August 21 in Buck Meadows, Calif.. The blaze also threatened 2,500 homes near Yosemite National Park. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images
Residents of Las Pinas, a town south of the Philippines capital, Manila, jostle August 21 to receive relief supplies after Tropical Storm Trami wreaked havoc in the country, causing eight deaths and severe flooding.


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A woman cries at the site of an August 15 explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs. At least 27 people were killed in the blast, which engulfed several cars and trapped people in a nearby building. Mahmoud Kheir / Reuters
A Lebanese bride and groom pose for pictures August 18 at the site of a car bomb explosion that killed at least 27 people in Beirut's Rouweis neighborhood. AFP - Getty Images
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, right, prays with his brother Carl and sister Aimee prior to an indictment hearing in Pretoria Magistrates Court on August 19. Pistorius, 26, is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, which Pistorius denies, claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. Jemal Countess / Getty Images
A plain-clothes policeman points his gun as security forces escort Muslim Brotherhood members through supporters of the new military government in Cairo on August 17. Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters
A man covered with blood shouts inside Cairo's Al-Fath mosque August 16. The mosque is being used as a makeshift hospital and is receiving casualties from clashes between security forces and supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Khalil Hamra / AP
A boy lies on the ground after being injured during clashes between security forces and supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Ramses Square, Cairo, on August 16. Khalil Hamra / AP
The New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, embroiled in a battle about alleged performance-enhancing drugs, walks in front of Fenway Park's Green Monster left-field wall before an August 18 game against the Boston Red Sox. Michael Dwyer / AP
A waxy monkey tree frog is weighed during a photocall to publicize the annual measuring of all the animals at England's London Zoo on August 21.


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A Nepalese boy dressed as Hindu deity Lord Krishna looks on during "Gai Jatra," or Cow Festival, in Katmandu on August 22. The festival is held in memory of family members who have died in the preceding year in the belief that cows will guide them on their journey to heaven.


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Syrian refugees cross into Iraq at Dahuk, 260 miles northwest of Baghdad, on August 20. Around 30,000 Syrians, the vast majority of them Kurds, have fled the region over a five-day stretch and crossed the border to the self-ruled Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Hadi Mizban / AP
The bodies of Syrian children that activists say were killed by nerve gas in a neighbourhood of Damascus lie in a makeshift morgue on August 21. The activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of launching a chemical weapons attack on rebel-held districts that they said killed hundreds of people. Mohamed al-Abdullah / Shaam News Network via Reuters
Mayflies are pictured above a river in Heihe, in China's Heilongjiang province, on August 19. The flight of mayflies takes place in evenings during spring and summer every year, as the insect mates and reproduces. China Daily via Reuters