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The Week in Pictures

A bird in hand, an officer takes a stand, a thrill in the outfield & more of the week’s best pictures.

A riot police officer, left, kicks a protester, as another officer, center, tries to protect him before his arrest during demonstrations in Bogota, Colombia, on Aug. 26. Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in support of farmers who have been blockading Colombian highways for a week for an assortment of demands including reduced gasoline prices, increased subsidies and the cancellation of free trade agreements. Fernando Vergara / AP
Fans react as a first inning foul ball heads their way. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Baltimore Orioles in an MLB regular season game at Fenway Park, on Aug. 28.


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A British vet, volunteering at the Asha Foundation Animal Shelter and Hospital in India, examines a rescued young cattle egret on arrival at the shelter on Sept. 3. About 400 cattle egrets were rescued and more than 100 died at the site of an illegal tree cutting. Sam Panthaky / AFP - Getty Images
Demonstrators from a group called Black Bloc march in a protest against what they say is the monopoly of the press, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Aug. 30.


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A man runs for shelter off a landing stage as a forest fire burns close to boats at a marina on the Sousa River in Gondomar, Portugal, on Sept. 1. Jose Coelho / EPA
A newly married couple walks up a hill with a view of the city of Antakia, Turkey, on Aug. 29.


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A Free Syrian Army fighter and his family watch President Barack Obama's speech in Damascus, Syria, on Aug. 31. Obama on Saturday backed away from an imminent military strike against Syria to seek the approval of the U.S. Congress. Mohamed Abdullah / Reuters
A rebel fighter and a child cross a damaged bridge in Syria's eastern town of Deir Ezzor, on Sept. 2. Abo Shuja / AFP - Getty Images
Nick Vujicic, an Australian motivational speaker who was born without limbs, swims with sharks at the Marine Life Park in Singapore, on Sept. 5. Vujicic dived with sharks in a customized acrylic enclosure that takes in a 360-degree view of the shark habitat at the aquarium.


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Men stand next to coffins during the funeral for six children who died in a landslide in La Chicharronera, Honduras, on Aug. 30. Six children, aged between one and nine, died when the house they were in collapsed in a landslide after heavy rains in northern Honduras. Jorge Cabrera / Reuters
Afghan children climb a fence while playing as they sell tea in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 4. Mohammad Ismail / Reuters