Image: Janet Allegra, of Ellington, hugs her son Spc. John Allegra IV at the Army aviation support facility in Windsor Locks, Conn.

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The Week in Pictures: Aug. 20 - 26

A soldier’s teary homecoming in Connecticut, a California firefighter tries to save a cat, wildebeests run wild in Kenya, flood survivors vie for aid in Pakistan and more photos from around the world.

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Image: Janet Allegra, of Ellington, hugs her son Spc. John Allegra IV at the Army aviation support facility in Windsor Locks, Conn.

Home at last

Janet Allegra, of Ellington, hugs her son Spc. John Allegra IV at the Army aviation support facility in Windsor Locks, Conn., Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. About 110 soldiers of the 250th Engineer Co. Connecticut National Guard who were deployed to Iraq last winter have returned home. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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Image: A child plays in a backyard pool in Los Angeles, California

Two legs up

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: A child plays in a backyard pool on August 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The National Weather Service continued its excessive heat warning in Los Angeles County as record-breaking heat wave hits Southern California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Image: A young member of the congregation entertains himself by climbing over the pews before the service at Harrisonburg Baptist Church in Va.

Head over heels

MEMBER PAPER Image - Not Resticted A young member of the congregation entertains himself by climbing over the pews before Harrisonburg Baptist Church in Va. held its Sunday Aug. 22, 2010 service. (AP Photo/Daily News-Record, Traci White)
Traci White / Daily News-Record
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Image: Sac Metro firefighter Matt Randazzo tries to resusitate a cat o

Rescue attempt

Aug. 25, 2010 - Sacramento, Ca - Sac Metro firefighter Matt Randazzo tries to resusitate a cat outside the asTwin Gardens Apartments which were heavily damaged by fire on Fair Oaks Boulevard in Fair Oaks Wednesday August 24, 2010. (Credit Image: © Sacramento Bee/ZUMApress.com)
Andy Alfaro / Sacramento Bee
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Image: Wildebeests run after crossing the Mara river during a migration in the Masaai Mara game reserve Kenya

Running for it

Wildebeests (connochaetes taurinus) run after crossing the Mara river during a migration in the Masaai Mara game reserve, 270 km (165 miles) southwest of capital Nairobi, August 25, 2010. The migration is the world's greatest wildlife spectacle taking place between the open plains of the Serengeti and the Masaai Mara as the animals migrate to greener pastures as the seasons change and the circle of life and death continues. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA ANIMALS TRAVEL - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT ANNIVERSARY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: The wreckage of a crashed passenger plane is seen in Yichun

Fiery toll

REFILE - REMOVING REFERENCE TO EARLIER DATE The wreckage of a crashed passenger plane is seen in Yichun, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province August 25, 2010. The Henan Airlines ERJ-190 plane overshot a runway while landing at a new airport in northeast China late on Tuesday, bursting into flames and killing 42 people of 96 on board, in the nation's worst air disaster since 2004. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA
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Image: Children react as riot police officers clash with demonstrators in Barcelona, Spain

Unwitting witnesses

Children react as riot police officers clash with demonstrators, unseen, during clashes following a protest in Barcelona, Spain, on Aug. 21. Police officers broke up a rally in support of Laura Riera who left the jail on Saturday after nine years accused of collaboration with the Basque armed group ETA.
Emilio Morenatti / AP
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Image: Three-month-old Nasiba sleeps in a hammock while taking refuge from the flood with her family in a classroom in Sukkur, Pakistan

Safe haven

Three-month-old Nasiba sleeps in a hammock while taking refuge from the flood with her family in a classroom in Sukkur, in Pakistan's Sindh province on Aug. 25.
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Image: Pakistanis displaced by floods reach out for milk during an aid distribution

Reaching out

Pakistanis displaced by floods reach out for milk during an aid distribution at a temporary camp in Sukkar, Sindh Province, southern Pakistan on Aug. 25.
Kevin Frayer / AP
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Image: A boy waits for an evening food handout at a roadside centre for flood victims near Nowshera, Pakistan

Feeding the hungry

A boy waits for an evening food handout at a roadside centre for flood victims near Nowshera in Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province on Aug. 23. Pakistan braced for more flooding in the south as officials were due to hold talks in Washington on Monday with the International Monetary Fund on how to shore up the battered economy to maintain stability.
Tim Wimborne / X01371
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Image: Two boys wash their hair under a communal water outlet at a camp for flood victims in Nowshera in Pakistan

Sudsing up

Two boys wash their hair under a communal water outlet at a camp for flood victims in Nowshera in Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province on Aug. 24. Pakistan could take years to recover from the floods disaster, its president said, as crisis talks began with the IMF which predicted the catastrophe would have a "major and lasting" economic impact.
Tim Wimborne / X01371
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A man is pelted with tomatoes during the "Tomatina" Festival

All juiced up

A man is pelted with tomatos during the "Tomatina" Festival on Aug.25 in the Bunol, Valencia region in southeastern Spain. Tens of thousands of revellers from around the world pelted each other with tons of tomatoes Wednesday in a mushy festival in the eastern Spanish town of Bunol. The town council brought in some 100 tons of ripe tomatoes on trucks for the estimated 40,000 tourists who descended on the town of just 9,000 inhabitants for the annual festival, which has taken place for more than 60 years.
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Image: A boy splashes along the river Drim in the southwestern Macedonian town of Struga

Cooling off

A boy splashes along the river Drim in the southwestern Macedonian town of Struga on Aug. 21. Macedonia has been experiencing a hot summer and people have been taking opportunities such as these to cool themselves.
Robert Atanasovski / AFP
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Image: Police advance toward a tourist bus as a hostage lies dead at the entrance of the vehicle that was taken over by a former police officer, in Manila

Tragic standoff

Police advance toward a tourist bus as a hostage lies dead at the entrance of the vehicle that was taken over by a former police officer, in Manila on Aug. 23. Philippine police shot and killed a sacked former policeman who was holding 15 Hong Kong tourists aboard a bus in downturn Manila on Monday and TV images showed some hostages leaving the vehicle alive.
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Image: Workers remove seats as they begin the renovation of the Maracana stadium ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Prepping for the Cup

Workers remove seats as they begin the renovation of the Maracana stadium ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 24. Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said preparations for the world cup could be jeopardized if government officials and businessmen fail to work together in the coming years.
Felipe Dana / AP
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Image: An unidentified fan is struck by a foul ball during the baseball between Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers

Strike one!

An unidentified fan is struck by a foul ball during the baseball between Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Tx., on Aug. 23.
Brandon Wade / Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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