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The Week in Pictures: Aug. 1 - 8

Firefighters battle a destructive California blaze, the end of Ramadan brings toys to an Indonesian beach, east Africa's biggest airport is shut down, and more.

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Power struggle

An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of an overflowing Ganges River in Allahabad, India, on Aug. 6, 2013.


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Image: Firefighters spray water near a burning house in the Twin Pines Road area at the Silver Fire near Banning, California.

Silver Fire blackens

Firefighters spray water near a burning house in the Twin Pines Road area at the Silver Fire near Banning, Calif., on Aug. 7. The fire broke out about 90 miles outside Los Angeles in Riverside County, and within hours had blackened more than 5,000 acres, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlandt said.

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Safety net

A Sudanese homeless family rest on the side of a highway in Khartoum, on Aug. 6. Floods that hit different areas in Sudan this week have led to destructions of hundreds of homes, deaths of scores and dozens injured.

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Sand toys

A toy seller rides on "sea of sands" as Indonesian Muslims perform Eid Al-Fitr prayer at Parangkusumo beach on Aug. 8, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Eid Al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and begins after the sighting of a new crescent moon.


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Flights diverted

A firefighter walks among the debris after a fire damaged a terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi, Kenya, on Aug. 7. A massive fire shut down Nairobi's international airport with flights diverted to regional cities as firefighters battled to put out the blaze in east Africa's biggest transport hub.

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Faces amongst the fans

Kuwaiti women pray at the Grand Mosque in Kuwait City early on Aug. 5, on the night of "Lailat al-Qadr" which marks the revelation of the Koran, Islam's holy book, to the Prophet Mohammed through the archangel Gabriel during the fasting month of Ramadan.


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Image: A male polar bear that starved to death as a consequence of climate change, according to scientists.

Starved

This male polar bear seemed healthy when he was seen in April on the Arctic island of Svalbard. It starved to death by July. The bear is thought to have been heading north in a desperate search for sea ice that would allow it to hunt for seals. Scientists believe the Arctic could be essentially free of sea ice in September by 2054.

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Helping hands

Two women help another one on a wheelchair through a hedge of cactii at a distribution center in Afgoye, Somalia, on Aug. 4. The UAE Red Crescent gave out food aid as part of a program they are conducting during the month of Ramadan.

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Mother mourns

A Pakistani mother, center, mourns over the death of her son who was killed in a bomb explosion, in Karachi, Pakistan, on Aug. 7. A bomb blast that appeared to be targeting a provincial government minister killed many people before dawn at a soccer field in southern Pakistan, the latest in a series of attacks that left tens dead across the country, officials said.

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Shade in Shanghai

A woman uses a parasol in the afternoon heat at the Bund, one of the most popular tourist spots in Shanghai on Aug. 7. Sweltering summer heat across China has pushed thermostats surging above 104 degrees in over 40 cities throughout the mainland and has been blamed for dozens of heat-related deaths.

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