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The Week in Pictures: Aug. 15 - 22

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

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Blaze on a bridge

A cloud of smoke billows from the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, as seen from Waterside Plaza, on the east side of New York, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, after a truck caught fire on the bridge. There were no reports of injuries but traffic delays were reported on the major crossing between Manhattan and Queens. (AP Photo/Frank Ritter)
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Image: Rim Fire Burns Near Yosemite National Park

California blazing

BUCK MEADOWS, CA - AUGUST 21: Fire consumes trees along US highway 120 as the Rim Fire burns out of control on August 21, 2013 in Buck Meadows, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 2,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 400 firefighters are battling the blaze that is only 5 percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Reaching out after floods

Filipino residents affected by floods jostle for position to receive relief goods in Las Pinas, south of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Tropical Storm Trami wreaked havoc in the country, causing eight deaths and severely flooding wide swaths of the capital Manila. Trami is out of the country and expected to hit Taiwan Wednesday. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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Image: A woman cries at the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs

Violence in the streets

A woman cries at the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs, August 15, 2013. Rescue workers in the southern Beirut district hit by an explosion on Thursday have found nine bodies, a witness at the scene said. The powerful blast engulfed several cars in flames and also trapped people in a nearby building. REUTERS/Mahmoud Kheir (LEBANON - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: People cheer as a Lebanese bride and groom pose for pictures

Love among the ruins

People cheer as a Lebanese bride and groom pose for pictures on August 18, 2013 at the site of a car bomb explosion that killed at least 27 people on August 15 in Beiruts Rweiss neighbourhood . The death toll from a car bombing that ripped through a Beirut stronghold of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah has risen to at least 27, the health ministry said. The toll is the highest in Lebanon since a massive car bomb attack on the Beirut seafront killed then prime minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others in February 2005. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: BESTPIX Oscar Pistorious At Indictment Hearing

Pistorius prays

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius (R) prays with his brother Carl Pistorius and his sister Aimee Pistorius prior to his indictment hearing in Pretoria Magistrates Court on August 19, 2013. Pistorius, 26 is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which Pistorius denies claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. The indictment was served and the trial date of March 3, 2014 has now been set. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
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Image: A plain clothes policeman points his gun as security forces escort Muslim Brotherhood members through supporters of the interim government installed by the army from the al-Fath mosque on Ramses Square in Cairo

Tensions run high in Egypt

A plain clothes policeman (C) points his gun as security forces escort Muslim Brotherhood members through supporters of the interim government installed by the army from the al-Fath mosque on Ramses Square in Cairo August 17, 2013. Supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi fought a gunbattle with security forces in a Cairo mosque on Saturday, while Egypt's army-backed government, facing deepening chaos, considered banning his Muslim Brotherhood group. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Mayhem at a mosque

An Egyptian man covered with blood shouts inside the Al-Fath mosque that 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 in Ramses Square, downtown Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Gunfire rang out over a main Cairo overpass and police fired tear gas as clashes broke out after tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets Friday across Egypt in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following the country's bloodshed earlier this week. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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Fallen protesters

Egyptians lay on the ground after being injured during clashes between security forces and supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Ramses Square, near the Al-Fath mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Gunfire rang out over a main Cairo overpass and police fired tear gas as clashes broke out after tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets Friday across Egypt in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following the country's bloodshed earlier this week. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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Man and a monster

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez walks in front of the left field scoreboard before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Image: A waxy monkey tree frog is weighed in a measuring device during a photocall to publicize the annual measuring of all the animals at the London Zoo, in central London

Kermit lookalike weighs in

A waxy monkey tree frog is weighed in a measuring device during a photocall to publicize the annual measuring of all the animals at the London Zoo, in central London August 21, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Color of the blues

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Seeking refuge

Syrian refugees cross into Iraq at the Peshkhabour border point in Dahuk, 260 miles (430 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. 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. Another 4,000 made the trek across the frontier Tuesday, said Youssef Mahmoud, a spokesman for the UNHCR in Iraqi Kurdistan. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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Image: A view shows  bodies of children activists say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus

Slaughter of the innocents

ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY A view shows bodies of children activists say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus August 21, 2013. Syrian activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of launching a nerve gas attack on rebel-held districts near Damascus on Wednesday that they said killed more than 200 people. There was no immediate comment from Syrian authorities, who have denied using chemical weapons during the country's two-year conflict, and have accused rebels of using them, which the rebels deny. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Abdullah/Shaam News Network/Handout via Reuters (SYRIACONFLICT UNREST - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. TEMPLATE OUT
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Image: Mayflies are pictured above a river at dusk in Heihe

Sex on the wing

Mayflies are pictured above a river at dusk in Heihe, Heilongjiang province, August 19, 2013. The nuptial flight of mayflies takes place in evening time during spring and summer every year, as the insect mates and reproduces. Picture taken August 19, 2013. REUTERS/ (CHINA - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA
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