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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.