The Week in Pictures: Aug. 22 - 29

An ancient dare, a dream, a demand, a tragic train, a cute critter, a Mediterranean splash, and more gripping images.

President Barack Obama talks with Yolanda Renee King, the only grandchild of Martin Luther King, Jr., while her father, Martin Luther King III, and mother, Arndrea Waters, look on. The president met with the King family following the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. civil rights-era March on Washington, Aug. 28 at the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

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A firefighter douses a section of the Rim Fire Aug. 24, near Groveland, Calif. More than 2,000 firefighters have been battling the blaze, which has scorched some of Yosemite National Park.

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Ethiopian Israelis hold up photographs of relatives during a demonstration outside the prime minister's office in Jerusalem on Aug. 28. The protesters called on the Israeli government to bring their relatives to join them in the Holy Land.

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Mexican state police help people trapped after a train, known as "The Beast," derailed in southeastern Mexico on Aug. 25. The train, which was carrying scrap metal and U.S.-bound migrants who pay smugglers for the right to sit atop freight cars, derailed in a swampy area, killing at least six people and injuring 22.


A newly-born giant panda gets a neonatal exam at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington D.C. The cub weighed in at just under five ounces and was successfully feeding, officials said.

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A man runs up the "gostra," a pole covered in grease, during the feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta, on Aug. 25. In a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children try to make their way to the top and uproot one of the flags to win prizes. From May to September in Malta, there is hardly a weekend when a town or a village is not celebrating the feast of its patron saint.

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A boy dives in a creek near Portofino, Italy, on Aug. 25, during summer vacation time.

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The daughter a Robin Al Abed, a Palestinian who died when Israeli troops opened fire in the Qalandia refugee camp, weeps during his Aug. 26 funeral. The soldiers killed Al Abed and two other Palestinians in clashes following a predawn raid at the camp just north of Jerusalem.

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Visitors run away as waves from a tidal surge leap over a barrier on the banks of Qiantang River, in eastern China, on Aug. 24. About 30 people were injured when waves overwhelmed areas where people had gathered to witness the high tide.

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A man shows a young boy how to use a gas mask at a distribution center in Jerusalem, Israel, on Aug. 27. The masks were being handed out as a precaution against developments in Syria.

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Rescue workers carry a woman after the collapse of two residential buildings in Vadodra, in western India, on Aug. 28. At least eight people died in the collapse, officials said. It was not reported whether the woman survived.

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Selina Chin practices Aug. 23 in preparation for the Notting Hill Carnival in London. The carnival is the largest street festival in Europe and was first staged by the local Afro-Caribbean community in 1964.

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