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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.

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MLK's little legacy

US President Barack Obama talks with Yolanda Renee King while her father Martin Luther King III (R) and mother Arndrea Waters (2R) watch after speaking at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall August 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama and others spoke to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the US civil rights era March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech". AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Brendan Smialowski / AFP
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Image: ***BESTPIX*** Rim Fire Continues To Burn Near Yosemite National Park

Fire wall

GROVELAND, CA - AUGUST 24: A firefighter uses a hose to douse the flames of the Rim Fire on August 24, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently 5 percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
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Let our people come

Ethiopian Israelis hold up photographs of their relatives during a demonstration outside the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The protesters called on the Israeli government to bring their relatives to join them in the holy land. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Sebastian Scheiner / AP
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Tragedy on 'The Beast'

Handout picture released by the Tabasco Hoy newspaper, showing Mexican state policemen helping trapped people after a train, known as "The Beast", derailed near Huimanguillo, Tabasco State, Mexico, on August 25, 2013. The cargo train carrying scrap metal and US-bound migrants who pay smugglers for the right to sit atop freight cars, derailed in a swampy area of southeastern Mexico, killing at least six people and injuring 22, officials said. The cause of the accident was not yet known and authorities said the death toll could rise. AFP PHOTO/ TABASCO HOYHO/AFP/Getty Images
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Coddled cub

TOPSHOTS This image released by the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC, on August 25, 2013, shows the panda team giving the newly-born Giant Panda cub its first neonatal exam. The cub is robust, fully formed, and is a bright, healthy shade of pink, according to a statement from the zoo. It weighs 137 grams, which is about 4.8 ounces. the team found a steady heart rate, and vets were able to hear breathing sounds from both lungs, the belly was full, a sign that the cub is nursing. == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: AFP PHOTO / Smithsonian's National Zoo / Courtney Janney / NO SALES / NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==Courtney Janney/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: A man runs up the "gostra" during the religious feast of St Julian outside Valletta

How to make a Maltese cross

A man runs up the "gostra", a pole covered in grease, during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, outside Valletta August 25, 2013. In the traditional "gostra", a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes. From May to September in Malta, there is hardly any weekend when a town or a village is not celebrating the feast of its patron saint or other saints revered in different churches. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi (MALTA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) MALTA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN MALTA
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A splash of Italian summer

A boy dives in a creek near Portofino on August 25, 2013, during the Italian summer holidays. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
Olivier Morin / AFP
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Image: Israeli soldiers kill three Palestinians near Jerusalem

Tears in the West Bank

epa03838000 The daughter (C) of Palestinian Robin Al Abed weeps during the funeral of her father at Qalandia refugee camp in the West Bank city of Ramallah, 26 August 2013. Israeli soldiers shot dead three Palestinians in clashes following a predawn raid at the Qalandia refugee camp just north of Jerusalem, Palestinian medical officials and witnesses said. Witnesses said the soldiers entered the crowded camp during the early hours to arrest a suspected Palestinian militant and were confronted by residents. EPA/ALAA BADARNEH
Alaa Badarneh / EPA
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Image: Visitors run away as waves from a tidal bore surge past a barrier on the banks of Qiantang River, in Hangzhou

Tidal power

Visitors run away as waves from a tidal bore surge past a barrier on the banks of Qiantang River, in Hangzhou Zhejiang province, August 24, 2013. Picture taken August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA
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Image: Gas mask distribution in Jerusalem

Safety first

epa03839165 An Orthodox Jewish man shows a young boy how to use a gas mask during the distribution of gas mask kits in Jerusalem, Israel, 27 August 2013. Postal authorities responsible for distributing the gas masks say demand has grown over the past days, with civilians ordering the masks and picking them up at their local post offices, as a precaution against developments in Syria. EPA/ABIR SULTAN
Abir Sultan / EPA
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Image: Rescue workers use a stretcher to carry a victim across the rubble after the collapse of two residential buildings in Vadodra city

Life among the ruins

ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Rescue workers use a stretcher to carry a victim across the rubble after the collapse of two residential buildings in Vadodra city, located in the western Indian state of Gujarat August 28, 2013. At least seven people died after two multi-storey buildings collapsed on Wednesday morning in Vadodra, a fire official said. Reuters is unable to confirm if the victim (seen in picture) was still alive or dead when rescue workers found her. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TEMPLATE OUT
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Image: Participants Make Their Final Preparations For The Notting Hill Carnival

Carnival time

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 23: Selina Chin practices moves in her Notting Hill Carnival costume, as the Mahogany Mas Band put the final touches to their outfits in their workshop in Harlesdon, on August 23, 2013 in London, England. More than one million people are expected to attend this year's Notting Hill Carnival, which is the largest street festival in Europe and was first held in 1964 by the Afro-Caribbean community. Over the bank holiday weekend the streets come alive to steel bands, colourful floats and costumed performers as members of the public flood into the area to join in the celebrations. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images)
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