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The Week in Pictures: Aug. 16 - 23

Tearful reunions in North Korea, an astronaut's view of Hurricane Lane, penguins step on the scale in London and more.

Image: A photo from the International Space Station by astronaut Ricky Arnold shows Hurricane Lane in the early morning hours near Hawaii

Aloha from space

Hurricane Lane approaches Hawaii on Aug. 22 in an image captured by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold from the International Space Station. The crew "sends much aloha to everyone there," Arnold tweeted.

Hawaii residents strapped in and forecasters warned of "life-threatening impacts" for the arrival of what could turn out to be the strongest hurricane to hit the islands in a quarter-century.

Ricky Arnold / NASA
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Image: People are airlifted by the Indian Navy soldiers during a rescue operation at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala

Helicopter rescue

Residents are rescued from flooding by a navy helicopter in India's southern state of Kerala on Aug. 17.

Torrential downpours began hammering Kerala on Aug. 8, more than two months into the annual monsoon season, setting off devastating floods that left more than 200 people dead and sent more than 800,000 fleeing for dry land.

Sivaram V / Reuters
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Canada wildfires

Thick smoke from wildfires fills the air and blocks the sun as horses stand on a ranch in Vanderhoof, British Columbia, on Aug. 22.

Smoke from fires in British Columbia drifted into Washington and Idaho causing causing air quality alerts.

Darryl Dyck / Canadian Press via AP
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67 years apart

South Korean Lee Keum-seom, 92, left, weeps as she meets with her North Korean son Ri Sang Chol, 71, during a reunion of separated families at the Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea on Aug. 20. Ri was four years old when he last saw his mother. 

Dozens of elderly South Koreans crossed the heavily fortified border into North Korea on Monday for heart-wrenching meetings with relatives most hadn't seen since they were separated by the turmoil of the Korean War.

Photos: Divided Korean families meet for heart-wrenching reunions

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Venezuelan exodus

Venezuelan migrants on their way to Peru sleep along the Pan-American Highway between Tulcan and Ibarra in Ecuador, after entering the country from Colombia, on Aug. 22.

Officials from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru will meet in Bogota next week to seek a solution to a growing exodus of migrants overwhelming South American countries as they flee a devastating economic crisis in Venezuela.

Luis Robayo / AFP - Getty Images
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Typhoon approaches

A huge wave hits a breakwater in Aki City in western Japan as a Typhoon Cimaron approached the area on Aug. 23.

The typhoon was expected to cross western Japan on Thursday night. Japan's weather agency warned of strong gusts, high waves and heavy rain.

Chika Oshima / Kyodo News via AP
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NBC News intern Cassie Semyon, 21, runs from the courthouse with the jury deliberation results in the trial of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in Alexandria, Virginia, on Aug. 21.

Manafort, a fixture in Republican politics for decades, was convicted of five counts of tax fraud, one count of failure to file a report of foreign bank and financial accounts and two counts of bank fraud. The judge declared a mistrial on the 10 other charges he faced.

Semyon was a cross-country runner before college. 

Jacquelyn Martin / AP
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Papal wax

A wax figure of Pope Francis is carried at the National Wax Museum Plus in Dublin ahead of the pope's visit to Ireland on Aug. 23.

Brian Lawless / PA via AP
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Weighing the penguins

A penguin stands on s scale for the London Zoo's annual weigh-in on Aug. 23.

Home to more than 19,000 animals and 800 different species, the zoo regularly records the heights and weights of all the creatures to monitor the residents' overall well-being. 

Frank Augstein / AP
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Eid tapestry

Muslims attend a prayer service to celebrate Eid al-Adha in Labuhan Lombok village, on Indonesia's Lombok island on Aug. 22.

The picturesque island of Lombok, situated next to holiday hotspot Bali, was hit by two deadly quakes on July 29 and Aug. 5. On Aug. 19 it was shaken again by a string of fresh tremors and aftershocks, with the strongest measuring 6.9 magnitude.


Fred Dufour / AFP - Getty Images
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Image: Asian Games 2018

Making a splash

Aflah Fadlan Prawira of Indonesia competes in the men's 800-meter freestyle heats at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Aug. 20. 

Christian Bruna / EPA
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Image: The Wider Image: Venezuelans rush to shops before monetary overhaul

How many bills?

A chicken sits next to 14,600,000 bolivars, its price and the equivalent of $2.22 U.S. dollars at a mini-market in Caracas on Aug. 16.

Banks closed on Aug. 19 in Venezuela as they prepared to release the "sovereign bolivar," a new currency printed with five fewer zeroes in a bid to tame soaring inflation.

Photos: See how many bills it took to buy a chicken in Venezuela

Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters
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Image: Protesters Topple Silent Sam Confederate Statue At UNC

Silent Sam

Demonstrators gather around a toppled Confederate statue known as "Silent Sam" on Aug. 20 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Frustrated by the inaction of university leaders and what they described as their school's "institutional white supremacy," students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill toppled the statue with their own hands. 

Julia Wall / Raleigh News and Observer / Zuma Press
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Image: Drought hits Australian state of New South Wales

Drought casualty

A dead sheep lies in a dry and dusty field of a failed crop near Parkes, New South Wales, Australia, on Aug. 14. 

Much of Australia's southeast is struggling with drought. But the drought conditions in New South Wales state this year have been the driest and most widespread since 1965.

This image was released on Aug. 17.

Photos: Australian farmers battle worst drought in a century

Dean Lewins / EPA
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Father's grief

Frank Rzucek, the father of murder victim Shanann Watts, sobs in court on Aug. 21 as a judge reads the charges against her husband, Christopher Lee Watts, in Greeley, Colorado. 

Watts faces nine charges, including several counts of first-degree murder of his wife and two young daughters, 4-year-old Bella, and 3-year-old Celeste. 

Rzucek's son, Frankie, Shannan Watts' brother, sits next to his father. 

RJ Sangosti / The Denver Post via AP
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Image: Manka Dhingra

Seattle strife

A man who was protesting with groups supporting gun rights is treated for an injury during a rally and counter-protest on Aug. 18 near City Hall in Seattle. 

The right-wing groups Washington 3 Percenters and Patriot Prayer were holding the rally to protest an effort to launch a gun-control initiative that would raise the age in Washington state for people buying semi-automatic rifles.

Dozens of police kept protesters and counter-protesters separated.

Ted S. Warren / AP
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Image: U.S. Gymnastics Championships 2018 - Day 4

Championing survivors

Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during day four of the U.S. Gymnastics Championships on Aug. 19, 2018 in Boston. 

Biles took the top honor at the event, becoming the first woman to win five all-around titles at the championship. As she competed in Boston, the 21-year-old Olympian wore a pale teal leotard — the same shade that is used as the ribbon color for sexual assault awareness and prevention.

“(The color) is for the survivors,” Biles told the Associated Press. “I stand with all of them.”

Tim Bradbury / Getty Images
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Image: 2018 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals - New York

Photo op

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Aug. 20.

Carlo Allegri / Reuters
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Swamp, undrained

A bench is surrounded by water after heavy rains caused the Tidal Basin in Washington to overflow its banks on Aug. 22. 

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J. David Ake / AP
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