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Week in Pictures

The Week in Pictures: A BLM mural outside Trump Tower and crowded beaches

Japan battered by floods, Thai social distancing hats, street ballet in Nigeria and more.

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New York City

Mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife Chirlane Irene McCray and Reverend Al Sharpton paint a Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower along along Fifth Avenue on July 9, 2020.

The mural, between 56th and 57th streets, was called a "symbol of hate" by President Donald Trump, who said it would be "denigrating" Fifth Avenue, known for expensive apartments and luxury shopping.

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South Dakota

President Donald Trump is displayed on a screen as he speaks at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone on July 3.

Trump on Friday celebrated Independence Day by defiantly holding a rally at Mount Rushmore amid the pandemic, using the monument to decry protesters who have toppled Confederate, patriarchal and colonial monuments from coast to coast.

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Washington, D.C.

Red and blue smoke is fired at the White House Ellipse during the "Salute to America" Independence Day celebration on July 4.

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A man bows in prayer during a Mass at 30 % capacity at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro on July 4. 

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said he has tested positive for the coronavirus on July 7 after months of downplaying the severity of the disease. The same day Brazil reported another 45,000 cases — a sign its raging epidemic is not slowing down.

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New York City

A woman who knew the shooting victim cries at the scene in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 7.

In New York City, after the number of shooting victims more than doubled from June 2019 to this June, every person who has been shot this July, nearly 100 in total, has been a member of the minority community, according to the police department. And in June, 97 percent of the shooting victims were minorities, the department said.


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Charistan Hood, 4, eats ice cream near a picture of former President Barack Obama at the Black-owned Ice Cream Heaven store on Blackout Day on July 7 in Miami Gardens. Supporters of Blackout Day committed to only spending money at Black-owned businesses to showcase the economic power of the Black community.

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New Jersey

The beach in Wildwood on July 4.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said on July 8 that people could be ticketed if they’re not wearing a mask in public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Overturned vehicles and debris fill a street in Kumamura on July 8.

Torrential rain caused deadly floods, swelling rivers, triggering mudslides and destroying houses and roads. 

Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters
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A teacher and her students wear hats designed for social distancing at Ban Pa Muad School in Chiang Mai on July 3.

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Feridia Rojas, a retired nurse, wears a cardboard box as a protective measure against the spread of the coronavirus in Havana on July 8. The 82-year-old pensioner shuffles through the streets of Havana on shopping excursions in the cardboard box with a handwritten message that reads "I'm home."

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Designer Xuan-Thu Nguyen prepares a model ahead of the filming of an Haute Couture fashion show presentation to be released online on July 6 at a studio in Malakoff, south of Paris, on June 27.

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Relatives pray before the cremation of a woman who died of COVID-19 at a crematorium in New Delhi on July 8.

Despite imposing one of the earlier and strictest coronavirus lockdowns, India has overtaken Russia as the third most-affected nation behind the United States and Brazil. 

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A large-scale ground mural depicting Breonna Taylor is painted at Chambers Park in Annapolis on July 5. The mural was organized by Future History Now in partnership with Banneker-Douglass Museum and The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture.

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Tourists sit inside a teardrop-shaped tent hanging from a tree created by Dutch artist Dre Wapenaar in the Belgian countryside near Borgloon on July 7.

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A man walks on heavily damaged road following heavy rain in Kumamura on July 6.

At least 58 people have died in several days of flooding.


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Karen Salazar holds portraits of her mother Felipa Medellin who died at home in Houston.

As coronavirus cases surge, inundating hospitals and leading to testing shortages, a rapidly growing number of Houston area residents are dying at home, according to an NBC News and ProPublica review of Houston Fire Department data.

Read more: As coronavirus surges, Houston confronts its hidden toll: People dying at home

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Olamide Olawale, a student of Leap of Dance Academy, performs a dance routine on a street in Lagos on July 3.

The Leap of Dance Academy is a ballet school in a poor district of sprawling megacity of Lagos that brings classical dance to underprivileged children in Africa's most populous nation. The school is the brainchild of self-taught ballet lover Daniel Ajala, who opened its doors in late 2017 after studying the dance moves online and in books. Now the academy, which Ajala funds out of his own pocket, has 12 students between the ages of 6 and 15. The lessons are free and shoes and kit provided to the children, most of whom had never heard of ballet before they got involved.

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Cows graze near lentil fields and blooming poppy flowers near Castelluccio village in Umbria on July 8.

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Crews attach straps to remove Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart's statue in Richmond on July 7.

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Paris tour guides holding Mona Lisa portraits outside the Louvre protest as the museum reopens to the public following the coronavirus outbreak on July 6.

The guides want more support from the government to help them ride out the coronavirus crisis and a dearth of tourists.

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People line up in their cars to be tested for COVID-19 at the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot in Miami Gardens on July 6.

Florida's education commissioner said Monday all public schools must reopen to students in-person when the academic year begins next month, even as cases of the coronavirus continued to surge in his state.

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A woman waits outside a shop wearing protective gear against COVID-19 in Lima on July 6.

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People gather at Clearwater Beach despite high numbers of COVID-19 infections on July 4.

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A health worker screens people for COVID-19 symptoms in Mumbai on July 6.

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South Korea

Drones fly over the Han river with messages to support the country and measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus in Seoul on July 4.

See last week's gallery: The Week in Pictures: June 25 - July 2

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