The Week in Pictures: July 28 - August 4
Young sumo wrestlers celebrate, molten lava spills in Indonesia, kangaroos fight on the beach and more of the week's best pictures.
Britain's Prince Philip, in his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines, attends a parade on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London on Aug. 2. Philip, the 96-year-old husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, bowed out of public life with a final solo appearance at the event. Philip has been by the queen's side throughout her 65 years on the throne and she has described him as "my strength and stay."
A worker, known as a "Tecchiaiolo," examines marble at the Cervaiole quarry on Monte Altissimo in Tuscany, Italy, on July 18.
In 1517, Michelangelo climbed Mount Altissimo in Tuscany and found the marble of his dreams. It was, the Renaissance master wrote, "of compact grain, homogeneous, crystalline, reminiscent of sugar". He deemed it perhaps even more precious than that from nearby Carrara, where he had obtained marble for some of his most famous statues.
In exchange for getting a quarry operation going, Florentine authorities granted Michelangelo the right to take as much marble as he wanted from Altissimo - which in Italian means both "most high" and "God" - for his use for the rest of his life.
Photo made available Aug. 2.
A young girl with a pot on her head poses with other children at a camp for the internally displaced in Gwoza, northeastern Nigeria, on Aug. 1.
Boko Haram seized Gwoza in July 2014, making it the headquarters of their so-called Caliphate. Although it was retaken by Nigerian troops in March 2015, the extremists continued to raid nearby villages from their hideouts in the mountains along the border with Cameroon. At least 20,000 people have been killed and 2.6 million others displaced since the hardline Islamist group began a rebellion in 2009.
The Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft carrying Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy and NASA's Randy Bresnik sheds its four boosters after blasting off to the International Space Station from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 28.
A few minutes into the flight, the rocket sheds its four boosters as the liquid fuel is exhausted and can no longer propel the craft. In daytime, they can be only seen as four tiny dots. But because the unusual lighting made Soyuz's condensation trail very bright, it was easy to see the cross-shaped pattern formed by the discarded boosters.
Eastern grey kangaroos fight at Emerald Beach in northern New South Wales, Australia, on Aug. 2.