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The Week in Pictures: Aug. 6-13

A derecho slams the Midwest, a seal hitches a ride, a volcano roars back to life and more.

Washington, D.C.

Returning to the White House

President Donald Trump looks at his cell phone as Marine One arrives on the South Lawn on Aug. 9, 2020.

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Portland protests

Police arrest a protester in front of a police station on the 75th day of protests against racial injustice and police brutality in Portland on Aug. 11.

Crowd sizes began growing again last week as protesters regularly march on city and county law enforcement buildings.

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New York City

Marchers in New York

Diners watch as protesters march uptown in New York City on Aug. 9 to demand the arrest of the officer responsible for the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky.

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South Dakota

Sturgis rally

Johne Riley walks down Main Street whie showing off his chest, painted with a portrait of President Donald Trump, during the 80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on Aug. 7 in Sturgis, S.D. 

Thousands of bikers poured into the small city despite concerns among residents that the 10-day gathering could spread the coronavirus.

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First responders in Houston

Fire Department EMS medics prepare to transport a man to a hospital after he suffered cardiac arrest on Aug. 11 in Houston. Heart failure is a frequent result of COVID-19.

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Anger in Beirut

A protester runs to avoid tear gas amid clashes with security forces in downtown Beirut on Aug. 11. 

Demonstrators demanded the fall of a regime they blame for the devastating explosion at the port that killed at least 100 people and injured thousands more. 

Photos: Massive explosions rock Beirut

Joseph Eid / AFP - Getty Images

Sinabung erupts

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupts, sending a column of volcanic materials as high as 16,000 feet into the sky on Aug. 10.

The volcano, one of two currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four centuries before exploding in 2010, killing two people. Another eruption in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 eruption.

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A seal named Sammy

Sammy the seal takes tourists by surprise by hitching a ride at the beach in Weymouth, England, on Aug 13.

Locals named the seal after he became a regular sight in Dorset. The animals are usually known for being elusive but Sammy is known to approach people on the beach and catch the occasional ride on a paddle board.

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California wildfire

A man walks in protective gear as the Lake Fire burns nearby on Aug. 12 in Lake Hughes, Calif.

More than 1,000 firefighters, along with three helicopters, five water tenders, and 173 engines, were assigned to the firefighting effort Thursday, and officials warned about warmer and drier conditions Friday.

Mario Tama / Getty Images

Defying Europe's "last dictator"

A couple rides a scooter in front of riot police during a protest after polls closed in Belarusian presidential election in Minsk on Aug. 9.

Demonstrations erupted Sunday night as polls closed when President Alexander Lukashenko, who took power 26 years ago, moved to declare victory with 80 percent of the vote over the opposition candidate.

Sergei Gapon / AFP - Getty Images

Struggling in Manila

A homeless teenage couple carry their months-old infant as they stand in line to receive free meals from volunteers in Manila on Aug. 7. The Philippine economy suffered its worst slump on record in the second quarter, falling into recession for the first time in 29 years as economic activity reels from months of strict coronavirus restrictions which have left millions of Filipinos jobless and hungry.

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Derecho's damage

Storm-damaged grain bins at the Heartland Co-Op grain elevator in Luther, Iowa, on Aug. 11.

The storm, known as a derecho, slammed the Midwest with straight line winds of up to 100 miles per hour on Monday, gaining strength as it plowed through Iowa farm fields, flattening corn and bursting grain bins still filled with tens of millions of bushels of last year’s harvest.

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Biden's choice

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris arrive for their first joint appearance as a presidential ticket in Wilmington, Del., on Aug. 12.

Biden said Harris "knows how to govern, she knows how to make the hard calls" and is "ready to do this job" from the onset.


Photos: Kamala Harris' political path


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Reopening in Rio

Brazilian soldiers disinfect the site of the Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 13 before opening up the area to tourists. 

The monument will reopen at reduced capacity and tourists will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Mauro Pimentel / AFP - Getty Images

Easing tensions in Portland

Lyra Conley hugs Caesar McCool, a therapy llama also known as the "No Drama Llama" at the site of ongoing protests in Portland on Aug. 6.

Nathan Howard / Reuters

Tel Aviv park

Ultra-Orthodox Jews spend the day at a park in Tel Aviv on Aug. 12.

Oded Balilty / AP

Home explosion

Debris and rubble covers the ground in the aftermath of a massive gas line explosion in Baltimore on Aug. 10, that killed at least one person and injured seven, officials said.


Julio Cortez / AP

School bubble

Kindergarteners wear masks as they play in screened-in areas at the Wat Khlong Toey School on Aug. 10 in Bangkok. Although Thailand is now allowing schools throughout the country to further relax safety measures, the Wat Khlong Toey school has chosen to continue strict social distancing to ensure the safety of their students and teachers.

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Lebanon's lament

A man stands next to graffiti at the damaged port area on Aug. 11 in the aftermath of the massive explosion in Beirut. 

See last week's gallery: SOS in the sand and a teacher's house call

Hannah McKay / Reuters