Photos of the week: 8/12 - 8/19

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Photos of the week: 8/12 - 8/19

As the Olympics captivate the world's attention from Rio de Janeiro, take a few moments away from the Games to look back at the past week in news.

Severe weather made headlines around the globe this week, with extreme heat taking its toll on residents in multiple cities and several wildfires prompted evacuations in California. We also saw dramatic scenes out of the flooding in Louisiana that quickly turned into a crisis.

Europe's migrant crisis was also in the news, as people in war-torn countries continue to seek refuge in safer areas.

See the best photos from all of these stories and more below:

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SORRENTO, LA - AUGUST 18: Bryce Richard and Blake Waguespack help load a boat with items they are salvaging from a friends flooded home on August 18, 2016 in Sorrento, Louisiana. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least thirteen deaths and thousands of homes damaged by the flood waters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: A seal stays cool in the water on a hot afternoon at the Central Park Zoo on August 18, 2016 in New York City. According to the latest Nasa data, July 2016 was the hottest month in recorded history, beating the record set just 12 months before. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
MCALLEN, TX - AUGUST 18: Texas State Troopers patrol the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border on August 18, 2016 near McAllen, Texas. Securing the U.S.-Mexico border has become a major issue in the U.S. Presidential campaign. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
WRIGHTWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Fire spreads overnight at the Blue Cut Fire on August 17, 2016 near Wrightwood, California. An unknown number of homes and businesses have burned and more than 80,000 people are under evacuation orders as the out-of-control wildfire spread beyond 30,000 acres and threatens to expand into the ski resort town of Wrightwood. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Hundreds of area muslims attend a mass prayer for Imam Maulama Akonjee and his assistant, Thara Uddin, 64, who died in a fatal shooting outside of the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque on August 13 in the Queens borough of New York on August 15, 2016 in New York City. Hundreds gathered near the mosque to hold a mass prayer service for the victims and to demand justice for the murders. The New York Police Department (NYPD) is currently questioning a Ãperson of interestà in the murders. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 15: A man talks to police in riot gear as they wait in an alley after a second night of clashes between protestors and police August 15, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hundreds of angry people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - AUGUST 13, 2016: The closing ceremony of the 2016 Army Games, an international event organized by the Russian Defense Ministry, at Alabino Firing Range. Sergei Bobylev/Russian Defence Ministry Press Office/TASS (Photo by Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images)
CORRECTS DAY TO FRIDAY - A bus is tipped on its side after two commuter buses collided in Newark, N.J. on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Investigators are trying to determine if a commuter bus ran a red light and broadsided another commuter bus, killing a driver and injuring several. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Seen in a long exposure nighttime photograph, a burned van rests in a lot while a wildfire glows on the horizon in Phelan, Calif., early Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 2016. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A woman carries a rainbow-colored umbrella as she walks during a rain shower in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Although Beijing is in a semi-dry climate, it receives much of its annual precipitation during the summer months. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
The sun sets over the the Giza Pyramids, near Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Lightning illuminates storm clouds over the Philadelphia skyline, Tuesday Aug. 16, 2016, seen from across the Delaware River in Camden NJ. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Crowds gather for a celebration for the opening of the Westfield World Trade Center mall in the oculus of the Transportation Hub, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A guard stands watch over the east block of death row at San Quentin State Prison Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, in San Quentin, Calif. A pair of November ballot measures will decide the future of the death penalty in California. As of Aug. 1, 2016, there were 700 condemned inmates at the prison. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Mine workers sit on a hill during the commemoration near Marikana in Rustenburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. On August 16, 2012 police shot and killed 34 striking Lonmin miners, apparently while trying to disperse them and end their strike. Ten people, including two police officers and two Lonmin security guards, were killed in the preceding week. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
In this Aug. 12, 2016 photo, the Pastoruri glacier is reflected in a lagoon in the Huascaran National Park in Huaraz, Peru. Glacial lakes are often pretty fragile structures, created when rocks and rubble carried by a glacier form a moraine that dams up its water outflow. The dam can also be created by chunks of a glacierâs own ice. These inherently unstable structures can collapse quickly, especially in places like Peru that are prone to frequent, violent earthquakes. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
A man floats past the reflection of a public sculpture standing by a river in Beijing, China, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Swimming in the capital's rivers is a popular pastime in summer and even in the frigid winter. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
In this photo taken on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, a dog shakes off after swimming in the Adriatic sea, on the beach dedicated to dogs in Crikvenica, Croatia. Recently a small town on Croatia's Adriatic Coast has opened the country's first dog beach, where the four-legged guests and their owners can relax in the sun and have fun. Croatia is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Europe, but it previously had not allowed dogs to almost all of its beaches along the Adriatic coast. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Serbian army soldiers and border police officers patrol near the border between Serbia and Bulgaria, not far from the border crossing Vrska Cuka, some 250 km (155 miles) southeast of Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Serbia has recently deployed joint army and police patrols on its border with Bulgaria where migrants are crossing the border, mostly guided by people smugglers. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
People gather at the place where Milwaukee police shot and killed Sylville Smith in Milwaukee, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Police in Milwaukee say a black man whose killing by police Saturday touched off arson and rock-throwing was shot by a black officer after turning toward him with a gun in his hand. Wisconsin's governor, meanwhile, has put the National Guard on standby in case of more violence Sunday night. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
In this aerial photo a boat motors between flooded homes after heavy rains inundating the region Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Hammond, La. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says more than 1,000 people in south Louisiana have been rescued from homes, vehicles and even clinging to trees as a slow-moving storm hammers the state with flooding. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
In this Aug. 13, 2016 picture two children play in front of a fountain at Palaisplatz square in Dresden, Germany. (Arno Burgi/dpa via AP)
Festival goers enjoy the color party, when participants throw colored powder at each other, at the 24th Sziget (Island) Festival on Shipyard Island, Northern Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. The festival is one of the biggest cultural events of Europe offering art exhibitions, theatrical and circus performances and music concerts over eight days. (Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP)
Workers help Cuban cigar roller Jose "Cueto" Castelar, not pictured, hand roll a 90-meter cigar, stretching through many rooms, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. The Cuban cigar roller beat his own record on Friday for the world's longest hand rolled cigar, creating a 90-meter specimen in honor of former leader Fidel Castro's 90th birthday, celebrated Saturday. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
Syrian refugee girl Housaida rests inside the Spanish rescue vessel Astral after being rescued by the Spanish NGO Proactiva off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea August 18, 2016. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A huge plume of smoke crosses over Interstate 15 during the Blue Cut fire at the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County, California, U.S. August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T Fallon
An aerial view showing boats at Chaka Salt Lake in Haixi, Qinghai Province, China, August 12, 2016. Picture taken August 12, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
A casket is seen floating in flood waters in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, U.S., August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Blindfolds are pictured inside a prison, which according to Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters belonged to Islamic State militants, in Manbij, Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The moon sets behind the Vidigal favela in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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