Photos of the week: 8/19 - 8/26

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Photos of the week: 8/19 - 8/26

Headlines this week were dominated by extreme and freak weather around the world, especially the devastating earthquakes in Italy and Myanmar. We also saw the effects of forest fires in Spain and Wyoming, and severe heat around Europe.

In other news, violence and protests escalated in Zimbabwe, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo. North Korea also continued to test fire missiles, and the 'worst zoo in the world' in Gaza was shut down.

Click through the slideshow below for photos from all of these stories and more, and be sure to check back next weekend for our selection of the best photography from the coming days.

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GOTEMBA, JAPAN - AUGUST 25: Tracer bullets ricochet off their targets as Japan Ground Self-Defence Force armoured tanks fire their machine guns during a night session of the rehearsal for annual live firing exercise at the JGSDF's East Fuji Maneuver Area on August 25, 2016 in Gotemba, Japan. (Photo by Yuya Shino/Getty Images)
PESCARA DEL TRONTO, ITALY - AUGUST 25: Rubble surrounds damaged buildings on August 25, 2016 in Pescara del Tronto, Italy. The death toll in the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck around the Umbria region of Italy in the early hours of Wednesday morning has risen to at least 247 as thousands of rescuers continue to search for survivors. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22: Eighteen-month-old visitor Jose Tavarez of Dover, Delaware, watches a California sea lion at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park August 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Bei Bei, the youngest giant panda cub at the zoo turns one today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Aerial view of the village of Saletta in central Italy, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, where a strong quake hit early Wednesday. Strong aftershocks rattled residents and rescue crews alike Friday as hopes began to dim that firefighters would find any more survivors as donations began pouring into the area and Italy again anguished over its failure to protect ancient towns and modern cities from the country's highly seismic terrain. (AP Photo/Localteam)
A woman and child pass a fire set alight during a protest in Harare, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The demonstration organised by opposition political parties calling for reforms, is the first time that the fractured opposition has joined forces in a single unified action to confront President Robert Mugabe's government. (AP Photo)
Smoke still rises from the scorched landscape, burned by forest fires near to the small village of Artajona around 40 kilometers (27m miles), from Pamplona northern Spain, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Every year, Spain suffers several forest fires during the summer season. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A man sits on a bench after spending the night in a makeshift camp set up inside a gymnasium following an earthquake, in Amatrice, central Italy, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The civil protection agency set up tent cities around the affected towns to accommodate the homeless, 1,200 of whom took advantage of the offer to spend the night, civil protection officials said Thursday. In Amatrice, some 50 elderly and children spent the night inside a local sports facility. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A small child plays at a fountain in front of the Old Opera in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Devotees form a human pyramid to celebrate the festival of Janmashtami, marking the birth anniversary of Hindu Lord Krishna, in Mumbai, India August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Aerial view of Amatrice in central Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, as it appears after a magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Ian Thompson looks up at a large tree uprooted in his neighborhood Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in Concord, Mass. A tornado briefly touched down in the historic Massachusetts town, uprooting trees, knocking out power, and causing damage to dozens of homes. There were no reports of injuries. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Afghan security forces stand guard after an attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The attack has ended, a senior police officer said Thursday, after several people were killed. Kabul police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the dead included one guard, and that about 700 students had been rescued. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Smoke from a wildfire shrouds mountain peaks in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Some tourists heading to Yellowstone National Park during the busy summer season were facing an hourlong detour Wednesday as a wildfire in neighboring Grand Teton National Park kept a highway closed. Firefighters hope cooler weather slows the flames over the next couple of days. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
The sun at dawn illuminates mountain peaks as seen from Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo., Thursday, Aug 25, 2016. Thursday marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Former Mississippi firefighter Patrick Hardison, 42, gets teary-eye under television lights, during a press conference marking one year after his face transplant, Wednesday Aug. 24, 2016, at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York. Hardison, who has light-sensitive eyes as his new face continues to thrive, was disfigured while trying to save people from a house fire in 2001 and received the face of a Brooklyn cyclist who died in an accident in July 2015-- a surgery successfully perform by a team of doctors at NYU Langone. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
A worker uses his smartphone in a construction site in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. A local market research released last Friday said sales of smartphones in China during the second quarter surged 24 percent from last year on higher demand from the rural areas. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A large dust storm rolls through the Phoenix metro area Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
A Kashmiri protester throws a tear smoke shell on government forces as he reacts to the Sunday's killing of a young man in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. A security lockdown and protest strikes continued for the 45th straight day Monday, with tens of thousands of Indian armed police and paramilitary soldiers in full riot gear patrolling the tense region. The killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8 sparked some of Kashmir's largest protests against Indian rule in recent years. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
A test-fire of strategic submarine-launched ballistic missile is seen in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 25, 2016. 
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A horse stands in flood waters in front of the closed gate of a house in Allahabad, India, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. Incessant monsoon rains in northern India have caused major rivers Ganges and Yamuna to overflow submerging many low lying areas. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
People take photos near the Singapore Flyer observatory wheel shrouded by haze August 26, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su 
A wildfire is seen from a Ministry of Environment and Forestry helicopter over Kubu Raya, near Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia August 25, 2016, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Jessica Helena Wuysang/via REUTERS
Rescuers work in the night at a collapsed house following an earthquake in Pescara del Tronto, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A tiger named Laziz stands in its enclosure before it is taken out of Gaza by Four Paws International, at a zoo in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip August 23, 2016. Picture taken August 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Congolese soldiers arrest a civilian protesting against the government's failure to stop the killings and inter-ethnic tensions in the town of Butembo, in North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe
Israeli soldiers rest just outside the Israeli-Gaza border near kibbutz Nir Am, Israel August 23, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATHA man stands near bodies of his young relatives after an airstrike in the rebel held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh TEMPLATE OUT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System, is seen in an undated artist's impression released by the European Southern Observatory August 24, 2016. ESO/M. Kornmesser/Handout via Reuters 
A doctor holds a baby as they disembark from Italian Navy ship Sirio in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta, Italy, August 21, 2016. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A woman carrying a child flees a site after an air strike on the rebel-held besieged town of Douma, eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria August 20, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Fireworks explode over Danube River during Saint Stephen's Day in Budapest, Hungary, August 20, 2016. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People are seen in silhouette as they cool off in water fountains in a park as hot summer temperatures hit Paris, France, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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