Photos of the week: 6/12 - 6/19

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Syrian refugees stay in their makeshift shelter near the Turkish border post of Akcakale, province of Sanliurfa, on June 17, 2015. The first Syrian refugees returned to the border town of Tal Abyad from Turkey after it was liberated from the Islamic State (IS) group, an AFP journalist reported. Kurdish forces took the strategic town on Tuesday after several days of intense fighting, which sparked an exodus of more than 23,000 refugees into neighbouring Turkey. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers take part in a military exercise in the center of the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on June 17, 2015. An alliance of rebel fighters in Syria, including Islamist fighters, are battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime forces for the control of the countrys Quneitra province, which lies in the Syrian side of the strategic Golan Heights. The advance came a day after Israel, which has a significant Druze population, said it was preparing for the possibility that refugees fleeing fighting in the area might seek to cross to the Israeli-occupied side of the strategic plateau. AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
DANNEMORA, NY - JUNE 16: A task force of U.S. Marshalls and police officers go door to door searching for two escaped convicts on June 16, 2015 outside Dannemora, New York. The two convicted killers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, were found missing from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York on the morning of June 6 and law enforcement are on a multi-state manhunt for their capture. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - JUNE 16: Egyptian former President Mohamed Morsi stands behind the bars during his trial in Cairo on June 16, 2015. An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced former President Mohamed Morsi to death over jailbreak charges. The court also sentenced five leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood group, including top leader Mohamed Badie, to death on charges of taking part in a mass jailbreak in 2011. (Photo by Ahmed Omar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Syrians fleeing the war rush through broken down border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border crossing at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on June 14, 2015. Turkey said it was taking measures to limit the flow of Syrian refugees onto its territory after an influx of thousands more over the last days due to fighting between Kurds and jihadists. Under an 'open-door' policy, Turkey has taken in 1.8 million Syrian refugees since the conflict in Syria erupted in 2011. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
A hippopotamus walks across a flooded street in Tbilisi on June 14, 2015. Tigers, lions, jaguars, bears and wolves escaped on June 14 from flooded zoo enclosures in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, the mayor's office said. Some of the animals were captured by police while others were shot dead, the mayor's office told local Rustavi 2 television. At least eight people have drowned and several others are missing in the Georgian capital Tbilisi in serious flooding. AFP PHOTO / BESO GULASHVILI (Photo credit should read BESO GULASHVILI/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was shot in panoramic mode on an iPhone.) A rainbow is seen over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on June 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: A view of the Brisbane city skyline can be seen from Kangaroo Point on June 18, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. A thick coverage of fog lay over Brisbane this morning reducing visibility and causing delays across public transport and peak hour traffic. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
One of three young oriental small-clawed otters eats a meatball on June 18, 2015 in a zoo in Dresden, eastern Germany. The oriental small-clawed otter female Fussi gave birth to 3 healthy pups. Its pups now leave their burrow to explore the environment. (Photo credit should read ARNO BURGI/AFP/Getty Images)
KARO, INDONESIA, JUNE 19: Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials from its crater in Tanah Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, June 19, 2015. Around 3,000 people remain in temporary accommodation in the Indonesian region of North Sumatra as Mount Sinabung continues to spew volcanic ash, smoke and rock around 500 meters into the sky. (Photo By Tibta Pangin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHANGZHOU, CHINA - JUNE 17: (CHINA OUT) A man carries a dog and belongings in a plastic bucket as he walks along a flooded street on June 17, 2015 in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province of China. More than ten hours of heavy rain has hit downstream Yangtze River since Tuesday, causing flooding in low-lying areas. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
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This past week in news saw headlines that ranged from severe rains and flooding in China, India, and Georgia, to the ongoing manhunt for the escaped convicts in New York, and the tragic attack on a historical black church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday. Click through the gallery above to see the most striking and emotional photos from all of these stories and more.

If you missed last week's photos of the week, you can find them here. Be sure to check back next weekend for our selection of the best photos from the coming days.
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