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)
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
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. 
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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