Photos of the week: 8/11 - 8/18

31 PHOTOS
Photos of the week: 8/11 - 8/18
See Gallery
Photos of the week: 8/11 - 8/18
An impromptu memorial is seen a day after a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Susana Vera TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Damage is seen to the face of a statue of Confederate commander General Robert E. Lee at Duke University's Duke Chapel in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CHARLOTTESVILLE, USA - AUGUST 16: Douglas Brown from Newport News kisses the ground at a memorial for Heather Heyer and the other victims at the intersection where James Alex Fields Jr., a White Supremacist, drove his car into a crowd of counter-protestors, killing Heyer and wounding 19 others last Saturday, in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States on August 16, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY A rusty revolver is seen near the body of a man, who police said was killed by police operatives, and two sachets of "Shabu" or methampethamine chloride were found on his pockets in Manila, Philippines August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro TEMPLATE OUT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 16: People attend the memorial service for Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car slammed into a crowd of people protesting against a white supremacist rally, were asked to wear purple at the Paramount Theater August 16, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Purple was Heyer's favorite color. Charlottesville will hold a memorial service for Heyer Wednesday, four days after she was killed when a participant in a white nationalist, neo-Nazi rally allegedly drove his car into the crowd of people demonstrating against the 'alt-right' gathering. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CAMBRILS, SPAIN - AUGUST 18: A bullet hole is seen on a tree on the spot where five terrorists were shot by police on August 18, 2017 in Cambrils, Spain. Fourteen people were killed and dozens injured when a van hit crowds in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona on Thursday. Spanish police have also killed five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils to stop a second terrorist attack. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
A firefighter works to put out a forest fire next to the village of Macao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 12: The car that allegedly plowed through a crowd of protestors marching through a downtown shopping district is seen after the vehicle was stopped by police several blocks away August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The car allegedly plowed through a crowd, and at least one person has died from the incident, following the shutdown of the 'Unite the Right' rally by police after white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' and counter-protesters clashed near Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
LIUZHOU, CHINA - AUGUST 14: Aerial view of flooded Rongjiang River at Rong'an County on August 14, 2017 in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China. Torrential rain swept parts of the region, resulting in disasters including floods and landslides. (Photo by Tan Kaixing/CHINA NEWS SERVICE/VCG via Getty Images)
KOBLENZ AM RHEIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 16: German Chancellor and head of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel speaks on stage at an election rally at the headland known as the 'Deutsches Eck' ('German Corner'), where the Mosel and Rhine rivers meet, on August 16, 2017 in Koblenz, Germany. Germany is scheduled to hold federal elections on September 24 and Merkel, who is running for a fourth term as chancellor, currently holds a double-digit lead over Martin Schulz from the German Social Democrats (SPD), her main opponent. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Protestors rally on Fifth Avenue near Trump Tower ahead of President Donald Trump's arrival, August 14, 2017 in New York City. Numerous protests are expected throughout the city today as President Trump is expected to arrive this evening at his home at Trump Tower, which will be his first visit back to his 5th Avenue apartment since the inauguration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
CAMBRILS, SPAIN - AUGUST 18: A man embraces a police officer on the spot where five terrorists were shot by police on August 18, 2017 in Cambrils, Spain. Fourteen people were killed and dozens injured when a van hit crowds in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona on Thursday. Spanish police have also killed five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils to stop a second terrorist attack. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
A municipal worker attempts to remove paint from a monument dedicated to Confederate soldier John B. Castleman that was vandalized late Saturday night in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., August 14, 2017. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 12: A white supremacist is cut below his eye during clashes with counter-protesters at Emancipation Park after the 'Unite the Right' rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Emancipation Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
A displaced Iraqi boy, who fled the fighting in the region of Mosul, gestures to the camera at the Debaga camp, east of Makhmur in northern Iraq, on August 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump answers questions about protests in Charlottesville after his statement on the infrastructure discussion in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York on August 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A Canadair firefighting airplane drops water above a fire at sunset, east of Athens on August 15, 2017. The army was called in to assist firefighters around Kalamos, 45 kilometres (30 miles) east of Athens, where a fire has been burning since August 13. In all, 146 fires have broken out across Greece since then according to authorities. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Taylor Swift, her mother Andrea and attorney Jesse Schaudies react to the verdict being read in Denver Federal Court where the Taylor Swift groping trial goes on in Denver U.S. August 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jeff Kandyba TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Four-year-old Leo Griffin leaves a protest against the alt-right movement held to mourn the victims of yesterdays rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 13, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. One person was killed and 19 others were injured in Charlottesville when a car plowed into a group of activists who were preparing to march in opposition to a nearby white nationalists rally. Two police officers were also killed when a helicopter they were using to monitor the rally crashed. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Firefighters tackle a wildfire at Vale de Abelha village in Macao, on August 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - This photograph taken on August 12, 2017, shows a woman posing for a friend beneath a sign reading 'No drugs or nuclear weapons allowed' at the entrance to a restaurant in the Tamuning area of Guam. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
A firefighting helicopter flies in front of the setting sun as a wildfire burns near the village of Kapandriti, north of Athens, Greece, August 15, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Car attack victim Heather Heyer's father Mark Heyer speaks at her memorial service inside the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 16. 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa, Syria August 16, 2017. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Brazil's President Michel Temer reacts as he makes a presentation to investors at Santander bank in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 16, 2017. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Pope Francis gives a blessing during his Angelus prayer on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, August 15, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Participants react as they hold on to a greased pole during the "Panjat Pinang" competition for the celebration of Independence Day at Ancol Dreamland Park in Jakarta, Indonesia August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A officer walks past a fallen post cards display near the area where a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Sergio Perez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
AVIEMORE, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 12: A shooting party heralds the new shooting season on a grouse moor at the Alvie Estate on August 12, 2017 in Aviemore, Scotland. The Glorious 12th signals the start of the grouse shooting season, it has been an integral part of the countryside calendar for decades with enthusiasts travelling from all over the world to shots on Scotlands finest estates. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
People release doves as a symbol of peace at the Yasukuni Shrine for the war dead in Tokyo, Japan, August 15, 2017, to mark the 72nd anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two. REUTERS/Issei Kato TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

The news has largely been dominated by tragic headlines this week, from Charlottesville, Virginia to Barcelona, Spain.

White supremacists and related groups hosted a "Unite the RIght" rally in Charlottesville over the weekend that was met with counter-protests and ultimately ended in the death of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car drove into a group of demonstrators who opposed the supremacists.

President Trump's remarks after the clashes were met with criticism as the nation remains in turmoil over the presence of Confederate-era symbols that remain across the country.

In Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday, a series of attacks killed over one dozen people. The majority of the losses occurred when a van drove into a group of people in a crowded area of the city. Police later found and killed several terrorists in connection with the slayings.

Click through the slideshow above to see 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.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.