Photos of the week: 9/1 - 9/8

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Photos of the week: 9/1 - 9/8
Faith leaders place their hands on the shoulders of U.S. President Donald Trump as he takes part in a prayer for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Pope Francis is greeted by children during a meeting at Narino presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Hurricane Irma, a record Category 5 storm, is seen in this NOAA National Weather Service National Hurricane Center image from GOES-16 satellite taken on September 5, 2017. Courtesy NOAA National Weather Service National Hurricane Center/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY
FAJARDO, PUERTO RICO - SEPTEMBER 06: A street is flooded during the passing of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The category 5 storm is expected to pass over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands today, and make landfall in Florida by the weekend. (Photo by Jose Jimenez/Getty Images)
Northern lights ( aurora borealis ) illuminate the sky over the beach of Flakstad, on Lofoten Islands, Arctic Circle, on September 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jonathan NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
DREBKAU, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: An election campaign billboard showing German Social Democrat (SPD) chancellor candidate Martin Schulz stands vandalized on September 5, 2017 in Drebkau, Germany. Germany will hold federal elections on September 24. German Chancellor and Christian Democrat (CDU) Angela Merkel is seeking a fourth term and currently holds an approximate 14-point lead over Schulz. Both the German Greens Party and the Free Democrats (FDP) are hoping to position themselves to be part of the next coalition government. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) will likely finish above the 5% election votes minimum and hence win seats in the Bundestag. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) in Berlin on September 5, 2017. Merkel and other top officials debate the state of the nation in the lower house of parliament, less than three weeks ahead of the general election. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 3: (AFP OUT) Elvira Vera jumps out of her car to embrace Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt as he distributes relief supplies to people impacted by Hurricane Harvey on September 3, 2017, in Houston, Texas. Watt's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund has raised more than $18 million to date to help those affected by the storm. (Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images)
A Syrian man holds up balloons for children in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, as Muslims celebrate the third day of the Eid al-Adha holiday on September 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / AMER ALMOHIBANY (Photo credit should read AMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A Syrian boy plays on a swing in a destroyed building in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, as Muslims celebrate the third day of the Eid al-Adha holiday on September 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / AMER ALMOHIBANY (Photo credit should read AMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 06: Bare shelves are seen after the supply of bottled water was emptied at a grocery store by people preparing for Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 in Miami, Florida. It's still too early to know where the direct impact of the hurricane will take place but the state of Florida is in the area of possible landfall. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
EAST COAST, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 4: In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, South Korea's Hyunmu-2 ballistic missile is fired during an exercise aimed to counter North Korea's nuclear test on September 4, 2017 in East Coast, South Korea. South Korea's military said Monday it conducted a combined live-fire exercise in response to North Korea's sixth nuclear test a day earlier. (Photo by South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)
ORANGE, TX - SEPTEMBER 03: A street is covered with floodwater after torrential rains pounded Southeast Texas following Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey causing widespread flooding on September 3, 2017 in Orange, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi August 25, has dumped nearly 50 inches of rain in and around areas Houston. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: Residents on the 210 freeway try to see if their house and two of their cats on the other side of thick smoke and flames might burn near the community of Tujunga during the La Tuna Fire on September 2, 2017 near Burbank, California. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news conference that officials believe the fire, which is at 5,000 acres and growing, is the largest fire ever in L.A. People have been evacuated from hundreds of homes in Sun Valley, Burbank and Glendale. About 100 Los Angles firefighters are expected to return soon from Texas, where they've been helping survivors from Hurricane Harvey. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (2nd L), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (2nd R), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (R) and other congressional leaders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (L) makes a point to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office prior to his departure from the White House September 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to North Dakota for a tax reform event with workers from the energy sector. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Rohingya refugee children sit in a hut next to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A man attempts to pull the neck off a dead goose while being repeatedly plunged into the water during Antzar Eguna (Day Of The Goose) in the Basque fishing town of Lekeitio, near Bilbao, Spain September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Vincent West TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Demonstrators protest in front of the White House after the Trump administration today scrapped the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that protects from deportation almost 800,000 young men and women who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children, in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
A submerged home is seen in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey in Vidor, Texas, U.S. September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The Man is engulfed in flames as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gathered for the annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, U.S. September 2, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart FOR USE WITH BURNING MAN RELATED REPORTING ONLY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
SUNLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 2: A firefighting aircraft makes a water drop on La Tuna Fire ragging in Verdugo Hills on September 2, 2017. Hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze overnight and into the morning, and at one point the flames were spreading in four directions at once amid intense heat and wild winds. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Shoppers at Costco in Altamonte Springs, Fla., wait in line for the arrival of a shipment of water during preparations for the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. These residents waited in line starting at 7 a.m. for an 11 a.m. water delivery. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
DUISBURG, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 01: A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records Jack Brockba looks at his notes next to the Sandburg sandcastle on September 1, 2017 in Duisburg, Germany. A local travel agency commissioned the building of the sandcastle and sought to beat the previous world record of 14.84 meters and make it with 16.68 meters to set the new Guinness Book of World Record. The Sandburg took three weeks to build and is made from 3,500 tons of sand. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
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Natural disasters continue to dominate the news cycle as hurricanes and wildfires continued to ravage the United States. Residents of the Houston, Texas, area began rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey, while Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia formed in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. 

This week, President Trump declared a national day of prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, began planning for the removal of the Obama-era DACA program and made headlines after siding with Democrats in regards to repealing the debt ceiling. 

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 photos from the coming seven days.

 

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