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    AUG. 16: A competitor jumps from an old bridge during a diving competition in Kanal ob Soci, a settlement mostly on the left bank of the Soča River in the Slovene Littoral, a region in southwestern Slovenia.

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    AUG. 16: People crowd a beach to escape the summer heat on a hazy day in Dalian, Liaoning province, China.

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    AUG. 17: Men attempt to climb a greased pole to retrieve prizes during celebrations to mark Indonesia's 70th independence anniversary in Jakarta.

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    AUG. 18: Surfer Arlen Macpherson sits on his board, which is equipped with an electronic shark repellent device, at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. A spate of shark attacks in Australia has left some of world's top surfing beaches deserted and many people having second thoughts about taking a swim as the summer approaches in the Southern Hemisphere nation. The device embedded in his surfboard repels sharks by emitting an electronic force field that overpowers a shark's sensing organs.

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    AUG. 18: A motorcycle cart loaded with crates of bananas travels along a main street on its way to a fruit market in Manila, the Philippines.

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    AUG> 18: A boy playing in flooded waters of the Ganges river hitches a ride on the bumper of a taxi. A heavy downpour caused the rise in water levels in Allahabad, India.

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    AUG. 18: Russian President Vladimir Putin gets ready for a deep dive in a research bathyscaphe as he takes part in an expedition exploring ancient underwater ruins in the Black Sea near Sevastopol, Crimea.

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    AUG. 18: A man prays at a memorial service to pay tribute to victims of the explosions in a Tianjin, China, port warehouse that killed 114 people and injured hundreds more. China says it is investigating the head of its work safety regulatory agency who for years allowed companies to operate without a license for dangerous chemicals.

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    AUG. 18: Rotem, a sand cat, grooms one of her three cubs at the Safari animal park in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, Israel. Rotem gave birth to her cubs three weeks ago. The species is listed as threatened and near extinct from Israel, according to the zoo's staff.

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    AUG. 19: A bonnet macaque sits on consecrated idols of snakes and eats a pomegranate left behind as an offering by devotees during the Nag Panchami festival at a temple on the outskirts of Bengaluru, India. Hindus celebrate the festival by worshipping snakes to honor the serpent god.

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    AUG. 19: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hugs a U.S. flag as he takes the stage for a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire.

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    Aug 19: Baltimore Orioles pies left fielder Henry Urrutia gets a pie in the face from a teammate after Urrutia's walk-off home run in the 9th inning against the New York Mets at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles beat the Mets, 5-4.

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    AUG. 19: Iranian surgeon Ali Manafi compares a picture of a female patient with her nose after rhioplasty surgery at a hospital in Tehran. Iran has the most rhinoplasties, or nose jobs, of any country in the world, according to local media.

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    AUG. 19: Rabbits were placed by Chinese environmental authorities near the site of last week's chemical blasts in Tianjin, China, to test conditions for any residual cyanide. According to local media, the animals were alive after two hours. Meanwhile, Chinese state media reported that government officials found safety hazards at almost 70 percent of firms that handle dangerous chemicals in Beijing.

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    AUG. 20: Dead fish float near the banks of the Haihe river in Tianjin, China, about four miles from the site of the Aug. 12 chemical warehouse blasts that killed 114 people. A Chinese government environmental expert said no toxic levels of cyanide were detected in water samples taken from the river.

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    AUG. 20: Firefighters flee as the Twisp River fire advances unexpectedly near Twisp, Washington. Three firefighters in Washington state were killed and four injured while battling a wildfire threatening the town of Twisp, officials said on Wednesday, as more than a dozen major blazes burned in parched Western U.S. states.

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    AUG. 20: A firefighter's backpack is covered in fire retardant dropped from an airplane while battling the Twisp River fire near Twisp, Washington. Crews continued battling a flurry of wildfires raging unchecked in the Pacific Northwest.

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    AUG. 20: A Palestinian reveler takes part in a colors festival organized by Palestinian activists in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The festival was inspired by the Hindu spring festival of Holi.

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    In this handout photo released on Aug. 20 but taken on April 20, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Kirsten Griest, center, participates in combat training during the Ranger Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. When Griest and another woman completed the daunting U.S. Army Ranger School this week they helped end questions about whether women can serve as combat leaders, and the Pentagon is poised to open new roles, including the elite Navy SEALs, to women in coming months. The feat by Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver followed a re-evaluation of women's frontline involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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    AUG. 21: Kim Jong Un speaks at an emergency meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea Central Military Commission, in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang. The North Korean leader ordered his troops onto a war footing starting at 5 p.m. Friday after Pyongyang issued an ultimatum to Seoul to halt anti-North propaganda broadcasts by Saturday afternoon or face military action.

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    AUG. 21: Giant panda cubs lie in baskets at their debut appearance to visitors at a giant panda breeding center in Ya'an, Sichuan province, China. A total of 10 giant panda cubs have been born in the center this year.

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