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Pictures of the week: droughts here, floods there


Rivers are drying up in France and overflowing their banks in South Korea. A new president is elected in Kenya. And in Ukraine fighting is still going on. These shots went around the world this week.

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Task done

Shepherd Mutungei Ole Sitat has just cast his ballot for the presidential elections at a primary school in the Kenyan town of Kajiado.

The voting saw a head-to-head race between the two main candidates - the previous Vice President William Ruto and the long-time opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Photo: Marco Longari / AFP

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smoke sign

It is probably the largest fire in Cuba's history.

A fire broke out in a fuel depot in the industrial area of ​​the city of Matanzas.

At least one person died in the fire and around 120 others were injured.

The photo shows a water tank surrounded by columns of smoke.

Photo: Ernesto Mastrascusa/EPA

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mourning flowers

Shia Muslim women take part in the mourning ritual in memory of Imam Husayn, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed and a central figure in the Shia faith, in Istanbul.

His death in the battle of Karbala is mourned in the Islamic month of Muharram, the ritual culminating on the tenth day, called Ashura.

Photo: Yasin Akgul / AFP

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heatwave in Icelandic

The Fagradalsfjall volcano near the Icelandic capital Reykjavik delivered a special kind of lava spectacle last week. The police warned to enjoy it at a distance.

Photo: Jeremie Richard / AFP

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undeclared work

A worker sprays tar on a street in Spain's capital, Madrid.

Photo: Susana Vera / REUTERS

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Great joy

Malaysia's Pandelela Rinong Anak Pamg lands in the water after jumping from the 10 meter tower.

She competed in the women's day seven final of the Commonwealth Games at the Sandwell Aquatics Center in Birmingham.

Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP

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Behind bars

Alleged members of the terrorist organization "Islamic State" (IS) are locked in a kind of cage during a trial in the Libyan city of Misrata.

The hearing will take place at the headquarters of the criminal investigation department.

Photo: Mahmud Turkia / AFP

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Drought summer


Little precipitation and high temperatures are currently threatening to dry up the rivers in many places.

Here a man wades through shallow water on the dried up bank of the Euphrates near the city of Raqqa in Syria.

The river is the largest in the Near East.

Photo: Delil Souleiman / AFP

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Yes to peace, no to the bomb – painted with these demands, a student takes part in a rally in the Indian city of Mumbai to mark the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima in World War II.

Photo: Rajanish Kakade / dpa

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Radiant commemoration

Between 90,000 and 146,000 people died in the attacks on Hiroshima.

On August 6, 77 years later, a sea of ​​lights on the Motosayu River in Japan commemorates the victims.

It was the first time nuclear weapons were used.

Photo: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images

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Ancient Sanctuary

Experts have discovered three graves from the colonial era on the property of the zoo in the Peruvian capital Lima.

The site was inhabited by representatives of the Lima culture (AD 100-650), Ichma culture (AD 900-1470) and Inca culture (AD 1200-1500).

Photo: Cris Bouroncle / AFP

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tone in tone

Making handmade pottery is a traditional craft of Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron.

The vessels are still made on the potter's wheel and later painted by hand.

Photo: Mussa Issa Qawasma / REUTERS

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sunny side

A couple enjoys the evening at Cerro del Tio Pio, a park in Madrid.

It is considered one of the best places to watch the sunset.

Photo: Manu Fernandez/AP

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photo proof

A Maasai woman is photographed by a polling officer in the town of Kilgoris, Kenya.

With the picture, the woman can take part in the presidential elections in the East African country.

Parliament and local councils were also elected.

Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

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water shortage

With a toy bucket in hand, a girl waits for water to be distributed to her family in the Mexican city of Garcia.

There has been a severe drought in the region in the west of the country for months.

Photo: Daniel Becerril / REUTERS

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call for help

Refugees from Syria and Libya float in a wooden boat on the Mediterranean Sea south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Italy has registered more than 42,000 people arriving so far this year - significantly more than in the same period of 2021.

Photo: Francisco Seco / dpa

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An aerial view of ex-US President Donald Trump's winter home of Mar-a-Lago in Florida which has been raided by the FBI.

Trump may have put classified documents there, which is forbidden.

Photo: Steve Helber/AP

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Once hu, once hot

Dancing horses, spurred on by their riders to make daring leaps, are the focus of the patron saint's festivals on the Balearic island of Menorca.

This is also the case in Llucmaçanes, where the Sant Gaietà Fiesta took place on the first weekend in August.

Photo: Matthias Oesterle / ZUMA Wire / IMAGO

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Curious; excited

Who will succeed Boris Johnson at the Tories?

Members of lead candidate Liz Truss' team check messages on their phones.

In polls, the foreign minister is well ahead of her rival, ex-finance minister Rishi Sunak.

Photo: Dylan Martinez / REUTERS

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Election Guard

Members of the National Youth Service of Kenya await deployment in the town of Kilgoris.

They are supposed to keep watch when the votes are counted for the presidential election in the East African country.

Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

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Drying river

The water is also disappearing in the gorges of the Doubs in France near the Swiss border.

A tourist boat drives along the bank of the river, which is currently much lower.

Photo: Denis Balibouse / REUTERS

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22 / 29

tropical winds

Storm Mulan brought such heavy water to Hong Kong last week that the city closed kindergartens and special schools.

A woman looks at the rainfall overlooking the famous Victoria Harbour.

Photo: Jerome Favre/EPA

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Taiwan's military is preparing for a possible invasion of China with a maneuver.

Rockets are also launched over the sea for this purpose.

Photo: Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

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A fierce fire broke out in northeast Athens on Tuesday.

People had to be evacuated from endangered regions, houses were damaged.

Photo: Xinhua/IMAGO

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Task forces rest near the Portuguese town of Manteigas.

A forest fire threatens the Serra da Estrela Park in central Portugal.

Photo: Patricia de Melo / AFP

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Water everywhere

Rain has caused river levels in the South Korean city of Chuncheon to burst their banks as Europe suffers from drought.

Photo: Yonhap/EPA

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holy hand

Pope Francis greets believers after his weekly audience at the Vatican.

Photo: Yara Nardi / REUTERS

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cigarette break

Ukrainian soldiers are resting a few kilometers from the front line in the Donbass region.

Fierce fighting with the Russian attackers broke out again this week.

Photo: Bulent Kilic / AFP

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art of war

Ukrainian artist Viacheslav Rybka paints a car destroyed during the Russian attack in the city of Irpin.

Photo: Gleb Garanich / REUTERS

Source: spiegel

All life articles on 2022-08-13

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