Photos: Top images from around the globe
A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of a migrant child after a number of migrants died and a smaller number were reported missing after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized, near the Turkish resort of Bodrum early Wednesday, Sept.
President Barack Obama, accompanied by a National Park Service employee looks at Bear Glacier, which has receded 1.8 miles in approximately 100 years, while on a boat tour to see the effects of global warming in Resurrection Cove, Tuesday, Sept.
1, 2015, in Seward, Alaska. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change.
Andy Penn, of Hilo, watches as a large wave crashes off a sea wall on Hilo Bay, Monday, Aug.
31, 2015 in Hilo, Hawaii. Hurricane Ignacio is rapidly weakening and has moved farther away from the Hawaiian Islands, allowing forecasters to lift the tropical storm watches for the Big Island and Maui, but big and dangerous surf is expected through midweek.
A crocodile attacks a wildebeest at a river crossing in Masai Mara on September 1, 2015.
Every year hundreds of thousands of wildebeest make the crossing from the Serengeti to Masai Mara game reserve to graze during the migration.
Nepalese police arrest a Hindu activist as demonstrators try to break through to a cordoned-off area near parliament during a protest demanding Nepal be declared a Hindu state in Kathmandu on September 1, 2015. Violent protests have erupted in the last few weeks in Nepal after lawmakers struck a breakthrough deal to table the draft of a new constitution, spurred by April’s devastating earthquake.
Firerighters salute as a motorcade passes before a memorial service for three firefighters killed in a wildfire, Sunday, Aug.
30, 2015, in Wenatchee, Wash. Firefighters Richard Wheeler, Andrew Zajac and Thomas Zbyszewski died Aug.
19 in a fire near Twisp, Wash.
People look at a row of downed trees after they were knocked down during a windstorm, Saturday, Aug.
29, 2015, in Lynnwood, Wash. Powerful winds toppled trees and power lines across the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, causing at least two deaths in the Seattle area and knocking out electricity to thousands of customers.
A man walks under a damaged power line after it was knocked down during a windstorm, Saturday, Aug.
29, 2015, in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle. Powerful winds toppled trees and power lines across the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, causing at least two deaths in the Seattle area and knocking out electricity to thousands of customers.
A participant dances in a gay rally in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Aug.
30, 2015. Hundreds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites paraded through Nepal s capital Sunday to demand that rights for sexual minorities be included in the country s new constitution that is being finalized.
Protesters shout slogans during a rally in front of the National Diet building in Tokyo, Sunday, Aug.
30, 2015. Thousands of Japanese protested outside the parliament a set of security bills designed to expand the role the country s military.
The bills – a cornerstone of Prime Minister s Shinzo Abe s move to shore up Japan s defenses in the face of growing threats in the region – are expected to pass next month despite criticism they undermine Japan s post-war pacifism.
Preparations for launching Russian Soyuz TMA-18M spaceship that will carry a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, are under way in an assembly shop in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Sunday, Aug.
30, 2015. Start of the new Soyuz mission is scheduled on Wednesday, Sept.
28. The Russian rocket will carry Kazakhstan s cosmonaut Aydyn Aimbetov, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Denmark s astronaut Andreas Mogensen.
A devotee uses a wooden rod created as a selfie stick to click photos during a procession with statues of of elephant headed Hindu god Ganesh in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Aug.
30, 2015. Every year millions of devout Hindus immerse Ganesh idols into oceans and rivers during the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival that begins from September 17 and celebrates the birth of Ganesh.
A competitor wears a turtle costume as they take part in the 30th World Bog Snorkelling Championships in Waen Rhydd peat bog at Llanwrtyd Wells, south Wales on August 30, 2015. Entrants must negotiate two lengths of a 60-yard trench through the peat bog in the quickest possible time without using any conventional swimming strokes.
Russian President Vladimir Putin exercises during his meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, unseen, at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Aug.
Migrants run to the woods after they scrambled through the border fence between Serbia and Hungary close to the village of Roszke on August 30, 2015 near Szeged, Hungary. According to the Hungarian authorities a record number of migrants from many parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia crossed the border from Serbia earlier this week, said to be due in part to the erection of a new fence that is due to be completed at the end of this month. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called Balkans route has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary.
The massive increase, said to be the largest migration of people since World War II, led Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban to order Hungary s army to build a steel and barbed wire security barrier along its entire border with Serbia, after more than 100,000 asylum seekers from a variety of countries and war zones entered the country so far this year.
Pope Francis delivers his blessing as he celebrates the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Aug.
30, 2015. Pope Francis is urging people to work together to stop crimes against migrants, including the 71 who perished in the back of truck traveling the main Budapest-Vienna highway.
Spanish bullfighter Alejandro Talavante aims his sword on his way to killing a bull during a bullfight in San Sebastian De Los Reyes, Spain, Saturday, Aug.
29, 2015. Bullfight is an ancient tradition in Spain.
A migrant man intervenes no sooner than landing ashore, as two Greek men fight over the fate of an engine from a boat carrying a migrant family from Turkey on August 30, 2015 in Kos, Greece. Migrants from many parts of the Middle East and African nations continue to flood into Europe before heading from Athens, north to the Macedonian border.
Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called Balkans route has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. The number of people leaving their homes in war torn countries such as Syria, marks the largest migration of people since World War II.
Afghan security personnel gather to leave the Khogyani district after a month long anti-Taliban operation in various parts of eastern Nangarhar province, on August 30, 2015. Afghan security forces launched a joint anti-militant operation in three districts, killing over 150 armed insurgents and wounding 112 others with 13 security personnel killed and three others were wounded in the past 30 days, Afghan National Army Commander Zaman Waziri said.
Activists from the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) gather on a main road in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during a rally Sunday, Aug.
30, 2015. Big crowds of protesters returned to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to demand the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal, after the first day of the massive rally passed peacefully.
Hindus devotees pull a parade float during a festival to venerate the elephant-headed Hindu god Lord Ganesh, on August 30, 2015, in Paris. Lord Ganesh, one of the most popular Hindu deities, is believed to grant progress, prosperity and wisdom.
Members of the religious sect Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) join in a protest against the Justice Department on Sunday, Aug.
30, 2015 in suburban Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines. The sect members, who have been doing street protests for four days, has expressed dismay over efforts by Justice Secretary Leila De Lima s department to investigate a criminal complaint filed by an expelled sect minister against the religious group s top leaders
Refugees from the Middle East are silhouetted against the setting sun as they walk on railway tracks from Serbia, in Roszke, Hungary, Sunday, Aug.
30, 2015. Migrants fearful of death at sea in overcrowded and flimsy boats have increasingly turned to using a land route to Europe through the Western Balkans.
South Korean Army Surion helicopters fire flares during a joint live firing drill between South Korea and the US at the Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, 65 kms northeast of Seoul, on August 28, 2015.
South Korean and US troops staged their biggest-ever joint live-fire drill on August 28, including a simulated mechanised assault deep into North Korean territory, just days after the two Koreas ended a tense military standoff.
A Naga sadhu, or naked Hindu holy man, performs a ritual inside his tent during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher festival, at Trimbakeshwar, India, Friday, Aug.
28, 2015. Hindus believe taking a dip in the waters of a holy river during the festival will cleanse them of their sins. The festival is held four times every 12 years.
USA’s Ashton Eaton wears a cooling head and face cover as he waits to compete in the shot put in the men’s decathlon athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium in Beijing on August 28, 2015.
In this Aug.
7, 2015, photo a team of scientists climb Sholes Glacier in Mount Baker, Wash. Glaciers on Mount Baker and other mountains in the North Cascades are thinning and retreating. Seven have disappeared over the past three decades, and the overall volume of glaciers in the range, while dozens others are losing mass.
A sign painter outlines the Pope’s nose on the side of a New York City office building, Thursday, Aug.
27, 2015. Pope Francis visits the U.S. beginning Sept.
22 with stops in Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia.
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the final of the men’s 200 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium in Beijing on August 27, 2015.
A hooded man with a colorful outfit known as the ‘Cipotegato’ acknowledges the crowd after running through the streets of Tarazona, Spain, Thursday, Aug.
27, 2015. Following a tradition coming from at least the middle of the XVIII century, thousands of people gather every year at midday in Tarazona’s main square waiting to throw tomatoes to the Cipotegato character, that represents a prisoner from the local jail that was given the chance to escape to freedom after crossing through a crowded village.
The moon rises behind Syrian refugees standing on the top deck of a ferry that arrived at Athens’ port of Piraeus, Wednesday, Aug.
26, 2015. About 2,500 Syrian refugees stranded on Lesbos _ which they reached in small boats from nearby Turkey _ due to a dearth of ferry tickets in the high holiday season, were on the ferry.
Greece has been overwhelmed this year by record numbers of migrants.
Sweden’s Erika Kinsey prepares to compete in the women’s high jump qualification at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, Thursday, Aug.
In this July 31, 2015 photo, dirt is blasted skywards as a clandestine airstrip is cratered with explosives by Peruvian counternarcotics forces, in the jungle near Ciudad Constitucion, Peru. According to police the airstrip is used by drug traffickers to ship cocaine to neighboring Bolivia.
Sweden’s Erica Jarder competes in the women’s long jump qualification at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, Thursday, Aug.
An Iberian Midwife Toad is measured during a photocall at London Zoo on August 26, 2015, to promote the zoo’s annual weigh-in event. With more than 17,000 animals to weigh, the exercise is carried out on a regular basis by zookeepers as a way of keeping track of every animals health and wellbeing.
Two woman lie in a puddle of squashed tomatoes during the annual “tomatina” tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug.
26, 2015. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual “Tomatina” battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 150 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities.
Naga sadhus, or naked Hindu holy men participate in a procession during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher festival, at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik, India, Wednesday, Aug.
Millions are expected to attend this year s two-month festival, which began in mid-July and runs until the end of September.
Cameramen float in the water filming USA’s Kelly Slater practicing before competing in the World Surf league tour n ‘ 4, as part of the 2015 Billabong Pro Tahiti, along the Teahupo’o coast, western of the French polynesia island of Tahiti, on August 24, 2015.
China’s Wang Jianan competes in the final of the men’s long jump athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium in Beijing on August 25, 2015.
A MiG-29 jet fighter performs during the MAKS-2015, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on August 25, 2015.