Burning Man is underway in the Nevada desert, the migrant crisis grew in both scale and impact, new Star Wars toys went on sale worldwide, China marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Alaska’s Mt. McKinley was renamed Denali, a Kentucky county clerk was jailed for contempt of court while refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and much more.
Participants gather at the base of the art installation R-Evolution during the Burning Man 2015 “Carnival of Mirrors” arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada on September 3, 2015.
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A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, 3. 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 on September 2, 2015. The family—Abdullah, his wife Rehan, and their two boys, 3-year-old Aylan and 5-year-old Galip—embarked on the perilous boat journey only after their bid to move to Canada was rejected. The tides also washed up the bodies of Rehan and Galip on Turkey’s Bodrum peninsula Wednesday. Abdullah survived the tragedy.
A view of Denali, formerly named Mt. McKinley, on September 1, 2015, in Denali National Park, Alaska. On August 30, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell officially switched to the name used by locals and Alaskan natives for years.
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Participants hold placards above their heads as they form a figure in front of a statue of China’s late Chairman Mao Zedong in his youth, during an event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Changsha, Hunan province, China, on August 30, 2015.
Slovak aerobatic group “Ocova Shepherds” paints the sky with its gliders during the Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF) 2015 at the Slovak Air Force base of Sliac on August 29, 2015.
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A model poses for a photo shoot in front of the Eiffel Tower at sunrise on September 3, 2015, in Paris.
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Ukrainian protesters clash with police after a vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, on August 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament gave preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. One member of Ukraine’s National Guard was killed and another 70 were injured when an explosive device detonated among the crowd.
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The Rising Tide by British underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor is installed on the bank of the River Thames, at Nine Elms on the South Bank, on September 2, 2015, in London, England. The statues will be concealed and revealed by the tide each day, highlighting the role the river has played in shaping London’s history, and the installation will run until September 30.
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The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft is transported to a launchpad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on August 31, 2015. Russia’s Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft, carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Kazakhstani cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, and Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen, is scheduled to blast off to the ISS on September 2, 2015.
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An ethnic Kayan woman works as a receptionist at a gift shop on Inle Lake in Burma’s Shan State on September 4, 2015. Inle is one of the country's most popular tourist sites.
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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office’s refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Kentucky, on September 1, 2015. Although her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied, Davis still refused to issue marriage licenses. She was jailed on Thursday forcontempt of court.
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People look out to the Los Andes mountain range next to the city from a rooftop of a commercial center in a business district in Santiago, Chile, on September 3, 2015.
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British comedian Rowan Atkinson, in character as “Mr. Bean,” rides on a Mini car along The Mall in central London on September 4, 2015. He was promoting the television and film comedy character Mr. Bean.
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A child looks on during the celebrations of Malaysia’s 58th National Day at Merdeka Square on August 31, 2015, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia celebrated its 58th National Day, or day of independence, on August 31.
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A flock of birds flies past the Gateway Arch above St. Louis, Missouri, on September 2, 2015.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin exercises in a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, on August 30, 2015.
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A man climbs on a road sign pole to escape the water from a tidal bore that surged past a barrier on the banks of the Qiantang River in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, on September 1, 2015.
A woman sells an ice cream in the shape of executed Japanese war criminal Hideki Tojo at an ice cream store in Shanghai on September 2, 2015. An ice cream chain in China’s commercial hub of Shanghai was offering a lickable likeness of the head of Tojo to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
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A competitor slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in grease, during the celebrations for the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, outside Valletta,Malta, on August 30, 2015. In the traditional "gostra", a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top of a pole and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes.
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Activists of a trade union group stop motorcyclists to keep vehicles off the road during a daylong nationwide strike in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, India, on September 2, 2015. Normal life was affected in several parts of the state following a day-long nationwide general strike called by 10 central trade unions to protest changes in labor laws and privatization of Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.
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Jackson Eagleton, 5, covers his eyes as he puts his face in a fountain at Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, D.C., on September 2, 2015. Jackson and his younger brother were sad that the pools in the area are beginning to close for the season, “Georgetown Park was the last resort for water,” said their father, Jonathan Eagleton.
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Herds of wildebeest after crossing the river in Masai Mara on September 4, 2015. Every year hundreds of thousands of wildebeest make the crossing from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara game reserve to graze during the migration.
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Mr. Afghanistan, Mahmood Matin, poses for the camera during a photo shoot at the Resolute Support Mission headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 30, 2015. Matin won the Mr. Afghanistan contest this year back in June.
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The Tepee Springs wildfire is seen burning at the Manning Bridge as it crosses the Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho, on August 29, 2015. An 18-mile (29-kilometer) portion of the Salmon River east of the Oregon border was closed to boating and fishing due to the Tepee Springs fire, which has charred more than 78,000 acres (316 square kilometers) of the Payette National Forest and surrounding timber.
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President Barack Obama points to Bear Glacier during a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park, during an official visit to Alaska on September 1, 2015, near Seward, Alaska.
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A BB-8 remote-control robot toy that went on sale at midnight in advance of the film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is pictured in New York’s Times Square on September 4, 2015. New “Star Wars” toys and other merchandise were released in stores around the world just after midnight local time during a global rollout of the popular products.
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The Cotopaxi volcano spews ash and vapor, as seen from El Pedregal, Ecuador, on September 3, 2015. Cotopaxi began showing renewed activity in April—its last major eruption was in 1877.
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Migrants struggle to board a train at the railway station in Budapest, Hungary, on September 3, 2015. Over 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia, and many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries.
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A Norwegian sailor stands on the deck of the Siem Pilot ship during a migrants search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea on August 30, 2015.
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A schoolteacher in a military uniform watches as servicemen teach children to operate weapons at a military training ground of Ukraine’s National Guard outside the village of Stare, the Kiev region, Ukraine, on August 29, 2015.
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Indian boys swim through floodwaters with their cattle as they try to take them to a safer place at Kholabuya village, 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of Guwahati, India, on September 1, 2015. Monsoon floods have inundated hundreds of villages across the northeast Indian state of Assam, killing several people and forcing some 800,000 residents to leave their homes.
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A migrant child, whose family hopes to cross into Hungary, covers her face with her hands as she walks along a railway track outside the village of Horgos in Serbia, toward the border it shares with Hungary, on August 31, 2015.
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A photo taken during the night of August 30, 2015, in Boeschepe, northern France, shows lightning through a stormy sky.
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Rainbow Eyes (her Playa name) climbs the art installation METAHEART during a dust storm at the Burning Man 2015 “Carnival of Mirrors” arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada on September 2, 2015.
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A Lebanese anti-government protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the ongoing trash crisis and alleged government corruption in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 29, 2015.