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Week in pictures: 21 – 27 August 2021

A selection of powerful news photographs taken around the world this week.

image sourceUS Air Force/Senior Airman Taylor Crul/Reuters

image captionPeople board a US Air Force aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, where more than 100,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan, which fell to the Taliban on 15 August.

image sourceGetty Images

image captionOn 26 August a terrorist attack at the airport killed more than 90 people, including 13 US service members. Here, family members visit survivors in Wazir Akbar Khan Hospital in Kabul.

image sourceHenry Nicholls / Reuters

image captionA police officer asks a demonstrator to leave during a protest by Extinction Rebellion, in London. The demonstrations are scheduled to continue next week, with protests against the links between “big finance, fossil fuels and the fossil of politics that is Westminster”.

image sourceOrlando Barria / EPA

image captionYoung people play dominoes in a camp for those displaced by the earthquake earlier this month in Gorjette, Haiti. More than 2,200 people were killed by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake, which also injured another 12,000.

image sourceNarinder Nanu / AFP

image captionAn artist adds the finishing touches to an idol of Hindu deity Lord Krishna at a workshop in Amritsar in India, ahead of the Janmashtami festival, which is celebrated to mark the birth of Krishna.

image sourceMohammed Huwais / AFP

image captionWomen take part in a local chess championship in Yemen’s capital Sanaa.

image sourceTolga Akmen / AFP

image captionA Galapagos tortoise is measured during the annual weigh-in photocall at London Zoo.

image sourceYasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

image captionEgypt’s Ibrahim Elhusseiny Hamadtou returns a ball during the men’s table tennis singles (Class 6) Group match against China’s Chao Chen at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

image sourceJane Barlow / PA Media

image captionSophie Douglas, who plays an alien from the planet Hanyana in the Edinburgh Fringe show WeCameToDance, explores the giant kaleidoscope at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, in Edinburgh.

image sourceAndrew Matthews / PA Media

image captionA conservator abseils down the east face of Salisbury Cathedral’s tower to carry out vital repairs during the annual survey.

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