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Week in pictures: 31 July – 6 August 2021

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

image sourceYasuyoshi Chiba / Getty Images

image captionOn the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, survivor Teruko Morita (right), 95, and her daughter Noriko, stand in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome. It is thought that about 140,000 of Hiroshima’s population were killed in the blast, with thousands more dying from radiation sickness in the years that followed.

image sourceGuillaume Souvant / AFP

image captionGiant panda Huan Huan holds one of her twin cubs in her mouth at ZooParc de Beauval in central France. The cubs were born in the early hours of Monday, weighing just 149g (0.3lb) and 129g. “They are very lively, pink and plump,” the zoo said.

image sourceScott Olson / Getty Images

image captionRubber ducks are dropped into the Chicago River at the start of the Chicago Ducky Derby. 70,000 ducks take part, to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois, a not-for-profit organisation offering athletic support for people with disabilities.

image sourceJosh Edelson / Getty Images

image captionFirefighters battle the Dixie Fire in Greenville, which is the largest wildfire currently burning in California, and the eighth largest in state history. Dozens of buildings have been burned, with the fire now covering about 322,000 acres.

image sourceAnwar Amro / AFP

image captionMaronite clergymen pray near damaged grain silos in Beirut, on the first anniversary of the explosion that ravaged the port and the city. On 4 August 2020, the Lebanese capital was rocked by an enormous blast as hundreds of tons of improperly stored ammonium nitrate exploded, killing more than 200 people, and wounding thousands.

image sourceUeslei Marcelino / Reuters

image captionJulio Cesar La Cruz of Cuba poses for photos after winning the Men’s Heavyweight Boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

image sourceJouni Porsanger / AFP

image captionMr Lordi, aka Tomi Petteri Putaansuu, of the Finnish hard rock band Lordi, gets the second jab of his Covid-19 vaccination from a nurse in Rovaniemi, Finland.

image sourceDibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

image captionNational Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel are seen on inflated boats as they carry out rescue operations in the flood-hit town of Amta in the Howrah district of West Bengal, India.

image sourceJOHN WESSELS

image captionA horse cart drops off soil to build new graves at a cemetery in the Senegalese capital, Dakar. Cases of Covid-19 in the country soared in July in a third wave of infections. Health officials warn that hospitals in the city are “close to saturation”.

image sourceManjunath Kiran / AFP

image captionA farmer displays a handful of button roses, picked in a field on the outskirts of Bangalore, India.

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