A man scoops leaked oil from the vessel MV Wakashio near Blue Bay Marine Park off the coast of southeast Mauritius on Aug. 8. The ship hit a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island and ran aground two weeks prior, spilling about 1,000 tons of oil. JEAN AURELIO PRUDENCE/L’Express Maurice/AFP via Getty Images

The Month in World Photos

August brought a massive oil spill in the Indian Ocean and a disputed election in Belarus—plus fierce storms, wildfires, coronavirus chaos, a military coup in Mali, and a devastating explosion in Beirut.

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A man scoops leaked oil from the vessel MV Wakashio near Blue Bay Marine Park off the coast of southeast Mauritius on Aug. 8. The ship hit a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island and ran aground two weeks prior, spilling about 1,000 tons of oil. JEAN AURELIO PRUDENCE/L’Express Maurice/AFP via Getty Images

A man scoops leaked oil from the vessel MV Wakashio near Blue Bay Marine Park off the coast of Mauritius on Aug. 8. The ship hit a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island and ran aground two weeks prior, spilling about 1,000 tons of oil.

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Demonstrators form a heart as they take part in protests against the results of the Belarusian presidential election in Prague, Czech Republic, on Aug. 16. Tens of thousands of opposition supporters in Eastern Europe have marched for weeks, calling for an end to strongman Alexander Lukashenko’s rule amid a heavy security presence and despite dozens of arrests.  MICHAL CIZEK/AFP via Getty Images

Demonstrators form a heart as they take part in protests against the results of the Belarusian presidential election in Prague on Aug. 16. Tens of thousands of opposition supporters in Eastern Europe have marched for weeks, calling for an end to strongman Aleksandr Lukashenko’s rule.

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A Lebanese couple inspect the damage to their house in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut on Aug. 5. The blast, which was caused by a fire igniting 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate left unsecured in a warehouse, killed more than 150 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless. JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images

A Lebanese couple inspect the damage to their house on Aug. 5, in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut. The blast, which was caused by a fire igniting 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate left unsecured in a warehouse, killed more than 150 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

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A Syrian girl looks out from a house in the countryside of Qamishli, in Syria’s Kurdish-controlled northeastern Hasakeh province, on Aug. 17. DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP via Getty Images

A Syrian girl looks out from a house in the countryside of Qamishli in Syria’s Kurdish-controlled northeastern Hasakah province on Aug. 17.

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A protester embraces a member of the Belarusian Interior Ministry troops who was standing guard during a demonstration against police violence and rejecting the presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 14. Vasily Fedosenko/REUTERS

A protester embraces a member of the Belarusian Interior Ministry force who was standing guard during a demonstration rejecting the presidential election results and protesting against police violence in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 14.

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Wounded men are evacuated following an explosion at the Beirut port on Aug. 4. AFP via Getty Images

Wounded men are evacuated following an explosion at the Beirut port on Aug. 4.

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A Lebanese army soldier walks amid debris from the massive blast at the Beirut port on Aug. 7. JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images

A Lebanese soldier walks amid debris from the massive blast at the Beirut port on Aug. 7.

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Steve Krofchik of Las Vegas keeps cool with a bottle of ice on his head as the thermometer reads 130 degrees Fahrenheit at the Furnace Creek Visitors Center in Death Valley, California, on Aug. 17. David Becker/REUTERS

A man keeps cool with a bottle of ice on his head as the thermometer reads 130 degrees Fahrenheit at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley, California, on Aug. 17.

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Rescue workers carry a 4-year-old boy who was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed five-story apartment building in Mahad, India, on Aug. 25. MANOEJ PAATEEL/AFP via Getty Images

Rescue workers carry a 4-year-old boy who was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed five-story apartment building in Mahad, India, on Aug. 25.

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Young elephant bulls tussle playfully on World Elephant Day at the Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya on Aug. 12. TONY KARUMBA/AFP via Getty Images

Young elephant bulls tussle on World Elephant Day at Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya on Aug. 12.

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A firefighter attempts to put out a wildfire in San Mateo, California, on Aug. 19. Liu Guanguan/China News Service via Getty Images

A firefighter attempts to put out a wildfire in San Mateo, California, on Aug. 19. Dozens of fast-moving fires, many triggered by lightning strikes during an extreme heat wave, spread across the north and center of the state in August, threatening homes and causing the evacuation of thousands of people.

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Children sit under the shade of a partially submerged hut as the water level of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers rises in Allahabad, India, on Aug. 25. SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP via Getty Images

Children sit under the shade of a partially submerged hut as the water level of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers rises in Allahabad, India, on Aug. 25.

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A teacher wearing a biosecurity suit as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 works with a girl at a home in Cali, Colombia, on Aug. 4 as part of a local kindergarten’s “teacher at home” program implemented to help children keep in touch with teachers and reduce the emotional impact of isolation. LUIS ROBAYO/AFP via Getty Images

A teacher wearing a biosecurity suit as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus works with a girl at a home in Cali, Colombia, on Aug. 4 as part of a local kindergarten’s “teacher at home” initiative. The program was implemented to help children keep in touch with teachers and reduce the emotional impact of isolation.

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An inmate watches from behind a gate after a raid at the prison in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Aug. 3. The attack at the prison by gunmen, which left 29 people dead and officials looking for hundreds of escaped prisoners, was claimed by the Islamic State. NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP via Getty Images

An inmate watches from behind a gate after a raid at the prison in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Aug. 3. The attack at the prison by gunmen, which left 29 people dead and officials looking for hundreds of escaped prisoners, was claimed by the Islamic State.

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A man looks at damage inside the Capitol One Bank Tower in Lake Charles, Louisiana, which had its windows blown out by Hurricane Laura on Aug. 27. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images

A man looks at blown-out windows caused by Hurricane Laura inside the Capitol One Bank Tower in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Aug. 27.

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Pelicans hang out on a light pole on Botany Bay in Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 4. SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images

Pelicans hang out on a light pole on Botany Bay in Sydney on Aug. 4.

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Burned-out vehicles sit under a burned tree at a residence in Vacaville, California, during the LNU Lightning Complex fire on Aug. 19. Dozens of fast-moving fires, many triggered by lightning strikes during an extreme heat wave, spread across the north and center of the state in August, threatening homes and causing the evacuation of thousands of people. JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images

Burned-out vehicles sit under a tree at a residence in Vacaville, California, during the LNU Lightning Complex fires on Aug. 19.

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A health worker collects a swab sample from a woman at a free COVID-19 testing site in Hyderabad, India, on Aug. 26. India’s confirmed coronavirus cases crossed the 3 million mark days before. NOAH SEELAM/AFP via Getty Images

A health worker collects a swab sample from a woman at a free COVID-19 testing site in Hyderabad, India, on Aug. 26. India’s confirmed coronavirus cases crossed the 3 million mark days before.

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Police in Portland, Oregon, hold back a man who minutes earlier witnessed a fatal shooting during protests Aug. 29. Far-left protesters and pro-Trump supporters clashed as a parade of cars carrying right-wing supporters made its way from nearby Clackamas to Portland. Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Police hold back a man who minutes earlier witnessed a fatal shooting during protests in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 29. Far-left protesters and far-right counterprotesters clashed as a parade of cars carrying Trump supporters made its way from nearby Clackamas to Portland.

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A Palestinian demonstrator argues with Israeli security forces in the West Bank village of Haris, southwest of Nablus, on Aug. 21 during a rally to protest against Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images

A Palestinian demonstrator argues with Israeli security forces in the West Bank village of Haris, southwest of Nablus, on Aug. 21 during a rally to protest Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

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A mourner reacts during a burial ceremony for victims who died in a flash flood in Charikar, 

Afghanistan, on Aug. 27. Flash floods fueled by torrential rains killed at least 160 people. WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images

A mourner reacts during a burial ceremony for victims who died in a flash flood in Charikar, Afghanistan, on Aug. 27. Flash floods fueled by torrential rains killed at least 160 people.

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Migrants wait onboard the Sea-Watch 4 civil sea rescue ship sailing between Malta and Italy on Aug. 30 after it picked up more than 150 people from the German-flagged MV Louise Michel rescue vessel funded by British street artist Banksy. Sea-Watch 4, which had already rescued 201 migrants before and is in search of a host port, decided to help the Louise Michel “in the face of the lack of reaction” from authorities, said a spokesman for the German NGO Sea-Watch, which charters the boat with Doctors Without Borders. THOMAS LOHNES/AFP via Getty Images

Migrants wait onboard the Sea-Watch 4 civil sea rescue ship sailing in the Mediterranean between Malta and Italy on Aug. 30 after it picked up more than 150 people from the German-flagged MV Louise Michel rescue vessel funded by British street artist Banksy. Sea-Watch 4, which had already rescued 201 migrants and is in search of a host port, decided to help the Louise Michel “in the face of the lack of reaction” from authorities, said a spokesman for the German nongovernmental organization Sea-Watch, which charters the boat with Doctors Without Borders.

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People mourn at the funeral for five teenagers who were found dead in a sugar cane field in Cali, Colombia, on Aug. 14. Juan Bautista Diaz/REUTERS

People mourn at the funeral for five teenagers who were found dead in a sugar cane field in Cali, Colombia, on Aug. 14.

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A woman reacts next to the body of a person who was shot during a police operation after heavy confrontations between drug gangs in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 27. Ricardo Moraes/REUTERS

A woman reacts next to the body of a person who was shot during a police operation after heavy confrontations between drug gangs in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 27.

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A demonstrator throws back a can of tear gas in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 25 during protests two days after Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot multiple times in the back by police. Brandon Bell/Getty Images

A demonstrator throws back a can of tear gas in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 25 during protests two days after Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot multiple times in the back by police.

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A worker disinfects the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, an underground church built into a salt mine, in Zipaquira, Colombia, on Aug. 30. The Salt Cathedral, one of Colombia’s main tourist attractions, is waiting for an authorization from the Health Ministry to reopen in the midst of the pandemic. JUAN BARRETO/AFP via Getty Images

A worker disinfects the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, an underground church built into a salt mine in Zipaquirá, Colombia, on Aug. 30. The Salt Cathedral, one of Colombia’s main tourist attractions, is waiting for an authorization from the Health Ministry to reopen in the midst of the pandemic.

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Officials inspect the wreckage of an Air India Express jet at Calicut International Airport in Karipur, India, on Aug. 8. Fierce rain and winds lashed a plane carrying 190 people before it crash-landed and tore in two, killing 18 people. ARUNCHANDRA BOSE/AFP via Getty Images

Officials inspect the wreckage of an Air India Express jet at Calicut International Airport in Karipur, India, on Aug. 8. Fierce rain and winds lashed the plane carrying 190 people before it crash-landed and tore in two, killing 18 people.

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A farmer works in a field as Mount Sinabung spews thick ash into the air in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on Aug. 18. IVAN DAMANIK/AFP via Getty Images

A farmer works in a field as Mount Sinabung spews thick ash into the air in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on Aug. 18.

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A sign warning people about COVID-19 is surrounded by flames during a fire near Lake Berryessa in Napa, California, on Aug. 18. JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images

A sign warning people about COVID-19 is surrounded by flames during a fire near Lake Berryessa in Napa, California, on Aug. 18.

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Jacob Blake Sr., whose son was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, earlier in the week, speaks at the March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28. Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images

Jacob Blake Sr., whose son was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, earlier in the week, speaks at the March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28.

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A resident holds up a “Child Killer” sign near members of the South African Police Service in Eldorado Park, near Johannesburg, on Aug. 27 during a protest after a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed by police. MICHELE SPATARI/AFP via Getty Images

A resident holds up a “Child Killer” sign near members of the South African Police Service in Eldorado Park, near Johannesburg, on Aug. 27 after a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed by police.

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A woman weeps as members of conservative right-wing groups wave flags and shout slogans during an anti-government rally in the central Gwanghwamun area of Seoul on Aug. 15. ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images

A woman weeps as members of South Korean conservative groups wave flags and shout slogans during an anti-government rally in the central Gwanghwamun area of Seoul on Aug. 15.

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A woman sunbathes at Hampstead Heath ponds in London as the temperature soars Aug. 7. TOLGA AKMEN/Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

A woman sunbathes at Hampstead Heath ponds in London as the temperature soars Aug. 7.

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U.S. President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One as lightning splits the sky during a storm at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Aug. 28. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One as lightning splits the sky during a storm at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Aug. 28.

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Muslim devotees offer Friday prayers outside a mosque whose yard was damaged by river erosion in Munshiganj, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Aug. 7. MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images

Muslim devotees offer Friday prayers outside a mosque whose yard was damaged by river erosion in Munshiganj, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Aug. 7.

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Kindergarteners wear face masks as they play by themselves in screened-in areas at the Wat Khlong Toey School in Bangkok on Aug. 10. In early July, the school reopened its doors after being closed since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images

Kindergarteners wear face masks as they play by themselves in screened-in areas at the Wat Khlong Toey School in Bangkok on Aug. 10. In early July, the school reopened its doors after being closed since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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People wait to board a bus as they are evacuated by government officials in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Aug. 26 before the arrival of Hurricane Laura. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

People wait to board a bus as they are evacuated by government officials in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Aug. 26 before the arrival of Hurricane Laura. Residents were warned that the hurricane, which made landfall as a Category 4, could bring an “unsurvivable” storm surge.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai gestures after being released on bail from the Mong Kok police station in Hong Kong on Aug. 12. The Apple Daily founder was arrested under the new national security law. ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP via Getty Images

Hong Kong pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai gestures after being released on bail from the Mong Kok police station in Hong Kong on Aug. 12. The Apple Daily founder was arrested under the new national security law.

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Students flash the three-fingered Hunger Games salute at an anti-government/pro-democracy rally at Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, on Aug. 18. The country has seen near-daily protests by university students demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha and a discussion of the role of the unassailable monarchy. LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP via Getty Images

Students flash the three-fingered Hunger Games salute at an anti-government/pro-democracy rally at Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, on Aug. 18. The country has seen near-daily protests by university students demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and a discussion of the role of the unassailable monarchy.

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A woman holding a placard reading “Stop Censorship—Yes to the Freedom of Expression” shouts into a megaphone during a protest against the mandatory wearing of face masks on the Place de La Nation in Paris on Aug. 29. Masks were made mandatory outdoors citywide the day before to fight the rising coronavirus infections. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP via Getty Images

A woman holding a placard reading “Stop Censorship—Yes to the Freedom of Expression” shouts into a megaphone during a protest against the mandatory wearing of face masks on the Place de la Nation in Paris on Aug. 29. Masks were made mandatory outdoors citywide the day before to fight rising coronavirus infections.

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Opposition supporters gather around a group of Malian soldiers at Independence Square in Bamako, Mali, on Aug. 21, three days after the military overthrow of the president. ANNIE RISEMBERG/AFP via Getty Images

Opposition supporters gather around a group of Malian soldiers at Independence Square in Bamako, Mali, on Aug. 21, three days after the military overthrow of the president.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (left) and his wife, Jill Biden, wave to vice presidential running mate Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, after their first press conference together in Wilmington, Delaware, on Aug. 12. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, wave to vice presidential running mate Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, after their first press conference together in Wilmington, Delaware, on Aug. 12.

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Santas at the Ministry of Fun’s Summer School in Southwark Cathedral, London, have their temperature taken Aug. 24. The school aims to create COVID-safe Christmas grottos by teaching Father Christmases how to appear safely in person while maintaining the Christmas magic. Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images

Santas at the Ministry of Fun’s Summer School in Southwark Cathedral, London, have their temperature taken Aug. 24. The school aims to create COVID-safe Christmas grottos by teaching Father Christmases how to appear safely in person while maintaining the Christmas magic.

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Russian servicemen roll out a huge flag during the celebration ceremony of National Flag Day at Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow on Aug. 22. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images

Russian service members roll out a huge flag during the celebration ceremony of National Flag Day at Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow on Aug. 22.

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Golfers and their caddies look on as a wildfire nears the 10th hole during the Rose Ladies Series Order of Merit event at Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, England, on Aug. 7. The next day, the final round was canceled because of the wildfires. Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Golfers and their caddies play on as a wildfire nears the 10th hole during the Rose Ladies Series event at Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, England, on Aug. 7. The next day, the final round was canceled because of the encroaching wildfire.

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A couple jump from a diving platform in Lake Geneva near the village of Lutry, Switzerland, at sunset Aug. 9 as a heatwave swept across Europe. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images

During a heat wave across Europe, a couple jump from a diving platform in Lake Geneva near the village of Lutry, Switzerland, at sunset on Aug. 9.

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