Hurricane Ida fire chief walks away

The Month in World Photos

The Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan, earthquake devastation in Haiti, and extreme weather around the world.

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Afghan refugee children

Children wait to board a bus at a processing center for refugees evacuated from Afghanistan at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia, on Aug. 24.

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Fire in Greece

A resident holds an empty water hose during an attempt to extinguish forest fires approaching the village of Pefki on the Greek island of Evia on Aug. 8.

Hurricane Ida fire chief walks away

As Category 4 Hurricane Ida hits, Toby Henry—the fire chief of Montegut, Louisiana—walks back to his firetruck while his colleagues cut through trees that had fallen on the road in Bourg on Aug. 29.

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Soldier guards earthquake debris in Haiti

A soldier stands over debris during rescue efforts in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 17. following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake three days prior and damage from Tropical Storm Grace the day before.

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Train stuck in muck in Austria

A train is buried in rocks and debris after flooding in Wald im Pinzgau near Salzburg, Austria, on Aug. 17.

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Charred trees in Turkey

Charred, decimated trees appear opposite an untouched forest following a fire in Mugla, Turkey, on Aug. 7.

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Protesters in India

Members of the fishing community and activists take part in a demonstration against the Indian marine fisheries bill in Chennai, India, on Aug. 9.

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Disinfecting at school in China

Staff members spray disinfectant at a school ahead of the new semester in Bozhou, China, on Aug. 23.

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Hurricane Ida in Cuba

A man braces against wind and rain in Batabanò, Cuba, on Aug. 27 as Hurricane Ida passes through.

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Fishing boat in Taiwan

Fishermen use fire to attract fish on a traditional sulfuric fire fishing boat in New Taipei City, Taiwan, on Aug. 20.

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Rail tracks in Germany

Empty rails are pictured at a transshipment point for freight trains in Hagen, Germany, on Aug. 12 as Deutsche Bahn goes on strike over wages.

Protester in Bangkok

An anti-government protester looks out of a plastic bag worn on his head in Bangkok on Aug. 29.

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Camels walk by in Syria

A herd of camels walks past remains of vehicles in the sand in Raqqa, Syria, on Aug. 12.

Afghan refugees in Kabul

Farzia, 28, whose husband was killed a week prior while fighting against the Taliban in Baghlan, Afghanistan, sits with her children in a tent at a makeshift camp for displaced people in Kabul on Aug. 12.

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Giant panda and twin newborn cubs

The giant panda Huan Huan embraces her twin newborn cubs at Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, France, on Aug. 1.

Silhouette of boy in Gaza City

A Palestinian child is silhouetted behind a flag in Gaza City on Aug. 1.

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Polling station in Zambia

People line up outside a polling station in Lusaka, Zambia, on Aug. 12 as the country elects its next president.

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Milky Way in Kuwait

Friends look at the Milky Way galaxy in the night sky in Kuwait’s al-Salmi desert on Aug. 9.

Couple in rain in Russia

A couple stand under a rain shower in downtown Moscow on Aug. 10.

COVID patient in Japan

A COVID-19 patient lies on a bed at Hokkaido University Hospital in Sapporo, Japan, on Aug. 3.

Marine holds baby in Kabul

A U.S. Marine comforts an infant while they wait for the mother during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 21.

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Algerian fire damage

Algerians inspect the damage to their home caused by forest fires in the Ait Daoud area of northern Algeria on Aug. 13.

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Proud Boys fight in Portland

A member of the far-right group Proud Boys and a left-wing counterprotester fight in a truck in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 22.

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Firefighter rests in Turkey

A volunteer firefighter rests as flames rise from a forest burning near Akcayaka, Turkey, on Aug. 6.

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Family prepares for Hurricane Ida

Ann Colette Boudreaux comforts her grandson Abel in New Orleans ahead of Hurricane Ida’s landfall on Aug. 29.

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Taliban fighters

Taliban fighters stand guard in a vehicle along a roadside in Kabul on Aug. 16 after taking the capital.

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Three-finger salute in Bangkok

An anti-government protester gives a three-finger salute in Bangkok on Aug. 17.

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Lava at Iceland volcano

The Fagradalsfjall volcano spews molten lava near Grindavik, Iceland, on Aug. 19.

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Diver with sea urchin

A diver swims underwater past a long-spined sea urchin—typically native to Indo-Pacific waters and currently invading the eastern Mediterranean Sea—off the shore of Qalamoun, Lebanon, on Aug. 11.

Firefighters in California

Arroyo Grande Hotshots firefighters are seen behind the flames of a backfire they set to battle the French Fire near Wofford Heights, California, on Aug. 24.

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Indigenous men protest in Brazil

Indigenous men protest outside the Supreme Court building in Brasilia, Brazil, on Aug. 24 ahead of a judgment that could define the future demarcation of Indigenous lands.

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Woman reacts to fire in Greece

A woman reacts during a fire in the village of Asmini on the Greek island of Evia on Aug. 10.

Injured boy after Haiti earthquake

A boy is tended to outside a hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 15 following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

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Kabul airport plane evacuates

Afghans climb atop a plane as they attempt to flee Taliban rule at the airport in Kabul on Aug. 16.

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Taliban fighters in aircraft in Kabul

Taliban fighters stand inside an Afghan Air Force aircraft at the airport in Kabul on Aug. 31 after the United States pulled out its final troops.

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Man detained at protest in Australia

A man is detained by members of Victoria Police as anti-lockdown protesters take to the streets of Melbourne, Australia, on Aug. 11.

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Men rescue boy in floodwaters in China

Rescuers evacuate a child from a flooded area following heavy rains in Suizhou, China, on Aug. 12.

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Woman watches fire in Morocco

A woman looks at wildfires tearing through a forest in Chefchaouen, Morocco, on Aug. 15.

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Woman evacuates California fire with dog

April Phillips of Chester, California, wipes her face while watching a family dog at an evacuation center in Susanville, California, on Aug. 6. The growing Dixie Fire forced Phillips and her family to evacuate; they have been living in their cars.

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Police officer with his hand on his head

Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone—who was injured defending the U.S. Capitol from insurgents on Jan. 6—listens as U.S. President Joe Biden honors law enforcement at the White House on Aug. 5.

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Girl watches dad get vaccine in Kenya

A girl reacts as her father receives an Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Nairobi, Kenya, on Aug. 8.

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Cat in glasses and hat at Thailand protest

A cat lies across the shoulders of a protester during a demonstration calling for the resignation of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over the government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis in Bangkok on Aug. 18.

Women get relief from heat with fan

A group of women cool off in front of a fan during a heatwave in Rome on Aug. 12. An anticyclone dubbed “Lucifer” swept across Italy, sending temperatures soaring to a record 119.8 degrees in Sicily the day before.

Wild stag rests in Italian lawn

A wild stag rests on the lawn of a rental home as guests look on in surprise in Villetta Barrea, Italy, on Aug. 25.

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Nicola Sturgeon watches girl play with her shoes

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visits a children’s nursery in Fallin, Scotland, on Aug. 4 as 4-year-old Emma Hall plays with the woman’s shoes.

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