The Best Pictures of the Week, August 12 – August 19

Pakistan
Nathalie Bardou—AP
August 15, 2011. Pakistani Nargis Shah, 13, plays on a swing along with other children on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.

This week: Rebel fighters in Libya, temporary confessionals in Madrid, the children of Somalia’s famine, Independence Day celebrations in Pakistan, The Palio of Siena bareback horse race, the Dalai Lama visits southern France, the wall of peace in the aftermath of England’s riots, Mubarak on trial, drought in Texas, rainbows, waterfalls, and astronaut photographer Ron Garan’s tweeted photo shows “What a ‘Shooting Star’ looks like from space.”

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