The Best Pictures of the Week, August 26 – September 2

Swaziland
Siphiwe Sibeko—Reuters
August 28, 2011. A girl combs her hair before performing a traditional reed dance in Ludzidzini, Swaziland. Thousands of virginal girls from around the country go there with cut reeds to present to the Queen Mother in an annual eight-day ceremony. Swaziland’s King Mswati III has also used the event to choose a new wife—he currently has 13.

This week: The end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, Dadaab Refugee Camp, paint covered riot police, the Notting Hill Carnival, A Union Flag recovered from the World Trade Center site following 9/11 attacks, the Casino Royale fire in Mexico claims the lives of 52 people, Pro-Gadhafi soldiers rest in Tripoli,  Burning Man, Hurricane Irene, Blackpool Tower, and the World Athletic Championships.

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