Pictures of the Week: Aug. 15 – Aug. 22

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Aug. 20, 2014. In this photo taken with a long exposure, protesters march in the street as lightning flashes in the distance in Ferguson, Mo. On Aug. 9, a white police officer fatally shot unarmed Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

From ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and the killing of Hamas leaders in Gaza to Pope Francis’ visit to South Korea and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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2014.  Gaza.  Palestine.  Schoolchildren head to class at the Sobhi Abu Karsh School in the Shujai'iya neighborhood. Operation Protective Edge lasted from 8 July 2014 – 26 August 2014, killing 2,189 Palestinians of which 1,486 are believed to be civilians. 66 Israeli soldiers and 6 civilians were killed.  It's estimated that 4,564 rockets were fired at Israel by Palestinian militants.

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