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The best pictures of the week from the news and our exclusive assignments.

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

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 trail, 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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Antoine de Ras—EPA
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The Best Pictures of the Week, August 6 – August 12

This week: President Obama meets with the families of the 30 Americans that died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Riots in England, Woodstock, Israeli “tent city” protests continue, the world stock market crash, and giant radiation bursts in space.

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Norway
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The Best Pictures of the Week, July 29 – August 5

This week: Norway mourns, Somali refugees, cosplay fans, Ramadan commences, Mt. Etna volcano erupts, suicide attacks in Afghanistan and the Cuban ballet.

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Norway
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The Best Pictures of the Week, July 22 – July 29

This week: A memorial for the victims of the attacks in Norway, refugee camps in Kenya, a rally in Yemen, a hot air balloon is prepared for a flight over London, a wave crashes into a ship, a fair in […]

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Iran
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The Best Pictures of the Week, July 15 – July 22

This week: Iranian wedding, the Caylee Anthony memorial, 30 nations declare Gaddafi’s regime no longer legitimate, Bee Man, sharks, marijuana and illegal ivory go up in smoke, Kenya’s drought, a leopard attacks, and the final shuttle landing.

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Srebrenica
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The Best Pictures of the Week, July 8 – July 15

This week: The final liftoff for the space shuttle, Southern Sudan declares independence,  Pakistan a year after he floods, Somalia, the “worst humanitarian disaster” in the world, the biggest marijuana plantation found in Mexico, a frozen Great Hammerhead Shark, the […]

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USA
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The Best Pictures of the Week, July 1 – July 8

This week: after the tornado in Missouri, a man’s escape from prison in a suitcase foiled, Somalian refugees, Cuba’s national aquarium, the running of the bulls, tangled parachutes, wild horse roundup during the Rapa Das Bestas in Spain, anti-government protestors […]

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Singapore
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The Best Pictures of the Week, June 24 – July 1

This week: “supertrees” in Singapore, the Glastonbury Festival heats up, the Mounties perform a ceremony, protests in Athens, military exercises in Iran, a car bomb explodes in Thailand, Chinese communism celebrates 90 years, and extreme weather across the world.

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Sudan
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The Best Pictures of the Week, June 17 – June 24

This week: a refugee southern Sudan in the run-up to the elections, the World Trade Center steel program; protests on both sides in Libya; Saturn’s icy moon; China’s floods; a Greek Air Force plane under the sea; riots in Senegal; […]

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USA
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The Best Pictures of the Week, June 10 – June 17

This week: A butterfly in the midst of the Arizona wildfire; balloons of peace and protest; the world’s tallest statue of Christ; demonstrations in Greece; a “kissing couple” amongst the rioting hockey fans in Vancouver; a flaming blimp; a capsized […]

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