The Week in Pictures

From game-changing DNC speeches to tragedy in Syria, here's a look at what dominated the headlines this week

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday. Netanyahu is urging the international community to get tougher against Iran, saying that without a "clear red line" Tehran will not halt its nuclear program.

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    People queue outside an unemployment registry office in Madrid, Tuesday. At the end of the second quarter Spain reached the European Union'’s highest unemployment rate at 24.6 percent, a new overall rate won'’t be released until October.

    (AP Photo/Javier Casella, Colombia's Presidential Office)

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    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, center, announces the signing of a preliminary agreement to launch peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, during a nationally televised speech from the presidential palace in Bogota, Tuesday. Santos said the talks would begin in early October in Oslo, Norway, and would continue in Havana, Cuba. Sitting at right are cabinet ministers and at left chiefs of the armed forces.

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    A DC-10 tanker drops fire retardant on a ridge line in the Angeles National Forest, Tuesday, near Glendora, Calif. It could be a week before firefighters can contain this 3,600-acre blaze because of high temperatures and rugged terrain in thick brush that hasn't burned in a couple of decades.

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    A Syrian rebel fighter prepares his AK-47 before going on patrol in Marea, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday.

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    Greenpeace activists dressed as polar bears protest outside Gazprom's headquarters in Moscow Wednesday. Russian and international environmentalists are protesting against Gazprom's plans to pioneer oil drilling in the Arctic.

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    New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday in St. Louis. Dickey earned his 18th win of the season leading the Mets to a 6-2 win.

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    Police keep watch on Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., at the Democratic National Convention.

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    Michelle Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday.

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    Kapuri Mantu, 34, lies with her paralyzed 4-year-old son on the waiting room floor at a trauma center in New Delhi, India. Mantu and her son are among several Indian families who travel hundreds of miles to squat in and around big city hospitals, because they do not have access to emergency care in their hometowns.

    (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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    People pass by a travel agency offering trips to Bogota and Cusco, priced in Argentine pesos, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday. Argentines are increasingly feeling trapped inside their country as currency controls restrict them the foreign cash they need to travel.

    (AP Photo/Paul Chiasson, The Canadian Press)

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    Police cordon off the rear outside an auditorium where a gunman shot and killed at least one person during the Parti Quebecois victory rally early Wednesday in Montreal. Police say a man fired a gun during a midnight victory rally for Quebec's new premier, killing one person and wounding another. The new premier, Pauline Marois of the separatist Parti Quebecois, was whisked off the stage and uninjured.

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    Wednesday, President Barack Obama waves after former President Bill Clinton spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez hugs his daughter Rosines upon his arrival for a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday.

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    Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, foreground, flies in a motorized hang glider alongside a Siberian white crane, on the Yamal Peninsula, in Russia. Putin has become alternately notorious and beloved for an array of adventurous stunts, including posing with a tiger cub and riding a horse bare-chested.

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    A glow of a large fire seen after an explosion at an ammunition store in Afyonkarahisar in Turkey that has killed some 25 soldiers and wounded at least four others, Thursday. The blast happened on Wednesday night at a military storage for hand grenades in Afyon.

    (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Vice President Joe Biden, left, walks out with a stage manager for a microphone check in preparation for his speech at the Democratic National Convention early Thursday in Charlotte, N.C.

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    The pack starts off on the 18th stage of the Spanish Vuelta cycling race in Aguilar de Campo, Spain, Thursday. The 21-stage, three week race ends in Madrid on Sept. 9.

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    A Syrian child, Taybah Al-Hajji, 1, whose family fled their home in Aleppo 15 days ago due to Syrian government shelling, sits next to her 1-month-old brother Abdulghani, sleeping in a child safety seat covered with a mosquito net, as they take refuge with their family at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Thursday.

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    A currency trader looks at the monitors near a screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room of the Korea Exchange Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday.

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    Rihanna performs in the crowd as part of the MTV Video Music Awards, Thursday.

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    Lil Wayne, right, and 2 Chainz perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, in Los Angeles.

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