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The best of the week gone by

By THE REDIFF NEWS BUREAU
August 24, 2020 08:21 IST
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From the protests in Belarus, to people in Beirut picking up the pieces after the deadly blast, to the Democratic National Convention held in the United States, here are the top images from the week gone by.

A devotee wearing a protective mask sanitizes a "pandal" next to an idol of Lord Ganesh ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, amidst the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Kolkata. Photograph: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
 

IMAGE: A participant embraces a member of Belarusian Interior Ministry troops, who stands guard during an opposition demonstration to protest against police violence and to reject the presidential election results near the Government House in Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus . Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Artist and musician Raymond Essayan plays a piano he partly sculpted into the shape of a grand piano from the rubble in a destroyed building while shooting a music video for the piece he wrote to be released in dedication to Beirut after the past week's explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. Raymond suffered a concussion and his home was destroyed during the port explosion, although he started to write the musical piece in 2018 he decided to finish it and shoot a music video to release it now after the Beirut port explosion. The explosion at Beirut's port last week killed over 200 people, injured thousands, and upended countless lives. There has been little visible support from government agencies to help residents clear debris and help the displaced, although scores of volunteers from around Lebanon have descended on the city to help clean. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Embers blow off a burned tree after the LNU Lightning Complex Fire burned through the area in Napa, California. The LNU Lightning Complex Fire continues to burn near Lake Berryessa near the town of Napa. The fire is zero percent contained. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Lightning strikes above the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis, Minnesota as racial justice protests continue across the United States. Photograph: Brandon Bell/Reuters

A student burns an A-level result during a protest at Parliament Square, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in London, Britain. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden and US Senator and Democratic candidate for Vice President Kamala Harris celebrate after Joe Biden accepted the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during the fourth and final night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

A pro-democracy student wearing make-up and a tape covering her mouth does a three-fingered salute at a rally to demand the government to resign, to dissolve the parliament and to hold new elections under a revised constitution, at Mahidol University on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

Chrystia Freeland, Canadian deputy prime minister, elbow bumps Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after she is sworn in as finance minister at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Photograph: Patrick Doyle/Reuters

Visitors gather for a photo in front of an unofficial thermometer at Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley National Park, California. The temperature reached 130 degrees at Death Valley National Park on August 16, hitting what may be the hottest temperature recorded on Earth since at least 1913, according to the National Weather Service. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images
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