This week in pictures: Beirut blast; Hiroshima 75th anniversary; and Belarus election rally

A combination of images featuring this week’s news stories
A combination of images featuring this week’s news stories Copyright AP, AFP
Copyright AP, AFP
By Natalia Liubchenkova
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Here is our selection of the most striking photographs that made the news this week


This week's most striking images came from Beirut where a huge explosion in the port area of the Lebanese capital left at least 137 dead and more than 5,000 injured.

Also proving photogenic over the last seven days were events to mark 75 years since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks; a stunt to support Poland's LGBT community at the swearing-in of re-elected president Andrzej Duda; and an opposition rally in Belarus ahead of presidential elections on Sunday.

A Lebanese army helicopter throws water at the scene where an explosion hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, 2020STR/AFP
Hussein Malla/AP Photo
A picture shows the scene of an explosion near the port in Lebanon's capital Beirut on August 4, 2020Hussein Malla/AP Photo
Eugene Hoshiko/AP Photo
Saki Morioki, 5, prays as paper lanterns float along the Motoyasu River in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. August 6, 2020.Eugene Hoshiko/AP Photo
Antonio Calanni/AP Photo
A rainbow shines over the new San Giorgio Bridge in Genoa, Italy, August 3, 2020. A large section of the old Morandi bridge collapsed on August 14, 2018, killing 43 people.Antonio Calanni/AP Photo
Bill Ingalls/AFP
The SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft is lifted onto the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after it landed with NASA astronauts in the Gulf of Mexico. August 2Bill Ingalls/AFP
Francois Walschaerts/AFP
A child runs through a fountain in Brussels on August 6, 2020 during the hot weather period across EuropeFrancois Walschaerts/AFP
Sergei Gapon/AFP
Supporters of the Belarus presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in Minsk, August 6, 2020Sergei Gapon/AFP
Czarek Sokolowski/AP Photo
Left-wing parliamentarians dressed in LGBT colours pose in front of the Polish parliament after Polish President Andrzej Duda was sworn in for his second term August 6, 2020Czarek Sokolowski/AP Photo
Petros Giannakouris/AP Photo
The moon rises behind the columns of the ancient marble Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, about 70 km south of Athens. August 2, 2020Petros Giannakouris/AP Photo
Ilias Kotsireas/AP
A small plane is pictured on a building after a crash in the village of Proti, near Serres town, northern Greece on August 3, 2020Ilias Kotsireas/AP
Matilde Campodonico/AP Photo
A man wearing a Spider-Man costume waits for the bus during the coronavirus pandemic in Montevideo, Uruguay on August 2, 2020Matilde Campodonico/AP Photo
Jorge Saenz/AP Photo
One part of ‘Laguna Cerro’ in Limpio, Paraguay, is polluted by heavy metals. August 5, 2020Jorge Saenz/AP Photo
Ashraf Shazly/AFP
Sudanese children stand on a flooded street after torrential rain leads to landslides and flash floods in the town of Umm Dawan Ban, southeast of the capital KhartoumAshraf Shazly/AFP
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