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The 17 Most Awe-Inspiring Photos From This Week

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From an orangutan licking a mirror to thousands of swimmers taking the plunge, these are the best photos the world has to offer this week. Take a peek below:

  • Orthodox Christian nuns take part in an annual procession along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City, during which an ico
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    Orthodox Christian nuns take part in an annual procession along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City, during which an icon of the Virgin Mary is carried from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to a church at the foot of the Mount of Olives, the location believed by Christians to be that of the tomb of the Virgin Mary. (Aug. 25, 2016)
  • People participate in the annual public Lake Zurich crossing swimming event in Zurich, Switzerland. (Aug. 24, 2016)
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    People participate in the annual public Lake Zurich crossing swimming event in Zurich, Switzerland. (Aug. 24, 2016)
  • Rescuers work in the night at a collapsed house following an earthquake in Pescara del Tronto in central Italy. (Aug. 24, 201
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    Rescuers work in the night at a collapsed house following an earthquake in Pescara del Tronto in central Italy. (Aug. 24, 2016)
  • A visitor of the "Suedbad" public open-air swimming pool slides down into the refreshing water in Hameln in northern Germany.
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    A visitor of the "Suedbad" public open-air swimming pool slides down into the refreshing water in Hameln in northern Germany. (Aug. 24, 2016)
  • Eighteen-month-old visitor Jose Tavarez of Dover, Delaware, watches a California sea lion at the Smithsonian National Zoologi
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    Eighteen-month-old visitor Jose Tavarez of Dover, Delaware, watches a California sea lion at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. (Aug.22, 2016)
  • Red and white balloons are released during the opening ceremony of newly built Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge, the third bridge ov
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    Red and white balloons are released during the opening ceremony of newly built Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge, the third bridge over the Bosphorus linking the city's European and Asian sides in Istanbul, Turkey. (Aug. 26, 2016)
  • Congolese soldiers arrest a civilian protesting against the government's failure to stop the killings and inter-ethnic tensio
    Kenny Katombe/Reuters
    Congolese soldiers arrest a civilian protesting against the government's failure to stop the killings and inter-ethnic tensions in the town of Butembo in North Kivu province in Democratic Republic of Congo. (Aug. 24, 2016)
  • An elephant walks during sunset in Amboseli National park in Kenya. (Aug. 25, 2016)
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    An elephant walks during sunset in Amboseli National park in Kenya. (Aug. 25, 2016)
  • Ezequiel Carrera of the Toronto Blue Jays dives but cannot get to a single hit by Jett Bandy of the Los Angeles Angels of Ana
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    Ezequiel Carrera of the Toronto Blue Jays dives but cannot get to a single hit by Jett Bandy of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the seventh inning during MLB game action at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Aug. 24, 2016)
  • Famous red-haired orangutan Er Mao of Yunnan Wild Animals Park wearing a skirt licks the mirror at a shopping mall in Kunming
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    Famous red-haired orangutan Er Mao of Yunnan Wild Animals Park wearing a skirt licks the mirror at a shopping mall in Kunming in Yunnan Province of China. The animal tried new clothes and finally bought three skirts with the help of its keeper at the children's wear store in a shopping mall. (Aug. 24, 2016)
  • Aviator Frantisek Hadrava pilots Vampira, an ultralight plane based on the U.S. design of light planes called Mini-Max, near
    David W Cerny/Reuters
    Aviator Frantisek Hadrava pilots Vampira, an ultralight plane based on the U.S. design of light planes called Mini-Max, near the village of Zdikov in Czech Republic. (Aug. 23, 2016)
  • The shadow of Tinkoff's Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador is projected on the ground before the start of the fourth stage of t
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    The shadow of Tinkoff's Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador is projected on the ground before the start of the fourth stage of the 71st edition of La Vuelta Tour of Spain, a 163.5-kilometer route between Betanzos to San Andres de Teixido. (Aug. 23, 2016)
  • Jennifer Hawkins and models showcase designs by Maticevski during the Myer Spring 16 Fashion Launch at Hordern Pavilion in Sy
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    Jennifer Hawkins and models showcase designs by Maticevski during the Myer Spring 16 Fashion Launch at Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia. (Aug.23, 2016)
  • Artists from the Deviation Collective group take part in the performance called "Cegos," or "Blind," in front of the Planalto
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    Artists from the Deviation Collective group take part in the performance called "Cegos," or "Blind," in front of the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. (Aug. 25, 2016)
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