Updated: Sun, 18 Aug 2013 07:00:00 GMT
News of the week in pictures - August 16

Crisis in Egypt



More than 600 people were killed in Egypt this week as security forces moved in to disperse crowds of protesters calling for the reinstatement of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Armoured vehicles and bulldozers tore down the sit-in camps that appeared after the military removed the Islamist president from power on July 3. Pro-Morsi protesters attacked government buildings and police stations across the country. The government tried to restore order by imposing a 30-day state of emergency and a nighttime curfew. Egypt's interim vice president Mohamed ElBaradei resigned to protest the government crackdown. (© Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters)
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  • More than 600 people were killed in Egypt this week as security forces moved in to disperse crowds of protesters calling for the reinstatement of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Armoured vehicles and bulldozers tore down the sit-in camps that appeared after the military removed the Islamist president from power on July 3. Pro-Morsi protesters attacked government buildings and police stations across the country. The government tried to restore order by imposing a 30-day state of emergency and a nighttime curfew. Egypt's interim vice president Mohamed ElBaradei resigned to protest the government crackdown. (© Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters)
  • Families celebrate the release of Palestinian prisoners from an Israeli jail in the Mikatah compound on Aug. 14 in Ramallah, West Bank. Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners, many of whom had been held for more than 20 years for deadly attacks against Israelis, as a precursor to a new round of peace negotiations. (© Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
  • A car bomb rocked the southern suburbs of Lebanon's capital of Beirut on Aug. 15, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 200 others. The powerful blast engulfed several cars in flames and also trapped people in a nearby building in an area used by Islamic militant group and political party Hezbollah. (© Mahmoud Kheir/Reuters)
  • An explosion and fire sank an Indian Navy submarine with 18 crew members aboard on Aug. 13 in a Mumbai dockyard. Divers entered the sunken sub, but were unable to locate the crew. The cause of the disaster was not immediately clear. (© Vikalp Shah/Reuters)
  • CHINA OUT - At least one person died and five others were missing after Typhoon Utor churned through south China on Aug. 14. The high winds and torrential rain forced the closure of schools, shops, and Hong Kong's financial centre. Almost 160,000 people were moved to safer parts of the country. (© Reuters/Stringer)
  • A search party found Russian hiker Yevgeny Luchina, center, who was lost while climbing Mount Merapi in Kinahrejo, Indonesia, on Aug. 15. The hiker was missing for six days while climbing the country's most volatile volcano. (© Gembong Nusantara/AP Photo)
  • Aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres Doctors Without Borders announced this week that it was pulling out of Somalia, citing unacceptable safety concerns. Sixteen MSF workers have been killed in the country since 1997. The agency has worked in Somalia since 1991, where last year alone, it delivered 7,300 babies and carried out 60,000 vaccinations. (© Corbis)
  • Former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita regained control of Mali after winning a runoff election on Aug. 12 when his rival conceded. The peaceful election follows a 2012 coup, ongoing militia violence and military intervention from France. (© Joe Penney/Reuters)
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More than 600 people were killed in Egypt this week as security forces moved in to disperse crowds of protesters calling for the reinstatement of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Armoured vehicles and bulldozers tore down the sit-in camps that appeared after the military removed the Islamist president from power on July 3. Pro-Morsi protesters attacked government buildings and police stations across the country. The government tried to restore order by imposing a 30-day state of emergency and a nighttime curfew. Egypt's interim vice president Mohamed ElBaradei resigned to protest the government crackdown. 

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