Thousands of Iraqis flee from the town of Sinjar, near the city of Mosul, to Erbil and Dohuk after armed groups affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized the town early on August 4, 2014. The violence in Iraq has escalated since early June after a coalition of armed insurgent groups led by ISIL -- or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant which had later changed its name to 'Islamic State' -- took control of large swathes of the country's predominantly Sunni provinces.
Mogli lifts a paw to touch the palm of his owner Eva Kullmann as facility residents, who both suffer from dementia, look on during the cat's weekly visit at the Lutherstift senior care facility on August 6, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Mrs. Kullmann says the weekly visits are vital therapy and spark the curiosity, communication and delight of the facility residents. Friday, August 8, is World Cat Day.
A young Cambodian woman looks at the main stupa in Choeung Ek Killing Fields, which is filled with thousands of skulls of those killed during the Pol Pot regime on August 6, 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. One day before Cambodia's UN-backed court delivers verdicts for two former Khmer Rouge leaders - Nuon Chea, also known as 'Brother Number Two', and Khieu Samphan, the former head of State - some Cambodians remember this tragic period in the country's history by visiting places related to the genocide in the capital Phnom Penh. In April 1975, the Communist Party of Kampuchea, also known as the Khmer Rouge, seized power in Cambodia, forcibly relocating the population to work in labor camps around the country and imprisoning an increasing number of people. Up until the regime's overthrow in January 1979, the policies that were put in place resulted in the creation of a state defined by repression and violence. Close to two million people lost their lives, due to forced labor, starvation, torture and executions.
A woman displays body-paintings of her eye and her mouth on the back of her hands after Japanese body-painting artist Hikaru Cho (unseen in this picture) painted at an art event called 'Future en-nichi' in Tokyo on August 6, 2014. En-nichi is a popular Japanese summer festival and 12 contemporary artists exhibit through to August 10. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO
A Chinese boy looks at a dinosaur model as he prepares to pose for a photo mall in Beijing on August 6, 2014. China is to scrap the distinction between its urban and rural household registration systems, it said, promising migrant workers greater social benefits as it pushes an urbanisation drive that has seen hundreds of millions of people move to cities. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO
A picture taken on August 5, 2014 in Saint-Paul-les-Dax, southwestern France, shows a person holding an Asian predatory wasp, also known as Asian Hornet, with its sting out. AFP PHOTO JEAN-PIERRE MULLER
A climber walks over a 'Slackline' at the cliffs of Stoja on August 5, 2014 near Pula, Croatia. The area is known for 'Deep Water Soloing' (DWS), free climbing over water, is a relatively new discipline and is popular with climbers wanting to go rock climbing during the high summer temperatures. Climbing over deep water means most of the climbing routes are safe for beginners but still offer a challenge for the more advanced climber. There are many opportunities for DWS along the mile-long cliffs of Croatia.