Hurricane Harvey's havoc, a desert in bloom and North Korea fires a missile: The week in pictures
Top images from around the world for the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1
Houses are seen partially submerged in floodwaters caused by tropical storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday.
Harvey hammers Houston
Larry Koser, Jr., looks for important papers and heirlooms inside his father's house in Houston after it was flooded by heavy rains from tropical storm Harvey on Tuesday.
Deadly flooding in South Asia
Indians wade through a flooded street during heavy rain showers in Mumbai on Tuesday. Since the start of the season, devastating floods across South Asia have killed at least 1,000 people and affected close to 40 million across northern India, southern Nepal and northern Bangladesh.
Malaysian schoolchildren wave national flags during the 60th National Day celebrations in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
A massive pilgrimage
An aerial view shows buses parked after dropping Muslim pilgrims off near Mount Arafat, southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca, on Thursday. Arafat is the site where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed gave his last sermon about 14 centuries ago.
Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday.
The Desert in Bloom
A gorgeous view of flowers in bloom on the Atacama desert in the Huasco region approximately 600 km north of Santiago, Chile. In years of very heavy seasonal rains, a natural phenomenon known as the Desert in Bloom occurs, causing the seeds of roughly 200 desert plants to germinate suddenly two months after the precipitation.
North Korea's latest launch
A missile is launched during a long- and medium-range ballistic rocket launch drill in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on Wednesday.
Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter of the Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) aerobatic team performs at the ARMY 2017 International Military-Technical Forum at the Kubinka airbase outside Moscow on Sunday.
A photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales, covered by drops of water, is seen Wednesday over the Alma bridge in Paris to mark the 20th anniversary of her death. Diana died in a car crash in a nearby tunnel on Aug. 31, 1997. Twenty years later, her tragic death still captivates millions around the world.
Lighting up the sky
Lightning strikes close to windmills in the El Perdon windpark during a storm in Pamplona, Navarra, Spain, on Tuesday.
The art of body painting
A model uses a portable fan to keep cool backstage during the 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival in Daegu, South Korea.
A record-breaking sandcastle?
A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records looks at his notes next to the Sandburg sandcastle in Duisburg, Germany, on Friday.
A local travel agency commissioned the building of the sandcastle, seeking to set a new Guinness World Record. The Sandburg took three weeks to build and is made from 3,500 tons of sand.
With files from The Associated Press