From the Turkish mining disaster to the the full moon in California that is witnessing a big fire, from the world cup protests in Brazil to the workers of central Africa republic gold mines, POW presents the best photos of the week.
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Christ the Redeemer statue is silhouetted against the glow of the moonset in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As opening day for the World Cup approaches, people continue to stage protests, some about the billions of dollars spent on the World Cup at a time of social hardship, but soccer is still a unifying force. The international soccer tournament will be the first in the South American nation since 1950. (Felipe Dana / AP)
Britain’s Prince Harry receives a hongi, a traditional Maori welcome, by Royal New Zealand Air Force sergeant Wai Paenga, as he arrives at the New Zealand War Cemetery on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the WWII’s Monte Cassino battle, in Monte Cassino, Italy. (Alessandra Tarantino – AP)
A miner reacts after being exposed to toxic gas while searching for co-workers who remain trapped underground after an explosion and fire in a coal mine in Manisa, Turkey, killed at least 282 people. (Bulent Kilic / AFP – Getty Images)
A man kisses his son who was rescued after an explosion in a coal mine in Manisa, Turkey. (Bulent Kilic / AFP – Getty Images)
A man sits near graves during the funeral of a miner who died in a fire at a coal mine, at a cemetery in Soma, a district in Turkey’s western province of Manisa. (Yasin Akgul / Reuters)
A person identified by Turkish media as Yusuf Yerkel, advisor to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, kicks a protester already held by special forces police members during Erdogan’s visiting Soma, Turkey. Erdogan was visiting the western Turkish mining town of Soma after Turkey’s worst mining accident . (Depo Photos / AP)
Fire engulfs a structure during a wildfire, in Escondido, Calif. One of the nine fires burning in San Diego County suddenly flared Thursday afternoon and burned close to homes, trigging thousands of new evacuation orders. (Gregory Bull / AP)
Prospectors work at an open-pit at the Ndassima gold mine, near Djoubissi, Central African Republic. (Siegfried Modola / Reuters)
The pack of cyclists pedals during the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Sassano to Montecassino, Italy. Overall leader Michael Matthews claimed his first individual victory on the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia Thursday but the day was marred by a crash which left Giampaolo Caruso seriously injured. (Fabio Ferrari/AP)
A grave marker for an unknown soldier lies not far from the gravesite of Army Pvt. William Christman, who was the first military burial at the cemetery, marking the beginning of commemorations of the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP)
An emergency vehicle makes its way past a rising moon as it travels along a burned-out hillside near San Marcos, California. (Mike Blake / Reuters)
Muslim brides wait for the start of their mass marriage ceremony in Mumbai. (Danish Siddiqui / Reuters)
A member of the Homeless Workers Movement protests against the money spent on the World Cup near Itaquerao stadium which will host the international soccer tournament’s first match in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazilians are angry at the billions spent to host the World Cup, much of it on 12 ornate football stadiums, one-third of which critics say will see little use after the big event. (Andre Penner / AP)