Week in pictures: 15 – 21 August 2020

Students open their GCSE exam results
image captionStudents at Bristnall Hall Academy, near Birmingham, celebrate after receiving their GCSE results. Passes for pupils in England rose dramatically this year following the last-minute decision to uphold grades awarded by their teachers after exams were cancelled.
Steve Bannon stands outside court surrounded by photographers
image captionFormer White House chief strategist Steve Bannon leaves the Manhattan Federal Court, following his arraignment hearing on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The charges relate to a fundraising campaign to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, which raised $25m (£19m).
A man sprays disinfectant around a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh
image captionA devotee sanitises the area around an idol of Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Kolkata, India.
Joe Biden stands on stage with his wife Jill Biden and Kamala Harris with a giant US flag behind them
image captionDemocratic presidential candidate Joe Biden stands on stage with his wife, Jill, and the party’s candidate for vice-president, Kamala Harris, during the final night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
A supporter sits on the ground whilst wearing a mask of Donald Trump
image captionA supporter wears a mask of US President Donald Trump in Mankato, Minnesota, as the president delivers a campaign speech. President Trump is expected to accept the nomination as the party’s presidential candidate at the forthcoming Republican National Convention.
A person sprays disinfectant on to a bowling ball
image captionA staff member sanitises bowling balls at Hollywood Bowl in Grays, Essex. Bowling alleys, casinos and soft-play centres in England have reopened as coronavirus restrictions are eased.
Families of victims of the Manchester Arena bombing hold photos outside the Old Bailey
image captionFamilies of victims of the Manchester Arena bombing leave the Old Bailey in London after terrorist Hashem Abedi was handed a record-breaking 55-year minimum term. Abedi helped his older brother, Salman, to plan the bomb attack that killed 22 men, women and children and injured hundreds more on 22 May 2017.
Kayapo indigenous people protest on a road
image captionKayapo indigenous people block Brazil’s BR 163 national highway as they protest against government measures in the indigenous lands to avoid the spread of coronavirus, in Novo Progresso.
Tourists stand in front of a thermometer in Death Valley National Park
image captionTourists gather for a photo in front of an unofficial thermometer at Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley National Park, California. A temperature of 130F (54.4C) was recorded in the park on 16 August, said to be the highest ever reliably recorded on Earth.
A woman stands in front of a giant statue of a tattooed man
image captionMembers of staff at the Science Museum, in central London, stand with the artwork Self-Conscious Gene, by Marc Quinn, during a preview day ahead of the museum’s full reopening.

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