The week in pictures


Peru: A spiny monkey gnaws on a frozen fruit cube at the Legends Park zoo in Huachipa. To bring relief from the intense heat, the zoo came up with a plan to freeze apples, carrots and meat in large blocks. “The strategy is used to ensure the well-being of the animals in the hot weather,” says Sonia Rivera, zoo biologist. (Photo: Cris Bouroncle/AFP)

Iraq: Agricultural land in the region of Hamrin has been contaminated by an oil leak. Iraq has been plagued by conflict, corruption and decaying infrastructure for decades. Oil spills especially contaminate agricultural land in the northern province and the effects of this are extremely detrimental when it rains. (Photo: Abdel Khaleq Al-Samarrai/AFP)

Palestinian Territories: Smoke billows from one of the largest plastic factories on the West Bank, as members of the civil defense and firefighters (not pictured) try to put out the fire. (Photo: Hazem Bader/AFP)

United States: A fire engine is on its way to the Smokehouse Creek fire, near Amarillo. About 25 of 31 fires in the state were under control by Wednesday, although the Smokehouse Creek fire, the largest of these fires, had already burned 300,000 ha. (Photo: Greenville Professional Firefighters Association/AFP)

Mexico: The Popocatepetl volcano shoots ash into the sky. According to authorities, almost 24 flights in and out of the Latin American capital have been canceled due to ash from the volcano. (Photo: José Castañares/AFP)

Morocco: People ski at the Michlifen ski resort with sleds down a hill. This resort is located in the Atlas Mountains near Ifrane, 300 km north-east of the capital Rabat. (Photo: Fadel Senna/AFP)

France: People admire the exceptional sunset on the French Riviera in the city of Nice. (Photo: Valery Hache/AFP)