6 Standout Images for Your Weekly Political Review

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David McNew/Getty Images

A picture isn’t worth seven daily newspapers, but it can certainly bring you up to date on events rather succinctly. For a quick recap of major news from last week, here is your weekly visual on events around the globe.

1. Wild Fires Across the U.S. and Disaster Declaration

Last week, wildfires continued to wage across the Northwest, continuing in the California and Yosemite areas over the weekend while flooding and mudslide damage took its toll in Washington. President Barack Obama signed a declaration of major disaster for Nebraska on Thursday in order to have federal aid sent to the region, which has seen major flooding, tornadoes, and other storms through mid-June and requires continued recovery.

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John Moore/Getty Images

2. Call to Central America to Stem Tides

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with the Presidents of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to seek out better ways to cooperate on the dissuasion and control of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing U.S. borders in large numbers. In his remarks on the meeting, he described American’s sympathies for the children, but emphasized the need for law and the necessity of sending those coming in home, as well as the danger the migration poses to children and families. Protests across the U.S. have continued as children are bused to facilities to be processed, and so far Congress has been hesitant to pass a bill giving aid without provisions in place for reform.

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Zoom Dosso/AFP/Getty Images

3. International Update: Ebola

Last week saw Sierra Leone’s government announce Dr. Sheik Umar Khan had fallen ill with Ebola while working to treat the disease. As of last week, the disease had crossed borders into Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, according to the WHO, with 660 deaths total as of July 20. Since falling ill last week, Dr. Khan has died, and other health workers have fallen ill in the more pervasive outbreak of Ebola to date. 

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Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

4. International Update: Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

Last week saw continued violence in Gaza, with explosions — blamed by both sides on the other — in a playground resulting in the death of a number of children. In total, Palestinian deaths numbered above 1,000 with many of those civilian casualties. Sunday saw a ceasefire called by the United Nations.

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Bart Maat/AFP/Getty Images

5. International Update: Malaysia Flight

Conflict between Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists has worsened in the area of the downed aircraft of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, where 298 individuals died. Requests for an objective investigation seem unlikely to be fulfilled at this juncture. Mourners gather at an airport near Amsterdam.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images

6. Workplace Equality Executive Order

Last week, President Obama signed an executive order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and expanded the protection to federal employees to include not only sexual orientation discrimination, but also discrimination based on gender identity. “We’re here to do what we can to make it right,” he said, “to bend the arc of justice just a little bit in a better direction.”

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