Best pictures of the week: August 1, 2014

Best pictures of the week: August 1, 2014
A selection of the best pictures around the world from the last seven days


Fears grow over Ebola outbreak

Fears grow over Ebola outbreak
According to the Doctors Without Borders charity the west African Ebola outbreak is "out of control" and there are fears that "it can only get worse".


Weird news: Hitch-hiking robots, Siberian craters and space vegetables

Weird news: Hitch-hiking robots, Siberian craters and space vegetables
The strangest stories from the last seven days


Daily life in Gaza before the bombs

Daily life in Gaza before the bombs
After two weeks of conflict, we look at what life was like in the Gaza Strip before the missiles and shells began to fall


Animals in the news: July 2014

Animals in the news: July 2014
Animals making headlines this month


Celebrating Eid al-Fitr around the world

Celebrating Eid al-Fitr around the world
Muslims across the globe are marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.


Rituals of Ramadan

Rituals of Ramadan
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time when Muslims around the world observe their faith by fasting from sunrise to sunset, abstain from impure thoughts, read the Qur'an, pray, and think of God.


Japan's sunflowers in full bloom

Japan's sunflowers in full bloom
More than one million sunflowers are reaching for the sky in Japan.