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Week in pictures: 2-8 August

Surfer at Fistral Beach in Newquay, southern England

A surfer made the most of the waves in Newquay, southern England, on the first day of the Rip Curl Boardmasters surfing competition.

Tornado-hit deputy mayor's house in Hautmont, France

The people of Hautmont were stunned when a tornado smashed through their village in northern France on Sunday night.

Pakistani volunteers rescue villagers in a flooded area on the outskirts of Peshawar

Pakistani volunteers rescued villagers on the outskirts of Peshawar, which was hit by severe flooding.

The family of Alexander Solzhenitsyn surround his casket on display in Moscow

The once-exiled Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who died on Sunday, was renowned for his exposure of Stalin's prison system. His open coffin went on display in central Moscow's Academy of Sciences.

Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the Co-ordination Commission of the International Olympic Committee, holds the Olympic torch

The Olympic torch made its way across Beijing on a final relay ahead of the Games.

A Nepalese protester is detained in Kathmandu.

A Tibetan exile is detained by Nepalese police during continuing protests in Kathmandu against China's treatment of Tibet.

Lightning over Hawkhurst  - Photo by Francesca Boorman

It was a very stormy night on Wednesday, when a line of thunderstorms battered south-east England for several hours.

Police and protesters clash in Srinagar, India

Indian police defended themselves from stones thrown by Kashmiri Muslim protesters during continuing demonstrations in Srinagar.

A hot air balloon is inflated in Bristol, England

A burner was used to inflate a hot air balloon taking part in the annual Bristol balloon fiesta in south-west England.

The first batch of an estimated 20,000 fireworks light up Beijing's night sky

The first batch of an estimated 20,000 fireworks lit up Beijing's night sky with excitement at fever pitch inside the stadium during the Olympic opening ceremony.

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