Pictures of the month: August

Check out our top photos from the month of August!

  • Visitors run away as waves caused by a tidal bore surge past a barrier on the banks of Qiantang River, in Hangzhou � China Stringer Network / Reut

  • A man is doused with milk and sprayed with mist after being hit by an eye irritant from security forces trying to disperse demonstrators protesting against the shooting of Brown in Ferguson � Adrees Latif / Reuters

  • Hamas militants grab Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel in Gaza City � Stringer . / Reuters

  • A girl from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rests at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour � Youssef Boudlal / Reuters

  • Palestinian children hold guns as they celebrate with others what they said was a victory over Israel, following a ceasefire in Gaza City � Suhaib Salem / Reuters

  • Masked individuals carry items out of a liquor store, during on-going demonstrations to protest against the shooting of Michael Brown, in Ferguson � Lucas Jackson / Reuters

  • A person is seen lying on the ground after an explosion in Kaohsiung � Stringer Taiwan / Reuters

  • The supermoon is pictured behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro � Pilar Olivares / Reuters

  • The mother of Palestinian militant Mahmoud Abbas, who medics said was killed by an Israeli air strike, mourns next to his body during his funeral in Gaza City � Suhaib Salem / Reuters

  • Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare to carry an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in Monrovia � Stringer . / Reuters

  • A man gets his shave done by a roadside barber as another reads a newspaper while waiting for his turn, in New Delhi � Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

  • Tracer bullets ricochet off their targets as Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force tanks fire their machine guns during a night session of an annual training exercise in Gotemba � Yuya Shino / Reuters

  • Sarah Silverman poses with her Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special award at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles � Mike Blake / Reuters

  • A man walks down a flooded road in Islip, New York � Lucas Jackson / Reuters

  • Fallen wine bottles are seen at Cult Following Wine Bar after an earthquake in Napa, California � Stephen Lam / Reuters

  • Britain's Josh Collins riding Spook a Little competes in the team reining competition and 1st individual qualifying at the World Equestrian Games at the d'Ornano stadium in Caen � Regis Duvignau / Reuters

  • A Pro-Russian separatist stands near the damaged war memorial at Savur-Mohyla � Maxim Shemetov / Reuters

  • Michael Brown Sr, yells out as his son's casket is lowered into the ground at St. Peter's Cemetery in St. Louis � POOL New / Reuters

  • Displaced people from minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards Syrian border, on outskirts of Sinjar mountain � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters

  • Taiwan's Chang Wei-Lin competes during the men's 10,000m race walk at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing � Aly Song / Reuters

  • Armed pro-Russian separatists (R) escort a column of Ukrainian prisoners of war as they walk across central Donetsk � Maxim Shemetov / Reuters

  • Coffins containing bodies of migrants who died are carried off a navy ship at the Sicilian harbour of Augusta � Antonio Parrinello / Reuters

  • Fernanda Rodrigues of Brazil looks at the ball as she serves to Belgium during their FIVB Women's Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 final round match in Tokyo � Yuya Shino / Reuters

  • A Palestinian fighter from the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, gestures inside an underground tunnel in Gaza � Mohammed Salem / Reuters

  • Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano erupts near Banos � Stringer . / Reuters

  • Karampal Kaur teaches a yoga class in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago � Jim Young / Reuters

  • Ukrainian servicemen are seen at their position during fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian town of Ilovaysk � Stringer . / Reuters

  • Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, wait for aid at an abandoned building that they are using as their main residence, outside the city of Dohuk � Youssef Boudlal / Reuters

  • A protester throws back a smoke bomb while clashing with police in Ferguson, Missouri � Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

  • Palestinians look at an unexploded Israeli shell that landed on the main road outside the town of Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip � Finbarr O'Reilly / Reuters

  • A patient surnamed Hu goes through a medical check before a surgery at a hospital in Xi'an � China Daily China Daily Infor

  • Beyonce performs a medley of songs with a group of thong-clad dancers lying nearby during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood � Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

  • Displaced people from minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to Islamic State in Sinjar town, ride in trunk of car as they make way towards Syrian border, on outskirts of Sinjar mountain � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters

  • Michael Lucarelli runs from the media as he leaves the federal court building after posting bail in the Manhattan � Carlo Allegri / Reuters

  • Picture shows magma along a 1-km-long fissure in a lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier, which covers part of Bardarbunga volcano system � Stringer . / Reuters

  • Security forces charge demonstrators after being hit by water bottles during a protest against the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson � Adrees Latif / Reuters

  • A military helicopter flies above a Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine, parked at a camp near Kamensk-Shakhtinsky � Maxim Shemetov / Reuters

  • Italian actress Capotondi attends the red carpet for the movie "La Rancon de la gloire" (The Price of Fame) at the 71st Venice Film Festival � Tony Gentile / Reuters

  • Men carry a dead child at a site hit by what activists said were two air strikes by forces of Syria's President Assad in Douma in the eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus � Bassam Khabieh / Reuters

  • Displaced people, who fled from the violence in the province of Nineveh, arrive at Sulaimaniya province � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters