The week started off with a bang, literally, as the fireworks-filled Olympic closing ceremony was a spectacular musical performance celebrating all things Britain. These past seven days were also filled with birthday celebrations, political campaigns, and protests in support of women around the world. To see what you may have missed, check out our week in pictures!
Barack Obama kissed his wife, Michelle, on the cheek at a campaign rally in Dubuque, IA.
Well-known '90s pop group the Spice Girls reunited to perform during the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.
A girl stood on a 3D picture of buildings for the DVD release of Man on a Ledge in a shop in Amsterdam.
Team GB Olympian Tom Daley signed copies of his book, Tom Daley: My Story, in London.
Protesters held signs during a demonstration in support of the jailed feminist punk band Pussy Riot in London.
A woman showed her support for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during a campaign event in Miami.
Women showed their support of former South Korean "comfort women," who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese troops during World War II. Taking place in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, this was the 1,035th weekly protest demanding that Japan take responsibility for wartime sex slavery.
Women sold trinkets at the India Gate monument in New Delhi during the celebration for India's 65th year of independence from British rule.
Pakistani Muslims prayed ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival to close out the fasting month of Ramadan.
A woman walked past portraits of victims who were killed at the former Berlin Wall on the 61st anniversary of the wall's construction.