August was dominated by news of the fall of Tripoli, rioting in Britain, the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and the famine in the Horn of Africa. This selection of our top photos of the month includes these news stories alongside the IAAF championships in Daegu, Dominique Strauss-Kahn's release and Thailand's election of their first female prime minister. Warning: Graphic content 75 PHOTOS

That first image of eight-year old Sumayya instantly surpassed all cultural filters grasped my heart. When religion and politics are stripped away, the soul of humanity is revealed; and perhaps, just perhaps, the divine realization rises to our consciousness that we are all human.

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Indeed a rough August

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