Hiroshima landslide, Gaza truce talks collapse, Missouri protests, Michael Phelps in Austrailia, Giant rubber duck in California| August 20
The day in photos around the world.
Growing cities, overuse of fertilizers and factory wastewater have degraded China’s water supplies to the extent that half the nation’s rivers and lakes are severely polluted. China aims to spend $850 billion to improve filthy water supplies over the next decade, but even such huge outlays may do little to reverse damage caused by decades of pollution and overuse in Beijing’s push for rapid economic growth.
World Cup fever heats up, Taxi drivers stop traffic across Europe, protest in Chile and Yemen and more in today’s daily brief.