Top photos of the day: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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From the archives:The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. huddles with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Bernard King during a meeting at Stone Temple Church in Chicago on Aug. 20, 1966. | Sun-Times library

A selection of some of the best photographs from around the world:

A Liberian Army soldier, part of the Ebola Task Force, beats a local resident while enforcing a quarantine on the West Point slum in Monrovia, Liberia. The government ordered the quarantine of West Point, a congested seaside slum of 75,000, on Wednesday, in an effort to stop the spread of the virus in the capital city. Liberian soldiers were also sent in to the seaside favela to extract West Point Commissioner Miata Flowers and her family members after residents blamed the government for setting up a holding center for suspected Ebola patients to be set up in their community. A mob overran and closed the facility on August 16. The military also began enforcing a quarrantine on West Point, a congested slum of 75,000, fearing a spread of the epidemic. The Ebola virus has killed more than 1,200 people in four African nations, more in Liberia than any other country. | John Moore/Getty Images

Members of Ground Self-Defense continue the search for missing people among the debris of houses destroyed by a landslide caused by torrential rain at the site of a landslide in a residential area in Hiroshima, Japan. At least 18 people were confirmed dead and several unaccounted people are missing after torrential rain caused flooding and landslides in the city of Hiroshima early today. | Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

Misaki Emura of Japan (right) and Alina Moseyko of Russia compete in Fencing Mixed Continental Team Gold Medal Bout on day four of the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Nanjing International Expo Centre in Nanjing, China. | Feng Li/Getty Images

Smoke rises from buildings following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City. Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza as furious mourners buried the wife and child of Hamas’s top military commander, baying for revenge as nine days of calm exploded into bloodshed. | Mahmud Hamsmahmud/Getty Images

A worker climber repaints in yellow a blue star at the top of a Stalin-era skyscraper in Moscow. This giant star was painted in yellow and blue, the Ukrainian national colors, by unknown people. Also, earlier today, a Ukrainian flag flew three hours hung at the star, before being removed with the intervention of the authorities. | Kirill Kudryavtsevkirtill/Getty Images

Domenica Michelle Azuero Gonzalez of Ecuador competes in the Women’s Team Event BMX Seeding at the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Sports Park BMX Venue in Nanjing, China. | Feng Li/Getty Images

A performance artist previews a lazer show for the press at 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball press preview held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. | Mark Davis/Getty Images

Attorney General Eric Holder participates in closed door meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley near Ferguson, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. | Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

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