Live news headlines August 2017

News concept with retro toy robot
charles taylor / Alamy Stock Photo

Stay on top of the biggest news headlines from around the world as they unfold with the Alamy live news feed. Thanks to our photojournalists, there’s a constant supply of news imagery being added to our news feed. Every month, we bring you a round-up of the biggest local and national headlines to reach our feed over the last month, so here’s a look back at August…

From extreme weather conditions to a 15m high sandcastle and everything in-between, August has been a busy news month. Here are just some of the headlines that stood out to our news team over the last 31 days.

3rd – 13th August – World Athletics Championships

The month started with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championship in London. For 10 days, London 2017 had the same good feeling as London 2012, just on a smaller scale. The world watched while sprinting legend Usain Bolt Usain Bolt was forced to pull up during the 4x100m relay due to injury, opening the door for Great Britain & Northern Ireland to take the gold.

Queen Elizabeth Park, London, UK. 12th Aug, 2017. IAAF World Championships. Day 9. Men's 4 x 100 Metres Relay Final. Usain Bolt pulls up injured. Credit: Matthew Chattle/Alamy Live News
Matthew Chattle / Alamy Stock Photo

7th August – Heatwave Lucifer sweeps through Southern Europe

Heatwave ‘Lucifer’ swept across Southern Europe in early August, causing droughts and wildfires to spread. Tourists visiting countries including France, Spain, Italy and Greece were greeted with soaring temperatures that reached record highs.

Varnavas, Greece. 14th Aug, 2017. A firefighter yell during a forest fire at Varnavas village Credit: SOPA Images Limited/Alamy Live News
SOPA Images Limited / Alamy Stock Photo

12th August – Protests in Charlottesville

White Supremacists violently clashed with counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia during a “Unite the Right” rally. Violence culminated when a man in a grey sports car (later identified as James A. Fields, 20) drove into the group of counter protesters injuring dozens and killing Heather Heyer.

Charlottesville, United States. 12th Aug, 2017. On Saturday, August 12, 2017, a veritable who's who of white supremacist groups clashed with hundreds of counter-protesters during the "Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va. Dozens were injured in s
PACIFIC PRESS / Alamy Stock Photo

14th August – Tensions grow in North Korea 

Tensions have increased between North Korea and the rest of the world over the month. Here, leader Kim Jong-un (front, centre) claps while posing for a photo with soldiers at the country’s Strategic Force Command, which threatened to fire four intermediate-range ballistic missiles towards Guam.

Pyongyang’s state media reported that Kim has been briefed on the military’s plan to fire ballistic missiles near the U.S. territory of Guam, home to key American air and naval bases.

DPRK. 14th Aug, 2017. Kim Jong-un visits N. Korean missile unit North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (front, center) claps on Aug. 14, 2017, while posing for a photo with soldiers at the country's Strategic Force Command, which threatened last week to fire fou
Newscom / Alamy Stock Photo

17th August – Spain is the target of 2 terror attacks

Two vehicle terror attacks occur in Spain. One on the busy popular tourist street of Las Ramblas in Barcelona, the other in Cambrils, with the combined attacks killing 16 people and injuring over 120.

Barcelona, Spain. 18th Aug, 2017. A mourner places a candle at a makeshift memorial at the beginning of Las Ramblas where a van started a 550 meter long jihadist terror trip. Thirteen people were killed and almost 80 wounded, 15 seriously, when the van to
Matthias Oesterle / Alamy Stock Photo

21st August – Solar eclipse in the USA

The Great American eclipse saw a total eclipse of the sun that was visible across 14 states in the US, from the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans.

Alliance, Nebraska. 21st Aug, 2017. Conner Christensen, from Kansas City, takes in the beginning of the eclipse at Carhenge, near Alliance, Nebraska. Credit: Chuck Bigger/Alamy Live News
Chuck Bigger / Alamy Stock Photo

22nd August – The tallest sandcastle in the world?

Fifteen sculptors build a 15m-high sandcastle in a park in Duisburg, western Germany, which they hope will be the tallest in the world.

Duisburg, Germany. 22 August 2017. At Landschaftspark Nord in Duisburg, fifteen sand sculptors have been in the process of building the tallest sand castle in the world since 8 August and it is beginning to take shape. In order to achieve the Guinness Wor
Bettina Strenske / Alamy Stock Photo

25th August – Hurricane Harvey hits Texas

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Rockport, Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, the strongest since 2004. Although it is no longer classified as a hurricane, it’s still causing massive flooding on the East Coast of Texas, with many homes and businesses completely under water.

Houston, United States. 28th Aug, 2017. Rescue workers bring in a family through rising flood waters in the Cypress Station neighborhood as waters rise during Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas on August 28, 2017. Photo by Jerome Hicks/UPI Photo via
Newscom / Alamy Stock Photo

 27th August – MTV Video Music Awards

At the MTV Video Music Awards, two things really stood out to us. The first was Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer who was killed in the Charlottesville protests, as she announced her anti-hate foundation on stage.

Inglewood, United States. 27th Aug, 2017. Susan Bro appears backstage during the 34th annual MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California on August 27, 2017. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI Photo via Credit: Newscom/Alamy Live News
Newscom / Alamy Stock Photo

The second, with a warning for explicit content, was Nicki Minaj in THAT latex outfit!

Inglewood, United States. 27th Aug, 2017. Nicki Minaj arrives for the 34th annual MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California on August 27, 2017. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI Photo via Credit: Newscom/Alamy Live News
Newscom / Alamy Stock Photo

27th – 28th August – Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival, which celebrates Afro-Caribbean culture by the British West Indian community, attracted 1 million revelers over the August bank holiday, making it Europe’s biggest Street Festival!

London, UK. 27th Aug, 2017. The Notting Hill Carnival kicked Off with a family day parade with children dressed in colorful Samba costumes. The Notting Hill carnival which celebrates Afro-Caribbean culture by the British West Indian community is expected
amer ghazzal / Alamy Stock Photo

More from the author

More articles about...


Latest Imagery

With 100,000 new images added everyday there is always something new to see on Alamy. See our editor's pick of what's new...

See Latest Imagery