This Week in Pictures: Nov. 1-7

  • McConnell campaign volunteer Kara Townsend of London, Ky., arranges balloons before a campaign event for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the Best Western Airport Expo on Nov. 1, 2014 in Louisville, Ky.
  • Models present creations by Russian designer Karina Khimchinskaya during the Moscow Fashion Week, in Moscow, Russia, Nov. 1, 2014.
  • People visit the Powazki cemetery in Warsaw during All Saints Day, Nov. 1,2014. Poles mark All Saints Day by visiting the graves of loved ones.
  • A policeman closes a curtain at the crime scene where the bodies of two women were found in a flat at Hong Kong’s Wanchai district, Nov. 2, 2014. A 29-year-old British banker has been arrested in Hong Kong in connection with the grisly murder of two women, a rare occurrence in a city known for its low homicide rate. Hong Kong police said in a statement on Saturday that a 29-year-old foreign man had been detained earlier that day after two women were found dead in an expensive apartment in Wan Chai, a central city district known for its night life. The man has not been charged. Police declined to give the name or the nationality of the man, whom local media and a source with knowledge of the situation have identified as being a Bank of America Merrill Lynch banker.
  • A local man leaves a voting booth at a polling station during elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) in Ilovaysk, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Nov. 2, 2014. The two pro-Russian separatist entities in eastern Ukraine were holding controversial votes on Nov. 2 to elect leaders and parliamentary assemblies. The self-declared “people’s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk are staging the polls despite ongoing fighting in some of the territories they control. The European Union and the United States have called the votes illegitimate, while Russia is the only country that has publicly promised to recognize them.
  • The leaders of the men’s division of the New York City Marathon after crossing the Queensboro Bridge in New York, Nov. 2, 2014. Wilson Kipsang of Kenya surged ahead of Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia as they raced through Central Park to take the win.
  • Runners participating in the TCS New York City Marathon pass by taxi depot on Nov. 2, 2014 in the Park Slope neighborhood of the Brooklyn Borough of New York City.
  • A New South Wales (NSW) fire and rescue member walks in at the scene where a house (not pictured) was destroyed overnight in bushfires in Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia, Nov. 2, 2014. Firefighters continued to monitor the fire smoldering in the Blue Mountains valley on Nov. 2, 2014. About 200 firefighters battled the fire overnight.
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning against Milos Raonic of Canada during the men’s singles final tennis match at the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy sports hall in Paris, Nov. 2, 2014.
  • The first wave of runners make their way across the Verrazano Bridge at the start of the 2014 New York City Marathon in New York, New York, Nov. 2, 2014.
  • A soldier stands in a staircase during a meeting between the military and opposition in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Nov. 2, 2014. Burkina Faso’s army cleared thousands of protesters from the capital and fired warning shots at state TV headquarters on Sunday as it sought to tighten its grip on power following the resignation of President Blaise Compaore two days earlier.
  • Rodney John Bides walks backwards down the stairs to the subway in order to lessen the stress on his knees after completing the New York City Marathon in New York, Nov. 2, 2014. Wilson Kipsang of Kenya surged ahead of Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia as they raced through Central Park to take the win.
  • A Pakistani Shiite boy beats himself with chains during a mourning procession, a day ahead of Ashoura holiday, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov. 3, 2014. Shiites will mark Ashoura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed.
  • A cat sits behind a glass pane in the front door waiting to be let in from the rain in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Nov. 3, 2014.
  • Burn marks are seen on the wall of the ransacked home of a member of parliament belonging to the ex-president Blaise Compaore’s political party in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Nov. 3, 2014. Anti-government protesters said it was ransacked because the member of parliament supported a planned vote to change the constitution to allow ex-President Blaise Compaore to stay in power.
  • A model presents a creation from the Victor Dzenk 2015 winter collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week Nov. 3, 2014.
  • Pakistani Shiite Muslims attend a mourning procession a day ahead of Ashura commemoration, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov. 3, 2014. Shiite Muslims across the world are observing Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. The climax of Muharram is the Ashura festival commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed in the Iraqi city of Karbala in the seventh century.
  • A woman rides a motorcycle in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Nov. 3, 2014.
  • Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal tells members of the media he’ll return in a moment to answer questions as heads into his office after a news event for an economic development announcement at the State Capitol, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • A little girl plays with balloons at Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown’s midterm election night rally in Manchester, N.H., Nov. 4, 2014.
  • Supporters of Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes watch early news on the midterm election during an election night party, Nov. 4, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • A supporter of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) raises a sign at his midterm election night rally in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 4, 2014.
  • Supporters of Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, Sarah Ballard, Hannah Ballard and Emily Ballard hold signs as they watch early news reports of Mitch McConnell’s apparent victory during an election night party, Nov. 4, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Voters in a polling booth at the fire station in New Castle, Ky., in the early morning hours on Election Day, Nov. 4, 2014. Voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide the outcomes of 36 governor’s contests, the battle for control of the Senate, nearly 50 competitive House races and countless ballot questions.
  • Firefighter Cheyne Hansen takes a sign out of storage at a municipal garage while helping election officials scramble to set up a last-minute polling place, Nov. 4, 2014, in Camden, Maine. Sunday’s snow storm knocked out power to much of the town, including the usual voting location at the public safety building, so officials decided to set up a polling place at a nearby church hall.
  • Voter Barbara Hawkins is seen through an American flag as she walks into the Elmodel precinct to cast her ballot, Nov. 4, 2014, in Elmodel, Ga.
  • A woman crosses the Obradoiro square during a heavy storm in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, northwerstern Spain, Nov. 4, 2014.
  • Gov. Rick Perry of Texas pumps a fist while taking the stage at an election night rally in Austin, Nov. 4, 2014.
  • A Myanmar Shiite Muslim rises his hand covered in blood as he takes part during the Ashura commemoration in Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 4, 2014. Ashura is celebrated on the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram, which is the first month of the Islamic calendar and is observed around the world for 10 days of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Husain the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.
  • A Pakistani Shiite Muslim woman crys during Ashura commemoration, in Faisalabad, Pakistan, Nov. 4, 2014. Muslims across the world are observing Moharram, the first month of the Islamic calender. The climax of Moharram is the Ashura festival commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed in the Iraqi city of Karbala in the seventh century.
  • Filipino children watch television inside their makeshift house at a slum area in Tacloban City, which was damaged by 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte province, Philippines, Nov. 4, 2014. One year after Haiyan left nearly 8,000 people dead or missing in the eastern Philippines, many survivors are still suffering from emotional distress despite being busy with physically rebuilding their lives. Over four million people were displaced when Haiyan destroyed or damaged almost everything in its path as it swept through the eastern and central Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013. At least one million of these survivors were residents of coastal communities devastated by tidal surges as high as 10 meters, and are being prioritized for relocation.
  • An Indian Shiite Muslim man who bleeds after self-flagellating during Ashura poses for a portrait at a Mosque in New Delhi, India, Nov. 4, 2014. Ashoura, commemorates the 7th-century death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad who is revered by Shiites.
  • Smoke rises from explosions demolishing houses on the Egyptian side of the border town of Rafah as seen from the Palestinian side of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Nov. 4, 2014. With dynamite and heavy machinery, Egypt’s army has been demolishing homes along its border with the Gaza Strip, after the military ordered residents out last week to make way for a planned buffer zone meant to stop militants and smugglers.
  • An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays near inside the Rachel’s Tomb, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Nov. 4, 2014. Thousands of faithful flock to the holy site, just south of Jerusalem, to mark the Jewish matriarch’s death. The Biblical Rachel, wife of Jacob, died in this place while giving birth to her second son and is the sire of religious pilgrimage and prayers.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men stand beneath a section of the controversial Israeli barrier outside Rachel’s tomb in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Nov. 4, 2014. Jewish worshippers visited and prayed at the tomb of the biblical matriarch Rachel on Tuesday on the day they believe to be the anniversary of her death.
  • A judge wearing white gloves stands before a special session of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on the occasion of the 225th anniversary of the first session of the court in New York, Nov. 4, 2014.
  • Supporters campaign for Cory Gardner, a Republican candidate for Senate, in Centennial, Colo., Nov. 4, 2014.
  • Election day in Donbas, Ukraine, Nov. 4, 2014. The self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk are electing their leaders and MPs. The Kiev government has started criminal proceedings against elections in the southeast despite them being sanctioned by the Minsk peace deal.
  • Russian servicemen dressed in historical uniforms take part in a rehearsal for a military parade at the Red Square in Moscow, Nov. 5, 2014. The parade will be held on Nov. 7 to mark the anniversary of a historical parade in 1941, when Soviet soldiers marched through the Red Square towards the front lines of World War II.
  • A burning barrel soaked in tar is carried ablaze through the crowds at the annual Ottery St Mary Tar Barrel festival, Devon, England, Nov. 5, 2014. Believed to have its origins in the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, the failed attempt to assassinate King James I of England, the Tar Barrel festival is celebrated yearly in the southwestern English town.
  • Children react as they celebrate Guy Fawkes day in Soweto, Nov. 5, 2014.
  • A Syrian Kurdish refugee woman from the Kobani area sits outside a tent at a refugee camp in Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, Nov. 5, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters.
  • Palestinians run for cover as Israeli police (not seen) use stun grenades to disperse a crowd trying to enter the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, Nov. 5, 2014.
  • A firefighter works at the site where a rapid transit system bus the “Metrobus” was burned, near the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish), in Mexico City, capital of Mexico, on Nov. 5, 2014. The bus was burned by a group of hooded people who detained the bus and allowed the descent of passengers and then burn it and throw molotov bombs to the Ciudad Universitaria Station, according to local press.
  • Demonstrators march with crosses with writing that reads in Spanish “Narco Cops” in protest for the disappearance of 43 students in the state of Guerrero, in Mexico City, Nov. 5, 2014. Federal police detained yesterday Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, who are accused of ordering the Sept. 26 attacks on teachers’ college students that left six dead and 43 still missing.
  • Ray Rice arrives with his wife Janay Palmer for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL, Nov. 5, 2014, in New York.
  • A worker for Kanawha Valley Advertising was out early Nov. 5, 2014 taking down a campaign billboard for JB McCuskey in Jefferson, W. Va. McCuskey, a Republican, was re-elected to the House of Delegates’ 35th District on Tuesday.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama holds a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Nov. 5, 2014. The president addressed reporters one day after after Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate and captured their biggest majority in the House of Representatives in more than 60 years.
  • Druze women mourn during the funeral of Israeli Chief Inspector Border Police officer Jaddan Assad in the Druse village of Beit Jann on Mt. Meron in the Galilee, northern Israel, Nov. 6, 2014. The officer was killed by a Hamas militant who slammed a minivan into a crowd waiting for a train in Jerusalem, killing one person and wounding at least a dozen before being shot dead by police.
  • An employee gives a sign next to a train on a platform of the main train station in Frankfurt, Nov. 6, 2014. Deutsche Bahn will take legal action against a train drivers’ union GDL, which represents just 20,000 of the railways’ 196,000 workers, staging a four-day strike from Thursday to Monday which has paralyzed passenger and freight transport across the country, the company said.
  • Demonstrators confront riot police in central Brussels, Nov. 6, 2014. Tens of thousands of public and private sector workers, employees and trade union members demonstrated over austerity measures to be taken by the new Belgian government.
  • Fighters from the al-Qaida group in the Levant, Al-Nusra Front, help a wounded man following a reported barrel bomb attack by government forces in the Al-Muasalat area in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Nov. 6, 2014. Syria has asked Russia to speed up delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, concerned about a possible US attack, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said in an interview published Thursday.
  • Demonstrators confront riot police in central Brussels, Nov. 6, 2014. Tens of thousands of public and private sector workers, employees and trade union members demonstrated over austerity measures to be taken by the new Belgian government.
  • An Afghan boy collects dried plants to be used as firewood, on the outskirts of Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, Nov. 6, 2014. Afghanistan is already experiencing a harsh winter season with temperatures falling well below freezing in most parts of the country. 
  • A Palestinian protester takes cover during clashes with Israeli troops following a protest against what organizers say are recent visits by Jewish activists to al-Aqsa mosque, at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Nov. 7, 2014. In recent months, a campaign for the prayer ban on Jewish worshippers at the site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, to be overturned, led by settler activists, has gathered momentum, raising alarm among Palestinians and Muslims further afield who fear that the Islamic oversight of the compound that has existed since the crusades is threatened. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists the status quo will not change, but his reassurances have done little to calm nerves or religious sensitivities. Tensions over the compound, the third holiest site in Islam and the holiest place in Judaism, have fueled daily clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in Jerusalem in recent weeks.
  • A silhouette of a man fixing his headband before going for a run is seen at Galle-Face green in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 7, 2014.

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The week was dominated by midterm election mania in the U.S., as Senate and gubernatorial candidates made a mad dash to tip the balance in their respective parties’ favors. As widely expected, the GOP took home the overall victory, as Republicans regained control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, delivering Democrats and President Obama a resounding defeat.

In New York, more than 50,000 ran the annual 26.2-mile race through all five of the city’s boroughs, in the world’s largest marathon.

Tensions peaked in Jerusalem’s Old City, as Israeli police used stun grenades to disperse groups trying to enter the Temple Mount, as it is known by Jews, or the Noble Sanctuary, as it is known to Muslims, and daily clashes between the two sides persisted over the course of the week.

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