This Week in Pictures: Nov. 15-21

  • Police officers work to remove animal rights activists who had tied themselves with a chain to the middle of the bull ring to boycott “Toro de Jubilo,” or the Fire Bull Festival, in Medinaceli, Spain, Nov. 15, 2014.
  • Health workers in protective suits transport Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon working in Sierra Leone who had been diagnosed with Ebola, from a jet that brought him from Sierra Leone to a waiting ambulance that will take him to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., Nov. 15, 2014. Salia, the third Ebola patient at the Omaha hospital and the 10th person with Ebola to be treated in the U.S., died on Monday.
  • Tombstones are seen at a cemetery at the Kenama Ebola treatment center run by the Red Cross on Nov. 15, 2014. Ebola-hit Sierra Leone faces social and economic disaster as gains made since the country’s ruinous civil war are wiped out by the epidemic, according to a major study released on Nov. 13.
  • A soldier stands guard at a sentry on the banks of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, Nov. 15, 2014.
  • Penn State head coach James Franklin, top center, leads his team onto the field for an NCAA college football game against Temple in State College, Pa., Nov. 15, 2014. Penn State won 30-13.
  • A motorcade transports President Barack Obama to the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 15, 2014.
  • A male spotted deer stands on his feet to feed on leaves inside a zoo enclosure in Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, India, Nov. 15, 2014.
  • A person walks in a flooded street after the Seveso river burst its banks in Milan, Italy, Nov. 15, 2014. Three people have died in Italy in the past 24 hours due to adverse weather conditions, according to media reports.
  • An Afghan worker poses for a photograph while resting after crushing coal blocks to be sold as fuel source during winters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 15, 2014. Afghanistan’s winters are always harsh with the temperature falling well-below freezing in most parts of the country.
  • A plane is seen flying behind Occupy Central protesters as they hold umbrellas while bidding farewell to student leaders from Hong Kong Federation of Students at the Hong Kong International Airport, Nov. 15, 2014. Three Hong Kong student leaders plan to take their fight for greater democracy to Beijing on Saturday as frustration grows over the city government’s inability to negotiate on electoral reforms in the former British colony.
  • A policeman asks a colleague to stop using the fire extinguisher after masked students set garbage on fire outside the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) campus in Mexico City, Nov. 16, 2014. The students were protesting in support of a fellow student who was shot in the leg, and against the violation of the autonomy of UNAM by police forces. According to local media, students scuffled with plainclothes officers of the Mexico City’s Attorney General Office outside the Faculty of Philosophy after students spotted them taking pictures from inside the car. A student was shot in the leg and an officer was severely injured after being beaten. The text on the bin reads “Freedom for political prisoners.”
  • An aerial view of a flooded area near Lake Maggiore shows a farm surrounded by water near the village of Magadino in Ticino, Switzerland, Nov. 16, 2014. Heavy rain has caused flooding in the region.
  • Members of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) march behind a partition during celebrations marking the 66th anniversary of the creation of the NCC in Kolkata, Nov. 16, 2014.
  • A drag queen poses in the gay pride parade that drew thousands of people with costumes, feathers, and rainbow flags to Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Nov. 16, 2014.
  • Spain’s Javier Fernandez performs during the exhibition gala at the Rostelecom Cup ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Moscow, Nov. 16, 2014.
  • The Po River flooded Castel San Giovanni (Piacenza), Nov. 16, 2014.
  • Sunni tribal fighters take part in a military training on the outskirts of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, Nov. 16, 2014. They are preparing to fight against militants of the Islamic State, 
  • People hold pictures of the 43 missing trainee teachers during a march in Mexico City, Nov. 16, 2014. Criticism of the government has intensified in Mexico since Attorney General Jesus Murillo said last week that evidence suggests 43 missing trainee teachers were murdered by gunmen and drug gangs in collaboration with corrupt police and local politicians. The students were reportedly incinerated in a bonfire at a garbage dump and their ashes thrown in a river. Authorities said some of the students were burned alive.
  • Security personnel protect the state presidents, among them German President Joachim Gauck (hidden), from eggs and tomatoes being thrown during the ceremony revealing a memorial plaque on the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Prague, Czech Republic, Nov. 17, 2014. The German head of state is taking part in a meeting with presidents of the Visegrad states on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the peaceful revolution.
  • Conscripts stand at a military conscription office in Grozny, Chechnya’s provincial capital, Russia, Nov. 17, 2014. The Russian military has begun drafting conscripts from the province of Chechnya for the first time since a separatist war.
  • Competitors dive into the water for the start of the men’s triathlon during the 2014 Asian Beach Games at Nai Yang Beach on Nov. 17, 2014 in Phuket, Thailand.
  • Policemen stand atop of a building near a former rubbish dump that will be replaced by a public garden on the Sidon seafront, southern Lebanon, Nov. 17, 2014. The dump, located near schools, hospitals and apartment blocks in Lebanon’s third biggest city, has partially collapsed into the Mediterranean several times and caused environmental problems and fires.
  • Police officers search for debris several hundred meters away from the scene of an explosion in Homberg/Ohm, Germany, Nov. 17, 2014. A 49-year old man blew himself up in front of the police a day before.
  • Experts wearing protective suits are seen at a duck farm in Nafferton, northern England, Nov. 17, 2014. Bird flu found on a duck farm in northern England might be linked to a highly contagious strain of the disease found this weekend at a poultry farm in the central Netherlands, as well as a case early this month in Germany. In the British case, the virus was discovered at a duck farm in North Yorkshire.
  • Palestinian security forces take part in training exercises in the West Bank town of Tubas, Nov. 17 2014. Tensions remain high throughout Israel and the West Bank following a number of attacks on Israelis and the discovery of a Palestinian bus driver hanged inside his vehicle, called murder by his family and suicide by Israeli police. 
  • A man walks through the autumnal Eilenriede forest in Hanover, Germany, Nov. 17, 2014.
  • Israelis and relatives attend the funerals of Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine, and Avraham Goldberg, three of the four people killed in a shooting attack in a synagogue in Jerusalem, Nov. 18, 2014. Two Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers Tuesday, killing four people in the city’s bloodiest attack in years. Police killed the attackers in a shootout.
  • Protesters use umbrellas and shields against police after they tried to break into the Legislative Council in Hong Kong early Nov. 19, 2014. Protesters clashed with police early Wednesday after they tried to break into Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building.
  • Police and fire officials walk near a small twin-engine cargo plane that crashed into a home on Chicago’s southwest side early Nov. 18, 2014. The Aero Commander 500 that had taken off from Midway International Airport slammed into the front of the home and plunged into the basement. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says two occupants of the home were unhurt. The pilot was killed in the crash.
  • Pro-democracy protesters confront police officers outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong early Nov. 19, 2014. 
  • Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Aryeh Kopinsky, Calman Levine and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg near the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue, Nov. 18, 2014. Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four worshippers, including Kopinsky, Levine and Goldberg, in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police.
  • Indian central reserve police forces stand guard as supporters of self-styled Guru Baba Rampal gather during a protest in New Delhi, India, Nov. 18, 2014. Some 200 people were injured when police stormed Rampal’s sprawling north Indian compound, where thousands of his followers had gathered for a week. They refused entry to police who were attempting to arrest Rampal for failing to appear at the Punjab and Haryana High Court for a bail hearing on a murder case. The followers claimed the 63-year-old Guru was too unwell to attend the court hearing.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews mourn during a eulogy ceremony ahead of the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Twersky in a religious Neighborhood of Jerusalem, Nov. 18, 2014. Rabbi Twersky is one of the four Jewish victims who were killed when two Palestinian men from East Jerusalem entered a synagogue with weapons and attacked worshippers.
  • An aerial view of the Jaguari dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Braganca Paulista, Sao Paulo state, Nov. 18, 2014. Brazil’s worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, which provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record. Daily rationing has become common in the region’s smaller cities, according to the state authorities. The two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America’s largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season.
  • Lake-effect snow storm with freezing temperatures affected travel, like this plane that negotiated its way through the snow at Buffalo Greater International Airport, in Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 18, 2014. Temperatures fell to freezing or below at recording stations in all 50 states on Tuesday morning, from the highest elevations in the mountains of Hawaii to the snow-paralyzed Buffalo area in New York.
  • Swans gathered on the Alster Lake at City Hall in Hamburg, Germany, Nov. 18, 2014. The Alster swans will spend the winter in the Eppendorf Muehlenteich pond.
  • A home is covered in snow in a neighborhood just south of Buffalo, New York, following an overnight winter storm that dumped a reported five feet of lake-effect snow on the area in Hamburg, New York, Nov. 19,2014. The storm was part of a very large weather system that dropped temperatures to record lows over a huge area of the United States.
  • Tire tracks cut through the snow slush on a street near Rettenbach, Germany, Nov. 18, 2014. First snowfalls are heralding the start of the winter season with temperatures not rising much above 44 degrees Farenheit these days, although meteorologist predict alternating weather with even some sunny phases for the rest of the week in this region of the German Bavaria state.
  • An Afghan boy dyes threads to be used in weaving carpets at a carpet factory in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 18, 2014. Skilled Afghani laborers make the hand-woven rugs, using different natural dyes to produce their famous rich colors. The rugs are woven in many patterns and colors and are demanded all over the world.
  • Pedestrians add two colorful spots to the grey weather conditions as they hold their yellow umbrellas while walking on a zebra crossing in Stuttgart, Germany, Nov. 18, 2014. Rainy weather conditions are predicted for the upcoming days with temperatures of just around 46 degrees Fahrenheit and ongoing downpour.
  • An Israeli rescue worker navigates the scene of a shooting attack in a synagogue in Jerusalem, Nov. 18, 2014. Two Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, attacking worshippers praying inside with knives, axes and guns, and killing four people before they were killed in a shootout with police, officials said.
  • Indian security officials carry off a supporter of a self-styled guru Baba Rampal during an attempt to storm Rampal’s compound, Hisar, Haryana, India, Nov. 18, 2014. Some 200 people were injured when police stormed the sprawling north Indian compound, where thousands of his followers had gathered for a week. They refused entry to police who were attempting to arrest Rampal for failing to appear at the Punjab and Haryana High Court for a bail hearing on a murder case. The followers claimed the 63-year-old Guru was too unwell to attend the court hearing.
  • The Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie prays with other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood behind bars during their trial on charges of spying and terrorism at a court in the police academy on the outskirts of Cairo, Nov. 18, 2014.
  • Latvia’s army soldiers hold rifles decorated with Latvia’s national flags during the military parade as they celebrate Independence Day in Riga, Nov. 18, 2014.
  • A dead orthodox Jewish man lays on the ground of the synagogue where two Palestinians from East Jerusalem entered the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue in the Jewish orthodox neighborhood of Har Nof, Jerusalem, with pistols and axes, and began attacking Jewish worshippers, Nov. 19, 2014.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is escorted through the Australian War Memorial Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Nov. 18, 2014 in Canberra, Australia. Prime Minister Modi is attending meetings in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne following the G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane.
  • The colorful boots of the Uruguay players as they line-up before their friendly soccer match against Chile in Santiago, Nov. 18, 2014.
  • An activist artist pastes images, part of the #AllHandsOnDeck project by artist Damon Davis, on top of boarded-up businesses in Ferguson, Mo., Nov. 19, 2014. The St. Louis suburb has been bracing for months to learn whether a St. Louis County grand jury will charge police officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a case that has become a flashpoint for often-troubled U.S. race relations. “The aim of the project is to promote solidarity, hope and inspiration,” Davis said. 
  • Snow covers a street at daybreak, Nov. 19, 2014, in south Buffalo, New York. Buffalo-area officials are getting help from a neighboring county in their efforts to clear roads and provide emergency services during the snowstorm that has buried sections of western New York in more than five feet of snow.
  • Afghan security forces arrive at at the site of a Taliban attack in Kabul, Nov. 19, 2014. Four Afghan Taliban suicide bombers died when a group of the militants tried to storm an international zone in Kabul on Wednesday in the latest high-profile assault aimed at foreign targets in Afghanistan.
  • A view of Wuzhen, a historic water town in east China’s Zhejiang Province, Nov. 20, 2014. The World Internet Conference is held in Wuzhen from Nov. 19-21.
  • A Kurdish refugee woman, who is from the Syrian town of Kobani, sits at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, Nov. 20, 2014.
  • A woman walks along a street during heavy smog in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, Nov. 19, 2014.
  • Commuters, bundled up for the cold, wait for the subway to arrive on an outdoor subway platform during the morning commute in New York, Nov. 19, 2014.
  • A boy searches for coins in Bagmati River, which flows through the premises of Pashupatinath Temple, during the Bala Chaturdashi festival in Kathmandu, Nov. 20, 2014. The festival is celebrated by lighting oil lamps and scattering along a route at the temple seven types of grains known as “sat biu” honoring the departed.
  • Federal police spray protestors with fire extinguishers as they drive them back from the National Palace in Mexico City, Nov. 20, 2014. Protesters marched in the capital city to demand authorities find 43 missing college students, seeking to pressure the government. Mexico officially lists more than 20,000 people as having gone missing since the start of the country’s drug war in 2006, and the search for the missing students has turned up other, unrelated mass graves. 
  • Landowner and farmer Teofilo Huamani stands next to a net that traps moisture from fog on the hillside of Villa Maria Del Triunfo in Lima, Nov. 20, 2014. The net-like structures that trap moisture from fog and mist were an initiative by a group of community leaders called “Peruvians Without Water,” who said that the nets in total collect around 150 cubic meters of water per month during the winter season. They built a total of about 100 nets, and the water collected is distributed to the community for agricultural purposes. 



Old man winter made a thundering entrance this week in the Buffalo, New York, region, dumping more than seven feet of snow and leading to the death of 13 people by Friday. While other parts of the country didn’t experience historic snowfalls like upstate New York, all 50 states had temperatures of freezing or below on Tuesday — even Hawaii. 

A deadly attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem by two Palestinians resulted in the death of five, three of whom were Americans. The attackers, one armed with a meat cleaver and another with a gun, were shot and killed by police.

In Hong Kong, pro-democracy protesters faced off against riot police again. The latest incident was sparked by the execution of a court order to remove some roadblocks that were part of a pro-democracy occupation campaign. 

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