This Week in Pictures: Oct. 11-17

  • Taylor Young #11 of the Baylor Bears walks on the field before taking on the TCU Horned Frogs at McLane Stadium on Oct. 11, 2014, in Waco, Texas.
  • Riders compete during the “Kings of the Off-road” quad bike amateur regional race in a Siberian boggy district near the “Zagorie” balneological resort, southwest of Krasnoyarsk, Oct. 11, 2014. The race day, which consisted of four extreme tournaments on All Terrain Vehicles and Utility Terrain Vehicles, marked the end of their summer sports season, according to organizers.
  • A protester wears a gas mask during a rally for Michael Brown outside the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, Oct. 11, 2014. Thousands of protesters marched through St. Louis on Saturday as part of a weekend of demonstrations against police violence organized after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager by a white officer last summer.
  • Lighting strikes the area at the Corona Capital festival, in Mexico City, Oct. 11, 2014. The electric storm suspended the Corona Capital festival for about 50 minutes.
  • A protester yells a racial slur at a black law enforcement officer during a protest at the Ferguson Police Department, Oct. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. On Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot the unarmed black 18-year old, in the St. Louis suburb.
  • Fans climb a scoreboard to watch an African Cup of Nations qualifying soccer match between Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa, Oct. 11, 2014.
  • Ultra Orthodox Jews dance during Simchat Beit Hashoeva, a special celebration in the Intermediate days of the Sukkot holiday in the city of Beit Shemesh, Israel, Oct. 12, 2014.
  • A model has her hair done backstage before the presentation of Bosnian designer Kolovrat's Summer 2015 collection during Lisbon Fashion Week, Oct. 12, 2014.
  • Residents wear masks to protect themselves from Mount Sinabung ash at Guru Kinayan village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Oct. 12, 2014.  Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province has had eruptions since last week, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes. The 2,460-meter volcano had been dormant for 400 years before it erupted in August 2010.
  • Demonstrators protesting the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, and Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer are confronted by police wearing riot gear on Oct. 12, 2014, in St. Louis. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson following Brown’s death.
  • A woman walks past a body of the victim at the scene of an explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia, Oct. 12, 2014. A car bomb was detonated in front of a popular restaurant in the capital Mogadishu on Oct. 12, killing several people and wounding many others. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but country's Islamist militant group al-Shabab is usually blamed for such attacks in Somalia.
  • Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers, police officers and firefighters conduct rescue operations near the peak of the Mount Ontake, which erupted Sept. 27, 2014, and straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, in this handout photograph released by Joint Staff of the Defense Ministry of Japan and taken Oct. 12, 2014. Japan was bracing on Friday for its strongest storm this year, a super typhoon powering north toward the Okinawa island chain that threatens to rake a wide swathe of the nation with strong winds and torrential rain. More than 1,000 rescue workers stepped up a search for the last eight missing victims of the Mount Ontake volcanic eruption, hoping to make progress before the storm hits.
  • A man fixes a tarpaulin on his stall during a dust storm on the banks of the river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, Oct. 13, 2014.
  • Massive waves caused by approaching Typhoon Vongfong slam into breakwaters in Shitang town, Wenling city, in east China's Zhejiang province, Oct. 12, 2014.
  • Israeli border policeman push Palestinian women during clashes in the Old City of Jerusalem, Oct. 13, 2014. Israeli police clashed with young Palestinian protesters on Monday demonstrating against Jews visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site, a spokeswoman said.
  • Afghan and foreign security forces investigate the site of a suicide attack  targeting an ISAF convey near a military camp in the outskirt of Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 13, 2014. At least three persons were injured and two killed, a spokesperson for the ministry of interior said.
  • A demonstrator marches past a police line from the Shaw neighborhood to campus of St. Louis University in the early morning hours of Oct. 13, 2014. The demonstration was the first of what was expected to be a series of acts of civil disobedience around the St. Louis region on Monday to protest police conduct after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in August.
  • The conscripts of Ukrainian National Guard protest near the presidential office in Kiev, Ukraine, Oct. 13, 2014. About three hundred National Guard conscripts came to the presidential office to demand demobilization. They were supposed to be demobilized six months ago, according to Ukrainian laws, but they continue to serve without any promises of resolution from Ukrainian officials.
  • Demonstrators raise their hands during a moment of silence on the campus of St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, early Oct. 13, 2014. More than 1,000 protesters shouted slogans at riot police in St. Louis during the early hours of Monday, which capped off four days of street rallies and sit-ins over the police shootings of two black 18-year-olds.
  • Police in riot gear stand by as protesters march through the streets during the early hours of the morning in St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 13, 2014. Civil rights organizations and protest groups have invited people from around the country to join vigils and marches from Friday to Monday over the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown.
  • A patient walks at a parking lot as he leaves an office of HIV/AIDS activists in New Delhi, Oct. 13, 2014. Indian companies and global health groups are stepping up efforts to provide critical medicine for the country’s free HIV/AIDS drugs program, after more than 150,000 patients risked going without their dosages this month.
  • Police stand guard outside several restaurants as demonstrators march nearby in St. Louis in the early morning hours on Oct. 13, 2014. The demonstration was the first of what was expected to be a series of acts of civil disobedience around the St. Louis region Monday, to protest police conduct after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer has stirred tension since August.
  • A dancer from the Deep Roots Dance Company performs during a training session in an old theatre in downtown Havana, Oct. 14, 2014.
  • Pro-democracy protesters lay bricks inside a vehicle tunnel to block traffic leading to the financial Central district near the government headquarters in Hong Kong early Oct. 15, 2014. China's ruling Communist Party believes it has offered enough concessions to Hong Kong in the past, and will give no ground to pro-democracy protests because it wants to avoid setting a precedent for reform on the mainland, sources told Reuters.
  • Israeli youth enjoy the Jordan river during the week long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, near the northern Israeli town of Tiberias, Oct. 14, 2014.
  • Activist Cornel West is knocked over during a scuffle with police during a protest at the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri, Oct. 13, 2014. Hundreds of protesters converged in the pouring rain on the Ferguson, Missouri, police department on Monday as they launched another day of demonstrations over the August killing by police of an unarmed black teenager.
  • Policemen stand guard on a blocked road behind an installation of paper umbrellas, considered a symbol of the Occupy Central movement, at the Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong, Oct. 14, 2014. Hong Kong police reopened one of the city's main thoroughfares to traffic on Tuesday after clearing barricades erected by democracy protesters who have occupied streets in the heart of the Chinese-ruled city for two weeks.
  • Autumn light bathes pedestrians and street performers on a warm afternoon in New York's Times Square, Oct. 14, 2014.
  • Interior Ministry members stand guard in formation during clashes between radical protesters with law enforcement members on the Day of Ukrainian Cossacks, which was marked by activists and supporters of the All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda (Freedom) Party and far-right activists and nationalists to honor the role of the movement in the history of Ukraine, during a rally near the parliament building in Kiev, Oct. 14, 2014. The radical protesters demanded the release of political prisoners in Ukraine.
  • San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval bats as Hunter Pence gets ready during the first inning of game three of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Oct. 14, 2014, in San Francisco.
  • Palestinian women take part in a protest against Jewish visitors to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, Oct. 14, 2014. The site in Jerusalem's walled Old City has seen repeated disturbances over the years over what Palestinians say are fears of an Israeli threat to the site, which Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary. Israel denies any such threat. Jews also revere the site as the location of two destroyed biblical temples.
  • A pro-democracy protester stands in between bricks inside a vehicle tunnel to block traffic leading to the financial Central district near the government headquarters in Hong Kong early Oct. 15, 2014. China's ruling Communist Party believes it has offered enough concessions to Hong Kong in the past, and will give no ground to pro-democracy protests because it wants to avoid setting a precedent for reform on the mainland, sources told Reuters.
  • Riot police clash with fans during the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying soccer match between Serbia and Albania at the FK Partizan stadium in Belgrade, Oct. 14, 2014. The Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned on Tuesday following a brawl between players from both sides.
  • Mourners sit during a mass funeral for victims of a suicide attack on followers of the Shi’ite Houthi group, in Sanaa, Oct. 14, 2014. On Thursday, suicide bombers linked to al-Qaida killed at least 67 people in two separate attacks targeting the Houthis and an army camp in eastern Yemen.
  • Palestinian women argue with an Israeli border police officer (L) refusing to allow two Palestinian schoolboys to cross a checkpoint during a protest by Palestinian women against Jewish visitors to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, Oct. 14, 2014. The site in Jerusalem's walled Old City has seen repeated disturbances over the years over what Palestinians say are fears of an Israeli threat to the site, which Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary. Israel denies any such threat. Jews also revere the site as the location of two destroyed biblical temples.
  • A gust of wind blows Pope Francis' mantle as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 15, 2014.
  • Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas makes a catch on a ball hit by Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones during the sixth inning of Game 3 of the American League baseball championship series, Oct. 14, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri. 
  • An Occupy Central protester, center, is escorted by police officers to a hospital to examine his injury during a clash between protesters and police in an occupied area near the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Oct. 15, 2014. Hong Kong police battling activists for control of an underpass in the dead of night Wednesday sparked public anger after officers were seen kicking a handcuffed protester in the worst violence since street demonstrations for greater democracy began more than two weeks ago.
  • Laxman, a migrant worker, walks with his family to sell balloons at a market in Mumbai, Oct. 15, 2014. Laxman said that each balloon costs 20 Indian rupees  ($ 0.32)  and he manages to sell 10 balloons everyday.
  • A trader, reflected in a screen, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the start of the trading day in New York, New York, Oct. 15, 2014. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 350 points in early trading.
  • An Ebola virus-stricken healthcare worker from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas, is brought in a caravan to Emory University Hospital for treatment in Atlanta, Georgia, Oct. 15, 2014. The worker contracted Ebola while helping to treat Liberian man Thomas Eric Duncan, who died at the hospital.
  • Liberian Brig. Gen. Daniel Ziankhan, chief of staff for the Armed Forces of Liberia, visits the construction site of a new Ebola treatment center on Oct. 15, 2014, in Tubmanburg, Liberia. The center is the first of 17 Ebola treatment centers being built by Liberian forces under American supervision as part of Operation United Assistance to combat the Ebola epidemic.
  • Brides and grooms attend a collective wedding ceremony in Ghazni , Afghanistan, Oct. 15, 2014. The Oswa, an independent organization, arranged a ceremony for some 14 couples belonging to poorer classes at a large collective marriage ceremony in a wedding hall Ghazni.
  • Ten-year-old Macy Friday, front left, reacts as she looks back at her family after meeting Hillary Clinton, front right, as she campaigns for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., back, during a stop in the newly-renovated Union Station in Denver, Oct. 13, 2014. Clinton appeared at an event to raise money for Udall's current re-election campaign and then headed to Las Vegas for another appearance on Monday night.
  • South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius leaves on day three of sentencing procedures at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, Oct. 15, 2014. Judge Thokozile Masipa found South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius not guilty of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013 but guilty of culpable homicide.
  • Pro-democracy protesters block a street at the entrance of police headquarters at Wan Chai district in Hong Kong, Oct. 15, 2014. Hong Kong authorities said on Wednesday police involved in the beating of a pro-democracy protester would be removed from their positions after footage of the overnight incident went viral, sparking outrage from some lawmakers and the public. Alan Leong, leader of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Civic Party, identified the person in the video as Ken Tsang Kin-chiu and said he was a member of the party.
  • David McCallum (C) reacts after hearing his conviction was overturned at Brooklyn Supreme Court in the Brooklyn Borough of New York, Oct. 15, 2014. A New York City prosecutor asked a judge on Wednesday to vacate 28-year-old murder convictions against two men whose cause was later championed by boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, saying they were convicted on confessions that were coerced. Willie Stuckey, Jr., and David McCallum were both 16 years old in 1986 when a jury in Brooklyn found them guilty of kidnapping and murdering Nathan Blenner. McCallum, now 45, had been in a state prison ever since. Stuckey died in prison in 2001.
  • A member of Team Hype jumps to shoot during a performance at the NBA Global Games basketball match between Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets in Beijing, Oct. 15, 2014.
  • Police officers try to disperse the crowd at an area near the government headquarters building in Hong Kong early Oct. 16, 2014. Hundreds of Hong Kong police used pepper spray on pro-democracy protesters in the early hours of Wednesday to clear a major road that had been barricaded with concrete slabs, heightening tensions in the financial hub.
  • A man looks at his mobile phone screen as he stands at an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, Oct. 16, 2014. Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying sought to defuse tension with pro-democracy protesters on Thursday, saying he hopes the two sides can talk next week, but anger over police violence and continued street scuffles suggest the students are not about to give up. Leung was speaking after more than two weeks of protests that have paralyzed parts of the city and grabbed global headlines amid scenes of violent clashes and tear gas rising between some of the world's most valuable office buildings.
  • The gloved hands of an army nurse at the Germany army medical center, Bundeswehr Clinc, in Koblenz, Oct. 16, 2014, are seen during a demonstration of an isolation chamber for the treatment of infectious disease patients. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed more than 4,000 people – mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – and has spread beyond West Africa, with a nurse in the United States and one in Spain having caught the disease from patients.
  • A riot policeman points at a pro-democracy protester during a scuffle on a blocked road at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong, Oct. 17, 2014.

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Fears rose across the country this week, as the second nurse who treated Dallas Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was confirmed to have contracted the virus. A day before the nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, was diagnosed, she had flown from Cleveland to Dallas. Authorities continued to reach out to passengers who had traveled on the flight. Two Cleveland-area schools closed over concerns that a teacher flew on the same aircraft as Vinson, though on a later flight. 

Protests in Hong Kong swelled again after a pro-Democracy protester was allegedly beaten by a number of plainclothes police officers. In Ferguson, police officers made dozens of arrests during peaceful protests that were part of the planned Weekend of Resistance, where thousands gathered to protest the police killing of Michael Brown.

And on a lighter note, the San Francisco Giants will face off against the Kansas City Royals — a team that didn’t lose a single game in the playoffs — in the World Series, which begins on Tuesday.

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