This Week in Pictures: Oct. 17-23

  • New Zealand’s Aaron Smith (R) reacts following the final whistle of the Rugby World Cup 2015 quarter-final match between New Zealand and France at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Britain, Oct. 17, 2015.
  • French rugby fans watch on a giant screen in Place du Capitole, Toulouse, southern France, Oct. 17, 2015, the Rugby World Cup 2015 quarter final match between New Zealand and France.
  • The parents of an officer cadet affix his newly attained rank on the parade square of the Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute in Singapore, Oct. 17, 2015. Cadets are selected after the basic military training and undergo a rigorous nine-month course that involves jungle training, combat specialization and military tactics before graduating as commissioned officers.
  • Cars and trucks remain mired in mud and debris on State Route 58 near Tehachapi, California, about 60 miles outside of Los Angeles, Oct. 17, 2015. A mudslide on Thursday left nearly 200 vehicles, including 75 semi-trailer trucks, stuck in up to five feet of mud, local sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said.
  • A woman holds a placard that reads ”We know the killer” during a commemoration for the victims of the Oct. 10 bombings on Oct. 17, 2015 downtown Kadikoy in Istanbul. The death toll from the double suicide bombing in Ankara last weekend now stands at 102, prosecutors in the capital said on Oct. 16, raising the previous official toll of 99 people.
  • An Indian man drinking water is silhouetted against glittering seas, at sunset on the Arabian Sea, in Mumbai, India, Oct. 17, 2015.
  • Bishops attend a canonization ceremony of four new saints celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, Oct. 18, 2015. The four new sainst are Italian priest Vincenzo Grossi, Spanish nun Mary of the Immaculate Conception and Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of Sainte Therese of Lisieux.
  • An Egyptian votes in the first round of Egypt’s Parliamentary elections at school in the al-Ahram area of Giza, Egypt, Oct. 18, 2015. Polling stations opened in 14 of Egypt’s 27 governorates for the first round of Parliamentary elections, the country’s first since the army removed President Mohammed Morsi from power in June 2013.
  • People practice tai chi at a square in Qinyang, Henan province, China, Oct. 18, 2015.
  • A wounded Palestinian protester is evacuated during clashes with Israeli troops near the border between Israel and Central Gaza Strip, Oct. 18, 2015. Forty-one Palestinians and seven Israelis have died in recent street violence, which was in part triggered by Palestinians’ anger over what they see as increased Jewish encroachment on Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound.
  • Firefighters are working to battle a fire at the Furulid School in Kungsbacka south of Goteborg, Sweden, Oct. 18, 2015. The former school was undergoing construction work to house 170 asylum seekers and was empty at the time of the fire. The fire was the third this week in Sweden that has affected houses or shelters that were supposed to house asylum seekers. The Swedish Police Department of National Operations (NOA) Sunday recommended the police districts in the country to increase surveillance around asylum housings.
  • A Filipino holding a machete removes toppled trees at a high-way in the town Talavera, Nueva Ecija province, northern Manila, Philippines, Oct. 18, 2015. Typhoon Koppu slammed into the northern Philippines forcing thousands of people to flee their homes amid heavy rains and strong winds that could last up to three days, the disaster relief agency said. Koppu toppled trees and ripped off rooftops, while nearly 10,000 people evacuated their homes amid warnings of flash floods and storm surges up to three metres.
  • A general view showing the Castle of Somosko through a veil of fog on the Slovakian side of the border between Hungary and Slovakia, near Salgotarjan, 109 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, after sunrise Oct. 18, 2015.
  • Devotees to the Chinese shrine of Bang Neow shield themselves from exploding firecrackers as they carry a Chinese god statue on a palanquin during a street parade marking the annual Vegetarian Festival on Phuket Island, Thailand, Oct. 18, 2015. The festival, which has Chinese origins, is held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar and it involves the beliefs of cleansing the body, ritual piercing, spirit medium, and the consumption of only vegetarian food as well as making merit. The festival runs for nine days with street processions featuring devotees who pierce their bodies with an assortment of weapons and implements.
  • A group of migrants collect nuts for food near the border line between Serbia and Croatia, near the village of Berkasovo, about 100 km west from Belgrade, Serbia, Oct. 18, 2015.  Croatian police said more than 5,000 migrants have entered the country since Hungary closed its border, illustrating a possible backlog of those whom Slovenia would not admit.
  • An elderly woman stands outside of a tent at a provisional camp set at the border with Croatia in Gruskovje, Slovenia, Oct. 18, 2015. Hungary shut down its border with Croatia to the free flow of migrants, prompting Croatia to redirect thousands of people toward its border with Slovenia.
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, visits Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, Israel, Oct. 18, 2015. De Blasio on Saturday kicked off a brief visit to Israel that he has described as a solidarity mission at a difficult time.
  • Supporters of Devlet Bahceli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party, (MHP), make the sign of a ‘Gray Wolf’, the symbol of Turkish nationalism, as they listen to his speech at a rally ahead of the Nov. 1 general elections, in Istanbul, Oct. 18, 2015.
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the championship trophy after winning against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in men's singles final of the Shanghai Tennis Masters at the Qi Zhong Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Oct. 18, 2015.
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shake hands with Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo during a welcome ceremony for the media before a meeting at the Viana’s Palace, in Madrid, Spain, Oct. 18, 2015. Kerry is on a two-day official visit to Spain.
  • Teens party at “We Are The Future,” a special dance event for people under 18 years old, in the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Oct. 18, 2015 (issued 19 October). “We Are The Future” is part of the Amsterdam Dance Event.
  • Firefighters put out a fire after a twin-engine plane crashed in a residential area, in Bogota, Colombia, Oct. 18, 2015. Five people died and seven were injured in the crash in the urban area west of Bogota, according to sources of the Institute of Risk Management and Climate (Idiger). The aircraft crashed around 16.20 local time (21.20 GMT), in the locality of Engativa, near the El Dorado International Airport, from where it took off minutes earlier, the Civil Aeronautics (Aerocivil) said.
  • Migrants walk along a road after crossing the border with Serbia in Babska, Croatia, Oct. 19, 2015. The Balkans struggled with a growing backlog of migrants on Monday after Hungary sealed its southern border and Slovenia tried to impose a limit, leaving thousands stranded on cold, wet borders where tempers frayed. More than 10,000 were stranded in Serbia, the United Nations refugee agency said, with more on the way but nowhere to go.
  • A woman rides a horse along a beach in Cadiz, southern Spain, Oct. 19, 2015. Spain’s weather is turning colder as autumnal storms head for the peninsula from the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Migrants rest at the border between Croatia and Slovenia in Trnovec, Croatia, Oct. 19, 2015. Hundreds of migrants have spent the night in rain and cold at Croatia's border after being refused entry into Slovenia.
  • A migrant carrying a child waits to cross the Croatia border near the village of Berkasovo, Serbia, Oct. 19, 2015.
  • People watch as rescue workers search for victims after an explosion in Rio de Janeiro, Oct. 19, 2015. Dozens of commercial and residential buildings in northern Rio de Janeiro were destroyed or severely damaged in the early Monday explosion. Officials suspect a gas leak was the cause of the blast.
  • General view of the refinery of U.S. chemicals group LyondellBasell in Berre, near Marseille, France, October 19, 2015. Picture taken on Oct. 19, 2015.
  • A tricycle and residents are pulled on a farm tractor trailer along a flooded highway in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija, in northern Philippines, Oct. 20, 2015, after the province was hit by Typhoon Koppu. A typhoon swept across the northern Philippines killing at least nine people as trees, power lines and walls were toppled and flood waters spread far from riverbeds, but tens of thousands of people were evacuated in time.
  • A mounted policeman leads a group of migrants near Dobova, Slovenia, Oct. 20, 2015. Slovenia's parliament is expected to approve changes to its laws later on Tuesday to enable the army to help police guard the border, as thousands of migrants flooded into the country from Croatia after Hungary sealed off its border.
  • A general view of the damage caused by bad weather in Benevento, southern Italy, Oct. 20, 2015. A further 100 members of the Italian civil protection department were due to arrive in Benevento to assist the local population on Oct. 20, 2015 as extreme bad weather continued to afflict the southern Campania region.
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping is escorted as he inspects a guard of honor during the official welcome ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in London, Oct. 20, 2015. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Britain Monday for a four-day state visit as part of a push to increase trade ties between the two countries.
  • An aerial view of wildfires bruning in Ogan Komering Ilir, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Oct. 20, 2015. Indonesia has agreed to accept help from foreign teams to fight the forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan. But the prolonged dry season means that not all the hotspots have been extinguished and their numbers keep fluctuating, officials said.
  • Migrants wait to register outside a processing center in Moria village on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Oct. 20, 2015. Two international agencies say over a half million asylum-seekers have reached Greece this year.
  • Atletico Madrid's players stretch during a training session at the team's sport city in Majadahonda, outside Madrid, Oct. 20, 2015. Atletico will play against Astana on Wednesday in a Group C Champions League soccer match.
  • Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi of France (R) takes the opening tipoff from Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol of Spain (L) in the first half of their NBA preseason game at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., Oct. 20, 2015.
  • Migrants look out of windows of a train at the railway station in Cakovec, northern Croatia, Oct. 20, 2015. The Croatian authorities will transport the migrants from Cakovec to the Slovenian border.  Slovenia became a new major link on the Balkan migration route - used by people from the Middle East, Asia and Africa trying to reach Europe - after Hungary sealed its border with Croatia on Oct. 17.
  • A view of the landscape at the Painted Hills, one of three units of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, in Wheeler County, Ore., pictured on Oct. 20, 2015. The colors in the clay rich hills are the product of volcanic eruptions around 36 million years ago in what is now the Cascade Range.
  • Jeff Parry embraces Jennifer Christian during a candlelight vigil in honor of Lucas Leonard and Christopher Leonard, two teenage brothers who were beaten during a church counseling session at St. Patrick St. Anthony Church in Chadwicks, N.Y., Oct. 20, 2015. Lucas Leonard died in the attack at the Word of Life Christian Church in the central New York town of New Hartford.
  • Life jackets left behind from refugees and migrants are seen at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. The refugees and migrants safely crossed part of the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast on Oct. 20, 2015 on their way to Western Europe. Behind is the Turkish coast. Thousands of refugees and migrants mostly fleeing from war-torn Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq are crossing the Aegean Sea daily from nearby Turkey.
  • New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom throws during the first inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Oct. 20, 2015, in Chicago.
  • Tourists watch soap bubbles along the Thames River, London, back-dropped by St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oct. 20, 2015.
  • South Korean resident Lim Ok-Nam (R) hugs her North Korean sister Lim Ok-Rea during a luncheon on the second day of separated families reunions on Mount Kumgang, Kangwon Province, North Korea, Oct. 21, 2015. About 390 South Koreans arrived at the resort to have the first face-to-face reunions with family members in nearly 20 months. They will be followed by a second group of some 260 South Koreans who will do the same for three days starting on Oct. 24.
  • New York Police investigate the scene on the FDR Drive where the shooting of Officer Randolph Holder occurred in the Manhattan borough of New York, Oct. 21, 2015. Holder was shot and killed late on Tuesday while pursuing a suspected armed robber close to a busy road in the city's East Harlem neighborhood, police said on Tuesday.
  • Palestinian Fatema Masalmeh (center), the wife of slain Udai Masalmeh mourns during his funeral at the family house in the West Bank village of Beit Awa, Hebron, Oct. 21, 2015. The 24-year-old Palestinian was fatally shot near the village of Beit Awa after lightly injuring an Israeli Army officer with a knife, according to a statement from the military. The incident reportedly occurred during Palestinian protests the army described as violent.
  • Migrants walk in the field in the morning mist near a border line between Serbia and Croatia, near the village of Berkasovo, Serbia, Oct. 21, 2015. Croatia, which has erected relatively few shelters along its borders with Serbia and Slovenia, directed thousands into special trains and bus convoys Tuesday to Slovenia in an apparently concerted effort to clear a backlog built up since Saturday, when Hungary closed its borders with Croatia.
  • A Palestinian relative mourns over the body of Ahmed Al-Serhi, 27 during his funeral at the family house in Deir el-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, Oct. 21, 2015. Al-Serhi was killed during clashes with Israeli troops near the Israeli border with Gaza, 
  • Indian rickshaw pullers and other commuters stand in a queue to receive free food distributed by traders during the Hindu festival of Navratri, in New Delhi, India, Oct. 21, 2015. Hindus are celebrating Navaratri, or the festival of nine nights, with three days each devoted to the worship of Durga, the goddess of valor, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge.
  • A model prepares backstage to present creations by Russian designer Slava Zaitsev during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia in Moscow, Russia, Oct. 21, 2015.
  • Eritrean migrants women mourn during a memorial gathering for Habtom Zerhom, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Oct. 21, 2015. Zarhum died of his wounds after an Israeli security guard fired at him and later was beaten by a mob that mistakenly believed he was a Palestinian attacker during a shooting in the southern city of Beersheba on Sunday. Israeli security officials said a 21-year-old Arab Israeli carried out the attack, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding 10 people.
  • Mourning Pakistani Shiite Muslims beat their chests during the month of Muharram ahead of Ashoura day, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Oct. 21, 2015. Ashoura is a Shiite Muslim commemoration marking the death of Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, at the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Vice President Joe Biden after Biden announced he will not seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination during an appearance in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington Oct. 21, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
  • A resident repairs his boat outside of his flooded home from Typhoon Koppu, in La Paz township, Tarlac province, in northern Philippines, Oct. 20, 2015. Slow-moving Typhoon Koppu blew ashore with fierce winds in the northeastern Philippines early Sunday, toppling trees and knocking out power and communications and forcing the evacuation of thousands of villagers.
  • A Syrian refugee woman is looking at her mobile phone at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing safely a part of the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast on Oct. 21, 2015, with other Syrian refugees and migrants from other nationalists running to escape violence at their homeland.
  • Liaocheng, China is hit by fog, Oct. 21.
  • People walk through leaves in Sefton Park during an autumn day in Liverpool, Britain, Oct. 22, 2015.
  • Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22, 2015.
  • A man wrapped in a sleeping bag walks with other migrants and asylum seekers after crossing the Macedonian-Serbian border near the village of Miratovac on Oct. 22, 2015. Tens of thousands – many fleeing violence in Syria, Africa and Afghanistan – have been making their way from Turkey to the Balkans in recent months, hoping to reach Germany, Sweden and other EU states.
  • People preparing for the arrival of hurricane Patricia board up the windows of a seaside business in the Pacific resort city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Oct. 22, 2015. Hurricane Patricia grew into a monster, Category 5 storm and bore down on Mexico’s central Pacific Coast, on or near Puerto Vallarta, on Thursday night for what forecasters said could be a devastating blow, as officials declared a state of emergency and handed out sandbags in preparation for flooding. 
  • A view of an excavator at the open-pit mine in Schoeningen, Germany, Oct. 23, 2015. Scientists have found remnants of a forest elephant that has been long extinct in the country on the periphery of the mine. It was found in the approximately 300,000-year-old shore deposit of a former lake. 
  • Japan’s Sakura Yumoto performs during her beam routine as she takes part in the women’s qualification competition at the World Artistic Gymnastics championships in Glasgow, Scotland, Oct. 23, 2015.



Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. The day before, Vice President Joe Biden announced that he would not run for president, appearing with his wife, Jill Biden, and President Obama in the Rose Garden at the White House. 

A 33-year old NYPD officer was killed pursuing a suspect in East Harlem, New York.

The New York Mets clenched the National League Championship Series Wednesday night, and will head to the World Series for the first time since 2000.

Refugees from war-torn countries including Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq continued to make the journey to Europe in light of increased resistance from some European countries such as Hungary, which recently closed its border with Croatia, as it did with Serbia last month.

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