This Week in Pictures: Oct. 18-24

  • Pro-democracy protesters, their faces covered, gather during an Occupy Central demonstration in Mong Kok District of Hong Kong, China, Oct. 18, 2014. Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters gathered for a second night in Hong Kong's busy Mong Kok area, setting up new barricades, as police and protesters blamed each other for violence.
  • Partizan Belgrade's fans cheer and light flares during their match against Red Star Belgrade in Belgrade, Oct. 18, 2014. The Serbian derby between bitter Belgrade rivals Partizan and Red Star produced more fireworks on the terraces as fans lit flares four days after a Euro 2016 qualifier was abandoned at the same venue. Play was twice held up for billowing smoke to clear at Partizan's end after their fans set off the pyrotechnics in response to identical action by Red Star supporters shortly before kickoff.
  • Partizan Belgrade’s fans cheer during their soccer match against Red Star Belgrade in Belgrade, Oct. 18, 2014. The Serbian derby between bitter Belgrade rivals Partizan and Red Star produced more fireworks on the terraces as fans lit flares four days after a Euro 2016 qualifier was abandoned at the same venue. 
  • A model presents a creation by Japanese designer Yasuko Furuta for the label Toga Virilis during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 18, 2014.
  • A man rest under the tree in a park during an sunny autumn day in Prague, Czech Republic, Oct. 18, 2014.
  • An armed Shi'ite protester holds a poster of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration outside the Saudi embassy in Sanaa, Oct. 18, 2014. Dozens of armed Yemeni Shi'ite Houthi demonstrators protested in front of the Saudi embassy in Sanaa on Saturday calling for the release of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shi'ite cleric who was sentenced to death by a Saudi court this week, a Reuters witness said. The poster reads, "We all are Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr."
  • A pro-democracy protester sleeps on a barricade as police stand guard behind him on a blocked road at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong, Oct. 18, 2014. Hong Kong pro-democracy activists recaptured parts of a core protest zone early on Saturday, defying riot police who had tried to disperse them with pepper spray and baton charges.
  • A young man gets his hair cut at a party in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Oct. 18, 2014.
  • Bangladeshi laborers work at a factory that makes metal utensils in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Oct. 19, 2014. On average, each worker earns less than $3 (American dollars) a day.
  • Bishops attend the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI, and a mass for the closing of of a two-week synod on family issues, celebrated by Pope Francis, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Oct. 19, 2014.
  • Afghanistan’s security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack, targeting an Afghanistan’s National Army convoy on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 18, 2014. The suicide bomb killed several Afghan security force troops Saturday as a roadside bomb in Afghanistan’s eastern Khost province killed a district police chief, authorities said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the Taliban have stepped up assaults against both Afghan and foreign forces across the country as most international troops are preparing to withdraw at the end the year.
  • A Palestinian woman carries her son past a destroyed house on a rainy day in Al-Shejaeiya neighbourhood in the east of Gaza City, Oct. 19, 2014. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon recently promised residents the support of the international community in rebuilding the Gaza Strip after a 50-day conflict with Israel this summer.
  • A destroyed Palestinian house on a rainy day in Al-Shejaeiya neighbourhood in the east of Gaza City, Oct. 19, 2014. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon recently promised residents the support of the international community in rebuilding the Gaza Strip after a 50-day conflict with Israel this summer.
  • Paramilitary police officers stand guard for the Long Ma performance on a hazy night in Beijing, Oct. 19, 2014. "Long Ma", a 56-ft long and 49-ft tall mechanized dragon sculpture, and "The Spider", a 19-ft tall and 20-ft wide machine, are operated by French performance art company La Machine. The structures are operated by an automatic control system and electronic equipment. The performance, which combines Chinese culture and French art, was held in Beijing in honor of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, an organiser of the event said.
  • Supporters of Anthony Brown, a Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland, hold his campaign posters as President Barack Obama speaks at his campaign event at Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., Oct. 19, 2014. Obama's appearance on behalf of Brown represented one of the president's first small steps back onto the campaign stage ahead of midterm elections.
  • New volunteers for the Ukrainian interior ministry's "Azov" battalion look out the window as they wait onboard a bus after taking their oath of allegiance to their country in Kiev Oct. 19, 2014. According to the battalion's commander, the volunteers will be headed to the frontlines in Eastern Ukraine, shortly after their ceremony.
  • A woman dances in a mist fountain during an unusually warm and sunny autumn day in Nice, Oct. 19, 2014.
  • Two men stand near a giant Indonesian flag at the National Museum during the celebration known as ‘Pesta Rakyat’ on Oct. 20, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Joko Widodo was sworn in as president of Indonesia on Oct. 20 with an inauguration ceremony held in Jakarta. Widodo was the eventual winner of a tightly fought and sometimes controversial election race against opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto.
  • Thick smoke and flames from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition rise in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Oct. 20, 2014. 
  • Stephane Sessegnon of West Bromwich Albion celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on Oct. 20, 2014 in West Bromwich, England.
  • A wild giant panda found at the Dajiangou scenic area in Huangbaiyuan Township in Taibai County of Baoji City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Oct. 19, 2014. The wild panda appeared here on Sunday, according to a staff member of the local government.
  • Commuters wearing masks to protect themselves from pollutants check smartphones as they ride on a bus on a hazy day in Beijing, China, Oct. 20, 2014. The Chinese capital city has been hit by thick pollution for several days, forcing participants in the Beijing international marathon to wear masks Sunday.
  • Palestinians set up nylon sheets at a makeshift tent, as a temporary replacement for a mosque that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, in the east of Gaza City, Oct. 21, 2014. The first torrential downpour of an approaching winter has already soaked the Gaza Strip, compounding the misery of thousands of Palestinians who scrambled to patch homes wrecked by the summer war with Israel. While Palestinian officials rejoiced at $5.4 billion pledged at an international aid conference last week toward reconstruction and shoring up their budget, many in Gaza fear that, as was the case after past wars with Israel, not all the money will materialize.
  • A man takes pictures next to large waves crashing into the harbor walls in Aberystwyth, Wales, Oct. 21, 2014. The tail-end of Hurricane Gonzalo produced heavy overnight rain with winds on the coast gusting up to 70 mph in the early morning. A yellow ‘be aware’ warning has been issued by the Met Office for the whole of Wales, warning of “potential disruption to travel and damage to trees.”
  • Waves crash against the harbor wall at Portstewart on Oct. 21, 2014 in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning as the United Kingdom continues to feel the force of Hurricane Gonzalo.
  • A Boeing B-737 airliner takes off in foggy weather from Moscow's Vnukovo airport. A Falcon light-engined plane has crashed at this airport in the early hours of Oct. 21, 2014 killing four people, including President of the French energy company Total Christophe de Margerie.
  • The Northern lights (Aurora borelias) can bee seen outside the city of Tromso in Northern Norway, late Oct. 21, 2014.
  • Maria Sharapova of Russia, illuminated by a camera flash, walks out onto the court before a singles round robin match of the second day of the BNP Paribus WTA Finals 2014 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore, Oct. 21, 2014.
  • A traveling merchant drives his horse-pulled cart near the Mursitpinar border crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Oct. 21, 2014. Turkey says it will allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian city of Kobani on Turkey’s border.
  • Relatives mourn during the funeral for Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) fighters killed during clashes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Kobani, Syria, at a cemetery, Oct. 21, 2014 in Suruc, Sanliurfa province, Turkey. Turkey announced that they will allow Iraqi Kurdish forces to cross its territory to reinforce the Syrian Kurdish militia in the besieged city of Kobani.
  • Mexican federal police and general attorney officers take part in a security operation in the Ejido de Carrizalillo, Guerrero State, Mexico, on Oct. 21, 2014. Mexico's government announced a $110,000 reward for information on the disappearance of 43 students in a case of alleged collusion between a drug gang and police.
  • Pro-democracy protesters react while watching a broadcast of the negotiations between representatives of government and student protesters, during an Occupy Central demonstration in the Mong Kok District of Hong Kong, China, Oct. 21, 2014.
  • Firefighters work after a fire broke out at a temporary fire-cracker market at a ground in Faridabad, a suburb of New Delhi, India on Oct. 21, 2014. According to the news reports, about 200 cracker stalls were gutted after a major fire broke out at a temporary cracker market. The fire engulfed the entire market which led to widespread damage of goods and property. There is no news of any causalities.
  • Tourists look at items displayed at a gift shop at the Plaka district in Athens, Oct. 21, 2014.  Greece's current account surplus widened in August compared to the same month last year, boosted by higher tourism receipts, according to balance of payments figures released by the central bank on Tuesday.
  • Children carrying school bags stand near the Nabaa Al-Hayat centre for education and psychosocial support for children in places undergoing a crisis, in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus, Oct. 21, 2014.
  • Israeli Jewish kids play soccer near the Old City walls in the Jewish Quarter with the background of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, in Jerusalem, Israel, Oct. 21, 2014. Media reports that nine new Jewish settlers families purchased two apartments buildings at the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan and moved into the apartments overnight Oct. 21.
  • A protester bleeds from his face as he tries to stop a group of taxi drivers from trying to remove the barricades which are blocking off main roads, near a line of riot police at an occupied area, in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Oct. 22, 2014. 
  • Protesters shout slogans as they march during a student strike to protest against the government education reform and cutbacks in grants and staffing in Madrid, Spain, Oct. 22, 2014.
  • A man shakes out his towel at the beach on the Mediterranean Sea in Caesarea, northern Israel, Oct. 22, 2014.
  • A man, believed to be opposed to road blockages caused by barricades of pro-democracy protesters, is pinned to the ground by a protester after witnesses claimed he was trying to sabotage a protest zone in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, China, Oct. 22, 2014.
  • The snow covered landscape on the Wiesenberg in the canton of Nidwalden, Switzerland, Oct. 22, 2014. The storm “Gonzalo” swept over Switzerland last night.
  • A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla on Oct. 22, 2014. Around 400 migrants attempted to cross the border into Spain, according to local media. 
  • Supporters of Brazilian opposition candidate from the Brazilian Social Democratic Party Aecio Neves (not pictured) attend a campaign rally in Brasilia, Brazil, on Oct. 22, 2014. Neves will face Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff in the second round of the presidential elections on Oct. 26.
  • San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy throws against the Kansas City Royals in the bottom of the first inning of game two of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Oct. 22, 2014. The World Series is the annual best-of-seven series to determine the champion of Major League Baseball.
  • Children, whose family moved to Islamabad from Sargodha in Punjab Province to look for work, stand outside their school at a slum in Islamabad on Oct. 22, 2014.
  • A Border Security Force soldier lights sparklers on the eve of Diwali, near the border with Bangladesh on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India’s northeastern state of Tripura, on Oct. 22, 2014. 
  • An activist is seen at the Municipal Palace during a demonstration to demand information for the 43 missing students of the Ayotzinapa teachers’ training college, in Iguala, the southern Mexican state of Guerrero on Oct. 22, 2014. Authorities fear that the 43 missing trainee teachers could have been massacred by police in league with gang members. The students went missing in Iguala, in the southwestern state of Guerrero on Sept. 26 after clashing with police and masked men, and dozens of police have been arrested in connection with the case — which has sent shock waves across Mexico. Authorities say many of the missing students were abducted by police.
  • Federal police load men, suspected of looting shopping mall Plaza Tamarindos, onto a patrol van after a demonstration to demand information for the 43 missing students of the Ayotzinapa teachers' training college, in Iguala, the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, Oct. 22, 2014.
  • Relatives of the 43 missing students of the Ayotzinapa teachers' training college hold pictures of the students, during a protest at Zocalo square in Mexico City, Oct. 22, 2014. A Mexican mayor and his wife were "probable masterminds" behind the disappearance of 43 student teachers last month in the restive southwest, the country's attorney general said on Wednesday.
  • Rescuers try to save a sinking ship in the harbor of Harlingen in northern Netherlands, Oct. 22 2014, during the first autumn storm of the year. The remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo affected many parts of Europe.
  • A Jordanian soldier watches from the opposite bank as Christian pilgrims visit the water at the baptismal site known as Qasr el-Yahud on the banks of the Jordan River, which also acts as a border line near the West Bank city of Jericho, Oct. 22, 2014. With attacks by Hezbollah from Lebanon, the threat from Islamic State and the Nusra Front in Syria and growing unrest in Egypt's Sinai, the north and south of Israel's borders are on edge.
  • A pro-democracy protester wearing a helmet and mask stands near a barricade during heavy rain at the Mongkok shopping district of Hong Kong, Oct. 22, 2014. About 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock.
  • An activist throws a chair toward a window at the Municipal Palace during a demonstration to demand information for the 43 missing students of the Ayotzinapa teachers’ training college, in Iguala, the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, Oct. 22, 2014.
  • Bus drivers sit underneath a bus during a strike to demand improved security, amid a crime wave against public transport workers, in Tegucigalpa Oct. 22, 2014. Bus drivers in Tegucigalpa parked their vehicles and walked off the job on Wednesday to protest against a crime wave that has seen nearly 40 transport workers killed this year alone. According to local media, the drivers of about 2,000 buses in the capital called on the government to do more to protect them from being extorted by local gangs demanding ‘protection money’.
  • Policmen watch as firefighters extinguish a fire after a gas explosion at an apartment building in the center of Katowice, Oct. 23, 2014. Five people were injured after the morning gas explosion in Katowice, which caused part of the building to collapse, local media reported.
  • Greenpeace protestors wear masks of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto as they demonstrate in front of the National Palace in Mexico City, Oct. 23, 2014. Protestors accused the Mexican president of allowing unprecedented environmental destruction, including deforestation and pollution by oil and other toxic substances. They called for an end to impunity for polluters and the creation of more comprehensive laws to protect Mexico's natural resources.
  • Police perform a thorough search of the area around the Canadian War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, Oct. 23, 2014. A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with gunfire erupting near a room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was fatally shot at the nearby war memorial, jolting the Canadian capital.
  • A Turkish Kurdish woman mourns during the funeral of three Kurdish fighters killed during clashes against Islamic State in Syrian town of Kobani, at a cemetery in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, Oct. 23, 2014.
  • A North Korean man is dwarfed against an apartment building as he walks on an overpass, Oct. 23, 2014, in Pyongyang, North Korea.
  • Haitian citizens living in the Dominican Republic queue to register at the Documentation and Identification Programme for Haitian Immigrants (PIDIH, in Spanish) offices, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oct. 23, 2014. Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) issued on Oct. 22, 2014 a condemnation against Dominican state for violation of Haitian immigrants Human Rights.
  • Canada's Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau lays flowers at the Canadian War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, Oct. 23, 2014. A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with gunfire erupting near a room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was fatally shot at the nearby war memorial, jolting the Canadian capital.
  • Police officers stand outside the home of Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, Oct. 23, 2014, in New York. Spencer tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said.
  • Long March 3C, carrying an experimental spacecraft, lifts off from the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, Oct. 24, 2014. The experimental spacecraft launched early on Friday morning is part of a test in the hope of leading to future return missions to the moon, China’s state media reported. 
  • The Australians take to the field at the start of Pakistan’s second inning during day three of the First Test between Pakistan and Australia at Dubai International Stadium at Dubai International Stadium on Oct. 24, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Days after Nigeria was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization, the first case of the deadly virus was confirmed in New York.

Protests swelled in Hong Kong again over the weekend, after talks between government representatives and student protesters did little to resolve any of the disagreements between the two sides. In Mexico, relatives of 43 missing student teachers staged a demonstration and demanded information from authorities in Iguala, the city in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero where the 43 people went missing. 

The fight for Kobani ground on as U.S.-led air strikes continued in an effort to push back the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has been trying for weeks to take over the Syrian Kurdish city on the border with Turkey. And in Ottowa, a gunman attacked Canada’s parliament, killing a soldier at the nearby war memorial.

In the U.S., the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants headed into the weekend preparing to face off again in a seven-game World Series tied 1-1.

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