This Week in Pictures: Oct. 24-30

  • Men remove protective wood beams from the front of a business the morning after Hurricane Patricia passed further south sparing Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Oct. 24, 2015. The storm made landfall Friday evening on Mexico’s Pacific coast as a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 165 mph but rapidly lost steam as it moved over a mountainous region inland from the shore.
  • A man surveys the scene in Punta Perula, Jalisco, Mexico on Oct. 25, 2015.
  • South Africa players compete in a scrum with New Zealand players during their Rugby World Cup Semi-Final match at Twickenham in London, Britain, Oct. 24, 2015.
  • A supporter of opposition presidential candidate and former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa, who heads the four main opposition parties, uses a campaign poster as a sun hat at their closing campaign rally in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Oct. 24, 2015. Tanzanians vote Sunday in landmark elections that could end the dominance of the ruling party, which has held power for decades but faces a united opposition buoyed by growing discontent over official corruption.
  • LSU running back Lanard Fournette (27) walks in the rain before an NCAA college football game against Western Kentucky in Baton Rouge, La., Oct. 24, 2015.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leaves a campaign rally with her husband former President Bill Clinton in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 24, 2015.
  • A woman tries to warm up herself using a thermal blanket provided by volunteers after arriving on a dinghy from a Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Oct. 24, 2015. The International Office for Migration says Greece over the last week experienced the largest single weekly influx of migrants and refugees this year, at an average of some 9,600 per day.
  • Safety Taylor Taliulu #30 and safety Hunter Dale #35 of the Washington State Cougars celebrate after a fourth down stop against Arizona Wildcats during the fourth quarter of the college football game at Arizona Stadium on Oct. 24, 2015, in Tucson, Arizona. The Cougars defeated the Wildcats 45-42.
  • Israeli soldiers at the Israeli Syrian border south of the Golan Heights during a search operation early on Oct. 25, 2015. Israeli Army spokesman report that a 23-year-old Israeli Arab from the village of Jaljulia paraglideded over the border into Syria in an apparent attempt to join the civil war. Israeli Military censor banned reporting on the incident until the following morning.
  • Morning fog floats above the village of Pilisborosjeno, 20 kms north of Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 25, 2015.
  • A voter looks for his name on a voters lists during elections in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Oct. 25, 2015. The country is holding the first-round presidential vote Sunday along with balloting for numerous legislative races and local offices.
  • A woman carrying a censer blows as others wait to participate in a procession honoring The Lord of Miracles or “Senor de los Milagros” in Madrid, Spain, Oct. 25, 2015. Peruvians in Madrid gathered to take part in the religious procession to celebrate the Lord of Miracles “Senor de los Milagros,” the patron saint of most Catholic Peruvians, as part of an annual Catholic festivity in Lima, Peru celebrated by hundreds of thousands of believers.
  • Sheep are led by shepherds through Madrid city centre, Spain, Oct. 25, 2015. Shepherds guided a flock of around 2,000 sheep through Madrid streets in defence of ancient grazing, droving and migration rights increasingly threatened by urban sprawl and modern agricultural practices.
  • Electoral officials, right, try to calm a voter who says his name is not on the voters list during elections in the Petion-Ville suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Oct. 25, 2015. The country is holding the first-round presidential vote Sunday along with balloting for numerous legislative races and local offices.
  • A woman holds a parasol as she stands in a field of fireweed, or Kochia scoparia, on a sunny autumn day at the Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachi, north of Tokyo, Oct. 26, 2015.
  • People rush an injured woman to a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Oct. 26, 2015. A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia. Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran.
  • France’s Axel Augis warms up on the parallel bars as he takes part in the men’s qualification competition at the World Artistic Gymnastics championships in Glasgow, Scotland, Oct. 26, 2015.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama gestures to members of the press pool as he walks back to the White House after having lunch with former senators Tom Daschle and George Mitchell in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 26, 2015.
  • A hostess of the Heineken firm stands at the company’s exhibition within the contemporary design festival “Designblok 2015” in Prague, Czech Republic, Oct. 26, 2015. Designblok is an international show of contemporary furniture, industrial design, interior accessories, lights, fashion and jewelry.
  • A Kuwaiti woman takes a selfie during the opening ceremony of the new legislative year at the National Assembly in Kuwait City, on Oct. 27, 2015. Kuwait’s ruler called on the government and parliament to carry out urgent economic reforms after state income dropped 60% due to a sharp slide in oil prices.
  • London Mayor Boris Johnson takes part in a tug of war with members of the armed services to launch the London Poppy Day, outside City Hall, in London, Oct. 27, 2015. London Poppy Day is a street collection event to raise money for serving and retired members of the armed services and their families.
  • The bow of the Leviathan II, a whale-watching boat that capsized on Sunday, is seen Oct. 27, 2015, near Vargas Island before it is towed into Tofino, B.C., for inspection. Investigators are trying to unravel the mystery of what caused a whale watching boat to capsize off Vancouver Island in seemingly calm weather, killing five British nationals including a father and his teenage son. A search continued for a missing Australian man. Twenty-one people were rescued.
  • An Egyptian soldier stands guard as a voter leaves a polling station for the runoff to the first round of the parliamentary elections in Giza, just outside of Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 27, 2015.
  • Migrants are seen through a hole in the main gate at the temporary transit facility in Dhekelia Garrison, a British military base on the east Mediterranean island of Cyprus on Oct. 28, 2015. Base authorities said 114 people whose fishing boats landed on the shore of another British base on Cyprus’ southern coast last week have been transferred to Dhekelia where they will be provided with “more suitable accommodation.” British authorities insist the bases, which are considered sovereign territory, will not become a new migrant route to the UK.
  • Volunteer doctors and paramedics try to save a child after a boat carrying more than 200 refugees and migrants sunk while crossing part of the Aegean sea from Turkey, on the Greek island of Lesbos, Oct. 28, 2015. According to the Greek Coast Guard, three bodies were recovered and 242 people were rescued, without clarifying how many people were onboard.
  • Police officers outside The Greater Allen A.M.E Cathedral and Conference Center for the funeral of New York Police Department officer Randolph Holder in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York, Oct. 28, 2015. Holder, 33, a native of Guyana, was shot and killed while chasing a suspect in the East Harlem area of Manhattan.
  • People wear the American flag as students and protesters gather at the “Free Speech Zone” located at the University of Colorado’s Business Field, while candidates gather across the street for a forum held by CNBC, before the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 28, 2015.
  • Israeli workers hang up a billboard with the portrait of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, ahead of a memorial rally for the 20th anniversary of his assassination at Rabin square in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. In 1995, Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing Israeli minutes after attending a festive peace rally. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
  • Horses make their way around the track as rain falls at Keeneland Racecourse during Breeder’s Cup workouts on Oct. 28, 2015 in Lexington, Ky.
  • Fans make their way through Kauffman Stadium before Game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo.
  • An unmanned Army surveillance blimp which broke loose from its ground tether in Maryland floats through the air about 1,000 feet about the ground while dragging a several thousand foot tether line just south of Millville, Pa., Oct. 28, 2015.
  • Migrants and asylum seekers look out of the windows of a train heading to Serbia from the Greek-Macedonian border on Oct. 28, 2015. More than 700,000 refugees and migrants have reached Europe’s Mediterranean shores so far this year, amid the continent’s worst migration crisis since World War II, the UN refugee agency said.
  • Some thousands of people hold up the glowing displays of their mobile phones during a demonstration initiated by the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party against what they call the uncontrolled immigration and asylum abuse in Erfurt, central Germany, Oct. 28, 2015.
  • Students play during their break inside Hosam Kamel school in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria, Oct. 28, 2015. Hosam Kamel school, that was bombed and partially destroyed, started today the new school year after restoration work was done, activists said.
  • Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (R) performs the traditional Thai greeting as she arrives for a trial on criminal charges stemming from her government’s rice price subsidy, at the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions, in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 29, 2015. The rice subsidy plan was a key promise during Yingluck Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai party’s 2011 electoral campaign. It was also a major talking point for her opposition, which accused the government of mismanagement and corruption related to the scheme.
  • An Indian laborer makes fire-crackers with bare hands, in Ahmadabad, India, Oct. 29, 2015. Fire crackers will be in huge demand in India during the upcoming festival of lights Diwali.
  • Filipinos escape from a fire in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines, Oct. 29, 2015. The Bureau of Fire Protection Chief Director Ariel Barayuga reminded the public to be extra cautious when lighting candles during the observance of All Soul’s and All Saints’ Day this week. 
  • Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) gets emotional as he addresses colleagues prior to the election for the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 29, 2015.
  • Ukrainian prisoners of war sit in a bus before a repatriation ceremony in Donetsk, Ukraine, Oct. 29, 2015.
  • A railroad worker inspects the tracks behind his truck alongside the Androsscoggin River as a storm clears to reveal colorful fall foliage, Oct. 29, 2015, near Gorham, N.H.
  • Traders gather at the post that handles Allergan on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Oct. 29, 2015. Allergan, which makes Botox, jumped 8 percent after saying it has held talks with Pfizer about a sale.
  • Firefighters walk past a burned engine of an airplane, Oct. 29, 2015, at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Dania Beach, Fla. The passenger plane’s engine caught fire Thursday as it prepared for takeoff, and passengers had to quickly evacuate on the runway using emergency slides, officials said. The Dynamic Airways flight was headed to Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Volunteers and local residents help refugees and migrants disembark from a small vessel after their arrival in Skala Sykaminias on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos on Oct. 30, 2015. Greek authorities say a number of people have died near other islands after two boats carrying migrants and refugees from Turkey to Greece sank overnight, in the latest deadly incident in the eastern Aegean Sea.
  • An Indian policeman throws back an exploded tear gas shell towards Kashmiri Muslim protesters during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Oct. 30, 2015. Police fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse Kashmiris who gathered after Friday afternoon prayers to protest against the killing of Abu Qasim, a Pakistani national and operations chief of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group.
  • A local resident cries as she holds the body of a dead baby in Petra village on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Oct. 30, 2015. The deaths occurred amid a surge of crossings to Greek islands involving migrants and refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and other countries ahead of winter and as European governments weight taking tougher measures to try and limit the number of arrivals in Europe.

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Hurricane Patricia — the strongest recorded storm in history — made landfall in Mexico over the weekend, but quickly dissipated. Days later, a massive earthquake struck northern Afghanistan. 

In the U.S., the World Series kicked off between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals, with the Royals taking an early lead.

The Republican presidential candidates faced off in a third debate on Wednesday night. Later in the week, Paul Ryan was elected House Speaker, replacing John Boehner who resigned earlier this month. In New York City, thousands of police officers gathered for the funeral of NYPD officer Randolph Holder, who was killed last week pursuing a suspect in New York’s East Harlem.

Protests intensified in Turkey, ahead of the country’s second general election of the year or Nov. 1, a snap vote which President Tayyip Erdogan hopes will see the AK party win back the majority it lost five months ago. Off the coast of Greece, more than 20 refugees died Thursday night when two boats sank trying to reach Europe from Turkey.

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