This Week in Pictures: Oct. 25-31

  • Lebanese army soldiers carry their weapons during clashes with Islamist militants in Tripoli, Oct. 25, 2014. Clashes erupted between the Lebanese army and Islamist militants on Saturday following explosions and gunfire in the streets of the northern city of Tripoli. At least two militants were killed and six soldiers – including an officer – were wounded in previous clashes between the army and Islamic gunmen in Tripoli on Friday. It was not immediately clear which group the militants represented.
  • Two Egyptians pay homage to the dead soldiers prior to a ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of the battle of El Alamein in the World War II, in Alamein, Egypt, Oct. 25, 2014.
  • A reporter for Hong Kong’s public broadcaster, RTHK, Wong Wing-yin, makes a phone call while sitting on the ground surrounded by pro-government protesters during their gathering in Hong Kong, Oct. 25, 2014. Three journalists were roughed up on Saturday evening in Hong Kong after being confronted by pro-government protesters holding a rally to oppose a four-week long “Occupy” movement of the financial hub’s streets by pro-democracy demonstrators.
  • Patrons sit in a coffee shop in central Kiev, Ukraine, Oct. 25, 2014.
  • Thais release thousands of hot air lanterns during the Yi Peng festival celebrations in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, late Oct. 25, 2014. The ancient northern traditional festival is held annually by launching floating lanterns into the night sky with the belief that misfortune will fly away with the lanterns as part of Loy Krathong celebrations which this year falls on Nov. 6.
  • A man votes at a polling station in front of Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oct. 26, 2014. Some 142.8 million people are called to vote in the second round runoff presidential elections. The country voted in the first round on Oct. 5.
  • A U.S. Marine gestures as British and U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck complex at Lashkar Gah in Helmand province on Oct. 26, 2014. British forces on Oct. 26 handed over formal control of their last base in Afghanistan to Afghan forces, ending combat operations in the country after 13 years. The Union Jack was lowered at Camp Bastion in the southern province of Helmand, while the Stars and Stripes came down at the adjacent Camp Leatherneck – the last U.S. Marine base in the country.
  • A Palestinian woman stands in the doorway of 15-year-old Palestinian-American Orwa Hammad’s home during his funeral in the West Bank village of Silwad, near Ramallah, Oct. 26, 2014. Orwa was reportedly killed on Oct. 24 during clashes with soldiers of the Israeli army.
  • A protester takes cover behind a pillar as police use a water cannon against them during a demonstration organized by far-right groups in Cologne, Germany, Oct. 26, 2014. The demonstration against Islamic extremism was organized by neo-Nazi groups and members of Germany’s football hooligan scene.
  • A man walks out of a voting booth during a parliamentary election at a polling station in Horodyshche near Chernihiv, Oct. 26, 2014. Ukrainians voted on Sunday in an election that is likely to install a pro-Western parliament and strengthen President Petro Poroshenko’s mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but may fuel tension with Russia.
  • Passengers wait for an underground subway train in central Hong Kong, Oct. 26, 2014.
  • A Free Syrian Army fighter looks through a hole in the wall inside a damaged building on the frontline of Aleppo’s Al-Ezaa neighborhood, Oct. 26, 2014.
  • An electoral worker checks information at a polling station in Tunis, capital of Tunisia, Oct. 26, 2014. The Tunisian parliamentary election ended on Sunday evening with a high turnout rate defying most opinion polls.
  • Police officers clear away protesters during a demonstration of feminist organization Femen in front of the Iranian embassy in Berlin, Germany, Oct. 27, 2014. The protest addresses the execution of a 19-year old woman in Iran.
  • Honor guards salute during the welcoming ceremony for Chilean President Michelle Bachelet at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Oct. 27, 2014.
  • A TV camera light illuminates a family as they prepare to leave a hilltop on the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc, Turkey, from where they watched fighting across the border in the Syrian town of Kobani, Oct. 27, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters.
  • A baby sleeps in a hammock on the roadside in Mumbai, India, Oct. 27, 2014.
  • A mask-wearing man, who refused to give his name, walks past an apartment building where a child was taken to the the hospital to be tested for Ebola in the Bronx borough of New York, Oct. 27, 2014.
  • A model adjusts her dress before walking a runway for a fashion show in Neve Tirza prison in Ramle, central Israel, Oct. 27, 2014. Neve Tirza, Israel’’s only women’’s prison, hosted its first fashion show Monday where models on towering heels strutted on a red catwalk, showcasing clothes designed and made by inmates. 
  • An elderly woman stands in a cloud of insecticide after a health ministry worker fumigated her house against mosquitoes that transmit dengue fever as well as chikungunya fever, in Managua, Nicaragua, Oct. 27, 2014. The Nicaraguan health ministry detected 20 new cases of chikungunya in Managua during the weekend, according to First Lady Rosario Murillo.
  • An explosion after an apparent U.S.-led coalition airstrike on Kobani, Syria, as seen from the Turkish side of the border, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa, Turkey, Oct. 27, 2014. Kurdish rebels have regained a strategic hill in the town of Kobani in northern Syria from the Islamic State after heavy airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition against the militant group, the Kurdish Rudaw news agency have reported.
  • Veterinarians prepare Tango, an 11-year-old male jaguar, for a full medical examination at the Buenos Aires Zoo, Oct. 27, 2014. Argentina’s rare jaguar was added to Buenos Aires Zoo’s DNA bank on Monday as conservationists step up efforts to save the big cat species that is on the brink of extinction. The jaguar could be the key to preserving the species for future generations. At the zoo’s Biotechnology Reproduction Lab, vets took blood, hair and semen samples from Tango to be stored.
  • Security was tight as Vice President Joe Biden campaigned at Modern Woodmen Park for Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley and Rep. Dave Loebsack, in Davenport, Iowa, Oct. 27, 2014.
  • Iraqi families surrender to Shi’ite fighters and Iraqi Army after they took control of Jurf al-Sakhar from Islamist State militants, Oct. 27, 2014. The families, who were in militant-held areas, surrendered to the army to be transported to safe areas and escape clashes between militants and Iraqi security forces, according to the Iraqi Army and the fighters.
  • A model shows a creation at MGPIN 2015 Mao Geping makeup trend launch during China Fashion Week in Beijing, Oct. 27, 2014.
  • A Lebanese woman, who fled her home from clashes between the Lebanese army and Islamic militants, rests in classroom inside a school in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Oct. 27, 2014. The Lebanese army has called on Muslim militants in Tripoli to surrender themselves as calm returned after four days of clashes. An army statement says troops will find the gunmenÕs hideouts and bring them to justice.
  • Troops in Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2014. Wing Commander Matt Radnall, Officer Commanding 7 Force Protection Wing, sits with his carefully folded Union Flag on his Bergen as the very last British Chinook helicopter takes off from Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as UK and Coalition forces carry out their Tactical Withdrawal finally leaving the base, and handing it over to Afghan National Army.
  • A protester carries rocks in front of a burning roadblock in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas at rock-throwing protesters after tens of thousands of people marched through the capital of Burkina Faso on Tuesday morning, calling for President Blaise Compaore to abandon plans to hold a referendum on changing term limits to allow him to stay in power.
  • In an Oct. 28, 2014, handout photo, an unmanned Antares rocket explodes seconds after liftoff at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. No one was injured when the cargo rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded.
  • Haj Amina, 55, a Kurdish refugee from Kobani, is comforted by other women as she mourns during the funeral of five Kurdish, Kobani fighters in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, Oct. 28, 2014.
  • A People’s Liberation Army officer adjusts the hat of a member of a guard of honor of the PLA before the start of a welcoming ceremony for Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Chinese President Xi Jinping (both not pictured) outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Oct. 28, 2014.
  • A women cries as she prays for murdered South African soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa, at a church in the street in which he was murdered, Johannesburg, South Africa, Oct. 28, 2014. The national football captain and Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was shot in the chest in the home of his girlfriend, singer and actress Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus, south of Johannesburg on the evening of Oct. 26.
  • People surround a man with a rope around his neck and accused of having raped several children in Acatempa, Oct. 28, 2014. Vigilantes detained the man after one child stepped forward and told his father that the man had threatened to skin him if he would not go with him, according to local media. The man, who denies the charges, was convicted in a quick trial let by the vigilantes and then handed over to the authorities.
  • A vendor selling balloons waits for customers on the banks of the river Yamuna during the Hindu religious festival of Chatt Puja in New Delhi, Oct. 29, 2014. Hindu women fast for the whole day for the betterment of their family and the society during the festival.
  • Burning debris can be seen in the lava flow from Mount Kilauea that is inching closer to the village of Pahoa, Hawaii, Oct. 29, 2014. The slow-moving river of molten lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano crept over residential and farm property on Hawaii’s Big Island on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes at the edge of the former plantation town.
  • Protective suits are left to dry after an Ebola training session held by Spain’s Red Cross in Madrid, Oct. 29, 2014. The Spanish Red Cross is training doctors, nurses and engineers to fight Ebola in Western Africa during a two-day pre-deployment course at a mock field hospital resembling the Ebola treatment center the organization has in Kenema, Sierra Leone.
  • People walk along the beach in Tijuana, Mexico, where metal bars marking the border with the United States meet the sea, Oct. 29, 2014, as seen from San Diego.
  • A model presents a creation from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection of Russian designer Valentin Yudashkin during the Moscow Fashion Week in Moscow, Russia Oct. 29, 2014.
  • Roses thrown by fans on the stage during The Allman Brothers Band’s final performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York, Oct. 29, 2014.
  • A model has her makeup done as she prepares for the annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Oct. 29, 2014.
  • Kansas City Royals fans react to their team’s loss at baseball’s World Series against the San Francisco Giants, during a watch party at The Kansas City Power & Light District in Kansas City, Missouri, Oct. 29, 2014.
  • San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (bottom) celebrates with teammates after catching a pop out for the final out of game seven of the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
  • Quinn Bradlee puts he head on the casket of his father and former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee at the Washington National Cathedral, Oct. 29, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Bradlee died at his home in Georgetown Oct. 21, 2014 at the age of 93. Bradlee was at the helm of the newspaper from 1968 to 1991, during which time it published the Pentagon Papers and stories documenting the Watergate scandal, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
  • A woman walks by a flooded street in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Oct. 29, 2014. A violent storm of wind and rain lashed the capital and central Argentina which produced floods and overflowing rivers, damage homes and street lighting, with power cuts and chaos in transport systems.
  • Camel traders wearing turbans rest in a group surrounded by their camels at the Pushkar Fair in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan, Oct. 30, 2014. Thousands of animals, mainly camels, are brought to the annual fair to be traded.
  • A member of a military rescue team pauses during search operations at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla, Oct. 30, 2014. Hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in south-central Sri Lanka had run out by first light on Thursday, though a government minister cut the estimated death toll to more than 100 from 300 the previous night.
  • Filipino typhoon survivor Ofelia Villarminte, 36, mother of eight children carries her three month old baby Josel inside a makeshift house in Anibong village which was damaged by 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Leyte provinces, Philippines, Oct. 30, 2014. Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, slammed into eastern and central Philippines provinces on Nov. 8, 2013. The strongest storm that made landfall ever recorded left nearly 8,000 people dead and more than 4 million people displaced.
  • A Palestinian woman gestures toward an Israeli policeman in Jerusalem’s old city, Oct. 30, 2014. Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising.
  • A man jumps over a burning couch in the Mission district after the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals to win the World Series on Oct. 29, 2014, in San Francisco.
  • Pakistani police disperse people from the sea after warnings of cyclone Nilofar, in Karachi, Pakistan, Oct. 30, 2014. Pakistan was preparing to face a “severe tropical cyclone” as it slowly moved north-eastward toward the southern coast of the country, officials said Oct. 30. Nilofar developed several days ago in the Arabian Sea and was changing from a “very severe” to “severe” category tropical cyclone as it moved toward Pakistan’s Sindh province and the neighboring Indian state of Gujarat.
  • A car burns outside the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people protest against longtime President Blaise Compaore, who is seeking another term in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014. Protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s Parliament Thursday, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, in the most significant challenge to the president’s rule during his 27 years in power.
  • A Palestinian protester gestures as he hides behind a metal container during clashes with Israeli security forces in east Jerusalem, Oct. 30, 2014. Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising. The Al-Aqsa compound, or Temple Mount, which is a central cause of the latest violence, was shut down to all visitors as a security precaution. It was the first full closure of the site, venerated by both Jews and Muslims, in 14 years.
  • A model displays a creation by designer Sunny Rose, during the Guaranty Trust Bank Fashion and Design Week in Lagos, Nigeria, Oct. 30, 2014.
  • A Turkish soldier climbs on an armored vehicle outside the gate of a staging area where Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters are stationed on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, across from the Syrian town of Kobani, Oct. 30, 2014. Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the northern Syrian border town of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, crossing over from Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the embattled city.
  • An anti-government protester wears a sash taken from the looted parliament building in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 31, 2014. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Burkina Faso on Friday to press President Blaise Compaore to step down, a day after the army dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government in the face of violent mass protests.

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After 13 years, the last of U.S. Marines and British combat forces ended their combat operations against the Taliban and departed Afghanistan last weekend, handing power over to Afghans and their newly installed president, Ashraf Ghani. The Burkino Faso government collapsed as anti-government protesters called for the president to step down.

Slow flowing lava from erupting Mount Kilauea continued its slow creep toward the village of Pahoa on Hawaii’s Big Island, as it incinerated residential and farm properties in its path, and an unmanned NASA supply rocket explodes off the coast of Virginia.  

Ukrainians and Tunisians held parliamentary elections while in Brazil, second round runoff presidential elections were underway. In Syria, extremists continued to battle for control of the border town of Kobani, as air strikes continued in an effort to keep them at bay.

And the San Francisco Giants become the first team in 35 years to win Game 7 of the World Series on the road, beating the Kansas City Royals, who last won the World Series 29 years ago.

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