This Week in Pictures: Oct. 4-10

  • From a nearby building, a pro-Russian commander directs artillery fire upon the Ukrainian army positions at the airport in Donetsk, Ukraine, Oct. 4, 2014. 
  • Sunderland supporters shield their eyes from the sun during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Stoke City at Stadium of Light on Oct. 4, 2014, in Sunderland, England.
  • Joshua Wong, a student activist leader, prepares to address protesters outside the headquarters of Hong Kong’s government, Oct. 4, 2014. Saturday saw one of the largest pro-democracy protests yet, a gesture of defiance following attacks on their encampments and a deadline set by authorities that the roads must be clear by Monday.
  • Turkish police walk during clashes with Kurdish protesters near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, Oct. 4, 2014. Turkey will do whatever it can to prevent the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic, falling to jihadists, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Oct. 3 after the Turkish parliament gave the green light for military action, as ISIS militants have now advanced to within a few miles of the town which lies just across the Turkish border.
  • A girl holds a mat before the start of prayers marking the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha at an open field in Lagos, Oct. 4, 2014. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the haj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, camels and cows to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command.
  • Bodybuilders compete during the third annual EVLS Prague Pro 2014 bodybuilding contest at Tipsport Arena, Oct. 4, 2014, in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • A pro-Russian fighter rests in an apartment from which separatists direct artillery fire upon the Ukrainian army positions at the airport in Donetsk, Ukraine, Oct. 4, 2014. Despite a nominal cease-fire, separatists have been on the offensive for more than a week to regain control of the airport.
  • Competitors start the Women’s 50-meter Freestyle final at the Fina Swimming World Cup at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Oct. 4, 2014. Inge Dekker of Netherlands, third from bottom, won gold medal.
  • An old Kurdish man reacts to tear gas during a clash between Turkish soldiers and Kurdish protestors near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on Oct. 4, 2014.
  • Turkish soldiers use tear gas to disperse Turkish Kurdish protesters near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border, in the Turkish town of Suruc in southeastern Sanliurfa province, Oct. 4, 2014. Turkish security forces broke up a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with Syrian Kurds, on the Turkish-Syrian border.
  • Residents of an Ebola-affected township wait in line before dawn to receive family and home disinfection kits distributed by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), on Oct. 4, 2014, in New Kru Town, Liberia. MSF gave out thousands of the kits in early morning distributions, some of 50,000 such “Ebola kits” to be given to families throughout the capital area. The kits, which include buckets, soap, gloves, anti-contamination gowns, plastic bags, a spray bottle and masks, are meant to give people some level of protection if a family member becomes sick, possibly from Ebola.
  • Castellers de Vilafranca celebrates after forming a human tower, called “castell,” during a biannual competition in Tarragona on Oct. 5, 2014. The formation of human towers is a tradition in the area of Catalonia.
  • The parents of 43 missing students meet at the rural teaching college their children attended, in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, Oct. 5, 2014. At least six people are dead, 43 students are reported missing, 28 buried bodies have been unearthed and 22 police officers have already been arrested during the investigation into a deadly clash between a group of student protestors and the local police who are accused of secretly belonging to, or working for, a local gang in the rural state of Guerrero.
  • People visit the “Valley of Peace” cemetery during the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha in Najaf, south of Baghdad, Oct. 5, 2014. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the haj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, camels and cows to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command.
  • A worker in a hazardous material suit carries out a barrel of contents from the apartment unit where a man diagnosed with the Ebola virus was staying as children watch from a neighboring apartment in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 5, 2014. Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, was fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital on Sunday and appeared not to be receiving any of the experimental medicines for the virus, a top U.S. medical official said at the time.
  • An Indian village woman mourns the death of her relative whom locals say was killed by firing from the Pakistan side of the border at Arnia village, near Jammu, Oct. 6, 2014. 
  • A photographer takes pictures of an installation titled “Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled With the Brilliance of Life” by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City, Oct. 6, 2014.
  • An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man checks an etrog, a lemon-like citrus fruit, for blemishes to determine if is ritually acceptable, before buying it as one of the four items used as a symbol on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, in Netanya, Israel, Oct. 6, 2014. The holiday commemorates the biblical story of the Israelites 40 years of wandering in the desert and decorated huts are erected outside religious households as a symbol of temporary shelter.
  • Health workers enter the high-risk zone as they make the morning rounds at the Bong County Ebola Treatment Unit in Sgt. Kollie Town near Gbarnga, Liberia, Oct. 6, 2014. In the newly opened treatment center, operated by an American charity, the International Medical Corps. Western volunteers and Liberian workers identify who is infected, save those they can and try to halt the virus’s spread.
  • A Pro-democracy protester holds a placard in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on Oct. 6, 2014, in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong’s Financial district. The protesters are calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
  • A worker comes out of a tank as he processes animal skins slaughtered during the Eid Al Adha, at a Leather factory in Hazaribagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Oct. 8, 2014. The Bangladeshi leather industry has earned $980.67 million from the exports of leather and leather goods in fiscal 2012/2013, according to Bangladesh’s Export Promotion Bureau.
  • A fisherman sorts fish during the traditional carp haul near the south Bohemian town of Trebon, Oct. 6, 2014, in Ponedraz, Czech Republic. Carp, the traditional Czech Christmas Eve dinner, is fished primarily from southern Bohemian ponds.
  • A health worker pushes a wheelbarrow full of rubber boots for washing at the end of the day at the Bong County Ebola Treatment Unit near Gbarnga in rural Bong County, Liberia, Oct. 5, 2014.
  • A Palestinian woman sits in a passenger bus outside the Erez Crossing terminal, after crossing into Israel in order to attend Eid al-Adha prayers in at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, one of the holiest sites in the Islamic world, in Israel, Oct. 6, 2014. Israel is allowing some 500 Palestinians all over 60 years of age into Israel each day for the three-day holiday, or Eid, for prayers as well as for visiting family members int he West Bank.
  • A woman is silhouetted against the afternoon sky and reflected in a puddle, Oct. 6, 2014, in Philadelphia.
  • Street lights show no power as commuters drive from Auckland city into the eastern suburbs on Oct. 6, 2014, in Auckland, New Zealand. Thousands of homes and businesses across Auckland’s eastern suburbs are still without power after fire damaged cables at Transpower’s Penrose Substation.
  • A businessman struggles with his umbrella in heavy rain in Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 6, 2014. Typhoon Phanfone is hitting through southwestern, western and central Japan with heavy rain and strong winds after lashing western and southern Japan, leaving two dead and three missing.
  • (L-R) Steven Nordaby and Tony Demidio, of Calvi Electric, remove the letter ‘A’ from the signage of Trump Plaza Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Oct. 6, 2014. Workers began removing the large letters spelling out the Trump name from the shuttered Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City on Monday after real-estate mogul Donald Trump sued to end a licensing deal that allowed the casino owners to use his name. Trump, who has emblazoned his name across properties in various U.S. cities, sued in August to have his name taken off the Trump Plaza, which closed last month, and the nearby Trump Taj Mahal, which is on the verge of closing.
  • A PKK Kurdish female fighter at a battle line outside the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, Oct. 6, 2014. In the blitz of ISIS’ advance in northern Iraq, the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has managed to expand its formal borders with up to 40% absorbing in oil-rich the city of Kirkuk.
  • A handout photograph made available by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team (AU-UN IST) shows a joint Somali National Army and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) force during the second phase of Operation Indian Ocean entering the Al Shabab controlled town of Barawae, Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, Oct. 6, 2014. According to reports, a joint military operation between AMISOM and the Somali Army met minimal resistance as they retook the strategically important port town of Barawe, Oct. 5, 125 miles from the Somali capital Mogadishu, previously held by the Somali militant group al-Shabab since 2006 and used by them to bring in weapons and fighters from abroad, and support their cause through exports.
  • A man walks to work as the pro-democracy student protesters sleep on a roadside in the occupied areas surrounding the government complex in Hong Kong, Oct. 6, 2014. Hong Kong’s civil servants returned to work and schools were reopening Monday as a massive pro-democracy protest that has occupied much of the city center for the week dwindled.
  • A destroyed car at a tree after heavy floods in Grabels, near Montpellier, Southern France, Oct. 7, 2014. Parts of Montpellier lay under water after the Lez river, which flows through the city, burst its banks. Hundreds of people spent the night in the local train station. The floods are the second in the region this month. No fatalities were reported.
  • An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man carries palm fronds to be used to build a Sukka in Jerusalem, Oct. 7, 2014. According to Jewish tradition, during the Sukkot holiday, known as the Feast of the Tabernacles, Jews are commanded to bind together a palm frond, or “lulav,” with two other branches, along with an “etrog,” they make up the “four species” used in the rituals. The weeklong holiday begins on Wednesday.
  • Police used tear gas and water cannon son Oct. 7, 2014, in Ankara against demonstrators who protest against attacks launched by Islamic State insurgents targeting the Syrian city of Kobane and lack of action by the government. Fresh air strikes by the US-led coalition hit positions held by Islamic State jihadists in the southwest of the key Syrian border town of Ain al-Arab (Kobane), according to an AFP journalist just across the border in Turkey. The strikes came a day after the extremists pushed into Kobane, seizing three districts in the city’s east after fierce street battles with its Kurdish defenders.
  • Israeli Airsoft teams in action during a combat simulation session, on Oct. 7, 2014, in Kfar Saba, Israel. Originating in Japan, Airsoft is similar to the sport of paintball, but utilizes replica weaponry in strategic battlefield scenarios.
  • Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers conduct rescue operations on Mount Ontake, which erupted Sept. 27, 2014, and straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures in central Japan, in this Oct. 7, 2014 handout photograph released by the Joint Staff of the Defense Ministry of Japan. Two more bodies were found on Mount Ontake on Tuesday, nearly a week and a half after the eruption that killed at least 51 people, Japanese media reported. The search continues for 10 people still missing in what has become the nation’s worst volcanic disaster in a century.
  • Turkish police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest against ISIS militants Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 7, 2014. Airstrikes have hit three groups of Islamic State fighters on the southern outskirts of the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, in what appears to be the first daytime action in Syria by the U.S.-led coalition against the militants.
  • A makeshift barricade is seen blocking a road into the pro-democracy protest site on Oct. 7, 2014, in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. With many protesters returning to work and school, supporter numbers have dwindled leaving a small number defying the governments request to leave the area. Student leaders and government officials agreed today to hold talks to end the two week protests.
  • Francis Ng, 19, a lifeguard sub-contractor poses in Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong, Oct. 7, 2014. “We have a team of 30 to 40 volunteers ready for the rescue. During my shift in the past eight days I have treated seven.” Ng said. “Life is more important than politics. I am neutral.”
  • A convoy transporting a Spanish nurse who believed to have contracted the Ebola virus from a 69-year-old Spanish priest leaves Alcorcon Hospital in Madrid, Spain, Oct. 7, 2014. The nurse who treated a missionary for the disease at a Madrid hospital tested positive for the virus, Spain’s health minister said Monday. The female nurse was part of the medical team that treated the Spanish priest who died in a hospital last month after being flown back from Sierra Leone, where he was posted.
  • A woman potter carries earthen pots through traditional pottery kilns in Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums, in Mumbai, Oct. 7, 2014.
  • A Palestinian man picks olives from his field in the west bank village of Bilin near Ramallah on Oct. 7, 2014.
  • Visitors to the White House watch as Marine One departs the South Lawn, carrying President Barack Obama, in Washington D.C., Oct. 7, 2014. Obama will attend fundraising events in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut.
  • A woman stands on the street as she speaks on a mobile phone in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Oct. 7, 2014.
  • Horses make their way to the track before a Melbourne trackwork session at Caulfield Racecourse on Oct. 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
  • The moon is seen glowing red as it rises during a total lunar eclipse from Kathmandu, Nepal, Oct. 8, 2014.
  • Balinese men lashing burning coconut husks off each other during “Mesabatan Api” a sacred firefighting ritual at a Hindu temple in Bali, Indonesia, Oct. 8, 2014.
  • A Canadian National Railway Company freight train carrying dangerous goods derailed and caught fire near the town of Wadena, Saskatchewan, Oct. 7, 2014. The Saskatchewan government said the derailment happened near the small community of Clair, which is being evacuated. Officials said none of the crew were injured.
  • Syrians are seen as they drive in the suburbs of Aleppo largely controlled by the opposition group Islamic Front despite Syrian regime forces offensive in Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 8, 2014.
  • Protesters run from a water cannon used by riot police to disperse them in Istanbul, during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with the people of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, Oct. 7, 2014. Turkey’s president said Kobani was “about to fall” as Islamic State fighters pressed home a three-week assault that has cost a reported 400 lives and forced thousands to flee their homes.
  • A model walks through an empty road tunnel for a photo shoot on Oct. 8, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. The tunnel was sealed off when pro-democracy protesters barricaded the entrance. With many protesters returning to work and school, supporter numbers have dwindled leaving a small number defying the governments request to leave the area. Student leaders and government officials have agreed to hold talks to end the two week protests.
  • A television crew, background right, films Indians watching a lunar eclipse through a telescope at a planetarium in Gauhati, India, Oct. 8, 2014. Evening viewers in much of Asia and early risers in parts of the Americas were treated to a stunning lunar eclipse on Wednesday, though clouds obscured it for some. Lucky ones saw the moon turn orange or red in what is known as a “blood moon.”
  • Pictures showing how to protect against tear gas are seen on a tent in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Oct. 8, 2014.
  • A woman walks along a area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Oct. 8, 2014. Hong Kong pro-democracy protests that brought tens of thousands on to the streets last week dwindled to a few hundred on Wednesday after activist leaders agreed to talks with the government which are all but certain to go nowhere.
  • A woman, her face covered with a handkerchief, holds a candle during a march in support of the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College missing students, in Acapulco, Mexico, Oct. 8, 2014. Thousands marched through Mexico City and other Mexican cities on Wednesday to demand the government find out what happened to dozens of missing students, who are feared to have been massacred by gang members and police in Iguala, state of Guerrero. The students from a teachers’ college went missing after they clashed with police in Iguala in the volatile, gang-ridden state of Guerrero on Sept. 26. A mass grave was found near the town over the weekend, full of charred human remains. 
  • People run away from waves caused by a tidal bore which surged past a barrier on the banks of Qiantang River, in Haining, Zhejiang province, Oct. 8, 2014.
  • Palestinians receive Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah during his visit to Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip, Oct. 9, 2014. The Palestinian Authority cabinet ministers crossed into the Gaza Strip in a convoy of cars and will view damage from the 50-day war in the northern area of Beit Hanoun before meeting with the ruling Hamas faction to hold the first unity reconciliation talks.
  • Mount Sinabung spews hot lava and volcanic ash as it is seen from Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Oct. 9, 2014. Mount Sinabung erupted in the last four days, forcing hundreds of people to flee their home. The 2,460-meter volcano had been dormant for 400 years before it erupted in August 2010. 
  • Protesters cheer after blocking an intersection after a vigil in St. Louis, Missouri on Oct. 9, 2014.
  • A flood victim clears floodwater from her flooded house after heavy rains, in Ochomogo village, Oct. 9, 2014. Heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in the south of the country, currently leaving one person dead and hundred of others homeless, officials reported on Thursday. 
  • A man an a woman walk through the stairs of an overpass decorated with posters of Bolivia’s President Evo Morales in La Paz, Bolivia, Oct. 9, 2014. Bolivia will hold general elections on Sunday. Morales is seeking re-election under the Movement Toward Socialism Party, MAS.
  • Indonesian students walk on a street covered in Mount Sinabung volcanic ash in Sukandebi village, Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Oct. 10, 2014. Mount Sinabung has been erupting over the last five days, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes. The 2,460-metre volcano had been dormant for 400 years before it erupted in August 2010.
  • Javier Limon Romero, the husband of Spanish nurse Teresa Romero Ramos who contracted Ebola, looks out of the window of a ward he is being kept isolated in, at Madrid’s Carlos III hospital, Oct. 10, 2014. Seven people turned themselves in late on Thursday to an Ebola isolation unit in Madrid where Teresa Romero, the nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola outside Africa, lay gravely ill. A hospital spokeswoman said there were now 14 people in the isolation unit on its sealed-off sixth floor, including Romero, her husband, and health workers who had cared for Romero since she was admitted on Monday. 
  • Elephants of the Swiss national circus “Knie” take a bath in the Lake Geneva, at the Bellerive beach near Lausanne, Switzerland, Oct.10, 2014.



A total lunar eclipse resulted in a red-hued “blood moon” this week. Fresh protests rocked Ferguson after a man allegedly fired at and then was shot to death by a police officer in St. Louis. The latest shooting happened days ahead of a planned “weekend of resistance” in Ferguson.

Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong remained on the streets to demand political independence from China.

In the Middle East, the U.S., along with a coalition of forces, continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as the Sunni militant group continued its march across Syria, fighting a fierce battle with Kurdish forces for control of the Syrian border town, Kobani. 

And the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died in Dallas days after arriving from Liberia.

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