This Week in Pictures: Sept. 12-18

  • Migrants scramble aboard a train at the station in Beli Manastir, Croatia, Sept. 18, 2015. Migrant numbers in Europe will build up in coming days and their flows may fragment further into new routes, the U.N. refugee agency said on Friday, urging the European Union to grasp a last chance to resolve the refugee crisis next week.
  • Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, right, walks past a frosted glass door as she arrives to speak at a news conference in Washington, on Sept. 17, 2015. The Federal Reserve is keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a weak global economy, persistently low inflation, and unstable financial markets.
  • A migrant family prepare money for ticket to board the train heading to the border with Serbia, near the town of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Sept. 17, 2015. Thousands of migrants continue to arrive in Macedonia, on their way to Serbia, Croatia and EU countries.
  • A boat stands on a dock after it was lifted by an earthquake-triggered tsunami in Coquimbo, Chile, Sept. 17, 2015. Several coastal towns were flooded from small tsunami waves set off by late Wednesday’s 8.3 magnitude earthquake, which shook the Earth so strongly that rumbles were felt across South America.
  • A protester who was shot during clashes, is treated in hospital in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Sept. 17, 2015. While gunfire rang out in the streets, Burkina Faso’s military took to the airwaves Thursday to declare it now controls the West African country, confirming that a coup had taken place just weeks before elections.
  • A migrant carries a girl on his shoulders as he stands near to riot police officers, at the border between Serbia and Croatia, in Tovarnik, Croatia, Sept. 17, 2015. Croatia has suddenly become the latest hotspot in the 1,000-mile plus exodus toward Western Europe after Hungary sealed off its border Tuesday with a razor-wire fence and then used tear gas, batons and water cannons to keep the migrants out.
  • A woman stands at a bus stop decorated with a pre-election poster with an image of conservative New Democracy party leader Evangelos Meimarakis in Athens, Greece, Sept. 17, 2015. Greece’s leftist Syriza party has a 0.6 percentage point lead over the conservative New Democracy party, a Kapa Research poll for To Vima newspaper showed on Thursday.
  • Ruling Liberal Democratic Party Upper House lawmaker Masahisa Sato, second left, acting chairperson of an upper house committee, is blocked from reading documents by opposition lawmakers in Tokyo, Sept. 17, 2015. Japan’s parliament braced Thursday for another battle of wills after opposition lawmakers used delaying tactics to block the committee from meeting to approve bills that would expand the role of the country’s military.
  • Aides to Adm. Harry Harris, Jr., U.S. Navy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, take notes while he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 17, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on maritime security strategy in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Malaysian riot police guard Petaling Street from pro-government “red shirt” protesters during a rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sept. 16, 2015. Some 250 Malay NGOs pledged support for the rally, which they said was aimed at countering last month’s Bersih protest, where tens of thousands hit the streets of Kuala Lumpur calling for institutional reform and the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak.
  • Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson is surrounded by reporters after arriving at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif.
  • People make their way through fields at the border between Serbia and Croatia near Tovarnik, Croatia, Sept. 16, 2015. The first groups of migrants have started arriving in Croatia – a new entry point into the European Union after Hungary sealed off its border with Serbia with massive coils of barbed wire.
  • A Lebanese protester is surrounded by Lebanese anti-riot policemen during a protest downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sept. 16, 2015. According to reports, clashes erupted near the Parliament as political leaders were meeting to discuss means of ending crisis in Lebanon. Some 23 people were arrested during the clashes.
  • Indonesian soldiers extinguish the wildfire on a peat land in Indralaya area, Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra Province, Indonesia, Sept. 16, 2015. Indonesian authorities deployed 1,000 soldiers in South Sumatra province to fight land fires in the area. Haze from land and forest fires is an annual hazard in Indonesia. The practice of open burning to clear land is illegal but is common in the country.
  • A man looks on as cars are seen stuck in a sinkhole that occurred in a parking area after heavy rainfall hit Haikou, Hainan province, China, Sept. 16, 2015.
  • A supporter of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waits for Trump to speak on the USS Iowa in San Pedro, Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 15, 2015.
  • Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado gets airborne over Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, bottom, after forcing him out at second base and throwing to first to complete a double play on Adrian Gonzalez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sept. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles.
  • Fashion designer Dennis Basso (R) checks his phone while his models practice their walk on the runway before the start of his Spring 2016 collection during New York Fashion Week in New York, Sept. 15, 2015.
  • Pigeons fly around Muslim pilgrims leaving the noon prayers outside the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 15, 2015. Despite the crane accident on Friday, almost 1 million pilgrims had arrived ahead of the hajj, as of Tuesday.
  • Donald Trump arrives in southern California on Sept. 15, 2015, for a campaign rally hosted by Veterans for a Strong America, just one day ahead of the second Republican presidential debate.
  • People gather around a raft that was found in South Beach, Florida, Sept. 15, 2015. Twelve Cubans reportedly arrived aboard this raft after leaving Cuba on Sept. 10, 2015. The immigrants were able to avail themselves of the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, which, under the policy known as “wet foot, dry foot,” allows Cubans who reach U.S. soil to remain in the country and become legal permanent residents. The vast majority of undocumented Cubans intercepted at sea, however, are repatriated to the Communist-ruled island. Since October 2014, more than 3,000 Cuban immigrants have tried to reach U.S. territory by sea, according to the Coast Guard.
  • A woman walks across mud and debris in a road following a flash flood, Sept. 15, 2015, in Colorado City, Ariz. Officials say the bodies of two people killed in flash flooding in southern Utah were recovered in Arizona a few miles downstream, while the bodies of six others were recovered in Utah.
  • Child jockeys wait at the starting box as they prepare for the race during the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on Sept. 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or $5.
  • Residents of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., watch as work goes on to clean debris off of a bridge area after a flash flood on Sept. 15, 2015 in Colorado City, Ariz. A wall of water swept away vehicles in the Utah-Arizona border town Monday, killing several people.
  • Salvadoran soldiers rest prior to participating in the parade commemorating Independence Day in San Salvador, El Salvador, Sept. 15, 2015.
  • Tony Chavez holds his head in his hands after leaving his home due to the Valley Fire, at an evacuation center at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga, Calif., Sept. 15, 2015. The toll of property losses from the deadly Northern California wildfire, the most destructive this year in the western United States, climbed on Tuesday to at least 585 homes along with hundreds of other structures which have gone up in flames.
  • Residents walk along a street after a flash flood in Hildale, Utah Sept. 15, 2015. At least eight people were killed near Utah’s border with Arizona when flash floods triggered by heavy rain in nearby canyons swept them away in their cars, officials said on Tuesday.
  • A migrant child rests on the ground near the border with Hungary in Horgos, Serbia, Sept. 15, 2015. Hundreds of migrants pressed against a barrier erected by Hungarian police across the main highway linking Serbia and Hungary on Tuesday, demanding they be allowed to cross the border.
  • Friends and family carry the remains of one of The Disappeared, Seamus Wright, 25, to requiem mass in St Agnes’ Roman Catholic Church on the Andersonstown Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sept. 15, 2015.
  • An Afghan boy sieves clay to prepare for making clay crafts in Istalif district, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2015. Istalif is a traditional center to produce pottery, which was severely destroyed during Taliban regime.
  • A wagon equipped with razor wire is placed at the border between Hungary and Serbia in Roszke, some 180 kilometers southeast from Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 14, 2015, to close the gap of the temporary border fence at the Horgos-Szeged railway line. Hungary has sealed the last gap in the barricade along its border with Serbia, closing the passage to thousands of refugees and migrants still waiting on the other side. The crossing at Roszke on the Hungarian side has been closed off with barbed wire, after Hungary hurriedly completed the fence along the 175-kilometer border with Serbia.
  • Soldiers and police officers patrol the border between Hungary and Serbia near Roszke, 180 kms southeast from Budapest, Hungary, late Sept. 13, 2015. Hungary registered more than 10,000 migrants after they crossed from Serbia over the weekend, police data showed 14 September, a day before the country was set to seal its border to new arrivals.
  • Refugees walk at night after crossing the border between Hungary and Serbia under the Ursa Major constellation near Roszke, Hungary, Sept. 13, 2015.
  • Model Gigi Hadid yawns as she is prepared backstage before the Jeremy Scott Spring/Summer 2016 collection presentation during New York Fashion Week in New York, Sept. 14, 2015.
  • A burned truck and structures are seen at the Butte Fire on Sept. 13, 2015 near San Andreas, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Amador and Calaveras counties where the 100-square-mile wildfire has burned scores of structures so far and is threatening 6,400 in the historic Gold Country of the Sierra Nevada foothills.
  • In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 photo, an Emirati woman looks inside a tent set up by the UAE government for the funeral of Fahad Al Bloushi, an Emirati soldier who was killed in a Sept. 5 missile attack in Yemen, in Ajman, United Arab Emirates. The Emirates said a total of 52 of its soldiers deployed as part of the Saudi-led coalition were killed in the Houthi rebel attack, the heaviest military loss for the country since it was founded in 1971.
  • A Syrian refugee break into tears while hugging his son before crossing the border between Serbia and Hungary near Roszke, Hungary, Sept. 13, 2015.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men cover their heads with prayer shawls while praying all night for forgiveness, or Selichot, at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, in Jerusalem’s Old City, Israel, early Sept. 13, 2015.
  • Hungarian soldiers patrol the border near the fence which separates Hungary from Serbia near Roszke, Hungary, Sept. 13, 2015.
  • A firefighter covers his face while battling the Butte fire near San Andreas, Calif., Sept.12, 2015. The Butte fire has destroyed 86 homes and 51 outbuildings in rural Amador and Calaveras counties, where it covers an estimated 65,000 acres, officials said.
  • A left-wing protester walks in front of police water cannons during a demonstration against a Nazi demonstration, which was forbidden by authorities, in Hamburg’s Schulterblatt street in Schanzenviertel district, Sept. 12, 2015.
  • Hungarian riot police fight migrants at the border crossing with Serbia in Roszke, Hungary, Sept. 16, 2015. Hungarian police fired tear gas and water cannon at protesting migrants demanding they be allowed to enter from Serbia on Wednesday on the second day of a border crackdown.
  • Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, visits with supporters after beating Roberta Vinci, of Italy, during the women’s championship match of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sept. 12, 2015, in New York.
  • Residents flash V-signs as they wait for arrival of co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party Selahattin Demirtas (not pictured) in the southeastern town of Cizre in Sirnak province, Turkey, Sept. 12, 2015. In the town of Cizre, scene of intense clashes between the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Turkish army, residents ventured out to stock up on groceries and check on their shops after authorities lifted a nine-day round-the-clock curfew at 7 a.m.
  • Memphis wide receiver Tevin Jones (87) is tackled by Kansas safety Fish Smithson (9) after Jones caught a pass in the end zone to score a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Sept. 12, 2015, in Lawrence, Kan.

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The humanitarian crisis unfolding along the borders of Europe, as refugees and migrants from war-afflicted countries – mostly Syria, but also Iraq and Afghanistan – continued this week. Hungary closed its border with Serbia, forcing waves of refugees to seek entry into Europe through Croatia; Germany imposed temporary border controls; and other European countries have threatened to do the same. 

In the U.S., Republican presidential candidates took to the stage for the second round of debates.

Wildfires continue to ravage California as flash floods took lives in Utah. And a massive 8.3-magnitude earthquake in Chile triggered mass evacuations and tsunamis as far as Japan.

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