This Week in Pictures: Sept. 13-19

  • A man reacts as a Ukrainian soldier asks to check his documents at a checkpoint near Pervomaysk, in the Luhansk region, Ukraine, Sept. 13, 2014. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accused Russia of wanting to control the whole of Ukraine, arguing that only NATO could provide his country with the protection it needed.
  • An Afghan girl poses for a photograph at a temporary shelter at an internally displaced person’s (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan, Sept. 13, 2014.
  • Roma’s Radja Nainggolan (C) celebrates after his team won the Italian Series A soccer match against Empoli at the Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli, Italy, Sept. 13, 2014.
  • A model has her makeup and hair done backstage before the presentation of the Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 2015 collection during London Fashion Week, Sept. 14, 2014.
  • An elderly man holding his ballot papers waits for his turn to enter a voting booth to take part in the parliamentary elections at a polling station in Simferopol, Crimea, Sept. 14, 2014. Polls opened in thousands of Russian regions, districts, cities and villages, as the country’s biggest regional election since 1991 got underway. Voters will elect 30 regional governors and 14 regional parliaments, three mayors and thousands of municipal assemblies.
  • Models walk the runway during the Moises Nieto fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, Sept. 13, 2014.
  • Hurricane Odile approaches Los Cabos, Mexico, Sept. 14, 2014. 
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual fundraising Steak Fry, Sept. 14, 2014, in Indianola, Iowa.
  • A model stands between the colorful bristles of a car washing machine during the press tour of the ‘Automechanika’ car accessories fair in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Sept. 15, 2014.
  • A fishing boat sails along the shore on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Sept. 15, 2014. The referendum on Scottish independence will take place on Sept. 18, when Scotland will vote on whether to end its 307-year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom.
  • A Kurdish peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells toward Zummar, controlled by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, near Mosul, Iraq, Sept. 15, 2014.
  • A model displays a Spring/Summer design by Dolores Cortes during Madrid’s Fashion Week in Madrid, Spain, Sept. 15, 2014 .
  • Residents look on as the body of a man suspected of dying from Ebola lies in a busy street, after it was reportedly dragged there to draw attention of burial teams following days of failed attempts by his family to have his body picked up, in Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 15, 2014.
  • A Honduran immigrant entertains a fellow immigrant’s child in front a map of Mexico showing train routes leading north at a shelter for undocumented Central American immigrants on Sept. 14, 2014 in Tenosique, Mexico.
  • A Syrian refugee barber trainee shaves a man at one of the vocational training centers of the The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) at Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, Sept. 15, 2014.
  • Cavalry horses and their riders are exposed to smoke as members of the Dutch cavalry undergo a stress test at the beach in Scheveningen, the Netherlands, Sept. 15, 2014. The horses and riders are exposed to gunfire, music and smoke prior the parade in The Hague on Sept. 16.
  • A presidential guard looks through binoculars as he keeps watch at the national palace during celebrations to mark Mexico’s 204th anniversary in Mexico City, Sept. 15, 2014. Mexico celebrates the anniversary of its independence from Spain, on Sept. 16.
  • Piglets are carried over floodwaters by a resident as they return to their home after fleeing earlier due to a swollen river in suburban San Mateo, Rizal province, Philippines, Sept. 15, 2014. Fast-moving Typhoon Kalmaegi blew out of the northern Philippines Monday after causing flash floods and landslides. Three people died when big waves and strong winds sank a stalled ferry over the weekend.
  • French President Francois Hollande (L) speaks with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders (R) before a family photo at the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq, at the Quai d’Orsay in Paris, Sept. 15, 2014. Hollande called on Monday for a global response to counter Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants during an International conference bringing together about 30 countries to discuss how to cooperate in the fight against ISIS  militants, saying the group posed a security threat the world over.
  • A Free Syrian Army fighter carries his weapon on one of the front lines of Wadi Al-Dayf camp in the southern Idlib countryside, Sept. 14, 2014.
  • This Sept. 14, 2014 photo shows fire as it approaches the shore of Bass Lake, Calif. Crews are working to get better access to two raging wildfires in California that have forced hundreds to evacuate their homes.
  • Government workers wade through flood waters after pulling out the carcasses of cows from an inundated Indian army dairy farm in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sept. 16, 2014. Health workers were scrambling Tuesday to manage a mounting health crisis nearly two weeks after massive flooding engulfed much of Kashmir, where they are treating cases of diarrhea, skin allergies and fungus as they hope the stagnant waters do not create conditions for more serious disease outbreaks.
  • A Palestinian Bedouin from the Jahalin tribe stands in the doorway of his home in the Judea desert, east of Jerusalem, West Bank, Sept. 16, 2014. According to media reports, Israel is planning to relocate Palestinian Bedouins from the area surrounding East Jerusalem to a new town in the Jordan Valley.
  • A model presents a creation from the Simone Rocha Spring/Summer 2015 collection during London Fashion Week, Sept. 16, 2014.
  • Anti-war protesters hold up signs as U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel takes his seat to testify at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. policy toward Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by the terror group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 16, 2014.
  • A woman walks past graffiti on a wall in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Sept. 16, 2014. The picture was taken through a car window.
  • Free Syrian Army fighters rest inside a damaged room, during what activists said were clashes with forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Al-Amiriya near the Artillery School in Aleppo, Sept. 16, 2014.
  • A man is pictured through a fence as he sleeps outside a temple in Kathmandu, India, Sept. 16, 2014.
  • Children are pictured on the hills on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, Sept. 16, 2014.
  • Workers carry out drilling as they construct the Transolimpica tunnel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 16, 2014. The Transolimpica is a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) expressway that will connect connect the Recreio and the Deodoro neighborhoods in the West Zone, linking the two main venues of the 2016 Olympic Games.
  • A girl from the Burji ethnic tribe carries a jerry can of water back to her home near Marsabit in northern Kenya, Sept. 16, 2014.
  • A firefighter battling the King Fire watches as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California, Sept. 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres and was 5% contained on Tuesday.
  • A burning bus during clashes after the eviction of a building taken by members of the Workers Without Roof movement in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sept. 16, 2014. Members of about 200 families clashed with the police after the eviction of the building in which they were living.
  • A dress belonging to a Syrian refugee hangs inside an informal settlement in Deir al-Ahmar, Bekaa valley, Sept. 16, 2014. Senior UN officials visited Syrian refugees, who now make up one-fourth of Lebanon’s entire population, in the Bekaa region on Tuesday and called for the international community to assist the Lebanese government in dealing with the refugee crisis.
  • Troops hold cards during a military parade celebrating Independence Day at the Zocalo square in downtown Mexico City, Sept. 16, 2014.
  • Pedestrians walk through a medieval arcade near Old Town Square in central Prague, Czech Republic, Sept. 16, 2014.
  • Juventus’ Paul Pogba tries to control the ball during their Champions League Group A soccer match against Malmo at Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, Sept. 16, 2014.
  • A car is partially submerged on a flooded street in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sept. 15, 2014. Flooding from days of heavy monsoon rains partially submerged Srinagar and left more than 400 people dead in northern Pakistan and India. The flood waters have begun to recede, but vast fields of crops have been destroyed and tens of thousands of families have lost all their possessions.
  • Soldiers from forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad walk on the Zalin hills, after saying they have regained control of the hill and farms surrounding it, in the northern Hama countryside, Sept. 16, 2014. Syria’s army declared a victory against insurgents last week when it pushed back their advance toward pro-government towns in the west of the country. But a month earlier the strategic area did not even appear at risk. The campaign near Hama against al Qaeda-linked fighters and other groups shows how the Syrian military can quickly redeploy its forces to push back enemies using its superior fire power. But it also shows how the army is spread thinly in Syria, leaving at risk even areas of vital importance to the government.
  • A Kashmiri flood victim sits at a bonfire outside a tent in Srinagar on Sept. 17, 2014. Army and other emergency officials have battled to rescue tens of thousands of people stranded by the floods, triggered by heavy monsoon rains, that hit the northern Himalayan region and neighboring Pakistan.
  • A Chicago police officer takes part in the 11th Annual Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Candlelight Vigil, Sept. 16, 2014. Since the formation of the Chicago Police Department in the 1830s, 571 officers have died in the line of duty.
  • Western Wall employees remove thousands of handwritten notes placed between the ancient stones of the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, Sept. 17, 2014. The cleaning takes place ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which this year falls on Sept. 24, and also one more time each year before the Passover holiday.
  • Riders in action on a pedestrian bridge during the third stage of the Swiss Epic Race to Leukerbad in Susten, Switzerland, Sept. 17, 2014. The mountainbike race runs from Sept. 15-20, 2014.
  • Judy Watt, who said she just purchased her dream home in Pollock Pines, watches smoke from the King Fire in Pollock Pines, Calif., Sept. 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres and was 5% contained on Tuesday.
  • An Afghan family heads home during a dust storm in Kabul, Sept. 17, 2014.
  • A firefighter monitors a backfire as he battles the King Fire on Sept. 17, 2014 in Fresh Pond, California. The King fire is threatening more than 1,600 homes in the forested area about an hour east of Sacramento and has consumed more than 18,544 acres. 
  • A Chinese woman (R) sets up her outdoor toy stall as people pass on bicycles on Sept. 18, 2014 in central Beijing, China.
  • Law enforcement officers gather before a funeral service for Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks.
  • A model walks the runway during the Just Cavalli show as part of Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 on Sept. 18, 2014 in Milan, Italy.
  • Palestinians are reflected in a rear-view mirror while sitting in a bus before leaving for the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca, at Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Sept. 18, 2014.
  • A sign indicates the location of a polling station in Aberdeen, Scotland, Sept. 18, 2014.
  • A worker adjusts a crucifix at the venue where Pope Francis will be holding a Holy Mass during his visit to Albania, in Tirana, Sept. 19, 2014. This Sunday, Pope Francis makes a day trip to Albania - his first to a European country - to pay tribute to followers of all religions who suffered some of the worst persecution in the 20th century, and to hold up the impoverished nation as a model of inter-religious harmony.
  • A young artist performs during the opening ceremony for the 17th Asian Games at Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in Incheon, South Korea, Sept. 19, 2014.
  • A lone YES campaign supporter walks down a street in Edinburgh after the result of the Scottish independence referendum, Scotland, Sept. 19, 2014. Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain’s political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots’ hopes of breaking free and building their own nation. 



Scots voted in a referendum on Thursday to determine whether or not to end their country’s 307-year union with the United Kingdom. Ultimately, the oil and Scotch-rich nation decided to remain a part of the U.K., with 55% of voters saying “no, thanks” to the change.

Wildfires ravaged parts of California as the King Fire in Fresh Pond, California, threatened some 1,600 homes and remained only 5% contained as of Thursday.

President Barack Obama announced that a coalition of forces led by the U.S. would take on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but he denied that combat troops would be deployed to fight the terrorist group on the ground.