This Week in Pictures: Sept. 19-25

  • People ride a swing in front of the St. Paul’s church at the opening day of the 182nd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Sept. 19, 2015. The world’s largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, 2015.
  • Syrian migrants clash with Turkish riot police, Turkish police blocking the route, preventing migrants and refugees from continuing on their way to the Turkish-Greek border at Edirne on Sept. 19, 2015.
  • Refugees line up to cross the border from Croatia to the Slovenian village Rigonce at the border station in Harmica, Croatia, Sept. 20, 2015. The refugees enter a bus for transport to a registration center.
  • A Muslim pilgrim holds the tesbih (prayer beads) outside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage, Sept. 20, 2015.
  • Lebanese anti-government protesters raise their hands as Lebanese riot policemen stand guard and block a road leading to the parliament building during a protest against the on-going trash crisis and government corruption, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sept. 20, 2015. Hundreds of Lebanese protesters pushed through a security cordon as they marched toward parliament on Sunday, the latest in a series of demonstrations that began with a trash crisis but has since expanded to target the country’s political class.
  • An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man holds a chicken as he performs the Kaparot ritual in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighbourhood, Sept. 20, 2015, ahead of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which starts at sundown on Tuesday. Kaparot is an ancient custom connected to Yom Kippur, where white chickens are slaughtered as a symbolic gesture of atonement.
  • Members of different Castellers watch as “Joves Xiquets de Valls” form a human tower or “Castellers” during the Saint Merce celebrations in San Jaime square in Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 20, 2015. The tradition of building human towers or “castells” dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where “colles” or teams compete to build the tallest and most complicated towers. A “castell” is considered completely successful when it is loaded and unloaded without falling apart. In 2010 “castells” were declared by UNESCO one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
  • Women wave Turkey’s national flags during a rally against recent Kurdish militant attacks on Turkish security forces in Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. 20, 2015. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attended the rally with the slogan “millions of people with a single voice against terror” at central Istanbul.
  • A Slovenian police officer faces refugees waiting to cross the border from Croatia to the Slovenian village Rigonce at the border station in Harmica, Croatia, Sept. 20, 2015.
  • A migrant calls his friend from a train while others try to clamber aboard through the window to avoid a police barrier at the station in Tovarnik, Croatia, Sept. 20, 2015. Police said Saturday more people are coming in from Serbia, mostly near the eastern border town of Tovarnik, where there are already around 2,500 people waiting for transport.
  • Indonesian police spray water on a peatland fire in Kampar, Riau province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Sept. 20, 2015. Indonesia has ordered four companies to suspend operations for allegedly causing forest fires that have sent smoke across a swathe of Southeast Asia, an environment ministry official said on Tuesday.
  • A Syrian refugee boy cries while he and his family try to board a train at the station in Tovarnik, Croatia, Sept. 20, 2015.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz listen to their rabbi on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel, Sept. 21, 2015. Tashlich, which means “to cast away” in Hebrew, is the practice by which Jews go to a large flowing body of water and symbolically “throw away” their sins by throwing a piece of bread, or similar food, into the water before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which start on Tuesday at sundown.
  • Nepalese people wave while attending the celebration to welcome the new constitution in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sept. 21, 2015. Nepal formally adopted a new constitution turning the former Himalayan monarchy into a secular, multiply democracy. However Several ethnic communities and small opposition parties are protesting against the new constitution saying this constitution will not end their discrimination.
  • A Muslim pilgrim climbs up the Hera cave, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel, at the top of Mount Al-Noor during the annual haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Sept. 21, 2015.
  • Humbolt Drive, Cobb, Calif., September 21, 2015, in the wake of the Valley fire.
  • University students in military uniforms and gas masks walk past chemicals billowing from canisters, during a special military training in Beijing, China, Sept. 21, 2015. A total of 100 freshmen students from two local universities took part in this special military training camp which began on Monday. The training, which includes courses of anti-chemical, air raid defense, radar camouflage and other survival skills, aims to provide a more authentic and modern military education to young students, local media reported.
  • Sharon Dawson, right, who lost her home in a wildfire, embraces a friend while visiting her Middletown, Calif., property on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. Gov. Jerry Brown requested a presidential disaster declaration on Monday, noting that more than 1,000 homes had been confirmed destroyed, with the number likely to go higher as assessment continues. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
  • A dancer from Beijing Dance Theatre wearing a mask waits for a rehearsal of a performance of “Ye Yan” at the Poly Theatre, in Beijing, Sept. 21, 2015. Ye Yan, or the Banquet, is a ballet musical program produced by Chinese film director Feng Xiaogang, who made a movie with the same name in 2006. The musical, an adaption from William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Hamlet” and presented by Beijing Dance Theatre, had its debut performance on Monday, local media reported.
  • A car falls as it is being lifted by a crane at the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, Sept. 21, 2015. More than 4,500 Yemeni have been killed since the Saudi-led alliance began military operations in March, in what they said was an attempt to stop the Iranian-allied Houthi group from expanding in Yemen and to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who had been pushed into exile in Saudi Arabia.
  • Eight month old Kajy Marcelline lies on the floor at his home in Amboasary, Madagascar, Sept. 21, 2015. According to reports, a severe food and nutrition crisis is affecting southern Madagascar with up to 200,000 people, including 40,000 children under five, affected.
  • A migrant carries a child after crossing the Austrian-Hungarian border into Nickelsdorf, Austria, Sept. 21, 2015. Roughly 10,700 migrants walked into Austria from Hungary on Sunday, more than arrived during all of Saturday, and a motorway passing through the border was partially closed, police spokesmen said.
  • Refugees wait at entrance of Registration camp at Opatovac village near Tovarnik, Croatia, Sept. 22, 2015. More and more migrants arrive in Croatia on alternative routes to enter the European Union.
  • Pablo Dona, of Miami pauses while paddleboarding as sheets of rain fall in front of him, Sept. 22, 2015, off the shores of Bal Harbour, Fla.
  • Members of the Pakistani Christian minority lreact during an event marking the second anniversary of a suicide attack on a Church, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sept. 22, 2015.
  • A migrant who collapsed from exhaustion lies on the ground next to Croatian police officers in front of a reception center close to Croatia’s border with Serbia, in Opatovac, Croatia, Sept. 22, 2015.
  • Guatemalan Judge Jisela Reinoso (C) remains in a police car after her hearing in court to answer charges of corruption in Guatemala City on Sept. 22, 2015.
  • A Nepalese Buddhist woman, left, walks out from a monastery near the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sept. 22, 2015.While many in Nepal cheered Sunday’s adoption of a permanent constitution after a 10-year effort, some ethnic groups say their concerns that the seven newly defined states would have borders cutting through their ethnic homelands were ignored.
  • Student teachers from Ayotzinapa angry for the disappearance of 43 students clash with the riot police along the Tixtla-Chilpancingo highway in Tixtla, Guerrero State, Mexico, on Sept. 22, 2015. IAlmost a year has passed since the teachers-in-training vanished on the night of Sept. 26 in the southern Guerrero state city of Iguala.
  • A Muslim pilgrim sits as he holds a book on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Sept. 22, 2015.
  • A protestor with a Burkina Faso national flag, right, demonstrate with others against the recent coup by burning a tires and making makeshift road blocks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso., Sept. 22, 2015. The leader of a coup in Burkina Faso on Tuesday refused to heed a deadline for his men to return to barracks even after troops opposing the takeover poured into the capital.
  • Migrants leave a registration camp and board a train heading for the Serbian border, near the city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Sept. 23, 2015.
  • Muslim pilgrims pray on a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 23, 2015 during the hajj pilgrimage. Mount Arafat, marked by a white pillar, is where Islam’s Prophet Muhammad is believed to have delivered his last sermon to tens of thousands of followers some 1,400 years ago, calling on Muslims to unite.
  • President Barack Obama and Pope Francis are flanked by a U.S. and Vatican flag during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sept. 23, 2015. The Washington Monument is in the background.
  • Muslim pilgrims join one of the Hajj rituals on Mount Arafat near Mecca early on Sept. 23, 2015. Arafat Day, on the 9th of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijja, is the climax of the hajj season. Pilgrims gather on the hill known as Mount Arafat, and its surrounding plain, where they remain until evening for prayer and Koran recitals.
  • An All Bengal Electricity Consumers Association (ABECA) activist being treated by his co-members after a clash with police during a protest at Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) in Calcutta, India, Sept. 23, 2015. Hundreds of activists protested near Victoria House building against rises in the electricity tarriffs by the CESC.
  • The aftermath of the Valley Fire is seen from atop a mountain in the town of Cobb, Calif. on Sept. 23, 2015, which almost entirely burned to the ground. 
  • An Army carry team marches toward a transfer case containing the remains of Spc. Kyle E. Gilbert at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Sept. 23, 2015. According to the Department of Defense, Gilbert, 24, of Buford, Ga., died in a non-combat related incident Sept. 21, 2015 in Bagram, Afghanistan.
  • Nuns sit in their pews while waiting for Pope Francis to arrive inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Sept. 23, 2015, in Washington.
  • Japanese tourist pose for a photo with Peruvian anti-riot police in Lima’s main square in down town Lima, Sept. 23, 2015.
  • A scene from the aftermath of the Valley Fire, which began on Sept. 12 and is now the third most destructive fire in California’s history. Here, a burned out car is seen near Calistoga, Calif., Sept. 23, 2015.
  • A Kashmiri Muslim man carries a sheep after buying it from a market ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sept. 23, 2015. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son.
  • The path of the Valley Fire on Sept. 23, 2015, from atop a mountain in the town of Cobb, Calif., which almost entirely burned to the ground. 
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews check palm fronds to determine if they are ritually acceptable as one of the four items used as a symbol on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot in Jerusalem, Sept. 24, 2015. The holiday commemorates the Israelites 40 years of wandering in the desert and a decorated hut is erected outside religious households as a sign of temporary shelter.
  • Iraqi Shiite women pray during the first day of Eid al-Adha in Baghdad, Iraq, Sept. 24, 2015. Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha which commemorates the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim, or Abraham as he is known in the Bible, to sacrifice his son in accordance with God’s will, though in the end God provides him a sheep to sacrifice instead.
  • Muslim pilgrims walk after casting stones at a pillar symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called “Jamarat,” the last rite of the annual hajj, on the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 24, 2015.
  • In this picture taken through a window, a woman leads her cattle during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, in the remote mountain village of Lukomir, 50 kms south of Sarajevo, on Sept. 24, 2015. Bosnian Muslims will slaughter cattle later, with the beef and meat distributed to the needy for the holiday which honors the prophet Abraham for preparing to sacrifice his son on the order of God, who was testing his faith.
  • A young ultra-Orthodox Jew cleans his family’s sukkah (hut) for the celebrations of Sukkot, the Feast of the Tabernacles, in the ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of Meah Shearim, Jerusalem, Israel, Sept. 24, 2015. The Sukkot feast begins on Sept. 27 at sunset and commemorates the exodus of Jews from Egypt some 3,200 years ago.
  • Eagerly awaiting the arrival of Pope Francis, near St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, Sept. 24, 2015.
  • A Syrian refugee holds onto his children as he struggles to walk off a dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Lesbos, Sept. 24, 2015.
  • In this image posted on the official Twitter account of the directorate of the Saudi Civil Defense agency, a pilgrim is treated by a medic after a stampede that killed and injured pilgrims in the holy city of Mina during the annual hajj pilgrimage on Sept. 24, 2015.
  • Vice President Joe Biden (C) is greeted as he arrives for Pope Francis’ speech before the U.S. Congress in Washington, Sept. 24, 2015.
  • People use blankets to warm themselves while queuing to get inside a reception center for migrants and refugees in Opatovac, Croatia, Sept. 25, 2015. Croatian police say some 55,000 migrants have crossed into the country from Serbia since last Wednesday when the first groups started arriving.

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Pope Francis visits Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia this week on his first trip to the United States. Muslim worshippers made the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, where a deadly stampede killed hundreds on Thursday. Jews celebrate Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.

The refugee crisis continued to unfold in Europe, with hundreds of thousands of Syrian and other refugees trying to reach Europe, and the leader of a coup in Burkina Faso seized power as clashes broke out in the country’s capital. 

And in California, firefighters continue to battle the Valley Fire, which has burned across more than 70,000 acres in Northern California.

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