This Week in Pictures: Sept. 20-26

  • Indonesia's Nofrizal, right, flies in the air as he returns a ball against Laos' Noum Souvannalisth and his teammate Daovy during their Men's Doubles Preliminary Group B sepak takraw match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Sept. 20, 2014.
  • Members of the pro-Russian rebels, who are prisoners-of-war (POWs), are silhouetted while sitting inside a bus as they wait to be exchanged near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sept. 20, 2014. The two sides, that of the government forces and the pro-Russian separatists, are exchanging POWs under the terms of the current ceasefire.
  • Displaced fighters from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, worships at their main holy temple Lalish in Shikhan, Sept. 20, 2014. Followers of an ancient religion derived from Zoroastrianism, the Yazidi fled their homeland in the Sinjar mountains as Islamic State militants, who see them as devil worshippers, seized towns and carried out mass killings in August.
  • Poland's Mateusz Mika, Dawid Konarski and Karol Klos (L-R) react during their semifinal match against Germany at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland 2014 at Spodek Arena in Katowice, Sept. 20, 2014.
  • A displaced girl from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, worships at their main holy temple Lalish in Shikhan, Sept. 20, 2014. Followers of an ancient religion derived from Zoroastrianism, the Yazidi fled their homeland in the Sinjar mountains as Islamic State militants, who see them as devil worshippers, seized towns and carried out mass killings in August.
  • Sania Mirza of India (C) attempts to present a ball to fans next to her partner Cara Black (R) of Zimbabwe as they celebrate their win over Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain after their Pan Pacific Open women's doubles final tennis match in Tokyo, Sept. 20, 2014.
  • A Kashmiri flood victim with her feet covered with mud stands inside her house after floodwaters receded from the area in Srinagar, Sept. 20, 2014. Both the Indian and Pakistani sides of the disputed Himalayan region have seen extensive flooding this month, with Srinagar particularly hard hit. Hundreds of people have been killed and tens of thousands are homeless.
  • Macau's synchronized swimming team perform during their synchronized swimming teams technical routine at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Sept. 21, 2014.
  • Members of the pro-Russian rebels, who are prisoners-of-war (POWs), enter a bus after being exchanged, north of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sept. 21, 2014. The two sides, that of the government forces and the pro-Russian separatists, are exchanging POWs under the terms of the current cease-fire.
  • Germany's Christian Fromm, Sebastian Schwarz and Sebastian Kuhner (L-R) celebrate their third place at the Volleyball Men's World Championship final at Spodek Arena in Katowice Sept. 21, 2014.
  • Mourners are reflected in a framed collage of images featuring Sarah Spirit and her children during a candlelight vigil at Bell Elementary for the victims of Thursday's shootings on Sept. 21, 2014 in Bell, Fla.
  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats cheerleaders perform during a break in play against the Edmonton Eskimos during the first half of their CFL football in Hamilton, Sept. 20, 2014.
  • Oman's Haitham Shereiqi jumps to block the ball during his beach volleyball match with teammate Ahmed Housni against Kuwait at Songdo Global University during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Sept. 21, 2014.
  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrive at Crathie Kirk for a Sunday church service in Crathie, northern Scotland, Sept. 21, 2014.
  • A girl waves a party flag amongst supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), outside the parliament house in the Red Zone during the Revolution March in Islamabad, Sept. 21, 2014. Protesters led by Imran Khan, a former cricket star, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a firebrand cleric, have been locked in a bitter stand-off with the government since mid-August.
  • Visitors protect themselves from the rain with umbrellas prior to visiting La Sante prison, in Paris, Sept. 21, 2014. ParisÕ mythic La SantŽ prison opened its heavily guarded doors to visitors Sunday as part of the countryÕs annual Heritage Days festival. Opened in 1867, the massive brown edifice in ParisÕ 14th arrondisement has held some of FranceÕs most notorious criminals, including international terrorist Carlos The Jackal, Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, and rogue trader Jerome Kerviel.
  • A member of the pro-Russian rebels, who is a prisoner-of-war (POWs), stands along a road after being exchanged, north of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sept. 21, 2014. The two sides, that of the government forces and the pro-Russian separatists, are exchanging POWs under the terms of the current ceasefire.
  • A general view shows damaged houses in San Jose del Cabo, after Hurricane Odile hit Baja Calif., Sept. 21, 2014. Tropical storm Polo barreled nearer on Friday to the Mexican Pacific resort of Los Cabos where thousands of troops were restoring order following widespread chaos caused by Hurricane Odile at the start of the week.
  • A woman clears flood water from a hospital floor in Srinagar, Sept. 21, 2014. Both the Indian and Pakistani sides of the disputed Himalayan region have seen extensive flooding this month with Srinagar particularly hard hit. Hundreds of people have been killed and tens of thousands are homeless.
  • A fan in a jersey for New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter at his last home-game batting practice before the game against the Baltimore Orioles in New York, Sept. 22, 2014.
  • A rebel fighter rests in a safehouse in Aleppo, Sept. 22, 2014.
  • People walk the Zocalo square circuit closed to vehicle traffic during World Car-Free Day in downtown Mexico City, Sept. 22, 2014.
  • A worker uses a cutting torch to break up part of an old ship for scrap metal near Tanjung Priok port, Indonesia's largest seaport, in Jakarta, Sept. 22, 2014.
  • Supporters of Pakistan's fiery Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri listen to their leader during sit-in protest outside the  parliament building in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Anti-government demonstrators led by opposition politician Imran Khan and Qadri converged on the capital in mid-August, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster over alleged fraud in last year's election.
  • Police officers attempt to secure a barricade blocking protestors from Wall Street during a march demanding action on climate change and corporate greed, Sept. 22, 2014, a day after a huge climate march in New York.
  • Workers chat while they break up part of an old ship for scrap metal near Tanjung Priok port, Indonesia's largest seaport, in Jakarta, Sept. 22, 2014.
  • Ginsengs are seen on sale at a market in Baishan, Jilin province, Sept. 22, 2014. Some 50-year-old ginsengs are displayed and each is worth at least approximately 150,000 yuan ($24,430), according to the seller.
  • Basque police move people out of the way in order to reach 5 young people on Sept. 22, 2014 in Azpeitia, Basque Country. Hundreds of people gathered outside the Loiola Basilica to prevent the incarceration of Jazint Ramirez, Irati Tobar, Igarki Robles, Imanol Salinas and Xabier Arina after an arrest warrant was issued by the Spanish Court against them after they failed to appear in court for the start of a trial against 28 Basque youth accused of belonging to Basque youth organization SEGI.
  • Kurdish Peshmerga fighters march during training before deploying to fight the Islamic State, at a temporary military camp near the front line in Gwar, northern Iraq, Sept. 22, 2014.
  • Palestinians light a fire to illuminate their devastated area as they sit in a tent near the ruins of their house, which witnesses said was destroyed during the seven-week Israeli offensive in the east of Gaza City, Sept. 22, 2014. An open-ended ceasefire between Israel and Hamas-led Gaza militants, mediated by Egypt, took effect on Aug. 26 after a seven-week conflict.
  • Turkish gendarme arrest a Kurdish protester during a demonstration near Turkish-Syria border Sanliurfa, in the Suruc distric, Turkey, Sept. 23, 2014. The Islamic State assault against dozens of Kurdish villages in northern Syria could create a mass exodus, with up to 400,000 seeking refuge in neighboring Turkey, according to a United Nations official.
  • A Syrian Kurdish woman crosses the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on Sept. 23, 2014. The UN refugee agency warned Tuesday that as many as 400,000 people may flee to Turkey from Syria's Kurdish region to escape attacks by the Islamic State group.
  • People on the street wait for a glimpse of President Barack Obama's motorcade on Sept. 23, 2014 in New York City. World leaders, activists and protesters have converged on New York City for the annual UN General Assembly hat brings together the global leaders for a week of meetings and conferences. This year 's General Assembly has highlighted the problem of global warming and how countries need to strive to  reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • A Spanish model waits backstage to leave for the catwalk during the CODE 41 Trending Day, a fashion show in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Sept. 23, 2014.
  • Visitors seen at old shooting gallery in the historical part of Oktoberfest 'Oide Wiesn' during day 4 of the 2014 Oktoberfest at Theresienhoehe on Sept. 23, 2014 in Munich, Germany.
  • Jim Clements, president of Clemson University, leads a moment of silence during a vigil for Tucker Hipps as people use their cell phones to illuminate Bowman Field in Clemson, S.C., Sept. 23. One day after Hipps fatally fell from a bridge after a run with his fraternity brothers, Clemson University suspended activities for all of its fraternities, citing reports of alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct but stopping short of tying the ban to the death.
  • A Spanish model is seen backstage during the CODE 41 Trending Day, a fashion show in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Sept. 23, 2014.
  • A model has her makeup done backstage before the presentation of the Spring/Summer 2014 Ready to Wear Collection by French designer Lea Peckre during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Sept. 23, 2014.
  • Syrian Kurds sit in a truck after crossing the Syrian-Turkish border at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on Sept. 23, 2014. The UN refugee agency warned Tuesday that as many as 400,000 people may flee to Turkey from Syria's Kurdish region to escape attacks by the Islamic State group.
  • Crew members clean the decks of the superyacht Equanimity, built by Oceanco, during the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) in Monaco, France, Sept. 24, 2014.
  • An acrobat shows off his tricks during the preview of the NightFest light show at the 2014 Floriade in Canberra, Australia, Sept. 23, 2014. Internationally-acclaimed lighting specialist Mandylights designed this year's light show. The annual Floriade, now in its 27th year, held in the Australian capital is a month long festival, celebrating the arrival of Spring.
  • Anti-fracking demonstrators protest on 51st Street and 7th Avenue as President Obama arrives at the Sheraton Hotel, at 52nd Street, on Sept. 23, 2014 in New York City.
  • Gold medallist Chen Xinyi of China competes in the Women's 100m Butterfly final at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Sept. 23, 2014.
  • A Syrian Kurdish woman wipes her eyes during a dust storm on a hill where she and others stand watching clashes between jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) and Kurdish fighters, at Swedi village some 10 km west of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on Sept. 24, 2014. Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey fleeing an onslaught by the jihadist Islamic State group that prompted an appeal for international intervention.
  • Turkish soldiers stand at a position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Sept. 24, 2014. The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday it was making contingency plans in case all 400,000 inhabitants of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani fled into Turkey to escape advancing Islamic State militants.
  • The lake at Richmond Park is seen through the morning mist on Sept. 23, 2014 in London, England, marks the autumn equinox where day and night are of equal lengths.
  • Syrian men try to protect their children during the sandstorm that hit Suruc district of Sanliurfa, Turkey, Sept. 24, 2014. A powerful sandstorm troubled refugees and border guards during the Syrians' wait at the border in Suruc district of Sanliurfa, Turkey. Syrian asylum seekers fleeing the conflict between ISIL and Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in the Tell Abyad district of Ar-Raqqah, a city in north central, are still waiting at the Turkish border line.
  • A U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornet receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over northern Iraq after conducting air strikes in Syria on Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria.
  • Syrian refugee children wait at the Syrian-Turkish border near Sanliurfa, Turkey, Sept. 24, 2014. In recent days, Turkey has seen the 'biggest influx' of Syrian refugees since the start of the war three years ago, said Selin Unal, a spokeswoman for the UN agency for refugees (UNHCR).
  • Visitors board a ferry at Luna Park on Sydney Harbour in Sydney on Sept. 23, 2014. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Canberra was treating as genuine a call by the Islamic State  group for Muslims to indiscriminately kill Australians, issued after anti-terrorism raids foiled an alleged abduction plot.
  • Shi'ite Houthi rebels swim at the house of the business tycoon and Islah party leader Hameed al-Hamar after they took control of it in Sanaa, Sept. 24, 2014. The leader of a Shi'ite rebel group on Tuesday hailed the takeover by his fighters of much of the Yemeni capital after four days of fighting last week as a "successful revolution" for all citizens.
  • People watch TV at an improvised air-raid shelter in the cellar of the Palace of Culture in Petrovka, the south-East district of Doneck, Ukraine, Sept. 24, 2014.
  • A Jewish woman prays for forgiveness (Selichot) at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Jerusalem's Old City, Israel, Sept. 24, 2014. The prayers are held prior to the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) which this year falls at sunset on Sept. 24.
  • Hotels and residential property stand illuminated at night ahead of the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) in Monaco, France, Sept. 24, 2014.
  • A protester wears a headband which reads "civil disobedience" as he attends a rally on the third day of a week-long boycott of classes to demand for greater democracy, in Hong Kong, Sept. 24, 2014. Hong Kong students gathered in the heart of the city for a second day on Wednesday ahead of a planned blockade of government buildings if the city's leader fails to discuss their demands for free elections.
  • A Turkana man looks on as he hangs fish to dry at a fishing camp on the western shore of Lake Turkana, close to Todonyang, near the Kenya-Ethiopia border in northern Kenya, Sept. 24, 2014.
  • Alexandru Visinescu, the commander of the Ramnicu Sarat prison in eastern Romania between 1956 and 1963 while the country was under communist rule, leaves a court in Bucharest, Sept. 24, 2014. Visinescu's trial for crimes against humanity began on Wednesday. Prosecutors have accused Visinescu, who turns 89 on Saturday, of subjecting inmates to beatings and starvation, denying them medical treatment and heating. He has said he only followed orders and blamed the country's Stalinist leadership. Up to 2 million people are believed to have been killed, imprisoned, deported or relocated in Romania between 1945 and 1989 under the dictatorships of Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej and Nicolae Ceausescu, one of Eastern Europe's most repressive.
  • A Palestinian stands on top of the ruins of his house in Al-Shejaeiya neighborhood, in the east of Gaza City, Sept. 24, 2014.
  • A Syrian Kurdish man talks on the phone after crossing the border at Suruc, in Sanliurfa province, Sept. 25, 2014. Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey fleeing an onslaught by the jihadist Islamic State group that prompted an appeal for international intervention.
  • Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees hits a game winning RBI hit in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles in his last game ever at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 25, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. 
  • A sick Turkana man lies inside his hut in Napak village in northwestern Kenya inside the Turkana region of the Ilemy Triangle, Sept. 25, 2014. The Ilemi Triangle is a disputed region in East Africa, claimed by South Sudan and Kenya, bordering also Ethiopia. The dispute arose from unclear wording of a 1914 treaty which tried to allow free movement of the Turkana people, nomadic herders who had traditionally grazed the area.
  • Shi’ite fighters, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, run as they take part in field training in the desert region between Kerbala and Najaf, south of Baghdad, Sept. 25, 2014.
  • Circus performer Olga Morales, 18, takes part in a training session in Havana, Sept. 25, 2014.
  • New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter waves to fans as he walks around the infield after driving in the winning run against the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sept. 25, 2014, in New York. The game, which the Yankees won 6-5, was Jeter’s last home game of his career.
  • Turkish and Syrian Kurds break downt the border fences to cross into neighboring Syria during a demonstration near the Mursitpinar border crossing at Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Sept. 26, 2014. Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey fleeing an onslaught by the jihadist Islamic State group that prompted an appeal for international intervention. Some of the refugee now want to return to protect their homes and fight IS. 
  • A vehicle and an inundated residential house reflected in the floodwaters in posh Rajbagh locality of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, Sept. 26, 2014. At least 300 people have died in the worst-ever floods Indian Kashmir witnessed in a century with 200,000 structures damaged including 40,000 completely damaged residential houses. 

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As the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York this week, the U.S. ramped up its military offensive against the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq in a series of coordinated air strikes with Arab allies.

World leaders focused on global warming during the UN Climate Change Summit that took place this week. It was preceded by the Climate March on Sunday in New York City, a protest that was attended by a historic number of people.

The 17th Asian Games kicked off in Incheon, South Korea, with athletes competing in events such as sepak takraw and kabaddi. And in the Bronx, Derek Jeter played his final game after 20 years with the Yankees. Some 50,000 fans were on hand to watch the Captain wrap up his iconic career.

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