This Week in Pictures: Sept. 26-Oct. 2

  • Spectators come out to see Pope Francis near Central Park in New York City, Sept. 26, 2015.
  • Samuel Volery, a professional mountaineer, balances on the ‘highline’ during the Highline Extreme event on the top of the Moleson mountain at 2,000 meters above the sea level, in the Swiss Alps, near Fribourg, Switzerland, Sept. 26, 2015.
  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the popemobile during a parade along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia.
  • Commuters drive past the power transmission towers installed inside the International Tech Park which houses several information technology companies in Bangalore, India, Sept. 26, 2015. A rare visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Silicon Valley this weekend has captivated his extensive fan club in the area and commanded the attention of major U.S. technology companies eager to extend their reach into a promising overseas market.
  • Models take selfies as they present creations from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection of Italian label Dolce and Gabbana during the Milan Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Sept. 27, 2015.
  • A supermoon rises above Brighton in southern England, Sept. 27, 2015.
  • School children attend the first day of classes at the Talaat Harb government primary school, in the popular district of Shubra, Cairo, Egypt, Sept. 28, 2015. Some 19 million Egyptian students began the academic year on Monday as Education minister El-Helali el-Sherbini, told the state-run news agency MENA that the government had repaired 95% of the country’s notoriously rundown schools.
  • An Israeli policeman prevents a Palestinian man from entering the compound which houses al-Aqsa mosque, known by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City, Sept. 28, 2015.
  • A journalist watches from a booth at the United Nations as President Barack Obama addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 28, 2015.
  • President Barack Obama (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin toast during a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the 70th annual UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters, Sept. 28, 2015 in New York City.
  • Sandha Mal (R) tries to help her son Lalu Mal who reacts with stomach pain at a hospital in Tamluk, some 115 km west of Calcutta, India, Sept. 28, 2015 after the victim drank poisonous liquor. At least 12 people have died and some 50 were admitted to hospitals after consuming illegal alcohol in eastern India, police said. Villagers in West Bengal state’s Midnapore district fell ill after drinking the alcohol on the weekend.
  • Protesters holding yellow umbrellas gather to observe a moment of silence to mark the first anniversary of “Umbrella Movement” outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Sept. 28, 2015. A year ago, Hong Kong’s famously busy streets were shut down by pro-democracy activists who occupied them for 79 days in what became known as the “Umbrella Movement.” The protests were led by students and other activists who took to the streets to voice their opposition against Beijing’s plan to restrict elections for top leader of the semiautonomous Chinese city.
  • A man carries out the chair reserved for the head of states that will be used before they address attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, Sept. 29, 2015.
  • Passengers take a ride on an overcrowded bus as limited public transportation operates in the city during the ongoing oil and fuel crisis in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sept. 29, 2015. Tension between Nepal and India has spiked since Nepal adopted a new constitution last week, upsetting southern minority groups who fear being marginalised in a new federal structure. Indian oil trucks stopped crossing into Nepal because of protests in the south, prompting authorities to try to limit the use of cars and save fuel.
  • A model waits prior to the rehearsal of the Irish fashion designer Sharon Wauchob’ Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection, in Paris, Sept. 29, 2015.
  • A Taliban fighter sits on his motorcycle adorned with a Taliban flag in a street in Kunduz city, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 29, 2015. The U.S. military carried out an airstrike on Tuesday on the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, which was captured by the Taliban the previous day in a major setback to the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
  • A handout photograph provided by ‘Make It Kenya’ tourism and commerce PR campaign shows a large group of wildebeest struggling to climb the wet, sandy bank of the Mara River having swam across it in Kenya’s world famous Maasai Mara National Reserve, Sept. 29, 2015.
  • A migrant rests at an improvised temporary shelter in a sports hall in Hanau, Germany, Sept. 29, 2015. When the flood of Middle Eastern refugees arriving in Europe finally ebbs and asylum-seekers settle down in their new homes, Germany could unexpectedly find itself housing the continent’s largest Muslim minority.
  • Supporters of Valencia CF celebrate a goal during the UEFA Champions League group H soccer match between Olympique Lyon and Valencia CF, at Gerland stadium, Lyon, France, Sept. 29, 2015.
  • Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings (24) reacts against the New York Liberty during the second half in Game 3 of the WNBA basketball Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sept. 29, 2015. The Fever defeated the Liberty and will take on the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA finals.
  • Migrants rescued by the Libyan coastguard at sea sit in a naval base near the capital Tripoli on Sept. 29, 2015. The Libyan coastguard said it rescued 346 African migrants, almost 100 of them women and children, crammed onto rubber boats and stranded off the country’s coast.
  • Players warm up during a blackout at the Sportivo Luqueno stadium moments before the scheduled time of the start of the Sudamericana Cup match between Paraguay’s Luque?o and Colombia’s Deportes Tolima, in Luque, near Asuncion, on Sept. 29, 2015.
  • A guard in full riot gear patrols outside the Georgia Diagnostic Prison before the scheduled execution by lethal injection of Kelly Gissendaner, in Jackson, Georgia, Sept. 29, 2015. Gissendaner, convicted of plotting to kill her husband, would be the first woman executed in Georgia in 70 years.
  • A South African resident of Masiphumelele runs past a burning barricade during a protest against the lack of policing in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa, Sept. 29, 2015. According to local reports the protest was sparked by the court appearance Sept. 29 of some residents arrested in connection with vigilante killings. The area has been volatile for weeks with community members angered at the lack of policing in the impoverished area.
  • Members of the media listen to the witnesses following the execution of Kelly Gissendaner at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia Sept. 29, 2015. Georgia executed the only woman on the state’s death row early on Wednesday, marking the first time in 70 years the state has carried out a death sentence on a woman, a television station reported. Gissendaner, 47, died by injection at 12:21 a.m. EDT at a prison in Jackson, Georgia, the Atlanta television station WSB-TV reported on its website.
  • A man rides past gendarmes as they guard the road to the military barracks of the elite presidential guard (RSP), on Sept. 29, 2015 in Ouagadougou, following last week’s attempted coup. Soldiers who staged a short-lived coup in Burkina Faso abandoned their barracks in the capital late Sept. 29, after a tense standoff with loyalist troops, the military said, as authorities battled to regain control of the crisis-hit country.
  • An Indian man who lives in a local market contemplates as he wakes up in the morning in New Delhi, India, Sept. 30, 2015. Hundreds of millions of Indians still living on less than $2 a day. The United Nations global goals for sustainable development in the next fifteen years, seeks to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  • An Indian construction worker brushes his teeth as he sits next to a mobile water tanker in front of an under construction residential building complex in Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi, India, Sept. 30, 2015. India’s central bank on Tuesday cut its key interest rate by half a percentage point, aiming to spur economic growth as inflation cooled to the lowest since November.
  • Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers hide behind a tank during a military operation against militants of the Islamic State (IS), south of Kirkuk, northern Iraq, Sept. 30, 2015. According to a media reports Kurdish Peshmerga forces backed by airstrikes carried out by the international coalition claim to have recapture many villages south of Kirkuk from the IS.
  • Secretary of State John Kerry attends a UN Security Council meeting on settlement of conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa and countering the terrorist threat in the region during the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 30, 2015 in New York.
  • Dressers wait for models to arrive for the Rochas Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection, presented during the Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France, Sept. 30, 2015.
  • A woman holds her baby as fefugees and migrants arrive at the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on Sept. 30, 2015. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the European Union’s decision to inject $1 billion to help countries overwhelmed by Syrian refugees, but said more must be done to relocate migrants.
  • A child looks up while standing near a crime scene in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Sept. 30, 2015. Unknown assailants stopped a vehicle and gunned down its four passengers, a father, his two sons and a nephew, early Wednesday, local media reported.
  • Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stretches before speaking during a campaign stop Sept. 30, 2015, in Bedford, N.H.
  • People stand around a leopard with its head stuck in a vessel in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan state, India, Sept. 30, 2015. The leopard’s head got stuck when it attempted to drink water from the pot, according to news reports. Forest officials tranquilized the animal and sawed off the vessel later in the day.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews cover their heads with prayer shawls and carry the ‘four species’ during special prayers at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, as they recite the Birkat Cohanim or Priestly Blessing in Jerusalem, Israel, Sept. 30, 2015. The Cohenim are believed to be direct descendants of the priests at the ancient temples. Tens of thousands of Jews flocked to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, to take part in Succot prayers.
  • People stand in front of an oversized slot machine at the Aristocrat booth during the Global Gaming Expo, Sept. 30, 2015, in Las Vegas. The convention, geared for the gaming industry, runs through Oct. 1.
  • A damaged building is seen after explosions hit Liucheng, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Sept. 30, 2015. A series of package bombs exploded on Wednesday in the southwest China city of Liuzhou, killing at least seven people and injuring 51, state media said.
  • Strong autumn sunlight casts deep shadows on a street as a woman takes her pet dog for a walk in Straubing, Bavaria, southern Germany, Oct. 1, 2015.
  • An Indian Municipal Corporation sanitation worker fumigates an area in Old Delhi as part of an anti-dengue fumigation drive to curb breeding sites for mosquitoes causing a dengue outbreak in New Delhi, India, Oct. 1, 2015. According to the Indian civic officials the total number of cases of dengue fever reported has reached 25,000 all over India.
  • Syrian refugees wrapped with thermal blankets to shelter from the cold after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Oct. 1, 2015. The International Organization for Migration says a record number of people have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe this year, now topping a half a million as some 388,000 have entered via Greece.
  • Sailors of U.S. navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan man the rails upon arrival as some U.S. flag-shaped balloons are hoisted to welcome them at the U.S. Navy’s Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Oct. 1, 2015. An American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan has entered its new home in Japan’s Yokosuka naval port, replacing its predecessor USS George Washington. The arrival Thursday comes just as Tokyo tries to deepen defense ties with the US under new security law.
  • A businessman crosses a road at Tokyo’s business district, Oct. 1, 2015.
  • Shoppers are reflected in glass panels of a shopping mall during China’s National Day in Beijing, China, Oct. 1, 2015.
  • Evangelical Christians from various countries wave flags to show their support for Israel during a march in Jerusalem, Oct. 1, 2015. Thousands of evangelical Christians from more than 80 countries descended upon Jerusalem this week to show their support for the Jewish state, including pilgrims and politicians from countries with a history of hostility toward Israel.
  • Umpqua Community College student Nichole Zamarripa, right, is consoled during a candle light vigil for those killed during a fatal shooting at the school, Oct. 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore.
  • A refugee is comforted by family members after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Oct. 2, 2015. The International Organization for Migration says a record number of people have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe this year.



The week kicked off with Pope Francis visiting New York City after spending two days in Washington, D.C., before traveling to Philadelphia on his six-day three-city tour. 

Sky-watchers some parts of the world had the rare opportunity to see a supermoon and a full lunar eclipse occur at the same time. The last time this happened was 1982, and it won’t happen again until 2033.

Refugees continued to reach Greece’s shores - most of whom are from Syria, where Russia began airstrikes this week. Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama disagreed in talks held during the 70th U.N. General Assembly in New York, with the bombings following shortly thereafter.

A deadly shooting in Oregon left several people dead on Thursday. Residents in India’s capital, New Delhi,  battle a major outbreak of dengue fever, and residents along the east cost of the U.S. brace for Hurricane Joaquin, which was heightened to a category 4 hurricane as it barreled towards the Bahamas. 

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