This Week in Pictures: Sept. 27-Oct. 3

  • A cradle left behind by Syrian Kurdish refugees lies at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Sept. 27, 2014. Turkish troops could be used to help set up a secure zone in Syria, if there was an international agreement to establish such a haven for refugees fleeing Islamic State fighters, President Tayyip Erdogan said in comments published on Saturday.
  • Bystanders listen to a street preacher calling on people to raise their hands and “Wave Ebola Bye Bye” in Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 27, 2014. Six months into the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak, and the first to happen in an unprepared West Africa, the gap between what has been sent by other countries and private groups and what is desperately needed is huge. Even as countries try to marshal more resources to close the gap, those needs threaten to become much greater, and possibly even insurmountable.
  • In this aerial photo taken on Sept. 27, 2014, and provided by NOAA, some 35,000 walrus gather on shore near Point Lay, Alaska. Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers on Alaska’s northwest coast.
  • Snipers keep watch on the roof of the 9/11 Museum during Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s visit to the 9/11 Memorial in the lower Manhattan borough of New York, Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Syrian Kurds wait near Mursitpinar border crossing to return to their homes in the Syrian city of Kobani, on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Sept. 28, 2014.
  • Children pray during Sunday service at the Bridgeway Baptist Church in the St. Paul Bridge neighborhood of Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 28, 2014. Six months into the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak, and the first to happen in an unprepared West Africa, the gap between what has been sent by other countries and private groups and what is desperately needed is huge.
  • Police clash with students during a protest outside the Central Government Offices and Legislative Council complex in Hong Kong, China, Sept. 28, 2014. Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators surrounded central government offices and blocked major streets in Hong Kong on Sunday to protest China’s decision to restrict open elections in the territory.
  • Members of the Ukrainian government forces, who are prisoners of war (POWs), sit inside a bus as they wait to be exchanged, north of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sept. 28, 2014.
  • Palestinians walk in a street of Al-Shaejaeiya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, Sept. 28, 2014. 
  • Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers and firefighters conduct rescue operations at mountain lodges, covered with volcanic ash as volcanic smoke rises near the peak of Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, Sept. 28, 2014, in this photo taken and released by Kyodo. More than 30 people were feared dead on Sunday near the peak of the Japanese volcano that erupted a day earlier, sending a huge cloud of ash and rock tumbling down its slopes, while packed with hikers.
  • Spanish matador Manuel Jesus “El Cid” (L) waits in front of an assistant before getting into the arena to bullfight at the Maestranza bullring in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, Sept. 28, 2014.
  • A protester walks in tear gas fired by riot policemen after thousands of protesters blocking the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Sept. 28, 2014.
  • A handout picture taken on Sept. 28, 2014 and released on Oct. 1, 2014 by the Tokyo Fire Department shows firefighters and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members rescuing a climber on Mount Ontake, between Gifu and Nagano prefectures, in central Japan. According to media reports on Oct. 1, ten more bodies were found near the peak of the volcano. The latest find could bring the death toll to 46, the highest from a single eruption in the country since detailed records began after World War II. 
  • A destroyed Al-Morabteen mosque glows amid the rubble of destroyed houses in Al-Shaejaeiya neighbourhood in the east of Gaza City, Sept. 28, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed for New York on Sept. 28 to respond to accusations by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ that Israel committed ‘genocide’ in Gaza.
  • Paramilitary policemen stand in front of the skyline of the Lujiazui Financial District in Pudong in smog in Shanghai on Sept. 29, 2014. China hailed the first anniversary of its first free-trade zone (FTZ), but foreign companies expressed disappointment over the pace of pledged reforms as they await real business opportunities.
  • A customer of the Headhunters Barber Shop and Railway Museum gets a hair and from station master Nigel Johnston on Sept. 29, 2014 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Established in 2002, with the help of former railway employees and enthusiasts, the museum is run by three brothers, Selwyn, Nigel and Gordon Johnston whose purpose whilst operating a busy hairdressing service from within the museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret local railway heritage for the benefit of the community. Visitors and customers both start their journey at the reconstructed Railway Booking Office where the ticket collector invites you to step on board and enjoy the evocative nostalgia and artifacts associated with the railways which operated throughout Fermanagh and the Border Counties until their closure in 1957.
  • The volcano on Mount Ontake erupts Sept. 29, 2014 in the air over Mount Ontake, Japan. The death toll has reportedly reached 36 after the volcano eruption that caught hikeer and seismologists by surprise.
  • A model presents a creation by Lebanese designer Elie Saab as part of his Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week, Sept. 29, 2014.
  • A calm and tranquil North Sea laps against the art installation, “The Couple” by artist Sean Henery just off the coast at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, in north east England, as the warmer than usual temperatures continue across the United Kingdom, Sept. 29, 2014.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, arrives to speak during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, Sept. 29, 2014.
  • A protester raises his arms as police officers try to disperse the crowd near the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Sept. 29, 2014. Riot police advanced on Hong Kong democracy protesters in the early hours of Monday, firing volleys of tear gas that sent some fleeing as others erected barricades to block the security forces amid chaotic scenes in the former British colony.
  • A man showing symptoms of Ebola waits to be granted entrance at a treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 29, 2014. The man was admitted shortly thereafter. 
  • Palestinian children play in a car on the Gaza Strip that was destroyed during the 2014 war in Gaza. Picture taken Sept. 29, 2014.
  • A Syrian Kurdish woman stands in front of military truck after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey after several mortars hit both sides near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on Sept. 29, 2014. Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey fleeing an onslaught by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group that prompted an appeal for international intervention. Some of the refugee now want to return to protect their homes and join the fight against IS militants.
  • Police walk down a stairwell as pro-democracy demonstrators gather for a rally outside the Hong Kong government headquarters on Sept. 29, 2014. Police repeatedly fired tear gas after tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on Sept. 28 in protest at Beijing’s refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy.
  • A Ukrainian serviceman gets a haircut at a military camp near the town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine, Sept. 29, 2014.
  • Medical staff members of the Croix Rouge NGO remove the corpse of a victim of Ebola, from a house in Monrovia, on Sept. 29, 2014. Of the four west African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak, Liberia has been hit the hardest, with 3,458 people infected – more than half of the total number of cases. Of those, 1,830 have died, according to a WHO count released on Sept. 27.
  • Syrian Kurdish refugees wait in the back of a truck at the Yumurtalik border crossing to be taken to shelters elsewhere in Turkey, Sept. 29, 2014. Islamic State militants have been carrying out a weeklong assault on the Kurdish area across the border, where residents have pleaded for military aid.
  • Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic of Spain and Montenegro (R) is given directions during a media day photo session at the Bulls training facility in Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 29, 2014. The Bulls start practices on Sept. 30 for the 2014-2015 season.
  • Photographers climb on cases and boxes in order to cover the show as the podium was to narrow during the Spring/Summer 2015 Ready to Wear Collection by French designer Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent Paris fashion house during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Sept. 29, 2014. 
  • A Jayalalithaa Jayaram supporter is offered water to drink after she collapsed during a demonstration against the court verdict on Jayalalithaa, in Chennai, Sept. 29, 2014. Jayalalithaa, the former chief minister of India’s Tamil Nadu state, was sentenced to four years in jail on Saturday in a high-profile corruption case that has lasted nearly two decades.
  • A man too weak to walk arrives at the MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres) Ebola isolation and treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 29, 2014. Six months into the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak in West Africa authorities are desperately waiting for shipments of aid to help in the fight of this deadly disease.
  • Aerial view of a river in Peru’s Amazon region of Loreto, Sept. 29, 2014.
  • Syrian Kurds get into bus after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey after several mortars hit both side in the southeastern town of Suruc, in the Sanliurfa province, on Sept. 30, 2014. Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey fleeing an onslaught by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group that prompted an appeal for international intervention. Some refugees now want to return to protect their homes and join the fight against Islamic State group militants.
  • A Turkish soldier patrols near the Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, in the Sanliurfa province on Sept. 30, 2014. Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey fleeing an onslaught by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group that prompted an appeal for international intervention. Some of the refugees now want to return to protect their homes and join the fight against IS militants.
  • A woman being discharged from the Island Clinic Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, is sprayed with disinfectant, Sept. 30, 2014.
  • A Palestinian boy practises his Parkour skills near the ruins of houses, which witnesses said were destroyed during a seven-week Israeli offensive, in the Shejaia neighborhood east of Gaza City Oct. 1, 2014. Some Palestinian youths aged between 13 and 17 years old, train in the devastated area as a personal initiative to develop their skills. Parkour is a physical discipline of movement focused on overcoming obstacles.
  • A visitor enjoys the autumn sunshine on a deck chair in St James Park, central London, Sept. 30, 2014. September is on course to be the driest since records began in 1910, according to Britain’s Met Office.
  • China’s Gao Xinglong competes in the men’s long jump final at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Sept. 30, 2014.
  • A woman reacts after receiving news that a loved one was killed during a shooting near a mobile home community on Athens east side behind the Airport Minit Market, Sept. 30, 2014, in Athens, Ga. Athens-Clarke County police Maj. Clarence Holeman tells the Athens Banner-Herald details on the circumstances that led to the shooting are unclear and authorities are working to determine what led up to the gunfire.
  • Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca Sept. 30 2014.
  • Rescue workers engaged in rescue operations on the site of mishap where two trains collided, some 4.3 miles from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, India, late, Sept. 30, 2014. Fourteen people have been killed in the collision, officials said. Over 40 more people were injured after the two passenger trains collided near Gorakhpur town, about 170 miles east of state capital Lucknow, federal Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda said. Railway officials said that it appeared to be a case of negligence on part of the driver of the Krishak Express and a probe has been ordered. 
  • Amit Kumar, 14, a performer, gets makeup applied before performing the role of the Hindu lord Rama in a religious play ahead of Dussehra in the northern Indian city of Allahabad Sept. 30, 2014. Effigies of the 10-headed demon king “Ravana” are burnt on Dussehra, the Hindu festival that commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over the Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil.
  • A tourist takes photos of an Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) over the Bals-Fiord north of the Arctic Circle, near the village of Mestervik late Sept. 30, 2014.
  • A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine turns away from exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket Sept. 30, 2014. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism celebrates the local Chinese community’s belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.
  • Joshua Wong, leader of the student movement, delivers a speech as protesters block the main street to the financial Central district, outside the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, Oct. 1, 2014. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, some of them jeering National Day celebrations, and students threatened to ramp up demonstrations if the city’s pro-Beijing leader did not step down.
  • Paramilitary policemen salute as they attend a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, Oct. 1, 2014.
  • Jennifer Poon joins a candle lit demonstration in support of the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, in Boston, Massachusetts October 1, 2014. 
  • Brazil’s President and Workers’ Party (PT) presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff reacts near a reflection of members of the media during a news conference at Alvorada Palace in Brasilia Oct. 1, 2014. Brazil will hold its general elections on October 5, to elect the country’s National Congress, president, state governors and state legislatures.
  • An ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy holds on to a tarp in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood Oct. 1, 2014, ahead of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which starts at sundown on Friday.
  • Chinese tourists take pictures near Tiananmen Square on the 65th National Day on Oct. 1, 2014 in Beijing, China. The day marks the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1, 1949.
  • Anti-austerity protesters face anti-riot police near the Capodimonte museum during the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) on Oct. 2, 2014 in Naples. Thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators rallied in Naples today as the European Central Bank convened in the Italian city to discuss how to avert looming deflation in the eurozone.
  • A protester stands outside the legislative government complex as the standoff continues on Oct. 2, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong’s Financial district. Protesters have threatened to widen their campaign with a new deadline of midnight tonight. They are calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
  • Visitors sit in a festival beer tent at the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese in Munich, southern Germany, on Oct. 2, 2014. Germany’s world-famous Oktoberfest takes place until Oct. 5, 2014.
  • A security guard watches as construction workers build a new Ebola isolation and treatment center overnight on Oct. 2, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Work continues 24-hours a day on such centers, which still cannot keep up with demand as the Ebola epidemic continues to spread.
  • Demonstrators, targeted by water cannons, throw flares at police as the ECB governing council meets in Naples, Italy, Oct. 2, 2014.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz reflect on a car window as they gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel, Oct. 2, 2014. 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.
  • Members of the U.S. Secret Service escort President Barack Obama as he walks to Air Force One at Gary Chicago International Airport on October 2, 2014 in Gary, Ind.
  • Afghan livestock merchants display animals for sale for the upcoming Eid al-Adha at a market in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2014. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing sheep, goats, camels and cows to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command.
  • Bangladeshi Muslims try to climb on to the roof of an overcrowded train as they head to their homes ahead of Eid al-Adha in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Oct. 3, 2014.
  • A group of men in masks beat up a man (R) who tried to stop them from removing barricades from a pro-democracy protest area in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on Oct. 3, 2014.

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The first case of Ebola was confirmed in the U.S. this week, as the world’s worst outbreak that began six months ago continued its deadly march through West Africa.

Protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets in a budding pro-democracy movement there that has been dubbed the “Umbrella Revolution” after the umbrellas protestors used to shield themselves from the tear gas fired by police attempting to suppress the movement.

Over 40 victims are feared dead after Mount Ontake, the second highest volcano in Japan after Mount Fuji, erupted without warning on Saturday.

Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flood into Turkey, fleeing the Islamic State, which the U.S. together with a coalition of forces continues to attack in Iraq and Syria.

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