This Week in Pictures: Sept. 6-12

  • Octavia Spencer looks out of a car window as she arrives for a gala at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Sept. 6, 2014.
  • The media photograph Serena Williams of the United States as she celebrates defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark to win the women’s singles final match on day 14 of the 2014 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept. 7, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, New York City.
  • A U.S. Marine loses his hat as he and his colleagues unfurl a large U.S. flag during ceremonies ahead of the women’s singles finals match between Serena Williams of the U.S. and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Sept. 7, 2014.
  • Women dance at the Public School Spring 2015 After Party at Gilded Lily on Sept. 7, 2014 in New York City.
  • Dozens of hot air balloons are seen during the start of the Warsteiner Montgolfiade balloon festival in Warstein, Germany, Sept. 7, 2014. Europe’s biggest hot air balloon festival is said to attract up to 200,000 visitors and lasts until Sept. 13.
  • A businessman looks out a window for the motorcade of Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, Sept. 8, 2014, in Mariupol, Ukraine. After more than three nights of shelling on the outskirts of the strategic port city, European monitors say that a cease-fire in the region between Kiev’s forces and pro-Russian separatists is largely holding. In a speech to local residents and journalists, Poroshenko stressed Ukraine’s commitment to defend Mariupol.
  • Palestinians walk in the streets of Al-Shejaeiya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, Sept. 7, 2014. An indefinite cease-fire to end seven weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip was holding with Hamas declaring “victory” and the Israeli cabinet divided on the deal. Egypt, which brokered the deal, has said that indirect talks between the two sides would resume within a month.
  • Palestinian Bedouin students arrive to Arab Al-Ka’abneh school in Al-Mu’arrajat, near the West Bank city of Jericho on Sept. 8, 2014. Dozens of Palestinian children in the ramshackle Bedouin community outside Jerusalem defy Israeli authorities with the simple act of going to school. Their school is a series of buildings made of iron that were built over the objections of Israeli authorities who are now threatening to demolish the structures.
  • An internally displaced five-month-old girl rests in a makeshift cradle inside a tent on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 8, 2014. The war-torn country faces the challenges of poverty, unemployment, and a lack of infrastructure.
  • Students arrive at a new high school called The LINC, which stands for Learning in New Contexts, Sept. 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia opened three new public high schools Monday in an effort to show the troubled district is still trying to innovate despite massive layoffs.
  • A calf is silhouetted against cumulus clouds appearing in the sky behind a meadow in Echerschwang, southern Germany, on Sept. 8, 2014.
  • A man reads a book on the beach during the 40th annual Deauville American Film Festival, in Deauville, France, Sept. 8, 2014.
  • A resident breaks down on the sidewalk outside an apartment building at 11238 S. Vernon Ave. in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago, Sept. 8, 2014. A candle started a fire on the second floor that spread to the third floor and killed four children.
  • Coal miners pray during a mass funeral in Zenica, Bosnia, Sept. 8, 2014. Thousands of Bosnians paid their last respects on Monday to five miners killed after an earthquake triggered a collapse at the Raspotocje mine and trapped 34 miners 1,600 feet below the surface.
  • Ukrainian servicemen chat with a local man close to a damaged multi-story building in the eastern town of Avdeevka, near Donetsk, Ukraine, Sept. 8, 2014.
  • A high school student gets her hair adjusted by friends outside the Lycee Marie Jeanne public school for girls before the start of their first day back to school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sept. 8, 2014. The color on her neck is powdered perfume popular with kids.
  • A passenger carries her luggage in a railway station in Madrid, Spain, Sept. 8, 2014.
  • Receding flood water surrounds a home in Moapa, Nevada, Sept. 8, 2014.
  • A Turkish worker at a construction site in Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. 8, 2014. Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, is experiencing a construction boom.
  • An Indian woman walks near her house that was damaged in floods on the banks of the Tawi River in Jammu, India, Sept. 8, 2014. Six days of rains in Indian Kashmir have left more than 120 people dead in the region’s worst flooding in more than five decades, submerging hundreds of villages and triggering landslides, officials said.
  • A Ukrainian serviceman inspects an abandoned house in the eastern Ukrainian city of Avdeyevka, near Donetsk, Sept. 8, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visited the eastern port of Mariupol on Monday and promised to deal a “crushing defeat” to pro-Russian rebels massed on the edge of town if they tried to advance in violation of a cease-fire agreement.
  • Students stand guard in a military school in Boyarka , near Kiev, Ukraine, Sept. 9, 2014. The state order for military experts has doubled this year in comparison with 2013, with 15% more young people requesting military education.
  • A man stands on a ladder and repairs a wall of a house in Lisbon’s Alfama neighbourhood, Sept. 9, 2014.
  • The super moon rises behind Providencia favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sept. 9, 2014.
  • A man walks outside Madrid’s Atocha station, Sept. 9, 2014.
  • House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) with other House Republican leaders during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 9, 2014. On Tuesday, Boehner and other Congressional leadership will meet with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for a meeting on foreign policy at the White House.
  • Circus performers write on a board in their class before their performance at a circus training center in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 7, 2014.
  • A 12-year-old boy sits outside a window of his 11th-floor apartment as his relatives try to ask him to come back back inside, in Yibin, Sichuan province, Sept. 8, 2014. The boy was afraid of being punished by his mother for not finishing his homework on time. After a two-hour standoff, he was persuaded by police and family members to come inside.
  • A boy collects items thrown by devotees as religious offerings next to idols of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, a day after they were immersed in the waters of the Sabarmati river in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, Sept. 9, 2014.
  • Israeli police officers detain a Palestinian suspected of throwing stones during clashes that broke after the funeral of Mohammed Sinokrot outside Jerusalem’s Old City, Sept. 8, 2014. Scores of Palestinians rioted in East Jerusalem for a second day after hearing that the youth from their neighborhood had died of wounds suffered in a clash with Israeli police last week. Sinokrot succumbed to a head wound suffered during a protest a week ago but the circumstances of how he sustained the wound were in dispute.
  • A woman walks with her dog on a beach near Barbate, Cadiz, southwest Spain, Sept. 9, 2014.
  • An injured boy lies in a field hospital after what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighborhood of Damascus Sept. 9, 2014.
  • Smoke and flames rise over a chemical waste facility in Ritterhude near Bremen, Germnay, Sept. 9, 2014. Police said that one person was severely burned in the blast Tuesday night and that the explosion damaged a nearby residential area.
  • A woman looks through the window of a packed bus departing with commuters during a partial strike by Lisbon’s subway workers, in Lisbon, Sept. 10, 2014. The subway staff walked off the job during the morning rush hour in a protest against pay cuts and the company’s possible privatization. The strike brought misery for commuters who faced long queues for buses in the rain.
  • Pakistani villagers wait for boats to evacuate flooded areas along the Chenab River, in Jhang, Pakistan, Sept. 10, 2014. Thousands of people fled their homes in Pakistan on Wednesday as monsoon flooding that has already inundated the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir coursed down onto the plains, causing the Chenab River to breach its banks. The death toll from the flooding in Pakistan and India has climbed to more than 450.
  • Women Peshmerga recruits, some of whom are volunteers, march in formation as they take part in a military training at a base near the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya on Sept. 10, 2014. Arab nations are rallying behind US efforts to form a broad coalition against jihadists in Iraq and Syria as Kurdish and Iraqi forces continue to fight Islamic State militants.
  • Ambassador cars converted to yellow cabs are parked in front of a century-old building during a daylong taxi strike in Kolkata, India, Sept. 10, 2014. The strike was called by the unions demanding a fare hike and to protest alleged police atrocities.
  • A cat is seen near houses under demolition in Xintiandi area, one of the most expensive areas of Shanghai, Sept. 10, 2014. China is relaxing its financing rules for listed property firms by allowing those who qualify to sell medium-term notes in the inter-bank market. China’s once-heated property market is experiencing its sharpest slow down in two years as sales and prices turned south after an exceptionally buoyant 2013.
  • Migrants disembark in the port of Naples, Italy, after members of the Italian Navy rescued 877 migrants in the strait of Sicily during the Mare Nostrum operation as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa.
  • A dancer painted to look like a tiger dries his body in the sunlight before taking part in festivities marking the end of the annual harvest festival of Onam in Trichur, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Sept. 10, 2014. The ten-day long festival is celebrated annually in India’s southern coastal state of Kerala to symbolize the return of King Mahabali to meet his subjects.
  • The burnt shell of a car is lifted onto a lorry by traffic police clearing wreckages caused by a triple bombing in a Shi’ite neighborhood of New Baghdad in eastern Baghdad, Sept. 10, 2014. The explosions came as Secretary of State John Kerry visited the capital to support new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s government in fighting the Islamic State militants and to encourage political reforms.
  • Members of the Ukrainian national guard stand at a checkpoint nearby the town of Slavyanoserbsk, in the Luhansk region, Sept. 10, 2014. Ukraine’s president said on Wednesday that Russia had removed the bulk of its forces from his country, raising hopes for a peace drive now underway after five months of conflict in which more than 3,000 people have been killed.
  • Young people pose for photographs at a ‘YES’ campaign media event in Edinburgh, Scotland, Sept. 10, 2014. The referendum on Scottish independence will take place on September 18, when Scotland will vote whether or not to end the 307-year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom.
  • The Tribute in Light is illuminated on the skyline of lower Manhattan during events marking the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Sept. 10, 2014. Until a few months ago, the part of New York City where crowds will gather on Thursday morning to mark the 13th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the U.S. had been mostly fenced off to the public. This year, for perhaps the first time since the attacks, a sense of normalcy and openness has taken root in the city blocks where two airliners hijacked by militants from al Qaeda crashed into the World Trade Center’s twin towers.
  • A member of the Ukrainian national guard reacts as he stands at a checkpoint near the town of Slavyanoserbsk, in the Luhansk region, Sept. 10, 2014. Ukraine’s president said on Wednesday that Russia had removed the bulk of its forces from his country, raising hopes for a peace drive now underway after five months of conflict in which more than 3,000 people have been killed.
  • A soldier joins followers of the Shi’ite Houthi group during a gathering at the group’s camp near the Yemeni capital Sanaa, Sept. 10, 2014. Yemeni soldiers traded gunfire with Shi’ite Muslim rebels near a military base at the southern entrance to the capital on Tuesday, residents said, hours after soldiers killed at least four Shi’ite protesters outside the cabinet building. The headband reads: “No to the dose (lifting fuel subsidies)!”
  • A dog is seen at a flooded house following heavy rain in Jhang, Punjab province, Sept. 10, 2014. The prime ministers of India and Pakistan have offered to help each other in efforts to alleviate flooding in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, lowering tension between the rival nations after weeks of army clashes and heated rhetoric.
  • A building cleaner is seen working on the glass roof of the World Trade Center Dresden, eastern Germany on Sept. 11, 2014. 
  • Rick Sarmiento, center, embraces Karen Bingham, left, and Nancy Root, right, during a visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial, Sept. 10, 2014, in Shanksville, Pa. Karen Bingham’s son Mark Bingham was a passenger on Flight 93, as was Nancy Root’s cousin Lorraine G. Bay. The memorial marks the spot where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed 13 years ago in a reclaimed strip mine some 75 miles southeast of Pittsburgh after passengers fought back against hijackers.
  • Flood victims sit at a relief camp after being evacuated from flooded areas in Srinagar, Sept. 11, 2014. Authorities in Kashmir collected the bodies of women and children floating in the streets on Thursday as anger mounted over what many survivors said was a bungled operation to help those caught in the region’s worst flooding in 50 years.
  • A fighter from the Nureddine al-Zinki unit — a moderate Syrian opposition faction affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and made up of former Syrian Free Army fighters at odds with the radical Islamic State jihadists — checks a WWII Soviet-era Mosin Nagant sniper rifle at the Sakhur frontline, near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sept. 11, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah have agreed on “the need for increased training and equipping of the moderate Syrian opposition,” the White House said in a statement on Sept. 10.
  • Pakistan residents, affected by flooding, lift an injured man into an army helicopter in the Peer Kot area of Jhang, in central Punjab province on Sept. 11, 2014. Pakistani troops on Sept. 11 rushed to protect two major cities from raging floodwaters, using explosives to divert swollen rivers in a crisis that has affected more than a million people and inundated swathes of farmland.
  • An anti-independence Catalan gestures and shouts as she takes part in a demonstration for the unity of Spain in the centre of Barcelona during Catalonia National Day (Diada) on Sept. 11, 2014.
  • Sam Pulia, mayor of Westerchester, Illionis, and a former police officer of the same town, salutes the name of his cousin, New York firefighter Thomas Anthony Casoria, who was killed in the South Tower, prior to the the memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in in New York on Sept. 11, 2014. 
  • South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, Sept. 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, escaping the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and will now battle to avoid going to prison.
  • Journalists attend the preview of a digital art exhibition, entitled ‘Infinity of Flowers’, in Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 12, 2014. The interactive digital installation created by teamLab and Gucci is presented at the Gucci Shinjuku store from Sept. 13.

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On the eve of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would lead a coalition of forces launching air strikes on Iraq and Syria in an effort to dismantle the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, the decision pushes the president’s 2011 promise that war soon would be over even further into the distance.

In India and Pakistan, more than 450 people have reportedly been killed and tens of thousands stranded by monsoon flooding and landslides.  

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