This Week in Pictures Oct. 15-21
We’re one presidential debate closer to Election Day after this week’s final sparring between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The last debate– set against a backdrop of leaked scandals, continued hurricane recovery, and the military front to take back Mosul, Iraq– was explosive.
Both candidates threw punches and became more tense in the exchange about ISIS, as thousands of Kurdish fighters pushed forward in the battle to retake Iraq’s second-largest city. Meanwhile, Islamic State fighters countered their efforts with suicide bombs and roadside mines—attacking the oil city of Kirkuk early Friday.
Early voting has officially begun in the U.S., and citizens have started making their way to the polls
In South Africa, the fight for lower tuition and economic equality continued as student protesters attended an Economic Freedom Front event at the University of the Wilwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Twenty of Nigeria’s missing girls—who had been taken hostage by Boko Haram—were reunited with their families this week. They were met with community celebrations.
In plot twist amid the demonstrations against police brutality, officers in France this week protested mounting attacks on police across several cities, including Lyon.