This Week in Pictures Oct. 15-21

  • Women in traditional outfits take part in the Indoni SA Cultural festival on Oct. 15, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. The Indoni festival, a three-day feast, showcases traditions of South African provinces and aims to demonstrate unity and the unique diversity of the country.
  • Photographers take pictures of a toddler with a book by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as they wait for the start of a rally with him at a car dealership in Portsmouth, N.H. on Oct. 15, 2016.
  • A woman stands in the sound installation of German composer Johannes S. Sistermanns during the Donaueschingen Music Festival in Donaueschingen, Germany on Oct. 15, 2016.
  • Horse riders perform with guns during the El-Jadida International Horse Show in El-Jadida, south of Casablanca, Morocco on Oct. 15, 2016.
  • A pedestrian bridge crossing the A8 motorway is detonated near Sindelfingen, Germany on Oct. 15, 2016.
  • Muslims and other tourists hang out at the resort of Neve Zohar in the southern part of the Dead Sea, on Oct. 15, 2016.
  • An Italian Vizsla holds a retrieved hare while listening to commands by its owner during a fowl and upland game hunting competition of Vizsla breeds organised by the Hungarian Hunters’ National Chamber in Soponya, Hungary on Oct. 15, 2016.
  • A farmer rests on sacks filled with paddy at a wholesale grain market in Chandigarh, India on Oct. 16, 2016.
  • Residential buildings along Changjon Street, which form part of the Pyongyang skyline, are seen reflected in the Taedong River on a misty morning on Oct. 16, 2016 in Pyongyang, North Korea.
  • South African policemen guard the station main gate as students protesting for free higher education sing and dance in support of arrested leader Mcebo Dlamini on Oct. 16, 2016 in Johannesburg. 
  • Residents try to get a sack of rice after a distribution was rescheduled and food stored following Hurricane Matthew in Saint Jean du Sud, Haiti on Oct. 16, 2016.
  • Soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) cross the Nile River in a boat near Malakal, northern South Sudan on Oct. 16, 2016.
  • Migrants pull a garbage can behind the remains of a burnt car outside the refugee camp of Oreokastro, near the northern Greek town of Thessaloniki, on Oct. 16, 2016. Migrants living in the camp rioted Sunday night after a woman and her son were struck and killed by a car outside the camp, police reported.
  • One of Nigeria’s kidnapped girls celebrates with family members during a church survives held in Abuja, Nigeria on Oct. 16, 2016.
  • Evangelical Christian pilgrims from Brazil attend a mass baptism ceremony in the waters of the Jordan River at Yardenit in northern Israel on Oct. 17, 2016.
  • Boys play checkers with bottle caps on a homemade board in the Philanthrope neighborhood of Les Cayes, Haiti on Oct. 17, 2016.
  • A long column of smoke rises from the Chemical plant of the BASF site in Ludwigshafen, western Germany on Oct. 17, 2016.
  • Shoshana Boyd, center left, and Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay, center right, stand surrounded by family and friends during a candlelight vigil at Lafayette High School for their daughter Trinity Gay, who died in an exchange of gunfire early Sunday morning, in Lexington, Ky. on Oct. 17, 2016.
  • Displaced Iraqis who fled fighting in the Mosul area play volleyball at a camp for internally displaced people on Oct. 17, 2016 in the northeastern town of al-Hol in Syria’s Hasakah province.
  • Hurricane Matthew victims cover themselves from the rain while they wait the start of delivery of food from the UN’s World Food Programme in the commune of Maniche, in Les Cayes, in the south west of Haiti, on Oct. 17, 2016.
  • A passenger aircraft makes its landing approach to Heathrow airport in front of a “super moon” at dawn in west London, Britain on Oct. 17, 2016.
  • Smoke rises as people flee their homes during clashes between Iraqi security forces and members of the Islamic State group fleeing Mosul, Iraq on Oct. 18, 2016.
  • Members of People’s Liberation Army rehearse ahead of a welcome ceremony for Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on Oct. 18, 2016.
  • A Thai street tailor, Chaiwat Srirak, 59, reads a monarchy book next to portraits of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at his stall at his stall in Bangkok, Thailand on Oct. 18, 2016.
  • Copenhagen players react as their fans light flares in the stadium during the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Leicester City and FC Copenhagen at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on Oct. 18, 2016.
  • An Indian child sits on a handcart as she makes flower garlands to sell to devotees preparing to perform rituals at Sangam in Allahabad on Oct. 18, 2016.
  • An adolescent Afghan migrant waves from a van as he departs with six others from the emergency shelter for minors in Saint Omer, France as they leave for Britain on Oct. 18, 2016.
  • North Korean traffic policewomen chat next to a residential building while off duty on Oct. 18, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump take the stage for the final presidential debate at University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 19, 2016.
  • Russia’s Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying the International Space Station crew blasts off to the ISS from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on Oct. 19, 2016.
  • A man stands in front of a fire from oil that has been set ablaze in the Qayyarah area, some 60 kilometres south of Mosul, on Oct. 19, 2016.
  • Women protest against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the GOP in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City on Oct. 19, 2016.
  • A Civil Defence member rubs his eyes as he tries to put out a fire inside a building after shelling in the rebel held besieged town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria on Oct. 19, 2016.
  • Students listen to Economic Freedom Front activist and student leader Vuyani Pambo address a mass meeting at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa on Oct. 19, 2016.
  • Commuters arrive from Metro North Railroad trains in Grand Central Station in New York on Oct. 19, 2016.
  • A Haitian police officer keep people away during a distribution of supplies after Hurricane Matthew in Torbeck, Haiti on Oct. 19, 2016.
  • Kurdish Peshmerga forces gather prior to opening up a front against Islamic state in Nawaran, some 13 miles northeast of Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 20, 2016. Peshmerga are launching an offensive to take the villages on the Nawaran mountain, pulling closer to Mosul.
  • Civil Defense members walk through smoke as they try to put out a fire inside a building after shelling in the rebel held besieged town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Oct. 19, 2016. 
  • Voters cast shadows as they wait in a line at a polling station open into the evening as early voting for the 2016 general elections begins in Durham, N.C., on Oct. 20, 2016.
  • French police officers demonstrate in Lyon to protest over mounting attacks on officers on Oct. 20, 2016. French police officers demonstrated in several French cities, in a series of protests over mounting attacks on officers.
  • A Nepalese village woman separates grain from chaff a after harvest in Chunnikhel on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, Oct. 20, 2016. Agriculture is the main source of food, income, and employment for the majority of people in Nepal.
  • An Islamic State suicide bomber attacks an Iraqi special forces unit with a car bomb during clashes in Bartella, east of Mosul, Iraq on Oct. 20, 2016.
  • Groundskeepers power-wash headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Oct. 20, 2016. 
  • Families outside their houses affected by mud generated by heavy rains and floods in Villa Solidaridad in the municipality of Tipitapa, in Managua, Nicaragua, Oct. 20, 2016. Some 827 families have been affected. 
  • A man braves the wind at Victoria Habour as Typhoon Haima approaches Hong Kong, Oct. 21, 2016. Typhoon Haima hit the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages. 
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the European Summit in Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 21, 2016. EU Leaders met for a two-day summit to discuss migration, trade and Russia, including its role in Syria. 

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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. 

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