This Week in Pictures: Oct. 8-14

  • Competitors get ready to start the swimming portion of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon, Oct. 8, 2016, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
  • Donald Trump greets supporters outside of Trump Towers in Manhattan October 8, 2016 in New York, N.Y. The Donald Trump campaign has faced numerous calls for him to step aside after a recording from 2005 revealed lewd comments Trump made about women.
  • In this photograph taken on Oct. 8, 2016, Afghan boys play football in a field in Herat, Afghanistan.
  • Destroyed houses are seen after Hurricane Matthew passes in Corail, Haiti, Oct. 8, 2016.
  • A woman fights the wind in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Oct. 8, 2016 as Hurricane Matthew moves up the east coast. Gov. Pat McCrory is warning North Carolina residents that even though Hurricane Matthew’s winds have been downgraded, the storm is still a danger because of flooding and storm surge.
  • North Carolina State’s Jerod Fernandez (4), B.J. Hill (98) and Jarius Morehead (31) tackle Notre Dame running back Josh Adams (33) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Oct. 8, 2016.
  • Yemenis inspect the site of Saudi-led airstrikes hit a funeral ceremony in Sana’a, Yemen, on Oct 8, 2016. According to reports, at least 82 Yemenis were killed and more than 534 injured when Saudi-led airstrikes targeted a funeral hall filled with mourners in the Yemeni capital Sana’a.
  • An Indian Air Force (IAF) light combat aircraft “Tejas” performs during the Indian Air Force Day celebrations at the Hindon Air Force Station on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Oct. 8, 2016.
  • In this photograph taken on Oct. 9, 2016, Afghan farmers harvest fresh wheat grains in a field on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan.
  • A young man takes a shower in a shower from a water fountain in Houk, in a rural zone of Les Cayes, an area damaged by Hurricane Matthew, in the Southwest of Haiti, on Oct. 9, 2016. Haiti began three days of mourning Sunday for hundreds killed in Hurricane Matthew as relief officials grappled with the unfolding devastation in the Caribbean country’s hard-hit south. Matthew crashed ashore on Haiti’s southern coast on October 4 as a monster Category 4 storm, packing 145 mile (230 kilometer) winds.
  • An abandoned truck lies in submerged waters after Hurricane Matthew hit Lumberton, N.C., on Oct. 9, 2016.
  • Pastor Robert Hodges, right, prays with his wife Rose at Annivesta Baptist Church which was opened for Sunday service despite not having power following Hurricane Matthew in Hollywood, S.C., Oct. 9, 2016. The couple did not evacuate like most of their 300 congregants and after waiting to see if anyone would show up for service, they prayed together then left.
  • An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man holds a chicken as he performs the Kaparot ritual, where white chickens are slaughtered as a symbolic gesture of atonement, ahead of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, in Ashdod, Israel on Oct. 9, 2016.
  • Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the second presidential debate, Oct. 9, 2016. 
  • Iranian Shiite Muslim women mourn during a ceremony at Sadat Akhavi Mosque in Tehran, Iran, Oct. 9, 2016, three days prior to the death anniversary of 7th century Shiite Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, who was killed in a battle in Karbala in present-day Iraq.
  • A man stands inside a temple while taking part in a sacrificial ceremony during “Dashain”, Hinduism’s biggest religious festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal on Oct. 10, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at the airport to attend a rally at Ohio State University in Columbus , Ohio on Oct. 10, 2016.
  • A Myanmar Shiite Muslim devotee runs barefoot over a bed of burning coals as he takes part in the Muharram processions ahead of the Islamic commemoration of Ashura, in Yangon, Myanmar, on Oct. 10, 2016. Muslims across the world observe the Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. The climax of the Muharram is reached on its tenth day with the marking of the Ashura festival, commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, in the battle of Karbala, Iraq, in the seventh century.
  • An Indian worker outs firecrackers inside a giant effigy of demon king Ravana as preparations are underway on the eve on the eve of Dussehra festival in Amritsar, India, on Oct. 10, 2016. The effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnath and his brother Kumbhakarna are burnt in the evening on the Hindu festival Dussehra which follows the nine-day festival of Navratri. Dussehra is celebrated as the victory of the mytholigical Hindu God Lord Rama over the evil demon King Ravana.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men of the Vizhnitz Hassidic sect pray on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel, Oct. 10, 2016. Tashlich, which means “to cast away” in Hebrew, is the practice in 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, which starts at sundown Tuesday.
  • Masked students enter a building of the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg on Oct. 10, 2016 to disrupt classes in a bid to shut down the campus. Student protesters at South Africa’s prestigious Wits University forced their way into lecture halls and caused many lessons to be abandoned Monday, ratcheting up pressure in a battle over tuition fees. Violent clashes with police have erupted regularly on campuses across the country in recent months, and several universities have been closed to avoid further unrest.
  • A riot policeman attempts to detain a demonstrator during a protest march by Mapuche Indian activists against Columbus Day in downtown Santiago, Chile on Oct. 10, 2016.
  • A police man runs in front of a bus that was set alight after the FeesMustFall protest spills onto the streets of Braamfontein district in Johannesburg on Oct. 10, 2016. University tuition fees have become a flashpoint for protests in South Africa, which has struggled to provide education, jobs and housing for many poor black people since the end of apartheid in 1994. Violent clashes with police have erupted regularly on campuses across the country in recent months, and several universities have been closed to avoid further unrest.
  • Protesters run and hide as police fire rubber bullets after the FeesMustFall protest spills onto the streets in Braamfontein district, in Johannesburg, on Oct. 10, 2016. University tuition fees have become a flashpoint for protests in South Africa, which has struggled to provide education, jobs and housing for many poor black people since the end of apartheid in 1994. Violent clashes with police have erupted regularly on campuses across the country in recent months, and several universities have been closed to avoid further unrest.
  • A man sits next to his destroyed house in Les Cayes, Haiti on Oct. 10, 2016, following the passage of Hurricane Matthew. Haiti faces a humanitarian crisis that requires a “massive response” from the international community, the United Nations chief said , with at least 1.4 million people needing emergency aid following last week’s battering by Hurricane Matthew.
  • Young men pass the time inside a school where hundreds have sought shelter after Hurricane Matthew destroyed their homes in Port Salut, Haiti, Oct. 10, 2016. School authorities opened their doors to the displaced families, but have informed them that they need to move out by the time classes reopen next Monday. Nearly a week after the storm smashed into southwestern Haiti, some communities along the southern coast have yet to receive any assistance, leaving residents who have lost their homes and virtually all of their belongings struggling to find shelter and potable water.
  • Supporters cheer for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cheer during a rally, Oct. 10, 2016, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
  • President Barack Obama reacts to the audience as he arrives to speak at a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the White Oak Amphitheatre in Greensboro, N.C., Oct. 11, 2016. 
  • Three ice skaters perform during a small opening ceremony on the first day of the season at The Rink at Rockefeller Center in New York, N.Y., on Oct 11, 2016.
  • Mist rises off the water as a flooded building is pictured after Hurricane Matthew passes in Lumberton, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2016.
  • Jameel Mustafa Habboush, a young Syrian boy receives oxygen as he is pulled from the rubble of a building following Russian air strikes on the rebel-held Fardous neighbourhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on Oct. 11, 2016. Regime ally Russia carried out its heaviest strikes in days on Syria’s Aleppo, causing massive damage in several residential areas of the city’s rebel-held east.
  • A cat is stranded on a fence due to floodwaters from the Lumber River on Oct. 11, 2016 in Fair Bluff, N.C. Thousands of homes have been damaged in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Matthew and many are still under threat of flooding.
  • Nepalese Hindu devotees offer prayers by rolling on the ground after performing a bathing ritual during the tenth day of Dashain (Durga Puja), in Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on Oct. 11, 2016. Dashain is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese calendar and celebrates the triumph of good over evil.
  • Iraqi Shiites perform during the reenactment of the Battle of Karbala, as part of a parade in preparation for the peak of the mourning period of Ashura, on Oct. 11, 2016 in Baghdad’s northern district of Kadhimiya. The religious festival of Ashura, which includes a ten-day mourning period, commemorates the seventh century slaying of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Imam Hussein in Karbala in Iraq.
  • People get their picture taken in front of the foam covering the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi, India, Oct. 11, 2016.
  • United Nations police from Bangladesh deliver drinking water to residents of Sous-Roche village, outside Les Cayes, Haiti, Oct. 11, 2016. Health authorities have warned that Hurricane Matthew has created conditions that are likely to cause an increase in the deadly waterborne cholera virus.
  • Inmates watch as drug suspects are processed inside a police station on Oct. 12, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The Duterte administration shifted to the next phase on its war on drugs after the first 100 days of President Rodrigo Duterte as over 3,600 people have been killed while more than 700,000 drug dependents surrendered to authorities. According to reports, Duterte received an “excellent” rating for his war on drugs during a recent opinion, with 84 percent of Filipinos respondents said they are satisfied with the drug crackdown. 
  • A migrant holds onto a rope during a rescue operation some eight nautical miles off Libya’s Mediterranean coastline on Oct. 12, 2016. A growing number of people are attempting the treacherous sea journey from Libya or Egypt, after the closure of the Balkan migrant trail route leading from Greece to western Europe.
  • A truck drives through floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, N.C., Oct. 12, 2016. People were ordered to evacuate, and officials warned that some communities could be cut off by washed out roads or bridge closures.
  • Iranian Shiite Muslims mourn after covering themselves with mud during Ashoura rituals, in Khorramabad, Iran, Oct. 12, 2016. Shiites mark Ashoura, the tenth day of the Muslim month of Muharram, to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad and one of Shiite Islam’s most beloved saints, during the 7th century Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq.
  • Civil defense members carry an injured man after an air strike in the rebel-held Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria on Oct. 12, 2016.
  • Hurricane Matthew victims wait to receive food from the UN’s World Food Programme in Port-Salut, Haiti, on Oct. 12, 2016. The first major handout of food aid took place along Haiti’s storm-wrecked southwest coast but supplies were still far short of what was needed by the thousands of starving people.
  • People listen to U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a rally at the Colorado State Fair Grounds in Pueblo, Colo. on Oct. 12, 2016.
  • Supporters of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej react as they pray at Siriraj Hospital, where the king is being treated, in Bangkok on Oct. 13, 2016. Well-wishers kept up their vigil outside a Bangkok hospital on Oct. 13, offering prayers for ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej as Thailand faces the prospect of losing its figure of unity in a deeply polarized nation.
  • Performers dance ‘Sleeping through a Hurricane’ choreographed by Ebrahim Medell during the 12th Baxter Dance Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct. 13, 2016. Some 65 choreographic works are showcased over 10 days during the 2016 Baxter Dance Festival incorperating a wide variety of genres and styles from choreographers across South Africa as well as Namaqualand, Canada and Namibia. 
  • A local tries to extinguish a fire that burns within a pine forest in Lembah Seulawah village, Aceh Besar, Indonesia on Oct. 13, 2016. Hundreds of hectares of pine forests were destroyed by fire set to clear new land for plantations in the region. The clearing of plantations using fire is a common practice used by locals, although local authorities categorize the action as an illegal act that may damage forests.
  • Egyptian fishermen gather their nets at El-Burollos Lake in Kafr el-Sheikh, 170 kilometers (106 miles) north of Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 13, 2016. A $12 billion bailout loan aimed at supporting the government’s reform package has yet to be finalized, but could come as early as next week, hopefully paving the way for sustainable economic growth that generates jobs for Egypt’s surging population of over 90 million.
  • People react to the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on Oct. 13, 2016. Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died after a long illness, the palace announced on Oct. 13, 2016, ending a remarkable seven-decade reign and leaving a divided people bereft of a towering and rare figure of unity.
  • Fire and smoke rise after a Saudi-led airstrike hit a site believed to be one of the largest weapons depots on the outskirts of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, Oct. 14, 2016.
  • Indian policemen look at a beach after securing the area behind the main venue of BRICS summit in Goa, India, Oct. 14, 2016. The leaders of five big developing nations that banded together in 2009 as the so-called BRICS nations, are set to attend their annual summit Oct. 15-16, 2016 in a beach resort town in the western Indian state of Goa. But with their own economies now flagging, some analysts are questioning whether the group, consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, still has clout in representing nearly half the world’s population and a quarter of its economy at $16.6 trillion.

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More and more, it looks like this presidential election has become Republican nominee Donald Trump versus the GOP, as the candidate remained embattled and struggled to gain any ground following the release of a 2005 tape, in which he bragged about sexually assaulting women. By the start of the week, the number of Republican party members that had withdrawn their support from the nominee had risen above 160—and that was before half a dozen women came forward with accusations of unwanted groping. 

Hillary Clinton has benefited from the turn of events, which have given her a solid lead in the race, despite her own controversy following another email leak, which reportedly showed the contents of some of her speeches to Wall Street. The former secretary of state this week started to dial back on campaign events and is starting to prepare for Wednesday’s debate—the last of three.

Haiti and parts of North Carolina continued to struggle with the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, as death tolls continued to rise and floodwaters took their time to recede in the southern state. 

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej—the world’s longest reigning monarch—died in Bangkok on Thursday, after more than a decade of health issues. The beloved king ruled for 70 years and had come to be regarded as a bodhisattva—a living Buddha—but had also become a loaded figure in clashes between Thai “red shirts” and “yellow shirts” over the years.

In Yemen, a Saudi-led airstrike hit a funeral ceremony in Sana’a, killing at least 82 Yemenis and injuring more than 530. The U.S. also started bombing targeted Iran-backed Houthi rebel hotspots in retaliation for reported missile launches at an American Navy ship.

Protests continued across Johannesburg, South Africa, as students call for education reform and the lowering of tuition fees.

On a another note, millions celebrated Yom Kippur, which began at sundown on Tuesday. Some led into the holiday by casting their sins away, throwing symbolic pieces of bread and other foods into large bodies of water.

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