This Week in Pictures: Oct. 8-14
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 By the start of the week, the number of Republican party members that had withdrawn their support from the nominee had risen above 160—and that was before half a dozen women came forward with accusations of unwanted groping.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.