This Week in Pictures: Sept. 24-30

  • A Filipino climbs on an anchor chain of a cargo ship docked at the country’s main seaport in Manila, Philippines, on Sept. 24, 2016. According to the International Maritime Bureau’s latest sea crimes data, Southeast Asia recently accounts for the majority of seafaring attacks globally, surpassing the Horn of Africa. Pirates in Southeast Asia are increasingly hijacking ships, oil tankers and tugboats, stealing their cargoes, rob their crew and kidnap them for ransom, according to data from the International Chamber of Commerce?s International Maritime Bureau.
  • A young boy holds his fist up while wearing tape over his mouth during a Black Lives Matter protest at an entrance to Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 24, 2016, in response to the police shooting deaths of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla. and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. The Black Lives Matter chapter of Atlanta is boycotting major retailers following the recent police shooting deaths involving black men.
  • U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C-R) hugs former President George W. Bush (C-L) while President Barack Obama (R) and former first lady Laura Bush (L) look on at the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, on Sept. 24, 2016. The opening ceremonies of the 400,000-square-foot museum attracted thousands of attendees.
  • Young guides wait as they accompany a statue of Our Lady of Mercy, paraded in a religious procession honoring Army Day in Lima, Peru, Sept. 24, 2016. Our Lady of Mercy is recognized as the patron saint of the Peruvian Armed Forces.
  • A firefighting boat works to extinguish a fire aboard the tanker Burgos about seven nautical miles off the coast of the port city of Boca del Rio, Mexico, Sept. 24, 2016. The tanker was carrying about 168,000 barrels of gasoline and diesel fuel. Mexico’s Navy rescued 31 crew members and no injuries were reported. There were no immediate reports of fuel spills and the cause of the fire was unknown.
  • The Pioneer Team, a civil aerobatic team from Italy, let off pyrotechnics from their Pioneer 330 aircraft during the Malta International Airshow off SmartCity Malta, outside Valletta, Malta, Sept. 24, 2016.
  • A general view over Berlin during sunrise in Berlin, Germany, Sept. 24, 2016.
  • A UD Las Palmas supporter sits on the stand prior to the La Liga match between UD Las Palmas and Real Madrid CF on Sept. 24, 2016 in Las Palmas, Spain. 
  • Children stand in front of the bullet-riddled facade of a building in the rebel-held Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria on Sept. 25, 2016.
  • A man looks through the U.S.-Mexico border fence into the United States on Sept. 25, 2016 in Tijuana, Mexico. Friendship Park on the border is one of the few places on the 2,000-mile border where separated families are allowed to meet.
  • Members of the marine wildlife conservation organization Sea Shepherd monitor the fuel tanker Burgos, as it continues to burn a day after it erupted in flames off the coast of the port city of Boca del Rio, Mexico Sept. 25, 2016. Firefighting boats were battling the blaze aboard the Burgos, which is owned by state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. Pemex said in a statement Sunday that a team of international experts in putting out fires and transferring fuel has arrived to assist.
  • A Syrian man walks past a bus set ablaze following a reported air strike in the rebel-held Salaheddin district of Aleppo on Sept. 25, 2016. The UN Security Council met for urgent talks as Syrian and Russian warplanes pounded rebel-held east Aleppo in the worst surge of bombing to hit the devastated city in years. Britain, France and the United States called the emergency meeting to turn up pressure on Russia and press demands that it rein in its ally Syria to halt the intense bombing campaign on Aleppo. 
  • Eight-year-old Samir (R) from Somalia looks out of the window of the Astral rescue ship from the non-governmental organisation Proactiva Open Arms, while others rest as they head towards the Italian island of Lampedusa in a storm of 35 knots after they were rescued at sea on Sept. 25, 2016. Libya with its 1,770 kilometres (1,100 miles) of coastline has become a hub of illegal immigration towards Europe in the absence of proper border controls in a country plunged into chaos. Migrants head in rickety makeshift boats for the Italian island of Lampedusa some 300 kilometres off the coast.
  • An artisan hangs decorative pieces at a pandal, or a temporary platform, for the upcoming Hindu festival of Durga Puja, in Kolkata, India, Sept. 25, 2016.
  • FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels and supporters help push a stuck vehicle at their camp following the 10th Guerrilla Conference in the remote Yari plains where the peace accord was ratified by the FARC on Sept. 25, 2016 in El Diamante, Colombia. The peace agreement attempts to end the 52-year-old guerrilla war between the FARC and the state, the longest-running armed conflict in the Americas which left 220,000 dead. The final agreement is set to be signed on September 26 and will then be put to vote by the public in a referendum on October 2. The plan calls for a disarmament and re-integration of most of the estimated 7,000 FARC fighters.
  • A woman looks out from a door during a protest in Srinagar, against the recent killings in Kashmir region, Sept. 25, 2016.
  • A salt lake which is separated by a road, shows parts of it in different colours due to algae, in Yuncheng, Shanxi Province, China, on Sept. 25, 2016.
  • Azerbaijan’s soldier vote at a polling station during a referendum on boosted presidency in Baku on Sept. 26, 2016. Azerbaijanis went to the polls on September 26, 2016 in a controversial referendum on handing extra powers to long-serving President Ilham Aliyev, with opposition and rights groups criticising the proposed constitutional changes as undemocratic.
  • People dig in the rubble in an ongoing search for survivors at a site hit previously by an airstrike in the rebel-held Tariq al-Bab neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, Sept. 26, 2016.
  • An oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus), also known as the little spotted cat, tigrina, tigrillo, or tiger cat, is pictured at the National Zoo of El Salvador in San Salvador, on Sept. 26, 2016. 
  • Indian police try to detain supporters of Jammu and Kashmir lawmaker Sheikh Engineer during a march towards the United Nations Military Observer Group of India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to protest against the deaths of civilians in Kashmir’s ongoing summer unrest, in Srinagar on Sept. 26, 2016. More than 80 Kashmiris have died in the two months since popular rebel leader Burhan Wani was killed on the southern edge of the region, making it one of the worst bouts of violence since a full-blown armed rebellion was at its peak in the 1990s. The Kashmir valley and the summer capital Srinagar have seen ongoing curfews amid the unrest.
  • In this picture taken on Sept. 26, 2016 show a fisherman cleaning a net in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, after overnight fishing. Indonesias economy accelerated in the second quarter as government stimulus plans came to fruition, a report said last week.
  • Palestinian boys watch through a fence as militants of the Popular Resistance Committees take part in a military parade in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Sept. 26, 2016.
  • Members of civil movement ‘Colorful Revolution’ protest in front of the Macedonian Parliament to show their support for the Special Public Prosecutor office (SPO) in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, on Sept. 26, 2016. Protestors claim the work of the SPO is repeatedly hindered by the ruling coalition.
  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shake hands after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University on Sept. 26; 2016 in Hempstead, N.Y.
  • A CalFire firefighter sprays water on a ridge as he battles the Loma Fire near Santa Cruz, California, on Sept. 27, 2016.
  • A Mexican farm worker plows a U.S. farm on Sept. 27, 2016 in Holtville, Calif. Thousands of Mexican seasonal workers legally cross the border daily from Mexicali, Mexico to work the fields of Imperial Valley, California, some of the most productive farmland in the United States.
  • Models present creations from the Spring/Summer 2016 Ready to Wear collection by French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France on Sept. 27, 2016. The presentation of the Women’s collections runs from September 27 to October 5.
  • Fighters of the Libyan forces affiliated to the Tripoli government, remain out of sight of snipers as they look into a mirror to scan for targets, from their vantage point inside a building at the western front line in Sirte, Libya, Sept. 27, 2016.
  • “Mayorganos” (Mayorga locals) carry hanging wineskins in flames as a kind of torches as they take part in the “Vitor’s Civic Procession” in Mayorga, near Valladolid, on Sept. 27, 2016. This procession marks the date of September 27, 1752 when the people of Mayorga came out their homes with torches to light the streets for receiving a relic of Spanish missionary and Archibishop of Lima (Peru), Toribius of Mogrovejo, being brought to his natal village.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seen through the audience before participating in a roundtable event, Sept. 27, 2016, in Miami, Fla.
  • In this photo taken on September 27, 2016, tricycle drivers wait for customers in Beijing on Sept. 27, 2016.
  • A swimming enthusiast enjoys a late swim in private pool in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Sept. 27, 2016 during the end of the summer season in Nepal. While still measuring daytime temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius, the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology of the Government of Nepal expects ‘light rain likely to occur at a few places of the eastern and western regions and at one or two places of the central region’, in a forcast on September 27.
  • Coritiba’s Juninho (L) heads the ball while in action against Belgrano players during their match of the Sudamerican Cup at Mario Alberto Kempes Stadium in Cordoba, Argentina, on Sept. 28, 2016.
  • Mourners and activists hold a candle light vigil during a rally in El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego, California on Sept. 28, 2016, in protest of the police shooting the night before. Protesters marched in a California town following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man said to be mentally ill, as local officials urged calm and pledged a full investigation. The victim, identified as Ugandan refugee Alfred Olango, 30, was shot on Tuesday in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon after police received an emergency call about a man behaving erratically and walking in traffic.
  • This picture taken on Sept. 28, 2016 shows Thai wrestler Dr. Gore kicking Japanese wrestler DJ Nira in the face at an event celebrating Thai wrestling promotion Gatoh Move’s 4th year anniversary in Bangkok. Gatoh Move was started by a Japanese wrestler and is now a pro wrestling school school in the Thai capital, sporting an equal mix of Japanese veterans and new generation of Thai stars. Entertainment wrestling has seen a recent surge in popularity in Southeast Asia, with several professional promotions across the region showcasing local talent.
  • Students raise their hands in front of the campus gate during clashes with riot police on Sept. 28, 2016 outside the University of Johannesburg Campus. The issue of education fees ignited widespread frustration over a lack of opportunities for young South Africans, worsened by a weakening economy and high unemployment. Violent protests erupted at many South African universities last year, with several campuses temporarily shut down and riot police clashing with students outside parliament.
  • Miami Marlins players and members of the Marlins organization and their fans surround the hearse carrying Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez to pay their respects on September 28, 2016 in Miami, Fla. Mr. Fernandez was killed in a weekend boat crash in Miami Beach along with two friends.
  • Huma Abedin waits for an event with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at University of New Hampshire on Sept. 28, 2016 in Durham, N.H.
  • Visitors look up at mock-ups of dinosaur skeletons inside the Museum of Natural History in Pyongyang on Sept. 28, 2016.
  • Visitors wait to enter the Museum of Natural History in Pyongyang on Sept. 28, 2016.
  • President Barack Obama boards Air Force One prior to departure from Richmond International Airport in Richmond, Va., Sept. 28, 2016, as he travels to Fort Lee to speak with troops. The United States will send about 600 extra troops to Iraq to train local forces for an offensive on the Islamic State group stronghold of Mosul, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said. 
  • An inmate firefighter examines a burning structure while battling the Loma fire near Morgan Hill, Calif., on Sept. 28, 2016.
  • Train personnel survey the NJ Transit train that crashed in to the platform at the Hoboken Terminal on Sept. 29, 2016 in Hoboken, N.J. New Jersey emergency’s management system is reporting more than 100 people were injured in the crash.
  • Israelis queue up to pay their respects in front of the coffin of former Israeli president Shimon Peres at a plaza outside the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, on September 29, 2016 in Jerusalem. Thousands of Israelis braved tight security and streamed into a plaza outside Israel’s parliament to have a few seconds to bow, pray and take a picture before the flag-draped coffin of ex-president Shimon Peres.
  • Tears stream down the cheeks of the daughter of Alfred Olango while she is embraced by her mother after the loss of Alfred Olango, who was shot by El Cajon police Tuesday, as the family gathers at a news conference in San Diego, Calif., on Sept. 29, 2016.
  • A Nepalese bodybuilder applies tan cream on his body before taking part in the first round of the Dharmashree nationwide bodybuilding championship in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Sept. 29, 2016. Hundreds of body builders from across the country took part in body building championship qualifiers. The final round of the championship will take place on Sept. 30, 2016.
  • Clothes hang on the barbed wires at a makeshift refugee and migrants camp close the border between Serbia and Hungary, near the Serbian town of Horgos, on Sept. 29, 2016. The flow of migrants through the Balkans toward western Europe has continued despite the closure “Balkan route” in March. More than 5,000 migrants have been stranded in Serbia looking for ways to cross to EU member states Hungary and Croatia.
  • An Indian Hindu devotee takes a dip after offering prayers as a part of a ritual to pay obeisance to one’s forefathers, on the last day of ‘Pitru Paksh’ - days for offering prayers to ancestors - when prayers are offered to past relatives in Mumbai on Sept. 30, 2016. According to Hindu mythology this day is also called ‘Mahalaya’ or the day when the gods created the 10-armed goddess of Shakti - Devi Durga to destroy the demon king Asura who plotted to drive out the gods from their kingdom. The five-day period of worship of Durga, who is attributed as the destroyer of evil, commences on October 7.
  • Congress of South Africa Students (COSAS) high school students demonstrate against announced fees hikes for tertiary education on Sept. 30, 2016 in Johannesburg. Student protests in South Africa spread September 28 with police firing rubber bullets at demonstrators on campuses in Johannesburg and Grahamstown as unrest over tuition fees roils universities across the country. The wave of protests was triggered by a government announcement that universities would set their own fee increases but that next year’s hikes would be capped at eight percent. 



Protests continued in the United States after the fatal police shootings of Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher last week and Alfred Olango this week in El Cajon, Calif., all three of whom were black men. 

In North Carolina community backlash and public pressure intensified, prompting the Charlotte Police department to release the police footage, providing new perspective on both the final minutes of Scott’s life and the immediate aftermath– but questions still linger as to whether or not he was armed.

It was a tough week in the sports world as the nation mourned the death of two prominent figures. Arnold Palmer, one of golf’s most famous and influential players, died at the age of 87. A note posted on Twitter by close friend and fierce golf rival Jack Nicklaus said, “Arnold transcended the game of golf. He was more than a golfer or even a great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend. Arnold was someone who was a pioneer in the sport. He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself.” Sunday morning, news broke that José Fernández, a 24-year-old superstar pitcher for the Miami Marlins, had been killed in a boating accident in Miami Beach, Florida. Fernández became a fan favorite in part because of his remarkable life story – which included time in prison for trying to defect from Cuba and a heroic rescue of his own mother amid his eventually successful attempt to flee the Communist country for the U.S.

Marlin’s players honored Fernández on Monday by wearing his number 16 on their jerseys. Starting batter Dee Gordon stunned viewers inside and outside Marlin Park when he hit his first home run of the year, sending a jolt of hope through the entire team and stadium hurting from their loss. The video of the hit went viral.

The political season is officially in its home stretch. Republican and Democratic nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took the stage for their first debate Monday, sharing sharp exchanges as they clashed over their differing visions for the country’s future.

Meanwhile, amid the heated political discourse, a moment of moving bipartisanship was captured during the dedication of the National Museum of African American History, as first lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush shared a warm embrace.

Overseas, the crisis in Aleppo grew more severe as government forces and Russian allies bombed the Syrian city after the ceasefire deal collapsed. Hundreds have been killed or wounded in what has been described as the worst bombardment since the civil war erupted.

It was a devastating morning for commuters in the New York area on Thursday as a train crashed into a New Jersey station platform during rush hour, killing one person and injuring more than 100. Officials have not yet determined the reason for the crash, which occurred inside New Jersey Transit’s Hoboken Terminal.

The week came to a close with the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres, who died at the age of 93. Peres, an influential and important founding leader of Israel, spent more than 60 years in public service. Peres is remembered as a leader in building up Israel’s military while also working to obtain peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors. President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton were among the 90 delegations from 70 countries to pay their respects to Peres.

In a personal statement released by Obama after hearing the news of Peres’s passing, he said, “A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever.”

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