This Week in Pictures: Sept. 3-9

  • An athlete participates in the pole vault event at the ISTAF World Challenge Meeting at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany on Sept. 3, 2016.
  • An honour guard looks out from a bus ahead of President Barack Obama’s arrival at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou on Sept. 3, 2016. World leaders are gathering in Hangzhou for the 11th G20 Leaders Summit from September 4 to 5.
  • Serena Williams of the U.S. prepares to serve to Johanna Larsson of Sweden during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament on Sept. 3, 2016 in N.Y.
  • An Indian boy sits on a rickshaw as a motorist drives past idols of the Hindu elephant headed god, Ganesh, draped in polythene on the roadside in Chennai on Sept. 3, 2016. Hindus across the world are set to celebrate Ganesh Chathurthi on September 5.
  • Migrants wait to receive aid provided by the International Organization for Migration in cooperation with the Libyan Red Crescent at the Tulmitha Detention Center near Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 3, 2016.
  • A man jumps into the Geneva Lake after having slipped on a water slide in front of the Swiss and French Alps during the Summerslide Festival in Clarens near Montreux, Switzerland on Sept. 3, 2016.
  • A pool of blood on the floor of the conference room inside of opposition leader Jean Ping’s headquarters on Sept. 3, 2016 in Libreville, Gabon.
  • Mutant vehicles on the Playa are seen as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gather for the 30th annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nev. on Sept. 3, 2016.
  • A pest control worker fumigates a school classroom on the eve of the annual national Primary School Evaluation Test in Kuala Lumpur on Sept. 4, 2016.
  • Evan Butcher of the Chippewa Tribe plays basketball with younger boys on Sept. 4, 2016 at the encampment near Cannon Ball, N.D. where hundreds of people have gathered to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline that is slated to transport approximately 470,000 barrels of oil per day from the Bakken Oil Field in North Dakota to refineries in Illinois.
  • A car is seen in a hole on a road in Campestre La Laguna, Acapulco, Mexico after heavy rains caused flooding on Sept. 4, 2016.
  • A Palestinian girl sits at the edge of a window as people wait for travel permits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing on Sept. 4, 2016 in the southern Gaza Strip.
  • Chloe Riffle, 7, watches as she is surrounded by water on Sept. 4, 2016 in the Ocean View section of Norfolk, Va.
  • Turkish troops drive their anti-mine Armoured Personnel Carrier past shepherds on Sept. 4, 2016 on a road near the Syrian village of Tuwiran, located around 3km of al-Rai, the small border town with Turkey.
  • Demonstrators burn a poster of Brazil’s President Michel Temer, who was sworn in as Brazil’s new leader following the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, during protests demanding Temer’s removal and call for new elections in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Sept. 4, 2016.
  • A boy covers his face to protect himself from the smouldering ashes flying from a burned warehouse in the north of Gabon on Sept. 5, 2016.
  • Roman Catholic nuns of the Missionaries of Charity order look on after a service to commemorate the 19th death anniversary of Mother Teresa at the Missionaries of Charity house in Kolkata on Sept. 5, 2016.
  • Two men look at a wildfire from a swimming pool as it burns nearby Benitachell village, eastern Spain on Sept. 5, 2016.
  • Palestinians look at a damaged car belonging to a Palestinian man who was killed by Israeli security forces after he attempted to ram his vehicle into Israeli border guards early in the morning in the Shuafat refugee camp, in east Jerusalem, on Sept. 5, 2016.
  • A fighter from the Jaish al-Islam runs to avoid sniper fire in the village of Tal al-Siwan area of the rebel-held stronghold of Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus, on Sept. 5, 2016.
  • Flowers and photographs of late musician Juan Gabriel adorn the plaza outside the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico City on Sept. 5, 2016.
  • Celebrants participate in the annual West Indian Day Parade on Sept. 5, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
  • Supporters of Imran Khan, the head of opposition political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, attend an anti-government rally in Karachi, Pakistan on Sept. 6, 2016.
  • A mannequin hand lies in a shop near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 6, 2016.
  • A serviceman votes during early voting in Belarus’ parliamentary elections at a polling station in Minsk on Sept. 6, 2016.
  • Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff greets supporters on her arrival at the Canoas air force base on Sept. 6, 2016 after leaving Alvorada Palace in Brasilia.
  • Residents look on as the forest fire rages in the area of Vila do Soajo, northern Portugal, on Sept. 6, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton boards her plane at Tampa International Airport on Sept. 6, 2016 in Tampa, Fla.
  • Members of Pakistan’s air force march past the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah during Defence Day ceremonies, or Pakistan’s Memorial Day, in Karachi, Pakistan on Sept. 6, 2016.
  • A pilgrim prays at Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Muhammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Sept. 7, 2016.
  • People demonstrate against President Nicolas Maduro, in Los Teques, Miranda State, Venezuela on Sept. 7, 2016.
  • People walk along a path in a burnt area near the village of Requias, in Muinos, northwestern Spain, on Sept. 7, 2016.
  • A man reacts after losing members of his family during a landslide that caused several casualties in Villanueva, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Guatemala on Sept. 7, 2016.
  • A performer in a wheelchair takes part in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Sept. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • The Soyuz TMA-19M capsule carrying NASA’s Jeff Williams and  Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka touches down with its parachute near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Sept. 7, 2016.
  • President Barack Obama greets monks as he tours the Wat Xieng Thong Buddhist Temple in Luang Prabang on Sept. 7, 2016. Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Laos in office, touching down in Vientiane late on Sept. 5 for a summit of East and South East Asian leaders.
  • Syrian refugees are pictured on their way back to the Syrian city of Jerablus on Sept. 7, 2016 at Karkamis crossing gate, in the southern region of Kilis.
  • Bishop Abanoub performs exorcism on a woman at Saint Simon the Tanner monastery, Cairo, Egypt on Sept. 8, 2016. Hundreds of Egyptians, Christians and Muslims alike, attend the healing and exorcism service held at Saint Simon the Tanner monastery on Thursday nights each week.
  • Swiss professional mountaineer Samuel Volery walks on a 585 meter line during the Highline Extreme event on the top of the Moleson peak at 2,000 meters above the sea level, in the Swiss Alps, near Fribourg, Switzerland on Sept. 8, 2016.
  • Vatican Swiss guards make the sign of the cross as they gather in St. Peter’s Square on the occasion of their Jubilee at the Vatican on Sept. 8, 2016.
  • Brazilian Daniel Dias competes and wins the 100 meters freestyle-S5 in the Olympic Aquatic Stadium during the Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sept. 8, 2016.
  • A Hanjin Shipping Co. ship is seen stranded outside the Port of Long Beach, Calif. on Sept. 8, 2016.
  • Muslims walk as Hamam al-Hema, or “pigeons of the holy place”, fly over after afternoon prayers outside the Masjidil Haram ahead of Hajj at the Holy City Of Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Sept. 8, 2016.
  • Faithful follow the procession of Cuba’s patroness Our Lady of Charity in Havana, Cuba on Sept. 8, 2016.
  • South Korean and U.S. marines move to a position during a re-enactment of the Incheon landing to mark the 66th anniversary of the start of Operation Chromite on Sept. 9, 2016.
  • Souvenirs featuring portraits of China’s late Chairman Mao Zedong and China’s President Xi Jinping are seen at a shop near the Forbidden City in Beijing, China on Sept. 9, 2016.
  • An Indian army training cadet rides a horse as they jump through a ring of fire during a combined display at an Officer Training Academy in Chennai on Sept. 9, 2016.
  • Indian dengue patient, Vijay Pratap Singh, 25, lies under a mosquito net in the dengue ward of a government hospital in Allahabad on Sept. 9, 2016.
  • A salesperson sits near posters of the late communist leader Mao Zedong on display for sale at a shop near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China on Sept. 9, 2016. Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Mao Zedong, who founded the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and ran it virtually uncontested until his death on Sept. 9, 1976.
  • A Turkish Muslim woman prays inside Hiraa cave, where Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from God to preach Islam, on Noor Mountain, on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Sept. 9, 2016.

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The 2016 Paralympic Games opened in Rio de Janeiro this week in the same Maracanã stadium used during last month’s Summer Olympic Games. Para-athletes from 160 countries will compete for medals in 22 different sports during the 11-day competitions.

President Barack Obama traveled to Asia this week, first visiting China to attend the G20 Summit, and then becoming the first sitting president to visit Laos. While Obama initially canceled his planned meeting with controversial Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte after the leader made offensive comments perceived as threatening, the two eventually briefly met informally during an event in Laos.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Wednesday attended the first-ever NBC/MSNBC Commander-in-Chief Forum, held at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City and moderated by Matt Lauer. The two candidates spoke back-to-back on their proposed national security and military policies.

The next morning, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson made headlines when he asked “What is Aleppo?” in response to a question on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” about the Syrian city at the center of the refugee crisis. The gaffe led many to declare him as ineligible for the presidency.

Earlier this week, 19 years after her death in 1997, Mother Theresa was declared a saint. Now Saint Teresa of Kolkata, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning nun is remembered for her work with the poor in Kolkata, India, and for founding the Missionaries of Charity in 1950.

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Oklahoma on Saturday, the largest quake recorded in Oklahoma’s history. While no one was reported seriously injured, the quake caused damage to many buildings and homes. Some are blaming the earthquake on wastewater injection wells given the state’s history of earthquakes that appear to be caused by drilling.

Seven people were killed by a car bomb in Baghdad on Monday. ISIS took credit for the attack, which also wounded 14 others.

Thousands of firefighters continued to battle the wildfires that have been ravaging Spain and Portugal for months. The flames have destroyed agricultural fields and have forced thousands to evacuate their homes.

Around 70,000 people attended this year’s 30th annual Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The festival is known for its elaborate structural art and its Mad Max-esque atmosphere.

After Tropical Storm Hermine wound down earlier this week, Hurricane Newton hit parts of northwestern Mexico and the southwestern U.S. With 90mph winds initially hitting resorts in Cabo, the storm eventually dissipated and warnings were called off.

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