This Week in Pictures: Sept.17-23

  • A model displays a 2017 Spring/Summer design by Hannibal Laguna at the Madrid’s Fashion Week in Madrid, Spain, Sept. 17, 2016.
  • Participants take part in an extreme run “Bison race” near the town of Logoisk, Belarus on Sept. 17, 2016.
  • Indian performers wearing body-paint depicting tigers wait for the artwork to dry as they prepare to take part in the ‘Pulikali’, or Tiger Dance, in Thrissur on Sept. 17, 2016. The folk-art event is held every year in the town during the ‘Onam’ festival.
  • Police and firefighters work near the scene of an apparent explosion in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, in New York, Sept. 17, 2016. More than two dozen people have sustained minor injuries in the explosion on West 23rd Street.
  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton boards her plane at National Airport on Sept. 17, 2016 in Arlington, Va.
  • A waning full moon rises behind a statue of a Kansa Indian on top of the Kansas Statehouse, Sept. 17, 2016, in Topeka, Kan.
  • Daniel Dias BRA competes in the Men’s 100m Freestyle S5 at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sept. 17, 2016. 
  • A young boy listens to President Barack Obama speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner, on Sept. 17 2016, in Washington, D.C.
  • Afghan firefighters try to extinguish a fire which broke out at a wood market in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 18, 2016. 
  • Paramilitary policemen take part in a drill in Baise, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, Sept. 18, 2016.
  • Ludmila Ezhova, 80, left, prepares to cast her ballot in a ballot box brought by election officials to residents unable to travel to the polling station during a parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia, Sept. 18, 2016. Russia’s governing party and its three largely cooperative opponents are expected to retain their positions in the national parliament, but new procedures for choosing the seats could affect their proportions.
  • Members of a castellers form a human tower or “Castellers” during the Poblenou fiestas in Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 18, 2016. The Poblenou neighborhood, which lived its own way far from the center of Barcelona, has a special atmosphere that still remains alive today. All entities are involved in the organization of the activities during the one-week long fiesta, offering music, art and dance, and its popular culture as Giants, correfocs, castellers, popular meals, children’s workshops and sports competitions.
  • Kamil Majchrzak of Poland celebrates victory after winning the 4th rubber match against Florian Mayer of Germany in the Davis Cup Playoff between Germany and Poland at Steffi Graf Stadium on Sept. 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.
  • Japanese athletes watch the show during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sept. 18, 2016.
  • People attend the screening of the film “Jaws” by director Steven Spielberg, screened at Strasbourg public baths during the European Fantastic Film Festival, in Strasbourg, France, Sept. 18, 2016.
  • A BMX rider performs in the air at the City Day celebrations in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Sept. 18, 2016.
  • Models parade on a catwalk in Yellow River Stone Forest for iconic French fashion designer Pierre Cardin in Baiyin, Gansu province, Northeastern China on Sept. 19, 2016. 120 outfits were presented for the 2017 Spring-Summer new collection 38 years after he first launched a collection in China.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives to speak at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn., on Sept. 19, 2016.
  • Israeli soldiers search Palestinians during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron Sept. 19, 2016.
  • This picture taken on Sept. 19, 2016 shows people onboard fishing boats heading out to sea in order to catch crabs, in Xianrendao in China’s northeastern Liaoning province.
  • Israeli soldiers from the navy take part in a combined drill with a helicopter squadron, practicing the evacuation of a wounded person to land from a vessel in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Ashdod, southern Israel September 19, 2016.
  • Demonstrators gather in front of a burning car during an opposition rally in Kinshasa on Sept. 19, 2016. Police fired tear gas at scores of opposition supporters rallying in Kinshasa to demand that DR Congo’s long-serving President Joseph Kabila step down this year, AFP journalists said. Kabila, who has ruled DR Congo since 2001, is banned under the constitution from running again – but he has given no sign of intending to give up his job in December.
  • Syrian women walk in between destroyed buildings in the government-held Jouret al-Shiah neighbourhood of the central Syrian city of Homs on Sept. 19, 2016.
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott exits from a door after holding a press conference during a visit to the Wynwood neighborhood to announce that the area’s Zika zone is expected to be lifted following 45 days of no ongoing active transmission on September 19, 2016 in Miami, Fla. As the Wynwood area hopes to continue with no cases of Zika virus, the nearby Miami Beach area has seen authorities expanding the Zika zone area after more cases have been found.
  • Ahmad Khan Rahami is taken into custody after a shootout with police Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Linden, N.J. Rahami was wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of New York and the New Jersey shore town of Seaside Park.
  • A soldier looks through a hole in a building damaged after an airstrike by Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen, Sept. 20, 2016.
  • Palestinian students march during sunset in a display of their military skills at Al-Rebat College for Law and Police Science in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Sept. 20, 2016. Al-Rebat College for Law and Police Science was established by the Hamas government in 2009. The college has some 200 students who study for four years to join the security forces in Gaza strip.
  • President Barack Obama, addresses the General Debate of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, N.Y., on Sept. 20, 2016.
  • Israeli soldiers restrain a Palestinian man as troops try to arrest him in the flashpoint city of Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on Sept. 20,2016. The man was named by family members, who witnessed his arrest, as Mohammed al-Kawasmi, 30, whom they said suffers from psychological troubles. Earlier in the day, a Palestinian teenager tried to stab an Israeli soldier near Hebron before being shot dead, officials said, the latest death in a flare-up of violence.
  • View of ash spewed by the Turrialba volcano in Cartago, 35 Km east of San Jose, on Sept. 20, 2016. The Costa Rican authorities suspended operations at the country’s main airport Monday after the nearby Turrialba volcano erupted, sending a thick ash cloud into the sky. Turrialba erupted twice Monday, first at dawn and again just before noon. The second eruption sent an ash cloud 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) into the air.
  • Men drive a motorcycle near a damaged aid truck after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria on Sept. 20, 2016.
  • Afghan women walk with their children through the old quarters of Herat on Sept. 20, 2016.
  • A man takes out a quail from a net after catching it on a beach in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip on Sept. 20, 2016.
  • An injured student is attended to by her schoolmates after clashes with security at University of the Witwatersrand on Tuesday, as countrywide protests demanding free tertiary education entered a third week, Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sept. 20,2016.
  • A fashion fan poses for a photograph outside the main catwalk venue at the London Fashion Week in London, Britain, on Sept. 20, 2016. The presentation of the Women’s collections runs from September 16 to 20.
  • Officers stand in formation in front of protesters in Charlotte, N.C. on Sept. 20, 2016. Authorities used tear gas to disperse protesters in an overnight demonstration that broke out Tuesday after Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by an officer at an apartment complex. 
  • A sniper from Misrata fires towards Islamic State militant positions in Sirte, Libya, Sept. 21, 2016.
  • A young man is attended to as he lies on the sidewalk after being shot in front of the Omni Hotel in downtown Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 21, 2016. After day after Keith Scott’s death at the hands of police triggered a night of violent clashes, Charlotte’s leaders urged calm and contested accounts that Scott was unarmed and holding only a book when he was killed.
  • Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla dance during a cultural event held at their encampment in Llanos del Yari, Caqueta department, Colombia, on Sept. 21, 2016. After 52 years of armed conflict, FARC rebels open what leaders hope will be their last conference as a guerrilla army, where they are due to vote on a historic peace deal with the Colombian government.
  • A wounded student is evacuated by fellow students during protest over higher tuition fees in Johannesburg on Sept. 21, 2016.
  • Migrants who left Moria camp during a fire sleep at the port of Mytilene, on the island of Lesbos, early on Sept. 21, 2016. Thousands fled on Sept. 19, 2016 when dozens of tents and shelters at the Moria camp on the island of Lesbos were torched, in a blaze sparked when migrants of different nationalities got into a brawl. Some migrants were shifted to the island’s second camp of Kara Tepe and some spent the night in churches, said Efi Latsoudi, a human rights activist who was decorated for her work on Lesbos by the UN refugee agency earlier this month.
  • Supporters watch as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Stranahan Theater in Toledo, Ohio on Sept. 21, 2016.
  • Two women embrace while looking at a police officer in uptown Charlotte, NC during a protest of the police shooting of Keith Scott, in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 21, 2016.
  • Demonstrators shout slogans against Brazil’s President Michel Temer during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 22, 2016. Temer became Brazil’s president following the ouster of Dilma Rousseff by the Senate over accusations of fiscal mismanagement.
  • A Syrian man sits inside his tents at Ritsona refugee camp north of Athens, which hosts about 600 refugees and migrants on Sept. 22, 2016. Most of the roughly 60,000 refugees and other migrants stranded in Greece are living in “appalling conditions” and face “immense and avoidable suffering,” rights group Amnesty International said in a report Thursday, slamming Europe’s response to the refugee crisis.
  • A man is assisted after being sprayed by police during a confrontation with protesters that were blocking I-277 in uptown during protests following Tuesday’s police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 22, 2016.
  • An elderly man stands among the rubble of the Alsonidar Group’s water pump and pipe factory after it was hit by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Sept. 22, 2016. The Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against Yemen’s Houthi rebels and their allies since March 2015.
  • Fighters of the Libyan forces affiliated to the Tripoli government rest and reload weapons during combats against Islamic State militant, in Sirte, Libya, Sept. 22, 2016. The new offensive to retake the last district under control of Islamic State militants has left over over 5 Libyan fighters dead and wounded around 70.
  • An Indian vendor drinks water as plastic balls are displayed for sale at Marina beach in Chennai on Sept. 22, 2016.
  • Indian children of local boatmen play on the banks of the river Ganga in the Sangam area of Allahabad on Sept. 23, 2016.

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This week, nightlife in New York City was disrupted as a bomb rattled the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, injuring 29 people. Authorities rushed to the scene and soon after found another improvised explosive device blocks away that had failed to detonate. With anxiety sweeping the city that had marked the 15th anniversary of 9/11 just a week earlier, investigators were able to lift a fingerprint off the second device and connect it to Ahmad Khan Rahami, whom they detained on Monday morning.

Authorities also looked into any possible connection the Chelsea attack might have had to an explosion in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, that took place earlier Saturday. Yet another bomb was found on Monday morning in Elizabeth, New Jersey, when commuters reported a suspicious backpack that turned out to be filled with explosives. That bomb detonated while being examined by an NYPD bomb squad robot. 

On the same night, St. Cloud, Minnesota, mall-goers were attacked by a knife-wielding man who injured nine people before being fatally shot by an off-duty police officer. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by an Islamic State-linked news agency.

With the first presidential debate looming, candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump followed the news of the attacks through the week from the trail in various states. Speaking in front of the Congressional Black Caucus, President Barack Obama voiced a strong message, saying he would consider it a “personal insult” if African-American voters did not vote for Mrs. Clinton.

The sentiment came just days before two high-profile police shootings of black men took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina, respectively.

The Tulsa officer who shot 40-year old Terence Crutcher, a black man who’s car had broken down, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter.

Meanwhile, tensions skyrocketed in North Carolina as protesters marched in the streets and clashed with police following the fatal police shooting of Keith L. Scott, a 43-year-old black man near the campus of University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The demonstrations became violent on Wednesday night — the second night of protests — when a man was shot by another civilian. 

In South Africa, students from various universities were met by police as they demonstrated for their right to free education and protested inequality — a movement galvanized under the social media tag #FeesMustFall. The protests began when the minister of higher education announced fee increases for universities for 2017.

Dozens of protesters died in political demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of Congo when the governing administration postponed the presidential election. 

As the week comes to a close, so too does one chapter of Barack Obama’s presidency. The commander in chief traveled to New York this week to give his final address to the U.N. General Assembly, where he recounted the progress made during his eight-year administration. The president also highlighted the problems we still face both internationally and as a nation, saying we are today living in a world defined by a paradox in which we are in many ways “less violent and more prosperous than ever before,” while continuing to be “filled with uncertainty, and unease, and strife.” 

“I believe that at this moment we all face a choice,” Obama said. “We can choose to press forward with a better model of cooperation and integration. Or we can retreat into a world sharply divided, and ultimately in conflict, along age-old lines of nation and tribe and race and religion.”

He continued, “I want to suggest to you today that we must go forward, and not backward.” 

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