The World in Photos This Week

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An Indonesian Muslim girl living in Malaysia adjusts her friend's scarf before Eid al-Adha prayers in Kuala Lumpur on Oct. 15. Eid al-Adha is celebrated throughout the Muslim world in remembrance of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to God with the traditional slaughter of cows and goats.


Christian pilgrims take part in a group baptism in the waters of the Jordan River on Oct. 16 at the Yardenit Baptismal Site near Tiberias in northern Israel. An estimated 100,000 Christian worshippers make their pilgrimage to the Holy Land each year and one of their most sacred rituals is being immersed in the Biblical river where, according to Christian beliefs, Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist.


A Canada team member grooms a Bichon Frise during the World Team Dog Grooming Championships on Oct. 13 in Barcelona, Spain. Seventeen countries participated this weekend in the World Team Dog Grooming Championships.


Aerial view of the "Teachers' Day" protest in demand of better working conditions and against police violence on Oct. 15 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


A man clears fallen leaves in a park on Oct. 16, in Prague.


Young Ukrainian ultra-nationalists hold flares and shout slogans during a march in Kiev on Oct 14. to mark the 71st anniversary of the formation of the UPA (Ukrayinska Povstanska Armiya), an armed nationalist group. Also known as the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, the group is said to have engaged in a series of guerrilla conflicts during World War II, taking part in battles against Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.


Devotees walk on fire during the climax of The Nine Emperor Gods Festival on Oct. 13 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The festival, which is held to invoke and welcome The Nine Emperor Gods, is primarily observed in Southeast Asian countries.


A Palestinian girl rides a horse on the beach on the third day of Eid al-Adha or "Feast of the Sacrifice" on Oct. 17 in Gaza City.


A building is reflected in the ice rink at Rockefeller Center which opened as part of the plaza's Columbus Day festivities on Oct. 14 in New York City. This will be the 77th season for the famed ice rink, which was originally created in 1936 as a temporary attraction and has now become the centerpiece to New York's holiday season.


This picture taken on Oct. 15 shows an elderly woman sitting outside her house in Bangkok. Thailand's economy slipped into a technical recession in May.


Pakistani butchers prepare to slaughter a bull during the Eid al-Adha festival in Karachi on Oct. 16.


An Israeli soldier sleeps in a bunker in a training area in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights during a brigade Armored Corps Exercise on Oct. 16. The Golan, seized by Israel from its Arab neighbor in the 1967 Six Day War, has been mostly quiet since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Tension, however, has risen since the 2011 start of the conflict in Syria between rebels and regime forces.


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks following a meeting of Senate Republicans on a solution for the pending budget and debt limit impasse at the U.S. Capitol Oct. 16 in Washington, DC. The Senate announced that it had reached a bipartisan deal on funding the federal government and the extending the nation's debt limit after 16 days of a government shutdown. Read Rosa Brooks' article, a nostalgic look back from a hypothetical time in the future on the pivotal two weeks the U.S. government disintegrated.


An eleven day-old newborn giraffe calf stands beside his mother named Mimi in their enclosure at Himeji Central Park on Oct. 16 in Himeji, Japan. The baby giraffe was born on Oct. 5 and stands over 170 cm tall.


The damaged structure of the Basilica of the Holy Child in Cebu City, Philippines is seen after a major 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the region on Oct. 15. At least 20 people were killed on Oct. 15 when the earthquake tore down buildings across three islands that are among the Philippines' most popular tourist attractions, authorities said.


Women perform Eid-al-Adha prayers at the National Mosque on Oct. 16 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Pakistani Muslim women offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on Oct. 16.


Muslim pilgrims head to the Jamarat ritual, the symbolic stoning of Satan, where they throw pebbles at pillars, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, on Oct. 16. Pilgrims pelt pillars symbolizing the devil with pebbles to show their defiance on the third day of the Hajj as Muslims worldwide mark the Eid al-Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice, marking the end of the Hajj. Be sure to look at Lydia Tomkiw's slideshow of amazing turn-of-the-century images from the world's most famous pilgrimage.


Pope Francis blesses a child as he arrives for his weekly General Audience at St. Peter's square on Oct. 16 at the Vatican.


A freshman at the Faculty of Medicine flashes a victory sign as students are covered with flour and eggs during a hazing at the University of Granada in Granada on Oct. 17.


U.S. President Barack Obama visits visits with children on a day of service field trip at a Martha's Table kitchen on Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C.


Local children dressed in early 19th-century regional period clothing play games in a recreated 1813 village in Liebertwolkwitz district during events to commemorate the 200th anniverary of the Battle of Nations on Oct. 16 in Leipzig, Germany. In the battle, Austrian, Prussian, Russian, and Swedish forces defeated Napoleon's army near Leipzig, forcing him to retreat toward France and sealing the end of his European military expansion.

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