U.S. Marines prepare to board a plane at the end of operations for combat troops in Helmand, Afghanistan, on Oct. 26, 2014.
On Sunday the Marines turned over to Afghan authorities the keys to Camp Leatherneck, the sprawling base in Helmand from which the Marines surged against the Taliban in 2009. They depart as the U.S. prepares to complete its combat mission in December and transition to a NATO-organized follow-on mission, called Resolute Support, to train and advise Afghan forces.
An ISIS militant remains standing following an airstrike on Tilsehir hill near the Syrian town of Kobani on Oct. 23, as seen from Yumurtalik, a village on the Turkish side of the border.
A competitor participates in the Tough Mudder London South on Oct. 26, in Winchester, England. The military style endurance event covers a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test all-around strength, stamina, teamwork, and mental grit.
Tens of thousands of protesters march accross the Elisabeth Bridge during a rally against a plan by the Hungarian government to tax Internet use from 2015, in Budapest on Oct. 28.
The rally, the second in three days objecting to the scheme, was also a sign of growing discontent among mostly younger citizens against Prime Minister Viktor Orban's policies centralizing power and increasing the role of the state to the detriment of private enterprise.
A white whale, also known as a Beluga whale, gives birth to her first offspring at an aquarium in Changsha, Hunan province, China on Oct. 29.
Construction crews try to divert lava from Mt. Kilauea from a home in Pahoa, Hawaii, on Oct. 29. A slow-moving river of molten lava from the Kilauea volcano crept towards residential and farm property on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday, threatening dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town.
An unmanned rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station explodes just seconds after launching from Wallops Island, Virginia, on Oct. 28. It is unclear what caused Orbital Science's two-stage Antares rocket to burst into flames. The company's Cygnus capsule and more than 5,000 pounds of cargo were destroyed, but NASA said no one was injured.
A model prepares to walk a runway before a fashion show in the Neve Tirza prison in Ramle, Israel, on Oct. 27. Neve Tirza, Israel’s only women’s prison, hosted its first fashion show Monday where models strutted on a red catwalk, showcasing clothes designed and made by inmates
Dancers perform during the opening of the 24th International Ballet Festival at the 'Karl Marx' theater in Havana, Cuba, on Oct. 28. Havana's ballet festival is held every two years, with more than twenty performances and 10 world premieres planned.
Assistants of French chocolate maker Jean-Paul Hevin work on a 13-foot tall chocolate King-Kong created by Richard Orlinski in Colombes, outside Paris, on Oct. 27. The 20th Salon du Chocolat (Paris Chocolate Show) opened in Paris on Wednesday.
A TV camera light illuminates a family as they prepare to leave a hilltop on the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc, Turkey, on Oct. 27. Kobani and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by ISIS extremists since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters.
People watch from the Turkish border as smokes rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, on Oct. 26.
Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario on Oct. 23 near a memorial of flowers and flags. Canadians mourned the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier in Ottawa. Flags were flown at half-staff to honor Cirillo, a 24-year-old a reservist from Hamilton, Ontario, whose shooting began an attack that ended with a lone gunman storming into Parliament and opening fire before being shot dead himself.
A Sri Lankan navigates his way though mud and sludge caused by a mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 140 miles east of Colombo, on Oct. 30. Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera estimated the number of dead in Wednesday's disaster at the plantation would be fewer than 100, although villagers said the figure could easily exceed 200.
Dionisia Huamani Quispe and Eusebia Palomino Arome watch as forensic anthropologists arrange a coffin with the remains of their relatives, slain three decades ago during the country's dirty war, at a forensic laboratory in Huamanga, Peru, on Oct. 26.
Hundreds arrived in the Ayacucho state capital for Monday’s handover of 80 sets of remains. Simple white coffins bore the bones of fathers, mothers, wives, children and brothers. Forensic teams have been exhuming victims of Peru’s 1980-2000 internal conflict since 2006, recovering 2,925 sets of remains.
A North Korean bride and groom pose for a photograph at the Moranbong hill where they went to take wedding pictures, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Oct. 25. The couple, Ri Ok Ran, 28, and Kang Sung Jin, 32, were married Saturday after dating for about two years.
Camels are walked down the street for a photo shoot with the Radio City Rockettes during a promotional event on Oct. 28 in New York City to publicize the Rockette's upcoming Christmas Special.
Patrons sit in a coffee shop in central Kiev, Ukraine, on Oct. 25. Voters in Ukraine headed to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament, overhauling a legislature tainted by its association with ousted President Viktor Yanukovych. Ukrainians overwhelmingly supported several pro-Western parties as the former Soviet republic continues to drift away from Russia.
Toursits walk on a section of the Great Wall of China on Oct. 28, in Mutianyu, near Beijing, China.
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