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The Week in Pictures: Nov. 14 - 21
An unexpected embrace at a protest, tornadoes sweep across the Midwest, Batkid saves San Francisco, the Philippines recovers from Typhoon Haiyan, and more images of the week.
The Sinabung volcano spews volcanic ash and hot smoke in Karo, Indonesia, on Nov. 19. Mount Sinabung on western Sumatra island, which has been erupting on and off since mid-September, shot volcanic ash around 33,000 feet into the air, according to Indonesia's Mitigation Agency.
Destroyed homes mark the path of a tornado on Nov. 18 in Washington, Ill. Stunned residents across the Midwest picked through the wreckage of what used to be their homes after a fierce storm system swept across six states, spawned nearly 60 reported tornadoes and killed at least eight people.
Waiting for help
Pat Whitaker, 82, sits under a blanket in her nightgown outside her home waiting for help to come following a tornado in Gifford, Ill. on Nov. 17. Whitaker said she was upstairs when the sirens went off. She got up to go downstairs when the weather hit and blew her across the room. When she opened her eyes, she said "Oh my God. I'm outside. You see this on TV all of the time, but you never think it will happen to you."
A pair of harbor seals wearing satellite-linked transmitters on their heads face each other after being released into the waters of Howe Sound in Porteau Cove, British Columbia, on Nov. 20. The seals received months of care at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Center after being rescued from the wild. Wearing the transmitters will help track their movements.
A family gathers on Nov. 18 around the grave of a relative killed when Typhoon Haiyan struck their home in Leyte, Philippines. One of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall, Haiyan ripped through the Philippines on Nov. 9, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.
A woman checks on her husband as she keeps him alive by manually pumping air into his lungs following his leg amputation that led to an infection at the Divine Word hospital, still still operating without electrical power on Nov. 15 following Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines. The typhoon brought 16-foot waves to Tacloban that flattened nearly everything in their path as they swept across the low-lying land.
Fanning the flames
A man tends a fire in Tanauan, Philippines, on Nov. 19, in front of a typhoon-battered landscape.
Residents scramble towards a Philippine Air Force helicopter delivering aid to a fishing village near Caragari on Nov. 21, 2013. Some 13 million people were affected by Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippine archipelago on Nov. 8.
Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan march in a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on Nov. 18, more than a week after the typhoon devastated the area.
Veil of smoke
A man uses a bucket to throw water on a fire in the Ambedkar Nagar slum of Mumbai, India, on Nov. 21. Several huts were gutted in a fire that broke out in the settlement adjacent to the World Trade Center building. No casualties were reported, officials said.
A Lebanese man carries an injured Asian domestic worker at the scene where two explosions struck near the Iranian Embassy in Beirut on Nov. 19. An Iranian diplomat was among at least 23 people killed in the suspected suicide bomb attack.
Miles, a five-year-old battling leukemia, is dressed as "Batkid" as he leaves a bank with a man dressed as Batman after they apprehended the "Riddler" as part of a day arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Francisco on Nov. 15.
A demonstrator kisses a riot police officer on Nov. 16 during a protest in Susa, Italy, against a planned high-speed train line between Lyon and Turin. The line, expected to come into service in 2025, will reduce the train journey between Paris and Milan from seven hours to just over four, but campaigners say it is costing too much.