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Image: A woman walks along a street during a smoggy day in Changchun

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The Week in Pictures: Oct. 17 - 24

A car concealed, rage revealed, vines in a field, a turtle healed, and more compelling images.

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Image: A woman walks along a street during a smoggy day in Changchun

Smog snarls

A woman walks along a street during a smoggy day in Changchun, China, on Oct. 22. Choking smog all but shut down one of northeastern China's largest cities on Monday, forcing schools to suspend classes, snarling traffic and closing the airport, in the country's first major air pollution crisis of the winter.

China Daily / X01745
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Image: Protesters clash with Guardia di Finanza during a protest in front of the Ministry of Finance building in downtown Rome

Roman rage

Protesters clash with Guardia di Finanza during a protest in front of the Ministry of Finance building in downtown Rome, on Oct. 19. Scuffles broke out in Rome on Saturday as tens of thousands of people marched through Italy's capital to protest against unemployment, government cuts and big construction projects they say take money away from social services.

Stefano Rellandini / X90016
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Image: President Barack Obama assists a woman who became dizzy during his remarks

Health scare

President Barack Obama briefly stops his speech to assist Karmel Allison, who became dizzy during his remarks about the error-plagued launch of the Affordable Care Act's online enrollment in the Rose Garden of the White House, on Oct. 21 in Washington.

Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images North America
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Image: TOPSHOTS-EL SALVADOR-GALAPAGOS GREE TURTLE-SURGERY

Endangered extraction

Veterinarians operate on a Galapagos green turtle to extract a fishhook from its esophagus in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Oct. 18. The turtle was rescued by volunteers at La Costa del Sol beach, south of San Salvador, after spawning. The Galapagos green turtle is an endangered species.

Jose Cabezas / AFP
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Image: A parked car in Huayang village, in China's Sichuan province, was left for so long that thorny vines and ivy grew up all around it.

Going green

A parked car in Huayang village, in China's Sichuan province, was left for so long that thorny vines and ivy grew up all around it. In China, abandoned cars are known colloquially as “jiangshiche,” or “zombie cars.” Residents finally said good riddance to the car on Oct. 18, which became a social media sensation since it was abandoned a year ago.

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Lines of vines

An aerial view shows vineyards near Baden-Baden, Germany, on Oct. 13. This image was provided to NBC News on Oct. 18

Uli Deck / DPA
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Image: MINWS 10-20 todd bridge rd wreck

Rescue mission

Emergency responders work to lift Lisa Ann Maxberry out of a deep ditch outside Owensboro, Ky., on Oct. 19. Maxberry, who was wearing a seatbelt, was taken to a hospital and is listed in good condition.

Gary Emord-netzley / The Messenger-Inquirer
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Sibling solace

A Pakistani girl comforts her brother near her family's makeshift tent in a slum in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Oct. 21. Slums, which are built on illegal lands, have neither running water or sewage disposal.

Muhammed Muheisen / AP
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Image: Residents look at a a fire at a gasoline and oil shop in Bustan Al-Qasr

Fire wall

Residents look at a fire at a gasoline and oil shop in Aleppo, Syria, on Oct. 20. The passageway separates Aleppo's rebel-controlled Bustan al-Qasr and the regime-controlled Al-Masharqa neighborhood.

Aref Hretani / X03293
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Image: Afghan policeman keeps watch at the site of an attack in Kabul

On watch

An Afghan policeman keeps watch at the site of an attack in Kabul on Oct. 18. An attack involving a car bomb followed by gunfire was launched by Taliban fighters on a convoy of vehicles near an international compound in eastern Kabul on Friday evening.

Omar Sobhani / X02487
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Hanging out

A hang glider lands on Sao Conrad beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 20

Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP
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