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Image: Bulgarian Roma Sashka Ruseva, 38, holds her son Atanas, 2, as she speaks to media outside her house in the town of Nikolaevo

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The Week in Pictures: Oct. 24 - 31

Sox win, boy outstays welcome, dogs have their day, violence makes its mark, model amazes, and more compelling images.

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Home at last

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina looks back as home plate umpire Jim Joyce calls the Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes safe on a three-run double by Shane Victorino during the third inning of Game 6 of the World Series on Oct. 30. The Sox went on to win the game and clinched their first Series win at home since 1918.

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Sharing the spotlight

A young boy joined Pope Francis as he addressed a crowd on Family Day at St Peter's Square on Oct. 26. Despite the pleading of officials, the young boy would not leave the stage and gave the pope a hug, images of which went viral on the Internet.

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Image: Kennels Prepare Their Dogs For The Start Of The Fox Hunting Season

The noses know

Foxhounds of the Cheshire Forest Hunt push their snouts through the bars of their kennels as they await their morning walk in preparation for the start of the new hunting season, on Oct. 31, in Knutsford, England.

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Begun by bin Laden

Afghan men gather for prayers inside the Eid Gah Mosque, one of Afghanistan's largest, in Kandahar, on Oct. 30. The mosque was started by Osama bin Laden and completed after the Taliban were ousted in 2001.

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Support group

Mourners gather after a train crashed into a passenger bus in Nairobi, Kenya, on Oct. 30. The accident happened as the bus crossed the railway line during the peak hours of morning rush hour, killing at least 11 people.


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Image: Men extinguish a fire after a car bomb exploded near a school where a training workshop for municipal council elections was being held, in Benghazi

Blast in Benghazi

Men extinguish a fire after a car bomb exploded near a school where a training workshop for municipal council elections was being held, in Benghazi, Libya, on Oct. 26. There were no injuries.

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Image: A member of a special forces unit under the military intelligence service takes part in a demonstration of skills in Stavropol

Cool, comrade

A member of a special forces unit takes part in a demonstration of skills in Stavropol, Russia, on Oct. 24.

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Haunting couture

An overexposed image shows a model who has been painted white on the runway at the Hu Sheguang Haute Couture Collection show during China Fashion Week in Beijing on Oct. 29.


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Flood mud

An Indian child plays in a dry river bed after flood waters receded in Allahabad on Oct. 25.


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Reminder of war

People play in the Banias River near the Dan Kibbutz in northern Israel on Oct. 5 next to a flipped Syrian armored personnel carrier left over from 1967's Six Day War. Even in peacetime, the military's influence is felt everywhere in Israel, with uniformed soldiers seen at bus stations and shopping malls, and war memorials peppering the country.

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Image: Bulgarian Roma Sashka Ruseva, 38, holds her son Atanas, 2, as she speaks to media outside her house in the town of Nikolaevo

Mystery solved

Bulgarian Roma Sashka Ruseva, 38, holds her son Atanas, 2, as she speaks to media outside her house in the town of Nikolaevo, Bulgaria, on Oct. 24. DNA tests have confirmed Ruseva and her husband as the biological parents of "Maria," a blond girl found in a Roma camp in Greece last week.

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Night light

Lava flows during an eruption of Italy's Mount Etna volcano as seen from the village of Viagrande, near the Sicilian town of Catania, early Oct. 26.

Carmelo Imbesi / AP
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Image: A released Palestinian prisoner kisses his father's head upon his arrival in the West Bank City of Ramallah

Kiss of freedom

A released Palestinian prisoner kisses his father's head upon his arrival in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Oct. 30 after Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners, the second stage of a limited amnesty designed to help U.S.-sponsored peace talks.

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Tree of light

The sun shines through a cloudy sky behind a tree in Cologne, Germany, on Oct. 29.

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