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The Week in Pictures: Oct. 3 - 10

A windy day, Koreans at play, winter on the way, nuns who pray, a very long stay, and more compelling images.

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Drive for happiness

North Korean soldiers play an arcade game at at the new Pyongyang Pleasure Park on Sept. 22. Authorities have been building such facilities in an attempt to improve the morale of citizens.

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Lots of waves, no women

Inside a nondescript building in Kabul, Afghanistan, residents of the battle-hardened capital have a new and unusual form of escape -- a state-of-the-art water park, on Oct. 4. In addition to towering slides, there is a huge wave pool, a restaurant, whirlpool, sauna and lavish play area for young children, including girls who are allowed to mix with the opposite sex until the age of about 10. Older girls and women, however, are not allowed to use the facility.

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Let there be lights

The installation "'Keeper of Time" is seen in front of the Berlin Cathedral on Oct. 9 on the first day of the German capital's Festival of Lights.


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Harbinger of winter

Hoarfrost is seen on the leaves of a plant in Zabar, Hungary, on Oct. 4.


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The prime minister drops in

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III awaits a visit by Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Jerusalem's Old City on Oct. 8.

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Balloon with a view

Nuns watch Pope Francis as he leads a Mass in front of the basilica in Assisi, Italy, on Oct. 4. The pope made a pilgrimage to the hillside town and the tomb of his namesake, St. Francis, the 13th-century friar who renounced a wealthy, dissolute lifestyle to embrace a life of poverty.

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Image: Maira Jumbo, who holds dual citizenship in Spain and Ecuador, answers a phone call before learning that her family's eviction had been suspended, at her home in Madrid

Good news call

Maira Jumbo answers a phone call before learning that her family's eviction had been suspended at her home in Madrid, Spain, on Oct. 8. Jumbo, who works as a part-time cleaner, and her husband, Francisco Masiche, who is unemployed, received an eviction notice for non-payment of their mortgage. The couple lives in the house with their three-year-old son, Erik.

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Horror in Iraq

Mohammed Moses grieves by the grave of his father, who was killed Oct. 6 by a suicide bombing near an elementary school in the Shiite Turkomen village of Qabak, 260 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. A dozen children were killed in the attack, which occurred when a terrorist detonated the explosives-laden car he was driving.

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Another garment factory tragedy

A firefighter stands in the wreckage of a devastating Oct. 8 fire at the Aswad Composite Mills factory at Maona, Bangladesh. At least nine people died in the building, which supplies clothing to several Western retailers.

Abir Abdullah / EPA
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High security

An inmate looks out from his cell in the Secure Housing Unit at California's Corcoran State Prison on Oct. 1. The prison was the first in the Golden State with a separate facility for high-risk inmates and is where some of the most dangerous prisoners are housed.

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Image: Spectators react after a monster truck rammed the stand where they were watching a monster truck rally show at El Rejon park, Chihuahua

Monster truck mayhem

An out-of-control monster truck shot into a crowd of spectators at a Mexican air show on the outskirts of Chihuahua, Mexico, on Oct. 5. Eight people were killed and 79 injured.

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Prayers for Malala

Boys at a school in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, look out of a window Oct. 9 as classmates chant prayers to commemorate the anniversary of schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai's shooting by the Taliban. Yousafzai has since published a book and is a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Storm warning

Christian Anthony, 3, tries to hold an umbrella in the wind as Tropical Storm Karen approaches Florida's Gulf Coast on Oct. 4.

Nick Tomecek / Northwest Florida Daily
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