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The Week in Pictures: Oct. 31 - Nov. 7

Flower power, collision miracle, view of an eclipse, rocket man, airport tragedy, rhino rest stop, and more compelling images.

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Image: A U.S. Marine holds his hat as U.S. President Barack Obama lands in Bethesda, Maryland

The president blows in

A U.S. Marine holds his hat as President Obama's Marine One helicopter lands at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Nov. 5. The president visited wounded military personnel at the hospital.

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Mid-air miracle

Nine skydivers made an incredible jump to safety from 12,000 feet and survived a two-plane crash above Superior, Wis. on Nov. 2. The footage was captured on the divers' helmet cameras.

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Image: *** BESTPIX *** Students Celebrate Raisin Monday At St Andrew's University

Another silly British tradition

Students from St. Andrew's University in Scotland indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam, part of the college's Raisin Weekend, on Nov. 4. The tradition, held every November, started when first-year students used to give raisins (now foam) to their elders as a thank-you for their guidance.


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Beauty amid the ashes

A flower blossoms from vegetation covered with volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Sumatra, Indonesia, on Nov. 6.

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Image: High water in Venice

Wader waiter

A waiter wearing rubber boots serves drinks at a cafe during high water on the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, on Nov. 5.

Andrea Merola / ANSA
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Image: Participants prepare before the third annual Rockaway Halloween surf competition at Rockaway Beach in the Queens borough of New York

Spooky surfers

Participants prepare for the third annual Rockaway Halloween surf competition at Rockaway Beach in Queens, N.Y., on Nov. 2

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Image: *** BESTPIX *** Melbourne Cup Day

Built for speed

Racehorses gallop along a straight at Flemington Racecourse on Nov. 5, in Melbourne, Australia.


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Image: Traditional Penny Farthing bicycle race

Czech him out

A boy wearing traditional attire competes with older participants riding penny farthing bicycles in a race in Prague, Czech Republic, on Nov. 2.

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Image: Yves Rossy, known as the Jetman, flies over the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji, Japan

Fuji fly-by

Yves Rossy, known as the "Jetman," flies around the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji, Japan, during his first flight in Asia.

Katsuhiko Tokunaga / Breitling
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Escape tunnel

Matt McGuinness, right, walks in a tunnel with his family as they leave Los Angeles International Airport, on Nov. 1, after a gunman opened fire, killing one.

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Image: A vendor holds up an umbrella as he seeks shelter from the heavy rain under a bus stand near the Galle Face beach in Colombo

Shelter from the storm

A vendor holds up an umbrella as he seeks shelter from the heavy rain under a bus stand near the Galle Face beach in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Nov. 2.

Dinuka Liyanawatte / X02763
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One of the characters participating in the Halloween festivities interacts with a child on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 31, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) 
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White House witch

An actress dressed as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North from “The Wizard of Oz,” reaches for a trick-or-treater at the South Lawn of the White House on Oct. 31, as part of Halloween celebrations.

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Scavengers in the smoke

Pakistani children scavenge items a burning field, which had been used by fruit and vegetable sellers to store wooden boxes, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Nov. 4. According to the crowds at the site, local officials burned the field because it was used illegally.

Muhammed Muheisen / AP
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Goats and guardsmen

A French soldier patrols near a village in northen Mali near Timbuktu Nov. 5. The French military sent troops to the troubled west African nation in October after a recent upsurge in violence. About 1,500 troops are involved, including some 600 French, 600 Malians and 300 UN soldiers.


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Desperate dig

Lazaro Martinez, covered in mud, pauses while searching for his wife and two children in the town of La Pintada, Mexico, on Nov. 1. La Pintada residents are demanding that the government continue the recovery of bodies buried in the massive landslide triggered by Tropical Storm Manuel.

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Good seats for an eclipse

Belgian tourists watch a solar eclipse from Lake Oloidien in Kenya on Nov. 3. The eclipse swept across parts of the United States, Africa and Europe, with some areas witnessing a total blackout.

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Image: Kaziranga National Park reopens for visitors

Rhino rest stop

A group of birds sits on top of a rhinoceros inside India's Kaziranga National Park on Nov. 1.

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