The Week in Pictures: Sept. 26 - Oct. 3

A big cat, a big jump, a big mess, a big tragedy, a big show, a big surprise, a big crime, and more compelling images.

A police officer is engulfed in flames Oct. 2 after being hit by a Molotov cocktail thrown by protesters in Mexico City. Protesters marked the 45th anniversary of the Tlatelolco massacre in which students holding an anti-government protest were gunned down by soldiers ten days before the 1968 Summer Olympics.

Eduardo Verdugo / AP

Russian BASE jumper Denis Odintsov leaps almost 1,000 feet from a deck on Malaysia's landmark Kuala Lumpur Tower during the International Tower Jump on Sept. 27.

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A U.S. Capitol police officer walks past a statue of Gerald Ford on Oct. 1. Ford was president during the 1976 shutdown of the federal government. The room containing the statue, the Rotunda, was closed to public tours on the first day of the current government shutdown.

Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi, left, talks Oct. 2 with senators after Prime Minister Enrico Letta asked for an immediate confidence vote. Letta won the vote, which Berlusconi had hoped would propel him back to power.

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The remains of a children's cooking event rest on the edge of a collapsed parking lot at the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, on Oct. 1. The event was interrupted when terrorists attacked the mall. Much of the lot was destroyed in the attack and subsequent siege by government forces.

Rukmini Callimachi / AP

Simon Kamau, 4, looks on during the Oct. 1 funeral of his mother, Veronicah Wairimu Kamau, in Mang'u, Kenya. Kamau, an employee of Nakumatt supermarket in the Westgate mall in Nairobi, was killed during the terrorist attack there.

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Brazilian Ary Borges feeds a tiger named Dan at his home in Maringa on Sept. 26. Borges is in a legal battle with federal officials to keep his endangered animals from undergoing vasectomies and being taken away from him. He defends his right to breed the animals and says he gives them a better home than they might find elsewhere.

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A Coca-Cola vending machine brought inland by the March 2011 tsunami in eastern Japan is seen in an abandoned rice field inside the exclusion zone near the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant on Sept. 21.

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A Pakistani man carrying a child rushes away from the site of a car bombing in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, on Sept. 29. Scores of people died in the explosion, the third to hit the troubled city in a week.

Mohammad Sajjad / AP

Office workers watch a military parade in downtown Seoul, South Korea, on Oct. 1, as part of events to mark the 65th anniversary of that nation's Armed Forces Day.

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A Free Syrian Army fighter walks down the stairs of the damaged former Immigration and Passport building in Aleppo, on Oct. 2.

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Lou Hamrani, 6, walks in the street after taking part in the Mini Miss beauty contest in Paris, France, on Sept. 28. France's Senate voted on Sept. 17 to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 in an effort to protect girls from being sexualized too early. Anyone who enters a child into such a contest would face up to two years in prison and 30,000 euros in fines.

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Rescue workers carry a child who was rescued from the rubble at the site of a collapsed residential building in Mumbai, India, on Sept. 27. The five-story apartment block collapsed, killing at least four people and trapping scores in the latest accident to underscore shoddy building standards in Asia's third-largest economy.

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An aerial photo shows an island about 60 to 70 feet high that emerged off the Pakistan coast as a result of seismic activity. The surface is covered in dead fish and is a mixture of mud, sand and rock. It is solid enough for people to walk on. Boats can be seen surrounding the island.

A displaced Syrian woman comforts her one-month old grandchild inside a stone house near Kafer Rouma, an ancient ruin used as temporary shelter by families who have fled from the heavy fighting and shelling in the Idlib province in the north of Syria, on Sept. 27.

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Birds hover over the carcass of an elephant killed after drinking from a poisoned water hole in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park on Sept. 27. Zimbabwean ivory poachers have killed more than 80 elephants by lacing water holes with cyanide, endangering one of the world's biggest herds.

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