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Today in Pictures: Afghan Boys Head to School and More

Floodwaters threaten rescue efforts in North Carolina, Yemenis and Russians investigate the aftermath of a missile attack and more.

Image: Durga Puja festival preparation in India

Visitors buy flowers at a flower market on the eve of the Hindu goddess Durga Puja festival in Bangalore, India, The nine-day Hindu festival celebrates the killing of a demon king by the Goddess Durga representing the victory of good over evil and ends with colourful celebrations all over the country.


Young men pass the time inside a school where hundreds have sought shelter after Hurricane Matthew destroyed their homes in Port Salut, Haiti. School authorities opened their doors to the displaced families, but have informed them that they need to move out by the time classes reopen next Monday. Nearly a week after the storm smashed into southwestern Haiti, some communities along the southern coast have yet to receive any assistance, leaving residents who have lost their homes and virtually all of their belongings struggling to find shelter and potable water.

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A man holds onto a yield sign after trying to swim out to help a truck driver who was stranded in floodwater from Hurricane Matthew in Hope Mills, North Carolina, Sunday, Oct. 9.

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Image: ***BESTPIX*** UCI Road World Championships - Day Two

Hannah Arensman of the U.S. cools down after the junior women's Individual Time Trial during day two of the UCI Road World Championships on in Doha, Qatar.

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Image: Russian diplomats visit destroyed funeral hall in Sana'a

Yemenis and Russian diplomats inspect the destroyed funeral hall, two days after an alleged Saudi-led airstrike targeted it in Sana'a, Yemen. According to reports, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a prompt and impartial probe into the attack that killed over 140 Yemenis and wounded more than 525 others.


Protesters run and hide as police fire rubber bullets after the FeesMustFall protest spills onto the streets in Braamfontein district, in Johannesburg. University tuition fees have become a flashpoint for protests in South Africa, which has struggled to provide education, jobs and housing for many poor black people since the end of apartheid in 1994. Violent clashes with police have erupted regularly on campuses across the country in recent months and several universities have been closed to avoid further unrest.

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Image: Workers survey the construction site of the terminal for the Beijing New Airport in Beijing

Workers survey the construction site of the terminal for the Beijing New Airport in the southern Daxing District.


Rescuers search for survivors at an accident site after four buildings caved in during the early hours in Wenzhou, eastern China's Zhejiang province. Four people were killed when a group of houses collapsed, local government said.

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Afghan children walk to school on the outskirts of Herat.

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Image: Tashlich ritual at the Herzliya beach outside Tel Aviv, Israel

Ultra-orthodox Jews pray as they perform the Tashlich ritual at the beach in Herzliya, outside Tel Aviv, Israel, Tashlich is a ritual during which believers cast their sins into the water and the fish. It is performed before the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur, the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar, is a 25-hour period of fasting and intense reflection and prayers where the central theme is atonement.