Today in Pictures: Oct. 17

A factory explodes in Germany, White Helmets rescue survivors and more images from around the world.

A long column of smoke rises from the chemical plant of the BASF site in Ludwigshafen, western Germany on Oct. 17. One person was killed and at least six others were missing after an explosion Monday at a chemical plant at BASF's headquarters in western Germany, the firm said, advising local residents to stay indoors.

University of Cape Town students clash with police as stun grenades are used during protests demanding free tertiary education in Cape Town, South Africa. MIKE HUTCHINGS / Reuters
Members of the Syrian Civil Defense, known as the White Helmets, carry the body of a girl dug out from the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo. Dozens of civilians were killed as air strikes hammered rebel-held parts of Aleppo early morning, despite Western warnings of potential sanctions against Syria and Russia over attacks on the city. Both Russian and Syrian warplanes are carrying out air strikes over Aleppo in support of a major offensive by regime forces to capture rebel-held parts of the northern city. KARAM AL-MASRI / AFP - Getty Images

White Helmets search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo.

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An aerial view of a makeshift migrant camp near Calais, France. The government is gradually deporting migrants without right to asylum and relocating the rest to more than 160 centers around France. It is expected to close the camp in the coming weeks but no official dates have been announced. Thibault Camus / AP

Evangelical Christian pilgrims from Brazil attend a mass baptism ceremony, in the waters of the Jordan River at Yardenit in northern Israel. According to the gospel, Jesus Christ was baptized in the water of the Jordan River by John the Baptist. Evangelical pilgrims arrived in Israel during the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth or the Feast of Tabernacles to show their support of the Jewish state.

Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan poses with his creation "Is There Life Before Death" (2010), prior to the opening of the exhibition "Not Afraid of Love" at the Hotel de la Monnaie in Paris. PHILIPPE WOJAZER / Reuters
A North Korean traffic police woman walks past commuters waiting at a bus stop at the end of a workday in Pyongyang, North Korea. Wong Maye-E / AP

A prison cell overcrowds with inmates taking turns to sleep on any available spaces at Quezon City Jail, one of the country's most congested jails in Quezon City, Philippines.


Following the intensified drive of President Rodrigo Duterte's war against criminality, arrested drug suspects are jockeying for space inside jampacked prison cells. Quezon City Jail is designed to hold only 800 inmates but it is now packed with nearly 4,000. Duterte on his speach before his state visit to Beijing expressed gratitude to China for helping the Philippines on building rehabilitation facilities for drug addicts.

Dancers preview works from a piece titled 'Anima,' from the upcoming Sydney Dance Company production Untamed, at the Roslyn Packer Theatre, in Sydney. Untamed, which comprises of works by Australian choreographer Gabrielle Nankivell and Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, premieres Oct. 18. DAN HIMBRECHTS / EPA