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The Week in Pictures: Oct. 13 - 20

London sky turns orange, Raqqa recaptured from ISIS, Dodgers reach World Series and more.

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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces looks out from a building at the front line in Raqqa, Syria on Oct. 16. 

U.S.-backed fighters said they captured ISIS's de facto capital Syria on Oct. 17 after months of battle. Raqqa's fall is both a significant military victory as well as a symbolic one. The militias have battled for control of the city since June in a painstaking block-by-block, and sometimes building-by-building, fight for control.

PHOTOS: The Battle for Raqqa

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Men gather cattle during a forest fire in Vieira de Leiria, Marinha Grande, Portugal on Oct. 16.

The European Union's Emergency Management Service says the area burned by wildfires this year in Portugal is the largest on record for the nation, more than six times the annual average for the last eight years.

PHOTOS: Deadly Wildfires Devastate Spain and Portugal

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A man wearing a shirt with swastikas on it is punched by an unidentified member of the crowd near the site of a planned speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right,' at the University of Florida campus on Oct. 19 in Gainesville.

Spencer's speech was part of a tour of public universities that has triggered passionate debates about the boundaries of free speech and hate speech and fanned fears of continued violence.

 

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Somali men carry the body of a victim the day after a bombing in the center of Mogadishu on Oct. 15.

The bomb attack, which killed more than 300, was the deadliest since Islamist militant group al Shabaab began an insurgency in 2007. Al Shabaab has not claimed responsibility, but the al Qaeda-linked organization has increasingly used truck bombs.

PHOTOS: Somalis Search for Survivors After Mogadishu Truck Bomb Blast

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Hospitality staff are reflected in a puddle as they prepare to pose for photographs in Tiananmen Square during the opening of the 19th Party Congress in Beijing on Oct. 18. 

The twice-a-decade event culminates in the selection of a new Politburo Standing Committee to rule China's 1.4 billion people for the next five years. 

PHOTOS: Grand Scenes and Tiny Moments at China's Party Congress

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Workers from Advanced Granite Solutions console each other after a shooting at the company in the Edgewood area of Harford County, Maryland, on Oct. 18. 

Radee Prince shot five co-workers, killing three, police said. He was captured after a 10-hour manhunt during which he also wounded an acquaintance in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Boys welcome Iraqi security forces in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Oct. 16. 

Iraqi central government forces have advanced into Kirkuk province largely unopposed as most Kurdish Peshmerga forces withdrew without a fight.

With the loss of Kirkuk, the Kurdish regional government has lost an important stream of oil revenues, dealing a serious blow to aspirations for independence.

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Chase Utley of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates in the clubhouse after defeating the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in game five of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on Oct. 19 in Chicago.

The Dodgers will face the winners of the American League Championship Series in the World Series.

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A yellow maple leaf floats in a pond in Moscow on Oct. 18. 

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A woman cries as she looks at her destroyed house in Raqqa on Oct. 20, after a U.S.-backed force expelled ISIS from the northern Syrian city. 

Raqqa was the first big city ISIS captured in early 2014, before its rapid series of victories in Iraq and Syria brought millions of people under the rule of its self-declared caliphate, which passed laws and issued passports and money.

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Supporters of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga run through the crowd prior to his arrival at a rally in Nairobi, Kenya, on Oct. 18.

The head of the election commission said Wednesday that it is "difficult to guarantee a free, fair and credible election" in Kenya's fresh presidential vote only eight days away, just hours after a top Kenyan electoral official resigned saying the election on Oct. 26 cannot be credible as planned. 

Ben Curtis / AP
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London's Hyde Park is bathed in a dull sepia light on Oct. 16. The unusual hue of the daylight sky was thought to be due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara.

PHOTOS: Ophelia Turns London Sky Orange 

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