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The Week in Pictures: Oct. 14 - 21

Battle for Mosul begins, presidential candidates have a laugh at dinner, a pygmy anteater makes its debut, and more.


Iraqi soldiers walk on a road as smoke billows from the Qayyarah area, about 35 miles south of Mosul, on Oct. 19, 2016, during an operation against ISIS to retake the main hub city. In the biggest Iraqi military operation in years, forces have retaken dozens of villages, mostly south and east of Mosul, and are planning multiple assaults for October 20.

YASIN AKGUL / AFP - Getty Images
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Commuters are dressed in black and white or dark colored clothing mourning the death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the morning rush hour at a station in Bangkok on Oct. 17.

ISSEI KATO / Reuters
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89th Airlift Wing Vice Commander Col. Christopher M. Thompson loses his hat with the blast from Air Force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, as it departs from Andrews Air Force Base, Md. on Oct. 20 en route to Miami to encourage people to sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act during an upcoming enrollment period.

Jose Luis Magana / AP
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A street vendor selling paintings drinks hot tea while waiting for customers on a sidewalk in central Lviv, Ukraine on Oct. 20.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump share a laugh during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner on Oct. 20 in New York.

Evan Vucci / AP
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A Ukrainian serviceman fires a 2S7 Pion self-propelled gun during military exercises near the village of Divychky in Kiev region, Ukraine on Oct. 21.

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North Korean traffic police women chat next to a residential building while off duty on Oct. 18, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Wong Maye-E / AP
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A vet holds a pygmy anteater, also known as a silky anteater, at the Huachipa Zoo, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru on Oct. 19. The zoo presented on Wednesday three anteater species: giant bears, tamanduas, and pygmies, during an event to promote their pair of silky anteaters, who just turned 11 years old. The zoo is preparing a breeding program of this rare species, that does not exceed 13 cm.

Martin Mejia / AP
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Newly displaced people wait to receive food supplies at a processing center for displaced people In Qayyara, south of Mosul, Iraq on Oct. 21.

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Soldiers of the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) celebrate while standing in trenches in Lelo, outside Malakal, northern South Sudan, on Oct. 16. Heavy fighting broke out on October 14 between the government's SPLA and opposition forces in Wajwok and Lalo villages, outside Malakal. SPLA commanders claim they succeeded to keep their positions and assure their forces just responded "on self defence".

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Smoke rises from a building after shelling in the rebel held besieged town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria on Oct. 19.

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Migrants are seen during rescue operation in the Mediterranea Sea on Oct. 20.

Yara Nardi / Italian Red Cross via Reuters
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Members of an evangelic church attend church damaged by Hurricane Matthew, in the commune of Roche-a-Bateaux, in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Oct. 16. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced distress at the "absolute devastation" caused by the deadly hurricane in Haiti, and disappointment at the little emergency aid reaching the struggling nation.

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The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard stands on launch Pad-0A during sunrise at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Oct. 16 in Wallops Island, Virginia. Orbital ATK's sixth contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver over 5,100 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew.

Bill Ingalls/NASA / NASA via Getty Images
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