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The Week in Pictures: Oct. 16 - 23

Foamy freshmen at St Andrews, widows light up Diwali, umbrellas vs. batons in Hong Kong, football fight on the field, counting sheep & more.

Rescuers try to save a sinking ship in Harlingen harbor in northern Netherlands on Oct. 22. The remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo affected many parts of Europe.

Catrinus Van Der Veen / ANP

A local Hong Kong journalist collapses in agony after being hit in the face with pepper spray by police in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on Oct. 17. Fresh clashes broke out in Hong Kong as pro-democracy demonstrators attempted to take back a protest camp in a densely populated suburb that had been partially cleared by police earlier in the day.

Alex Ogle / AFP

An explosion rocks the Syrian city of Kobani as seen from the Turkish town of Suruc on Oct. 20.

Gokhan Sahin / Getty Images Europe

Indian widows abandoned by their families wave sparklers as they participate in a celebration for the Hindu festival Diwali on the banks of the Yamuna river in Vrindavan on Oct. 21. Until recently, the widows were kept hidden from society and all but forbidden to celebrate. But that is now changing, and local residents cheered the women on as they passed through the streets of the temple-filled town, many proudly wearing brand new saris gifted by a local organization.

Roberto Schmidt / AFP

New Indonesian President Joko Widodo waves to the crowd as he travels to the Presidential Palace by carriage after his inauguration on Oct. 20, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Widodo was the eventual winner of a tightly fought and sometimes controversial election race against opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto.

Ulet Ifansasti / Getty Images AsiaPac

Coachman Norbert Fenske (second left) and firefighters prepare to rescue horse Emma Ina from a ditch in Hamburg, Germany, on Oct. 18. The four-year-old horse slipped into the ditch in a meadow in the Moorwerder district and had to be pulled out by a tractor.

Daniel Bockwoldt / DPA

A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross from Morocco into Spain's north African enclave of Melilla on Oct. 22.

Tens of thousands of migrants try to force their way into Europe every year, but nowhere is this constant struggle more dramatic than the two Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta, which offer the only land route between the world's richest and poorest continents.



• Photo Gallery: African Migrants Scale Barbed Wire to Reach Europe

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A health worker takes 2-month-old Benson from her mother to a re-opened Ebola holding center in the West Point neighborhood of Monrovia, Liberia, on Oct. 17. The baby, her mother and grandmother were all taken to the center after an Ebola tracing coordinator checked their temperatures and found they all had fever. A family member living in the home had died only the day before from Ebola.

The West Point holding center was re-opened this week with community support, two months after a mob denying the presence of Ebola in their community overran the facility and looted its contents.

John Moore / Getty Images Europe

A cyclist rides past a field of lambs and sheep in Robecco sul Naviglio, northern Italy, on Oct. 21. Shepherds have started the seasonal migration for flocks of sheep, moving them down the moutains before the beginning of winter.

Olivier Morin / AFP

First year students from St. Andrew's University cover themselves in foam on Oct. 20 in St. Andrews, Scotland. The annual foam fight is the culmination of the centuries-old "Raisin Weekend" at the university when new students would give senior students a pound of raisins.

Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images Europe

Riot police clash with pro-democracy protesters at the Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong on Oct. 19. Pro-democracy activists recaptured parts of a core protest zone early on Saturday, defying riot police who had tried to disperse them with pepper spray and baton charges.

Carlos Barria / X90035

A homeless man waiting for donations rests in front of a construction site in New York on Oct. 21.

Jewel Samad / AFP

A Palestinian boy looks up during a rain storm while walking through a neighborhood destroyed during the 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas, in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City on Oct. 19. Nearly 2,200 Palestinians were killed in the 50-day war in July and August.

Mahmud Hams / AFP

Line judge John Hussey separates Minnesota Vikings' Greg Jennings and Buffalo Bills' Stephon Gilmore during the second half of an NFL football game on Oct. 19 in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Bill Wippert / FR170745 AP

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is seen in a police van after his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Oct. 21. Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world.

Siphiwe Sibeko / X90069

Senior soloist of the Joburg Ballet Kitty Phetla performs in a classroom at the Nka-Thuto Primary School in Soweto, South Africa on Oct. 16. Using dance to promote healthy and positive choices, Joburg Ballet will perform at twenty schools in Soweto.

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