The Week in Pictures: Oct. 2 - 9

Volcano sparks evacuations, a rare sight in empty Hong Kong streets, Yom Kippur prep causes giggles, a red deer goes green and more.

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano erupts, as seen from Tiga Pancur village, in the Karo district of North Sumatra province, on Oct. 8, 2014. Hundreds of people have been forced to flee their homes after a series of eruptions that began on Sunday.

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Policemen try to remove a man from a fence guarded by pro-democracy demonstrators in an occupied area of Hong Kong on Oct. 3. Pro-democracy protesters clashed with opposition groups in two of Hong Kong's busiest shopping districts, with police stepping in to try to calm the chaos.

Philippe Lopez / AFP

People walk through a tunnel on the main road in the occupied areas of Central, Hong Kong, on Oct. 9. Talks between the Hong Kong government and student leaders of the democracy protest that has blocked main roads in the Asian financial hub for nearly two weeks were canceled because they're unlikely to be constructive, a senior government official said Thursday.

Kin Cheung / AP

Balinese men lash each other with burning coconut husks during "Mesabatan Api," a sacred firefighting ritual, at a Hindu temple in Bali, Indonesia, on Oct. 8.

Firdia Lisnawati / AP

Turkish police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators protesting Islamic State militants in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 7. Airstrikes hit three groups of Islamic State fighters on the southern outskirts of the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Erdem Sahin / EPA

A Liberian Ministry of Health worker, dressed in an anti-contamination suit, speaks to Banu, 4, in a holding center for suspected Ebola patients at Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, on Oct. 3. He had arrived there with his sick mother and two siblings to be tested for Ebola after his father died of the disease a week before. Patients there are tested for Ebola and if the results are positive, are sent to an Ebola treatment unit. The epidemic has killed more than 3,300 people in West Africa according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

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A Turkish Kurd walks in Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, as smoke from a fire caused by a strike rises over Kobani, inside Syria, on Oct. 8. Kobani and its surrounding areas have been under attack since mid-September, as fighting intensified between Syrian Kurds and Islamic State militants, with ISIS capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages.

Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

A car sits upright following overnight flash floods due to heavy showers, in Grabels near Montpellier, France, on Oct. 7. Floodwater streamed down roads and highways, engulfing cars as the Lez river burst its banks in the seaside capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region after it was lashed by record-breaking downpours.

Sylvain Thomas / AFP

An Ultra-Orthodox man whips a Jewish man with a leather strap as a symbolic punishment for his sins during the traditional Malkot ceremony just hours before the start of Yom Kippur at a synagogue in Beit Shemesh, Israel, on Oct. 3. The Jewish state comes to a complete halt for the Day of Atonement - a period of fasting, reflection and prayers on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.

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Syrian Kurds take cover from the rain in the southeastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province, after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey on Oct. 2. Kurdish fighters backed by U.S.-led air strikes were locked in fierce fighting to prevent the besieged border town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani by the Kurds, from falling to the Islamic State fighters.

Bulent Kilic / AFP

Members of the Castellers Joves Xiquets de Valls try to complete their human tower during the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Oct. 5.

The tradition of building human towers, or “castells,” dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where “colles,” or teams, compete to build the tallest and most complicated towers. The structure of the castells varies depending on their complexity. A castell is considered completely successful when it is loaded and unloaded without falling apart. The highest castell in history was a 10 floor structure with 3 people in each floor.

Emilio Morenatti / AP

Mississippi students bring down a goal post after their 23-17 win over Alabama in an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., on Oct. 4.

Rogelio V. Solis / AP

A male red deer with antlers covered in bracken walks through undergrowth in Richmond Park, in southwest London, on Oct. 3. Over 600 red and fallow deer roam in the largest of London's Royal Parks, with their numbers managed in an annual cull each November and February.

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Steam rises from the Royal River as it flows past the Sparhawk Mill on a chilly autumn morning in Yarmouth, Maine, on Oct. 6.

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