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Week in Pictures

The Week in Pictures: Oct. 20 - 27

Hats off in China, a dog retires in Philadelphia, a rescue at sea and more of the week's best photos.

Image: 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China

Hostesses throw their hats as they pose for photographs in Tiananmen Square before the closing ceremony of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 24.

Chinese President Xi Jinping's name was added to the Communist Party's constitution at the twice-a-decade congress, elevating him alongside Chairman Mao to the pantheon of the country's founding giants.

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

Roman Pilipey / EPA
Image: Arson dog

Chance, a Philadelphia Fire Department arson dog, looks up at his handler Lt. George Werez during Chance's retirement ceremony on Oct. 26. The nearly 9-year-old canine was a member of the Arson and Explosives Task Force and responded to about 900 fire scenes in his career.

Matt Rourke / AP
Image: Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest against army recruitment

Police use water cannons to disperse Ultra-Orthodox Jewish demonstrators as they block the entrance to the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, during a protest against army recruitment in Jerusalem on Oct. 23.

Military service exemptions for Ultra-Orthodox men engaged in religious study have long caused friction as most Jews in Israel are drafted after high school for three years.

Abir Sultan / EPA

Waves from Storm Brian crash over Newhaven Lighthouse on the south coast of England on Oct. 21.

Glyn Kirk / AFP - Getty Images

Tasha Fuiaba, an American who had been sailing for five months on a damaged sailboat, boards the USS Ashland on Oct. 25 in the Pacific Ocean.

Two American sailors who were rescued after five months lost at sea had with them a year's worth of food, a water purifier and, according to experts, a lot of luck.

Jonathan Clay / U.S. Navy via AFP - Getty Images
Image: Donald Trump

President Donald Trump calls on a reporter before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Oct. 25. Trump was travelling to Dallas for a fundraiser.

Andrew Harnik / AP

An opposition supporter gestures in front of burning tires in Mombasa, Kenya, on Oct. 26.

Bitter divisions and political uncertainty have intensified after Thursday's repeat presidential election, which was boycotted by supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga.


Attendants prepare for the funeral procession of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok on Oct. 26. 

An elaborate, five-day cremation ceremony drew hundreds of thousands of black-clad mourners to Bangkok's historic old quarter. King Bhumibol was the world's longest-reigning monarch when he died a year ago at age 88.

Roberto Schmidt / AFP - Getty Images

Meri, a Waiapi woman, snuggles with children at the tribe's village in Brazil's Amapa state on Oct. 14. The tiny Waiapi tribe is resisting moves by the Brazilian government to open a region of pristine rainforest to international mining companies.

Photo made available on Oct. 24.

PHOTOS: Amazon Tribe Clings to Traditional Way of Life

Apu Gomes / AFP - Getty Images
Image: Tom Morgan, from Bristol-based company The Adventurists, flies in a chair with large party balloons tied to it near Johannesburg, South Africa

British adventurist Tom Morgan flies across South Africa in a camping chair suspended by party balloons on Oct. 20.

Morgan reached an altitude of over 8,300 feet. He landed back on solid ground after about two hours, having had to pop the balloons as he received reports of strong winds approaching.

VIDEO: "Up" in the African Sky

The Adventurists via Reuters

Maria Salut, 50, center, celebrates Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence outside the Catalan Parliament in Barcelona on Oct. 27.

In one of the most momentous days in recent Spanish history, Spain fired Catalonia's regional government and dissolved its parliament Friday after a defiant Catalan declaration of independence that flouted the country's constitution.

Emilio Morenatti / AP
Image: Holiday island Rottnest

Western Australian minister for tourism, Paul Papalia, tries to get a selfie with a quokka during a visit to Rottnest, an island off the coast of Western Australia, on Oct. 24.

Quokkas are naturally curious and posing for selfies with the friendly marsupials has become popular with tourists.

Tony McDonough / EPA
Image: Pope Francis talks with crew members of the International Space Station, ISS Expedition 53, during an audio-video connection at the Vatican

Pope Francis talks with the crew of the International Space Station during a video conference at the Vatican on Oct. 26.

Asked by Francis about the best part of being on the space station, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik said he enjoys the opportunity to look outside and see Earth -- "God's creation" -- from 240 miles above the planet's surface.

Osservatore Romano / Reuters

A woman dressed as a "Catrina" parades along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City on Oct. 22 as Mexicans prepared to celebrate the Day of the Dead. The "Catrinas" character is modeled on a satirical 19th century Mexican engraving of a skeleton in a fancy dress and a big hat.

PHOTOS: In Mexico City, Face Paint and Fanfare Pave the Way for Day of the Dead

Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP - Getty Images
Image: A signage of \"I love Marawi\" is seen in front of damaged houses, buildings and a mosque inside a war-torn Marawi city

A sign reads "I love Marawi" in front of the war-torn city in the southern Philippines on Oct. 26.

The five-month battle to retake Marawi from pro-ISIS rebels left the city in ruins. The government announced the end of military operations on Monday in the country's biggest security crisis in years.

Romeo Ranoco / Reuters

Members of the 3rd Special Forces Group, 2nd battalion, mourn at the casket of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson at his burial service in Hollywood, Florida, on Oct. 21.

Sgt. Johnson and three other U.S. soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4.

Gaston De Cardenas / AFP - Getty Images

Geese walk through a meadow in Veckenstedt, central Germany, on Oct. 25.

Matthias Bein / AFP - Getty Images
Image: A Wedding In Marawi After The Siege

Bride Katty Malang Mikunug takes a photo of herself in her wedding dress on Oct. 21 in Lanao del Sur, southern Philippines.

The Week in Pictures: Oct. 13 - 20

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