Rescue personnel perform a search in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach

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Tropical depression 14 moves through Mexico

Storm brewing

People swim in the turbulent sea in Cancun, Mexico, on Oct. 7, as Tropical Storm Michael churned in the Atlantic Ocean. By the next day, it had strengthened into a hurricane. 

Alonso Cupil / EPA
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A woman holds a stuffed rabbit toy after it was found at her destroyed home where she said she had lost her three children, in Palu

Earthquake aftermath

A woman holds a stuffed animal found at her destroyed home where she said she lost her three children, in Palu, central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Oct. 7.

Indonesia's search for victims buried in neighborhoods annihilated by an earthquake and tsunami is nearing its end almost two weeks after the double disasters hit the remote city of Palu. The death toll had risen to more than 2,000.

Jorge Silva / Reuters
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A member of Spanish NGO Pro activa Open Arms holds a baby rescued at a dinghy at Alboran Sea

Migrant rescue

A member of Spanish NGO Pro activa Open Arms holds a young child rescued from a dinghy in the Alboran Sea, about 40 miles from the Spanish coast, on Oct. 11. 

Spain is increasingly the destination of migrants making the short, but dangerous trip across the Strait of Gibraltar as intensified policing blocks routes to Italy and Greece.

Javier Fergo / AP
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A woman stands on the footbridge over the river Garry near Pitlochry , Scotland

Fall colors

Surrounded by foliage, a woman stands on a footbridge over the river Garry near Pitlochry, Scotland, on Oct. 10.

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Kathy Coy stands among what is left of her home after Hurricane Michael destroyed it

Panhandle pounded

Kathy Coy stands among the remains of her home in Panama City, Florida, on Oct. 11, following the passage of Hurricane Michael. 

Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida, on Wednesday just shy of Category 5 hurricane strength, with winds gusting at 155 mph. 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday morning: "This hurricane was an absolute monster. And the damage left in its wake is still yet to be fully understood."

Photos: Hurricane Michael slams Florida Panhandle

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A capsized boat is seen during a U.S. Coast Guard aerial assessment of coastal areas affected by Hurricane Michael near Apalachicola

Capsized by Michael

A boat lies on its side offshore near Apalachicola, Florida, on Oct. 11, as the U.S. Coast Guard performed an aerial assessment of coastal areas affected by Hurricane Michael. 

U.S.C.G. Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson / via Reuters
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A Yemeni child suffering from malnutrition lies on a bed at a treatment center in a hospital in the capital Sanaa on Oct. 6, 2018

War's toll

A child suffering from malnutrition lies on a bed at a treatment center in a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, on Oct. 6.

Poverty-stricken Yemen has been devastated by a the three-year war between a Saudi coalition and Houthi rebels. According to the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF), some 1.8 million Yemeni children are malnourished, making them more vulnerable to disease. 

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Light illuminates clouds as people watch the sunrise at Haleakea National Park in Hawaii

Volcano sunrise

Light illuminates clouds as people watch the sunrise at Haleakea National Park in Hawaii, on Oct. 9.

Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters
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President Donald Trump hugs rapper Kanye West during a meeting in the Oval office on Oct. 11, 2018.

Odd couple

President Donald Trump hugs rapper Kanye West during a meeting in the Oval office on Oct. 11.

West delivered a rambling speech about his mental health, his family, his business, "the universe" and his fondness for the president. Sporting a red "Make America Great Again" cap, West said Trump made him feel manly, and that's why he supported the Republican businessman over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket curves around the Earth and into space after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base

Rocket show

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket curves around the Earth and into space after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Oct. 7, near Santa Barbara, California.

The rocket carried an Argentinian Earth-observation satellite into space Sunday and for the first time landed a first-stage booster back at its California launch site.

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South African soldier from the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) sits in the back of an armored personal carrier on Oct. 5, 2018 in Oicha. - The town of Oicha is the site of constant attacks by the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) rebel group. MONUSCO soldiers are sent to help the Armed Forces of the Democratic republic of the Congo(FARDC) in the fight against ADF.

Peacekeeper

A South African soldier from the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo looks out of the back of an armored personal carrier on Oct.  5 in Oicha.

The town of Oicha is the site of constant attacks by the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) rebel group.

John Wessels / AFP - Getty Images
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Rescue personnel perform a search in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach

Left in ruins

Rescue personnel search in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, on Oct. 11. 

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Swans swim in the early morning mist at Bushy Park in London

Morning mist

Swans swim at Bushy Park in London on Oct. 10.

Henry Nicholls / Reuters
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An Atlantic seal pup lies amongst the rocks at St Martin's Haven, Pembrokeshire

Seal fluff

An Atlantic seal pup lies on the rocks at St. Martin's Haven, Wales, on Oct.  8. Seal pups are born with fluffy white non-waterproof coats which they shed in their fourth week.

Rebecca Naden / Reuters
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udge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by Chief Justice John Roberts at the Supreme Court in Washington

Swearing-in

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by Chief Justice John Roberts at the Supreme Court on Oct. 6.

The acrimonious hearings in the Senate over Kavanaugh’s nomination have launched a national debate about sexual assault and whether women tell the truth about it.

Fred Schilling / Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
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After overrunning police barricades, protesters chant as they block the doors to the U.S. Supreme Court while demonstrating against the confirmation of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Oct. 6, 2018. The protesters marched up to the doors of the court as Kavanaugh was inside taking his oath.

Outside the court

After overrunning police barricades, protesters block the doors to the U.S. Supreme Court as Justice Brett Kavanaugh was inside taking his oath.

Photos: Activist rallies against Brett Kavanaugh heat up surrounding final vote

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First lady solo

First lady Melania Trump visits the Giza Pyramids on Oct. 6 during the final stop of her weeklong trip through four countries in Africa.

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The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is seen over the sky near Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland, Oct. 7, 2018.

Green glow

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, shimmer in the sky near Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland, on Oct. 7.

Auroras occur when electrically charged particles from the sun collide with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere.

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