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REWIND: 15 stunning moments of the week that was

November 10, 2014 09:36 IST

Here is a recap of all the big events that shaped the world last week. 

 

Skulls of Paulino and Juanita are seen on a table a day before the ‘Dia de los natitas’ (Day of the Skull) celebrations at the General Cemetery of La Paz. Bolivians, who keep close relatives’ skulls at home as a macabre talisman, flock to the cemetery chapel once a year to have the craniums blessed and to bring themselves good luck in the future. Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters

 

Newly-wed grooms lead camels carrying their brides during a mass wedding in a desert at a tourism area containing a populus euphratica reserve in Yuli county, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. A total of 22 couples took part in the mass wedding. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

 

Smoke rises as a house is blown up during a military operation by Egyptian security forces in the Egyptian city of Rafah, near the border with the southern Gaza Strip. Egypt began clearing residents from its border with the Gaza Strip last week to create a buffer zone following some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

 

Shi’ite Muslim boys flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession to mark Ashoura in the old quarters of Delhi. Ashoura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the seventh century battle of Kerbala. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

 

Voters fill in their ballots as they vote in the US midterm elections at a polling place in Westminster, Colorado. Photograph:Rick Wilking/Reuters

 

Residents ride their motorcycles past a ship which ran aground during last year’s Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city in central Philippines. The Philippines are preparing to commemorate victims of Typhoon Haiyan, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the disaster on November 8, according to a government official. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

 

A paratrooper with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, hugs his wife after returning home from Afghanistan at Pope Army Airfield in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Approximately 300 troops arrived home after being deployed since February 2014, according to the military. Photograph:Chris Keane/Reuters

 

A Christie’s staff member holds ‘Feuilles de Groseillier’ brooch during an auction preview in Geneva. It was commissioned by Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, to French jeweller Alfred Bapst in 1855 and once belonged to the French Crown. It is expected to sell between $ 2,000,000 to 3,000,000 when it is auctioned on November 11 in Geneva. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

 

People hold placards to form a giant Estelada, the Catalan separatist flag, in front of the Sant Feliu del Llobregat townhall, near Barcelona. The wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia last month dropped plans for a non-binding referendum on independence from Spain after a court declared such a vote against the constitution and had instead planned to hold a ‘consultation of citizens’ on the same day. Although Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and politicians in Catalonia have called for dialogue over the region's status after the initial referendum plans were abandoned, tensions are still simmering before the November 9 alternative vote. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

 

An active region on the sun emitting a mid-level solar flare is seen in an image captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. This is the second mid-level flare from the same active region, labeled AR 12205, which rotated over the left limb of the sun on November 3. Photograph: NASA/SDO/Reuters

 

Protesters hold up their Guy Fawkes masks on the Liberty Bridge during a demonstration by supporters of the Anonymous movement as part of the global ‘Million Mask March’ protests, in Budapest. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

 

Burlesque performer Honey Lulu performs during the ‘Vaudeville Variete’ at the Imperial Club in Berlin. Photograph: Hannibal/Reuters

 

Kenneth Bae and his mother Myung Hee Bae embrace as they reunite after he landed aboard a US Air Force jet at McChord Field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. North Korea freed two Americans, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, from prison and they returned to the United States on Saturday after the surprise involvement of the top-ranking US intelligence official in their release. Bae, a missionary from Washington state, was arrested in North Korea in November 2012 and sentenced to 15 years hard labour for crimes against the state. Photograph: Anthony Bolante/Reuters

 

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha each lay a poppy at an art installation, at the Tower of London. An installation of red ceramic poppies at the Tower of London is drawing hundreds of visitors, including PM Cameron and wife Samantha, who placed two poppies at the site ahead of Sunday’s Remembrance Day commemorations. The installation-called ‘BloodSweptLands and Seas of Red’ was created by artist Paul Cummins to mark the centenary of the start of World War One. It has more than 888,000 poppies--- each representing a British or Commonwealth casualty in the war. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/Reuters

 

A couple kiss next to the installation ‘Lichtgrenze’ (Border of Light) in front of a painting depicting former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev kissing his East German counterpart Erich Honecker along the East Side Gallery, the largest remaining part of the former Berlin Wall, in Berlin. A part of the inner city of Berlin is being temporarily divided from November 7 to 9, with a light installation featuring 8000 luminous white balloons, following the 9.5-mile (15.3 kmilometre) path the Berlin Wall once occupied, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters