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Top 20 moments from the week gone by

October 27, 2014 09:19 IST

Here are some of the most stunning moments of the week that was. 

 

Dancers attend a dress rehearsal for the new grand show ‘THE WYLD’ at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin. Ten choreographers are working with 60 dancers from the world’s largest show ballet company to create the flamboyant stage spectacle. The show’s name, ‘THE WYLD’, represents human nature in its diversity and the wilderness of the big city - in this case, Berlin. The premiere of the show, the largest production budget in the 95-year history of Friedrichstadt-Palast, is on October 23, 2014. Photograph: Hannibal/Reuters

 

A Border Security Force soldier lights sparklers on the eve of Diwali, near the border with Bangladesh on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India’s Tripura. Photograph: Jayanta Dey/Reuters

 

Israeli police detain a Palestinian youth following clashes after Friday prayers in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-Joz. Tension in Jerusalem rose on Wednesday after an Israeli baby died and eight other people were hurt when a Palestinian man slammed his car into pedestrians at a Jerusalem light railway stop. Police shot the driver as he fled. A hospital official said the driver later died of his injuries. Photograph: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

 

A Nihang yawns while wearing a turban during a religious procession to mark the Bandi Chhorh Divas in Amritsar. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhorh Divas a day after Diwali to mark the return of the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment from the fort of Gwalior by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in October 1619. Photograph: Munish Sharma/Reuters

 

A man and his daughter hold a candle as the parents of the 43 missing students of the Ayotzinapa teachers’ training college hold photos of their children during a protest at Zocalo square in Mexico City. A Mexican mayor and his wife were “probable masterminds” behind the disappearance of 43 student teachers last month in the restive southwest, the country’s attorney general said. The students went missing on September 26 from Iguala in the southwestern state of Guerrero, after they clashed with police. The incident sent shockwaves across Mexico and undermined President Enrique Pena Nieto’s claims that Mexico is getting safer under his watch. Photograph: Tomas Bravo/Reuters

 

A gust of wind blows Pope Francis’ mantle as he leaves at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

 

Widows, who have been abandoned by their families, light sparklers after offering prayers on the banks of the river Yamuna as part of Diwali celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International in Vrindavan, in Uttar Pradesh. Hundreds of the widows who live in various ashrams run by the Sulabh International participated in the celebrations for the first time this year, according to the organisers. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

 

A Palestinian boy looks at statues that are made of fiberglass and covered with clay by Palestinian artist Eyad Sabbah, which are depictions for the Palestinians who fled their houses from Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, in the east of GazaCity. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

 

Smoke and flames rise over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province. The United States told Turkey that a US military air-drop of arms to Syrian Kurds battling Islamic State near the Syrian town of Kobani was a response to a crisis situation and did not represent a change in US policy. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

 

A model presents a creation from the Disney Princess Collection by WTC Studio during Shanghai Fashion Week.. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

 

A tattoo of an owl is pictured on the neck of Jharana Gurung, the first woman from Nepal to perform a body suspension, as she poses for a picture backstage during the ‘Nepal Inked - A Tattoo and Lifestyle Convention’ in Kathmandu. A total number of 70 artists from Nepal and around the world took part in the three-day convention. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

 

A Kurdish refugee woman from the Syrian town of Kobani holds a child in a camp in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province October 25, 2014. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

 

A bride walks though Grand Central Terminal in New York. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

 

A boy wearing both a mask and toy face mask sits in a stroller on a street during a hazy day in Beijing. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

 

US Marines march with flags during a handover ceremony, as the last US Marines unit and British combat troops end their Afghan operations, in Helmand. The last US Marines unit and final British combat troops in Afghanistan officially ended their operations on Sunday as they packed up to leave the country and transferred a massive military base to the Afghan military. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

 

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff smells a rose during a campaign rally in Porto Alegre. Presidential candidates traded accusations over political corruption in a last ditch attempt to sway undecided voters before Sunday’s election runoff in Brazil’s closest race in decades. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

 

A woman walks near houses damaged by recent shelling on the outskirts of Ukraine’s town of Slavyansk. Ukraine holds a snap parliamentary election on Sunday, ordered by President Petro Poroshenko with the aim of clearing out loyalists of ousted Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich and producing an assembly with a pro-Europe majority. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

 

A woman writes a message on a Canadian flag at a makeshift memorial in honour of Nathan Cirillo, outside the Lieutenant-Colonel John Weir Foote Armoury. Cirillo was killed during a shooting incident at the Canada War Memorial in Ottawa. Canada vowed to toughen laws against terrorism as an opinion poll showed a majority of Canadians lacked confidence in their security services’ ability to deter homegrown radicals who struck twice in the past week. Photograph: Mark Blinch/Reuters

 

US President Barack Obama hugs Dallas nurse Nina Pham at the Oval Office in Washington. Obama met Pham in the Oval Office shortly after her release from a nearby hospital after recovering from the Ebola virus. Pham, who contracted the disease while treating a man who later died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital, had been undergoing treatment at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, since October 16. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

 

A boy plays with miniature paper umbrellas, the symbol of pro-democracy protesters, at their barricade at the Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong. Hong Kong protesters plan to hold a straw poll on government proposals they rejected earlier in the week as their street campaign pushing for democracy for the Chinese-controlled city entered its fifth week on Friday. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters