A young Indian artist rests in Allahabad on Sept. 30 during a religious procession, held to mark the Hindi Dussehra festival. The name Dussehra is derived from the Sanskrit Dasha-hara, which literally means "removal of ten," referring to Lord Rama's victory over the ten-headed demon king Ravana in the Indian epic the Ramayana.
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Policemen chase a demonstrator during a teachers' protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sept. 30. Brazil has seen street protests directed at the country's ruling elite since June, with the protesters demanding better public services and an end to political corruption.
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A four-day-old Chilean flamingo chick is fed by its father, named Migi Aka, at the Himeji Central Park on Oct. 2 in Himeji, Japan. The baby flamingo was born on Sept. 29.
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A Nepalese artist works on unfinished clay idols of the Hindu goddess Durga, the matriarch of power and prosperity, ahead of the Dashain Festival in Kathmandu on Oct. 1. Dashain, Nepal's biggest Hindu festival, will start next week and continue for 15 days in honor of the goddess.
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The sun begins to rise behind the Washington Monument and reflecting pool on Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C. The National Mall and all monuments and large sections of the government closed due to a government shutdown after Congress failed to agree on a spending plan. See David Rothkopf's article on how the shutdown represents a failure of American leadership, and Liz Carter's post on the unexpected Chinese reaction to the U.S. government's closure.
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Demonstrators clash with riot police along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City on Oct. 2. Mexican students marched Wednesday to commemorate the anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre of university students by soldiers and policemen.
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A Ukrainian opposition activist holds a riot policeman as protesters try to enter the building of Kiev's city council to disrupt a session in Kiev on Oct. 2 and demand council elections. The credentials of the city's deputies ended on July 2, 2013, and the opposition insists that their session is illegal.
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Left-wing protesters light up a fire during the funeral of Hasan Ferit Gedik, who was shot to death by drug gang members two days ago at Armutlu district in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Members of an honor guard practice before a ceremony at Tiananmen Square on Oct. 1 marking the 64th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
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Visitors with special 3D glasses watch the latest Disney movie Planes during a drive-in movie theater screening in the parking lot of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on Sept. 30. It was the world's first 3D drive-in movie screening at an airport.
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Custodians clean the inside of the Kaaba, where Muslims visit for Hajj and Umrah, as pilgrims continue their prayers on Oct .1 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
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Young Chinese tourists eat lollipops during a visit to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Oct. 3.
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An Indian municipal health worker fumigates against mosquitoes in a neighborhood of New Delhi on Oct. 3. Nearly 1,400 dengue cases have been reported from the Indian capital and adjoining areas and at least five people have died of dengue in Delhi.
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Bob Bernt looks after cattle on his farm on Sept. 30. in Spalding, Nebraska.
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Israeli soldiers from the army's Home Front Command, wearing chemical warfare suits, carry a dummy of an injured man as they take part in a defense drill simulating a chemical missile attack in the central Israeli city of Beit Shemesh on Oct. 2.
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A statue of Mahatma Gandhi is reflected in a puddle of rain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Oct. 2. Gandhi's 144th birth anniversary is celebrated around the world as the International Day of Non-Violence.
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A few-hour-old baby Asian elephant (C-R) plays with another baby elephant at the Ramat Gan Safari, also known as the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan, on Oct. 3.
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Soldiers of the Bundeswehr are silhouetted during the annual military exercises held for the media at the Bergen military training grounds on Oct. 2 near Munster, Germany. The Bundeswehr is transitioning to a professional army as Germany recently ended mandatory military service.
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Palestinian militants look at the body of Huweshil Abu Huweshil during his funeral south of Gaza City on Oct. 1, a day after he was shot by Israeli soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip. An Israeli army spokeswoman said Israeli soldiers had also shot two Palestinians in the same area as they tried to cut through the security fence separating Israel from the Gaza Strip.
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A Sri Lankan man and his child watch fish in a tank at the main zoo in Colombo on Oct. 1. Sri Lanka is marking the International Day of Children with a series of state-sponsored events to focus on eradicating child labor and child sexual abuse. Be sure to read Christian Caryl's article on the United Nations' new International Day of the Girl Child.
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Indian laborers work as they erect a temporary structure for an event in Allahabad on Oct. 3.
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