A Look Back: Week in Photos

Reuters: Desmond Boylan
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Hurricane Sandy hits the East

Editor's picks of the best news photos of the week See gallery

A man salvages planks from his damaged house after Hurricane Sandy hit Santiago de Cuba. The Cuban government said on Thursday night that 11 people died when the storm barreled across the island, most killed by falling trees or in building collapses in Santiago de Cuba province and neighboring Guantanamo province.

AP Photo: Alexander F. Yuan
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A patient showers

An HIV-infected patient scoops water over her head to cool down on a hot summer day at an HIV/AIDS hospice on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar ranks among the world's hardest places to get HIV care, and health experts warn it will take years to prop up a broken health system hobbled by decades of neglect.

AP Photo: Hassan Ammar
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Hajj in the holy city of Mecca

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba as pray inside the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws three million visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world.

AP Photo: Farah Abdi Warsameh
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Somalis carry swordfish

Somalis carry a swordfish and a shark on their heads from the ocean to the market in Mogadishu, Somalia.

AP Photo: Charles Dharapak
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Romney and Ryan on the tarmac

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his wife, Janna, walk together from their campaign planes at Akron-Canton Regional Airport in Akron, Ohio. Ryan met Romney on the tarmac after his plane landed at the airport.

AP Photo: Arnulfo Franco
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Riots in Panama

Riot police patrol a street after looting broke out during clashes with protestors and police in Panama City. Panama's government said Friday it will cancel plans to sell state-owned land in a duty-free zone following a week of sometimes violent protests in which a 10-year-old boy and two adults died. Though the land in question is in the port city of Colon, protests spread to Panama City.

AP Photo: Narcisco Contreras
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Portrait of Syrian rebels

Syrian rebel fighters belonging to the Liwa Al Tawhid unit pose for photo in the Karmal Jabl neighborhood after several days of intense clashes between rebel fighters and the Syrian army in Aleppo, Syria.

AP Photo: M. Spencer Green
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Eulogy for McGovern

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a prayer service for former Democratic U.S. senator and three-time presidential candidate George McGovern at the First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. McGovern died last Sunday in his native South Dakota at age 90.

AP Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez
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Apple's new iPad mini

The iPad Mini is examined in San Jose, Calif. Apple Inc. is refusing to compete on price with its rivals in the tablet market, it's pricing its new, smaller iPad well above the competition. The company revealed the iPad Mini, with a screen that's about two-thirds the size of the full-size model, and will cost $329 and up.

Reuters: Francois Lenoir
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Shadow of a Ford worker

The shadow of a worker is seen on the logo of Ford Motor Co. at the company's assembly plant after an emergency meeting with the plant management in Genk. Ford Motor Co. announced to unions that it will close the factory employing 4,300 workers in the Belgian town of Genk, as it tries to stem losses in Europe and match capacity to tumbling demand.   

Reuters: Kevin Lamarque
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Obama and Jay Leno

U.S. President Barack Obama makes an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno (R) in Los Angeles, California. Obama is on a two-day, eight-state campaign swing.

Reuters: Lucy Nicholson
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Giants celebrate their win

San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (R) celebrates with teammates Brandon Crawford (L) and Hunter Pence after the Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the MLB World Series baseball championship in San Francisco.

Reuters: Siphiwe Sibeko
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Striking miners in Johanesburg

Striking miners react as they make way for a security vehicle at the AngloGold Ashanti mine in Carletonville, northwest of Johannesburg. AngloGold Ashanti sacked 12,000 wildcat strikers who defied a deadline to return to work, the latest South African company to resort to mass firings after weeks of crippling labour unrest. 

Reuters: Brian Blanco
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Ann Romney reads to students

Ann Romney, wife of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, reads a Dr. Seuss book to a group of young students at Inspirations Learning Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Ann Romney is campaigning for her husband on a bus tour through Florida, which is expected to play a key role as a swing state in the upcoming US presidential election which will be held on November 6, 2012.  

Reuters: Lucas Jackson
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Microsoft's new Windows 8 debuts

Guests are silhouetted at the launch event of Windows 8 operating system in New York.

Reuters: Kevin Lamarque
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Rally for the president

Supporters cheer as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio. Obama is on a two-day, eight state, campaign swing.  

Reuters: Adnan Abidi
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F1 Mechanic at the Indian Grand Prix

A McLaren Formula One mechanic stands in the pit lane during the second practice session of the Indian F1 Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi.

Reuters: Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
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Pakistani girl and her family

Malala Yousufzai is seen with her father Ziauddin and her two younger brothers Khushal Khan and Atal Khan (R), as she recuperates at the The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. The father of a Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the the Taliban for advocating girls' education said on Friday his daughter was strong and would "rise again" to pursue her dreams after receiving treatment in a British hospital.

Reuters: Tobias Schwarz
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Demonstration next to police

Police detain protesters during a demonstration next to a police station, where three refugees had been detained in Berlin. Some 20 refugees, mainly from Iran and Afghanistan, went on hunger strike demanding an end to deportations, obligatory camp accommodation to be abolished and restrictions on their movements be lifted, the refugees said. They are part of a larger group of asylum seekers who have marched some 372 miles from the southern town of Wuerzburg to the German capital.

Reuters: Goran Tomasevic
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Night foot patrol

U.S. soldiers of B Troop, 1st squadron of 4th US Cavalry prepare for a night foot patrol in a COP (Combat outpost) Sar Howza in Paktika province.   

Reuters: Ilya Naymushin
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Halloween polar bear

Aurora, a two-year-old female polar bear, plays with a pumpkin inside her open air cage during the Zoo Halloween Weekend event at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Zoo employees held a competition for the best Halloween pumpkin, which were afterwards presented to the animals.