A dragonfly clings to a branch in Surfside, Fla. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. It's compound eyes are made up of thousands of facets which allow it to see even behind itself. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 02: Wanderers fans light flares as they watch the Asian Champions League final match between Western Sydney Wanders and Al Hilal at Centenary Square in Parramatta on November 2, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
A Sri Lankan mudslide survivor child rests in a makeshift cradle at a relief camp in Punagala, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Disaster officials estimate that about 100 people were killed Wednesday morning when monsoon rains unleashed a cascade of muddy earth at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district and warned of more landslides at the area. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A protestor makes a selfie in front of a burning car during a national trade union demonstration in Brussels, Thursday Nov. 6, 2014. Tens of thousands of demonstrators are converging on the Belgian capital to protest government policies that will extend the pension age, contain wages and cut into public services. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 04: Mohammed Ahmadzadeh celebrates with Amir Akbari Farthouni after scoring a goal during the Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup Dubai 2014 match between Iran and Portugal at Dubai International Marine Club on November 4, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 02: Wanderers fans cheer as they celebrate victory after watching the Asian Champions League final match between Western Sydney Wanders and Al Hilal at Centenary Square in Parramatta on November 2, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Shepherds lead their sheep through the centre of Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Shepherds guided a flock of 2,000 sheep through Madrid's streets on Sunday in defense of ancient grazing, droving and migration rights increasingly threatened by urban sprawl and modern agricultural practices. Tourists and city-dwellers were surprised to see the capital's traffic cut to permit the ovine parade to bleat -- bells clanking -- its way past the city's most emblematic locations. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
A surfer paddles on a board in the Mediterranean Sea in Michmoret, Israel, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
KARBALA, IRAQ - NOVEMBER 02: A little boy is seen as the Shiite Muslims perform during the mourning ceremony held for the Karbala martyrs, in month of Muharram, one of the four sacred months of the year according to Islam, in the Karbala, Iraq on November 2, 2014. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Puppy hounds of the Holcombe Hunt wait to be fed by their huntsman Steven Ashworth near Bury, northern England, on October 31, 2014 before tomorrow's hunt which takes place on the first day of the official hunting season. The Holcombe Hunt is one of the UK's oldest hunts, whose lineage is traceable back to 1086. Today with the prohibition on hunting foxes and other wildlife with dogs in England, the Holcombe Hunt practice 'trail hunting', where a scent is laid down in a trail for the hounds to follow, simulating the hounds catching the scent of the hunt's quarry. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 31: Younis Khan of Pakistan celebrates after reaching his double centrury runs during Day Two of the Second Test between Pakistan and Australia at Sheikh Zayed Stadium at Sheikh Zayed stadium on October 31, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 02: Rows of crosses are seen at a newly constructed mass grave for 3,000 typhoon Haiyan victims on the grounds of the Holy Cross Cemetary during All Souls Day on November 2, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Filipinos descend on cemetaries all across the country to tend to the graves of loved ones on November 1-2 marking All Saints day and All Souls day. Residents of Leyte are preparing for the 1-year anniversary since Super Typhoon Yolanda struck the coast on November 8, 2013, leaving more than 6000 dead and many more homeless. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the TCS New York City Marathon on November 2, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
A gust of wind blows Pope Francis' mantle during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A Burkinese soldier listens to a lieutenant-colonel reading a press release by the army chief after the resignation of Burkina Faso's president in Ouagadougou on October 31, 2014. Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced that he was stepping down to make way for elections after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule. His resignation came as tens of thousands of protesters demanded that he quit immediately after a day of unrest that saw mass demonstrations, with protesters storming and setting fire to parliament. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian Kurdish refugee child from the Kobani area peers from a tent at a refugee camp in Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Voter Perry Cross leaves the old Hoggards Mill Courthouse, now a polling site for Baker County, after casting his ballot, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Newton, Ga. Georgia voters headed to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the state's high-stakes battle for an open U.S. Senate seat, while the prospect of a lengthy runoff loomed if no candidate captures a majority of the vote. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A performer rides a car in the 'Well of Death' during the annual Jhiri Fair at Kanachack village on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. The fair is held in memory of Baba Jitu, a farmer who killed himself since he was not prepared to submit to the unjust demands of a landlord demanding he part with his crop, according to a legend. In the Well of Death, stuntmen on motorbikes and cars drive in circles around the vertical walls of a circular shaped well. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Daredevil Nik Wallenda makes his tightrope walk uphill at a 19-degree angle, from the Marina City west tower across the Chicago River to the top of the Leo Burnett Building Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Sailors compete in the 10th edition of the Route du Rhum sailing race in Saint-Malo, western France, on November 2, 2014. The Route du Rhum is a solo race held every four years between Saint-Malo to Pointe-a-Pitre, in the French West Indies. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
AUGSBURG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 02: Adrian Grygiel of Augsburger skates onto the ice before the DEL Ice Hockey match between Augsburger Panther and Schwenninger Wild Wings at Curt Frenzel Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Augsburg, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City challenges Angel di Maria of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Larry Donnell #84 of the New York Giants scores a 5 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 3, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Former President Bill Clinton watches as Susan Menino Fenton, left, comforts her mother, Angela Menino, widow of former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, as they leave Faneuil Hall in Boston, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, en route to funeral services in Boston's Hyde Park. Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. He was 71. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
A student photographs signatures and notes on the back of a vehicle displaying support for Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst during a campaign stop at the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Representative Bruce Braley, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, and Senator Joni Ernst are tied at 47 percent in the Iowa Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters taken between Oct. 28 and Nov. 2. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A demonstrator, seen through razor wire representing the European Union's border fence, protests the German and European governments' treatment of refugees at the launch of two buses full of activists traveling from Berlin to the Mediterranean to 'Tear down the European Wall,' or cut down portions of the real fence, on November 7, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Amidst ongoing celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, activists from the group Center for Political Beauty (CPB, or Zentrum fuer Politische Schoenheit, ZPS, in German) claim to have removed 14 white crosses from the city center placed in memory of some of the victims killed trying to cross from East to West Berlin during the Cold War, a protest designed to call attention to the activists' perceived hypocrisy found in fortifying the border preventing entry for refugees into Europe while celebrating the fall of the notorious one in Berlin a quarter of a century ago. The artist collective claims to have given the crosses to refugees from Mali hiding in the forests of Mount Gurugu in northern Morocco who are trying to cross into Melilla, one of two Spanish enclaves in the region, for passage into Europe. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Charlie Wi of the United States warms up on the driving range prior to the start of round two at the Country Club of Jackson on November 7, 2014 in Jackson, Mississippi. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 03: Shiite Muslims attend commemoration rituals on the tenth of Muharram, the first month of Islamic Calendar, marking the remembrance of the seventh-century martyrdom of Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussain and his family, who were killed in the battle of Karbala in modern-day Iraq, in 680 AD, in Istanbul, Turkey on November 03, 2014. (Photo by Berk Ozkan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
In this photo taken with smartphone camera, a fallstreak hole forms in the sky over Wonthaggi, Australia, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. A fallstreak hole is a circular gap that appears in high clouds, when a section of the cloud freezes. The ice crystals are heavy, so they fall out of the cloud, leaving a hole. It is a relatively rare phenomenon. (AP Photo/Leesa Willmott) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Alessandro Tadini of Italy plays out of the eighth greenside bunker during the second round of the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final at Al Badia Golf Club on November 6, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
The sun sets beyond the shell of a building under construction Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Olathe, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
The first days of November are officially in the books, so let's take a moment to look back at the past week in photos.
The United States wasn't the only place where all eyes were on the government this week. In Africa, President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso stepped down as protesters became violent, demanding he relinquish his role as president. Demonstrators began protesting the government in Brussels, Belgium, in response to policies that would affect citizens' pension and wages. Nearby in Germany, activists protested the European Union's border fence and the treatment of refugees by the German and European governments.
Several major sporting events occurred and provided great photos from around the world this week, spanning from football and soccer to horse racing and cricket. In Australia, fans of the Western Sydney Wanderers celebrated their win in the Asian Champions League, an annual soccer competition held by the Asian Football Confederation. In France, sailors participated in the 10th Route du Rhum, a race that occurs only every four years, and golf's Challenge Tour Grand Final began in Dubai. The TCS New York City Marathon also took place this past Sunday.
Other impactful photos came from former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's funeral, the Lantern Festival in South Korea, the Jhiri Fair in India, Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk between Chicago skyscrapers, and Muslims in various countries observing the sacred month of Muharram.
Check back next weekend for our selection of the best photos from the coming days.