Photos of the Week: 10/17 - 10/24


It's the weekend, so sit down, grab something pumpkin-flavored, and take a moment to look back on this past week in photos.

It seems like even politicians get sick of politicians sometimes. On Tuesday, an Associated Press photographer captured a candid photo of Larry Hogan, Republican candidate for governor in Maryland, covering his ears in response to New Jersey governor Chris Christie as they spoke with reporters. The move was in jest, however, and Christie was just there to help -- this was the second trip that the head of the Republican Governors Association made to Maryland in support of Hogan's campaign. The two were seen interacting with voters at The Original Pancake House in Bethesda before moving on to a campaign fundraiser in Potomac. There are two weeks remaining in this close race for governor, and Christie told reporters that, in his opinion, "Larry Hogan's got the momentum" to win.

As has been the case for the past few weeks, situations in China, Africa and the Middle East remain in the spotlight. Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are ongoing as demonstrators and police continue to clash, with confrontations often turning violent. In Western Africa and beyond, the fight to control the Ebola outbreak pushes on, with good news coming out as Nigeria has declared victory over the virus. Air strikes over Syria have been steadily pushing refugees out of the country and into neighboring Turkey, while Turkey is hesitant to become more active in the fight against the Islamic State.

In sports, Denver Broncos' Quarterback Peyton Manning broke the all-time NFL record for most career touchdowns, a record previously held by Brett Favre. The World Series began this past Tuesday, and the NHL hockey season is in full swing as the NBA preseason winds down. In addition, several great photos came out of soccer, tennis, and surfing competitions that were held around the world.

In other news, Indonesians celebrated the inauguration of President Joko Widodo, Nepalese citizens honored their dogs during the Tihar festival, and a photographer in Norway captured a stunning Aurora borealis.

Check back next week for our selection of the best photos from the days leading up to Halloween.

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