Police guard a barricade against pro-democracy protesters on a street in Mong Kok on October 19, 2014 in Hong Kong. Police have begun to take measures to remove the blockades put in place by pro democracy supporters following weeks of protests. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has set talks for October 21 between protest groups and government officials. (Thomas Campean, Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos is surrounded by the media after a game against the San Francisco 49ers in which he broke the all-time NFL record for most career touchdowns thrown at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Doug Pensinger, Getty Images)
People are silhouetted on the top of a hill close to the border line between Turkey and Syria near Mursitpinar bordergate as they watch the U.S led airstrikes over ther Syrian town of Kobani on October 19, 2014. Kurdish fighters in Syrian city of Kobani have pushed back Islamic State militants in a number of locations as U.S. air strikes on ISIS positions continue in and around the city. In the past month more than 200,000 people from Kobani have fled into Turkey. (Gokhan Sahin, Getty Images)
Kurdish boy Mohammed (L) from Mizra village of Kobane watches with his father their village from the Turkish border in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, on October 19, 2014. Turkey is turning a deaf ear to insistent pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against Islamic State (IS) jihadists, adding to existing strains with the West under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Western diplomats have repeatedly made clear they want to see the key NATO member play a key role in the coalition against the militants, who are battling for the Syrian town Kobane just a few kilometers from Turkey. (Bulent Kilic, AFP/Getty Images)
An Ebola tracing coordinator checks the temperature of Benson, 2 months, finding him to have a fever of 100.76F (38.2C) in the West Point neighborhood on October 17, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Health workers later came to take the baby, her mother and grandmother to a holding center for people suspected of having Ebola. A family member living in the home had died only the day before from Ebola. The West Point holding center was re-opened this week with community support, two months after a mob overran the facility and and pulled out the patients. Many in the crowd denied the presence of Ebola in their community at the time. The World Health Organization says that more than 4,500 people have died due to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa with a 70 percent mortality rate for those infected with the virus. (John Moore, Getty Images)
Shaun Pyne performs an air during the Shark Island Challenge at Shark Island off South Cronulla Point on October 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Cameron Spencer, Getty Images)
Two men stand near a giant Indonesian at National Museum during the people celebration known as 'Pesta Rakyat' on October 20, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Joko Widodo was sworn in October 20, as the president of Indonesia with an inauguration ceremony held in Jakarta. Widodo was the eventual winner of a tightly fought and sometimes controversial election race against opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto. A number of key world leaders were in attendance including Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott. (Ulet Ifansasti, Getty Images)
Simon Mignolet of Liverpool fails to prevent Eduardo Vargas of QPR scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool at Loftus Road on October 19, 2014 in London, England. (Clive Rose, Getty Images)
Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs the ball in the second quarter against Mike Mitchell #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during their game at Heinz Field on October 20, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Joe Sargent, Getty Images)
President Barack Obama casts his early votes at Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center in Chicago Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune/MCT/Getty Images)
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in action in her match against Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during day two of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals tennis at the Singapore Sports Hub on October 21, 2014 in Singapore. (Julian Finney, Getty Images)
A pro-democracy protester reinforces the stucture of a paper craft umbrella outside of Hong Kong Government Complex in Admiralty district on October 21, 2014 in Hong Kong. Police have begun to take measures to remove the blockades put in place by pro democracy supporters as protests entered a fourth week. (Anthony Kwan, Getty Images)
Students from St Andrew's University indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on October 20, 2014, in St Andrews, Scotland. Every November the 'raisin weekend' which is held in the university's Lower College Lawn, is celebrated and a gift of raisins (now foam) is traditionally given by first year students to their elders as a thank you for their guidance and in exchange they receive a receipt in Latin. (Jeff J Mitchell, Getty Images)
(EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposures were combined in camera to produce this image.) A multiple-exposure sequence of Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitching during Game 1 of the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Ron Vesely, MLB Photos via Getty Images)
A man takes photos while walking in the flares' smoke during a demonstration staged by striking workers of the French state-run rail operator SNCF, backed by French unions CGT and Sud-Rail, against reform plans proposed by the French government on June 17, 2014 in Paris. France's longest rail strike in years rolled on for a second week as lawmakers were set to debate a contentious debt-cutting reform plan opposed by unions. (Fred Dufour, AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi Shiite men who have volunteered to join government forces and militias in the fight against jihadists from the Islamic State group, take part in a training session in the central city of Hillah on October 18, 2014. The Islamic State group led a sweeping offensive in June that overran much of Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland. (Haidar Hamdani, AFP/Getty Images)
A tourist uses his smart phone and takes a picture morning fog covers the Takeda castle from Ritsuunkiou Mountain on October 24, 2014 in Asago, Japan. The Takeda castle is one of the most beautiful mountain castles in Japan and many tourists and photographers visit the castle in the beginning of autumn to see morning fog. It was built in the 15th century, located 353 meters up in the mountain. (Buddhika Weerasinghe, Getty Images)
Five giant water drop-shaped air-filled models are placed on West Lake on October 19, 2014 in Hangzhou, China. A performing art exhibition of 'Dancing Water-drops', which includes 5 giant water drop-shaped air-filled models on West Lake and 300 small air-filled models in the lawn in West Lake was held to arouse people's attention to protect water. (ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Indian widows wave sparklers as they participate in a celebration for the Hindu festival Diwali on the banks of the Yamuna river in the northern city of Vrindavan on October 21, 2014. The women, who chanted as they walked through the streets of Vrindavan to mark the Hindu festival of Diwali, are widows who have left or been abandoned by their families. Until recently, they were kept hidden from society and all but forbidden to celebrate. But that is now changing, and local residents cheered the women on as they passed through the streets of the temple-filled town, many proudly wearing brand new saris gifted by a local organization. (Roberto Schmidt, AFP/Getty Images)
A homeless man waits for donations resting in front of an under construction building site in New York on October 21, 2014. (Jewel Samad, AFP/Getty Images)
Dr Marius Kruger (C) and members of the Kruger National Park keep the head of a rhino up during a white rhino relocation capture on October 17, 2014. The Kruger National Park relocated four rhinoceros from a high risk poaching area to a safer area as part of ongoing strategic rhinoceros management plan. (Stefan Heunis, AFP/Getty Images)
A view of spewing pyroclastic flow from Sinabung Volcano eruption seen from Sigarang village of Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on October 18, 2014. Lava Flow is currently split into two streams on the right and left of the Sinabung volcano. (Tibt Nangin, Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An explosion rocks Syrian city of Kobani during a reported suicide car bomb attack by the militants of Islamic State (ISIS) group on a People's Protection Unit (YPG) position in the city center of Kobani, as seen from the outskirts of Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, October 20, 2014 in Sanliurfa province, Turkey. According to Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey will reportedly allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross the Syrian border to fight Islamic State (IS) militants in the Syrian city of Kobani while the United States has sent planes to drop weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Syrian Kurdish fighters around Kobani. (Gokhan Sahin, Getty Images)
A local Hong Kong journalist shows his company credentials after collapsing to the ground following being pepper sprayed by police in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on October 17, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. (Alex Ogle, AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, takes her seat a State Carriage for the carriage procession to Buckingham Palace as part of the ceremonial welcome ceremony for Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the start of a state visit at Horse Guards Parade on October 21, 2014 in London, England. The President is at the beginning of his four day stay during which he will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron. (Leon Neal, WPA Pool/Getty Images)
A Northern light (Aurora borealis) is seen near Tromsoe, Northern Norway on October 21, 2014. (Jan Morten Bjoernbakk, AFP/Getty Images)
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.