MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 07: Two cows stand in a field as smoke from a bushfire billows past Benloch, Victoria on October 7, 2015 near Melbourne, Australia. Victorian fire crews have been battling to contain a blaze that started in Cobaw. Despite a cool change on Tuesday, over a hundred homes are still under threat and one man has been reported missing. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
NEWMARKET, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: A shadow of a yearling with its groom during the Tattersalls auction sales in Newmarket on October 06, 2015 in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Sea lions swim in a muddy and dirty water in the zoo of Marineland on October 5, 2015 in Antibes, southeastern France, after severe flooding. Violent storms and flooding along the French Riviera have killed at least 17 people and another four are still missing in what were described as 'apocalyptic' scenes, local officials said on October 4. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET (Photo credit should read JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images)
A general view shows the part of the skyline of Dubai covered in an early morning fog on October 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RENE SLAMA (Photo credit should read RENE SLAMA/AFP/Getty Images)
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK, BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK, PALESTINE - 2015/10/04: Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at Palestinian demonstrators in the streets of the West Bank city of Bethlehe. Palestinians across the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem have been engaged in intense clashes and demonstrations with Israeli forces for the past 24 hours. Clashes were reported in most major cities across the West Bank including Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron, Bethlehem, and Eastern Jerusalem. The violent surge in the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem started when two Jewish Israeli settlers were killed, while at the same time, two Palestinian teenagers were killed when they attacked Jewish Israeli settlers. On October 03 2015, a 19-year-old Palestinian from Ramallah, Mohannad Shafiq Halabi, killed two Jewish Israeli settler men before being shot and killed by an Israeli police officer. Less than 24 hours later, another 19-year-old Palestinian, Fadi Samir Mustafa Alloun, from the neighborhood of al-Issawiya in Eastern Jerusalem, attempted to stab an Israeli teenager near the entrance to the old city of Jerusalem. He was also shot and killed by Israeli police. (Photo by Anna Ferensowicz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
SIKAMINIAS, GREECE - OCTOBER 04: Migrants warm themselve by a fire at a checkpoint as they arrived with other others on the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 4, 2015 near town of Sikaminias, Greece. Despite bad weather due to the upcoming Autumn, migrants and refugees are risking their lives in search of a better one in the European Union. Officals have warned that a rise in migrant deaths is expected as weather conditions gradually worsen. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - OCTOBER 4: Bisleri conducts India's largest drive of collecting of used plastic bottles for Swachh Bharat campaign at Kamgar Maidan, over 2 lakh students of 100 schools participated in this used plastic bottle collection, on October 4, 2015 in Mumbai, India. The brand has joined hands with close to 100 schools to create awareness amongst students, teachers and parents on the indispensable role of PET bottles in our lives and the need for effective PET recycling. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - OCTOBER 4: Balloons launch from Balloon Fiesta field and float above the crowd as they just take off during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico, USA on October 4, 2015. (Photo by Leo York/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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This past week in news saw severe flooding in South Carolina, Russia launching missiles into Syria, and the continuation of the migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East. In lighter news, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta took place, and window washers dressed up as superheroes to bring joy to hospitalized children in Alabama.
Click through the slideshow above to see photos from all of these stories and more, and be sure to check back next weekend for our selection of the best photography from the next seven days.