Photos of the week: 9/30 - 10/7

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ORMOND BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 7: A downed tree from high winds rests against a car in a residential community after Hurricane Matthew passes through on October 7, 2016 in Ormond Beach, Florida. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have all declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
RIZHAO, CHINA - OCTOBER 06: Aerial view of many people practicing yoga on the beach of Wanpingkou Scenic Spot on October 6, 2016 in Rizhao, Shandong Province of China. Wanpingkou Scenic Spot launched the Sand Beach Cultural Week featuring beach volleyball, beach soccer, sand sculpture and yoga activity during the National Day Holiday. About 300 citizens and tourists signed up for the experience activity of yoga at Wanpingkou Scenic Spot. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Migrants try to pull a child out of the water as they wait to be rescued by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO in the Mediterranean sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. At least 1,800 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast, the Italian coastguard announced, adding that similar operations were underway around 15 other overloaded vessels. / AFP / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
YUNCHENG, CHINA - OCTOBER 02: Aerial view of the colorful salt lake on October 2, 2016 in Yuncheng, Shanxi Province of China. The salt lake displaying red and green colors in Yuncheng attract tourists during the National Day holiday. Formed about 500 million years ago, the salt lake owns different colors as a result of the algae in the water. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
VICTORIA, BC - OCTOBER 01: Prince George of Cambridge looks out of the window of a sea plane as he departs Victoria on October 1, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Pool/WireImage)
A man reads updates about Hurricane Matthew on his smartphone as he takes shelter in a ballroom of the Melia Hotel overnight in Nassau, Bahamas October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Downtown Miami is pictured in this aerial photo as clouds begin to form in advance of Hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida, U.S. October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A girl holds her cat before the start of a march to commemorate World Animal Day during an event organized by a government veterinary hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People enjoy the beach and waves on an autumn day along the coast in Carlsbad, California,U.S., October 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Men walk with umbrellas though Times Square in the rain in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 30, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Protestors run from tear gas launched by security personnel during the Irecha, the thanks giving festival of the Oromo people in Bishoftu town of Oromia region, Ethiopia, October 2, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
FARMVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 04: Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine (L) and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence (R) speak during the Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University on October 4, 2016 in Farmville, Virginia. This is the second of four debates during the presidential election season and the only debate between the vice presidential candidates. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
SATELLITE BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Rod Smith (R), hugs his wife Karen as they watch the churning surf on October 6, 2016 on Satellite Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Most of our attention over the past week has been focused on Hurricane Matthew, which hit several island nations over the past few days on its way towards the southern United States.

Hundreds have been confirmed dead in Haiti after the hurricane hit, with the death toll still growing as they struggle to recover.

Elsewhere, we saw scenes from Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's ongoing presidential campaigns, including the debate between their running mates, Tim Kaine and Mike Pence. In Italy, Pope Francis paid a visit to the area recently ravaged by a devastating earthquake, and in Spain, teams competed to create the largest 'human tower' possible.

Click through the slideshow above for photos from all of these stories and more, and be sure to check back next weekend for our selection of the best photos from the next seven days.

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