Wednesday Oct. 22: Our World In Pictures
HONG KONG — Stickers Cover Walls, Show Support for Hong Kong Protesters: Stickers with support messages are seen on a wall in an occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong’s Admiralty district on Wednesday. The student-led protests are rooted in growing discontent among young people about poor economic prospects amid one of the world’s biggest wealth gaps. The protesters want Hong Kong’s government to abandon a requirement by China’s legislature for a committee to screen candidates for inaugural 2017 elections for the top leader. They say it gives the city’s pro-Beijing elite too much say.
FLORIDA — Students Bounce to Hometown Huddle Finish Line: Fourth and fifth graders race at one of the play stations during the Hometown Huddle at West Jacksonville Elementary School on Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla. The United Way and its volunteers spent the day refurbishing the playground at the school.
AFGHANISTAN — Man Pretends to be Enemy for Afghan Army Exercise: A man pretending to be an enemy fighter lies on the ground as Afghan National Army soldiers make a mock attack on an enemy stronghold during a military training exercise at Kabul Military Training Center, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. Taliban insurgents have stepped up their attacks against both Afghan and NATO security forces as most international security forces prepare to withdraw by the end of the year.
TENNESSEE — Pit Bulls Transported Due to Dog Fighting Charges: Pit bulls await transport after an early morning raid by authorities of a breeding operation in Kodak, about 10 miles north of Sevierville, Tenn., on Tuesday. The Knoxville News Sentinel said Mark Heatherly was charged with two counts of dog fighting while his wife Kimberly L. Heatherly and Jacob R. Heatherly were charged with conspiracy to commit dog fighting. All three were also charged with possession of marijuana and hydrocodone. The Mountain Press said 50 dogs were taken from the home, some needing medical treatment.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Hot Air Balloon Flies Across Margham Desert: Captain Peter Kollar, center, flies one of the largest hot air balloons with 21 passengers over the Margham desert about 60 km (37 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday. Kollar holds two 2014 Guinness World Records for ballooning.
INDIA — Children Celebrate Festival of Lights: Children with special needs light firecrackers as they celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights at the Shishu Sarathi School in Gauhati, India, Wednesday.
COLORADO — Cyclists Ride Up Lookout Mountain: Cyclist ride up Lookout Mountain Rd. in the Rocky Mountains, Tuesday in Golden, Colo.
NEW YORK — Bryant Park Skating Rink Open: Skaters take to the ice during opening day of the Bryant Park skating rink on Tuesday in midtown New York. The rink will be open seven days a week until March 1, 2015.
UKRAINE — Darth Vader Visits Kiev: Darth Vader, leader of Ukraine’s Internet Party, waves as he rides atop a car in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday. Vader, who had his name legally changed by deed poll, is campaigning for the Oct. 26 parliamentary elections on a platform of promoting e-government and increasing financial transparency.
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