Friday October 20, Our World in Pictures
GERMANY – Leaders Meet to Discuss Coalition: German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the German Christian Democratic Union party Angela Merkel and Horst Seehofer, chairman of the Christian Social Union party, right, address the media as they arrive for a meeting at a Reichstag building prior to exploratory talks on a coalition in Berlin on Friday.
THAILAND – City Prepares for Royal Funeral: Dusk light fades behind the warmly illuminated royal crematorium and funeral complex for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok on Friday. Thai artists and craftsmen have put the finishing touches on the elaborate crematorium complex ahead of the funeral of the king, who reigned for 70 years before his death on Oct. 13, 2016. Bhumibol will be honored in an elaborate royal cremation ceremony from Oct. 25 to 29.
SYRIA – Women Celebrate Liberation: Fighters from the Women’s Protection Units, or YPJ, hold a celebration in Paradise Square in Raqqa on Thursday. The Kurdish female militia that took part in freeing the northern city of Raqqa from the Islamic State group said on Thursday it will continue the fight to liberate women from the extremists’ brutal rule.
PUERTO RICO – Resident Fixes Damaged Lines: A resident tries to connect electrical lines downed by Hurricane Maria in preparation for when electricity is restored in Toa Baja on Oct. 13. A month after the storm rolled across the center of the nation, power is still out for the vast majority.
BRAZIL – Police Attempt to Break up Gangs: Protesters listen to a community leader talk about police violence during police operations in the Rocinha slum of Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. Military police are tasked with patrolling and going after drug gangs who are fighting for predominance in the slum.
FLORIDA – Sides Clash Following Racist Speech: A supporter of white nationalist Richard Spencer grabs ahold of a protester’s tie during a clash after a speech by Spencer on Thursday at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
MEXICO – Earthquake Remembered: The silhouette of a man with a raised fist stands for three minutes of silence in front of a quake-collapsed building where several people died on the street corner of Amsterdam and Laredo in Mexico City on Thursday. Residents gathered at different sites of quake-ravaged buildings one month after the 7.1 earthquake-magnitude that killed 228 people in the capital.
KENYA – Government Bans Demonstrations: A pedestrian walking with crutches tries to flee as police fire tear gas and grenades at a demonstration against police killings of protesters and opposition supporters in downtown Nairobi on Thursday. Police fired tear gas grenades and rifles in the air to disperse around 20 activists as they were still gathering in Uhuru Park, despite a court order Tuesday that removed the government’s ban on demonstrations.
KENYA – Arresting Activist: Kenyan police attempt to arrest prominent Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi, after he complained that police shot him in the chest with a tear gas grenade, before he escaped at a demonstration against police killings of protesters and opposition supporters, in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Thursday. Police fired tear gas grenades and rifles in the air to disperse around 20 activists as they were still gathering in Uhuru Park, despite a court order Tuesday that removed the government’s ban on demonstrations.
CHINA – Tea Time: Hostesses fills tea cups for the Shanghai’s delegates before a discussion group meeting on the sidelines of China’s 19th Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday.
CALIFORNIA – Sign Through Window: Gene Kuhn and his wife Mary Ann, of Omaha, Neb., look out at welcome sign thanking first responders while riding the Napa Valley Wine Train on Thursday, in Oakville, Calif. The train resumed running on this week after last week’s wildfires.
BELGIUM – Merkel Looks Out Window: German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks out from her car window as she arrives for an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. British Prime Minister Theresa May headed to a European Union summit Thursday with a pledge to treat EU residents well once Britain leaves the bloc.
SPAIN – Boy Wears Spanish Flag: In this Thursday file photo, a young boy, draped in the Spanish flag, stands amongst Spanish military personnel as they prepare for a military parade during the national holiday known as “Dia de la Hispanidad” or Hispanic Day, in Madrid, Spain.
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