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PHUKET, THAILAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Vegetarian festival devotee of Jui Tui shrine parades through the streets on September 30, 2014 in Phuket, Thailand. Ritual Vegetarianism in Phuket Island traces its roots back to the early 1800's. The annual festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts for nine days. Participants in the festival perform acts of body piercing as a means of shifting evil spirits from individuals onto themselves and bring the community good luck. The ritualized mutilation is performed at a local Buddhist shrine under a trance-like state and is carefully supervised. (Photo by Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty Images)
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MOUNT SAKURAJIMA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 29: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created with a smartphone) The volcano on Mt Sakurajima erupts September 29, 2014 in the air over Mt Sakurajima, Japan. T (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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A young Roma man stands next to a burning barricade during a protest in Athens on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The Greek Roma community, protesting authorities' plans to demolish their illegal settlement and move them to a remote spot in the countryside, blocked a main northern Athens avenue for hours Tuesday, using rubbish bins that they then set on fire. Eventually, a compromise was reached whereby a few uninhabited shacks will be knocked down, and the rest will stay in place pending a final agreement on relocating the Roma. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Cesar Pilego of the Mexico electronic rock band Kinky, performs at the Somos America music festival in Toluca, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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OWINGS, MD - SEPTEMBER 29: Farm worker Tracy Creek spears tobacco leaves onto a stick so they can be hung and dried in a barn at Lewis Farm September 29, 2014 in Owings, Maryland. Tobacco has been grown on the Lewis Farm for over 60 years and still requires to be harvested by hand. Starting next month the remaining tobacco growers in the U.S. will be forced to compete in the open market and will stop getting buyout checks from cigarette makers to compensate them for surrendering their quotas. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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LIMASSOL, CYPRUS - SEPTEMBER 27: A British RAF tornado fighter jets prepares to land on an airstrip, as it passes by another Tornado next to a hanger, at RAF Akrotiri after returning from a mission over Iraq on September 27, 2014 in Limassol, Cyprus. The Commons voted by 524 to 43 on Friday to approve combat missions in Iraq in order to halt the advance of Isis militants. (Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images)
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A masked protester strikes a pose as others spray paint graffiti a wall, during a march commemorating the anniversary of the Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico City, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Mexico commemorated the 46th anniversary of the massacre where students and civilians where killed by the military and police on October 2, 1968. The events are considered part of the Mexican Dirty War when the government used its forces to suppress political opposition. The massacre occurred 10 days before the opening of the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Ricki-Lee Coulter performs during the Nickelodeon Slimefest 2014 matinee show at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on September 26, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images for Nickelodeon Australia)
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A man jogs along the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Philadelphia. The city is set to commemorate its newest feature, on Thursday, Oct. 2, a 2,000-foot concrete boardwalk overlooking the Schuylkill River. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 30: A protester sleeps on the streets outside the Hong Kong Government Complex at sunrise on September 30, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government's plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong's 2017 elections. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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A child walks under the umbrellas on display over Cheonggye stream during a campaign to raise money donation to help underprivileged children in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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Models wear a creation for Elie Saab's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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Runners jog along the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Philadelphia. The city is set to commemorate its newest feature: a 2,000-foot concrete boardwalk overlooking the Schuylkill River. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 30: Singer/songwriter Lorde performs at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on September 30, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Malaysian ethnic Chinese walk barefoot over burning coals on the final day of the Nine Emperor Gods festival at a temple in Ampang, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. The men have abstained from meat for the past nine days in order to purify their bodies in preparation for this ritual, in which women are barred from participating. (AP Photo)
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Actor George Clooney, right, andAmal Alamuddin wave from a boat as they leave after a civil weeding ceremony at the town hall in Venice, Italy, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. George Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Saturday, the actor's representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
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Indians sit on a cart as they gather to watch the burning of effigies of demon king Ravana during Dussehra celebrations at Ramlila ground in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Dussehra commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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In this Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 photo, artist Adam Mysock installs his artwork, titled "Looking Down The Barrel of a Gun (The Last Judgement)," for the upcoming exhibit "Guns in the Hands of Artists," at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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A Hindu devotee holds incense sticks as she offers prayers during the Durga Puja festival celebrations at the Dhakeshwari temple in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. The immersion of idols marks the end of the five-day Durga Puja festival. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
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Actress Hailee Steinfeld arrives at Miu Miu's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer)
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Tashlich, which means "to cast away" in Hebrew, is the practice by which Jews go to a large flowing body of water and symbolically "throw away" their sins by throwing a piece of bread, or similar food, into the water before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which start on Friday. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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An unidentified man holding what appears to be a gun, parades a handcuffed hostage wearing what appears to be an explosive vest, on the 13th floor balcony of the Saint Peter Hotel, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Firefighters and police have cordoned off the area and about 300 guests and other employees left the hotel, some reportedly told to leave by the same man carrying out the attack. Police didn't confirm whether there were actually explosives in the garment. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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Invited guests arrive to take their seats, at Fashion Week in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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Pope Francis attends a Vespers prayer in the Church of Jesus, in Rome, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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A man fishes in the Mediterranean Sea from a jetty in Barcelona, Spain, shortly after dawn Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Horses head out to the track for this mornings barrier trials at Flemington Racecourse on September 26, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)
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PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 26: Models present creations for Issey Miyake during the 2015 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on September 26, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)
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PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 29: Model Cara Delevingne walks the runway during the Saint Laurent show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 on September 29, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 26: A model wears 'Parachute Bride' by Susan Holmes of New Zealand during the World of WearableArt show at TSB Bank Arena on September 26, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
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A Brazilian Navy soldier fires his weapon during a conflict with alleged drug traffickers at an entrance of Vila do Joao slum, part of the Complexo da Mare, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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A student protester rests next to a defaced cut-out of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at one of their protest sites around the government headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong set a Wednesday deadline for the city's unpopular Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to meet their demands for genuine democracy and for him to step down as leader of Hong Kong, after spending another night blocking streets in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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Models present creations for Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: Dancers from The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet perform as they celebrate the opening of World Ballet Day Live at Federation Square on October 1, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The Australian Ballet participated in the first-ever World Ballet Day LIVE, a continuous live-streaming event in partnership with Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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A pro-Russian rebel tank rolls to take position near to the airport in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Artillery fire hit Donetsk airport Friday as Pro-Russian rebels are pressing to seize the key airport in eastern Ukraine despite fierce resistance from government forces.(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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Lin Chaopan of China competes in the pommel horse during the men's qualifying of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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Rigoberta Menchu, a Nobel Peace prize winner, attends a religious Mayan ceremony outside the Supreme Court before the start of a trial connected to the death of her father in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Former police chief Pedro Garcia Arredondo is going on trial for death of Menchu's father, and 36 more people, who died in a Jan. 31, 1980 attack by alleged government agents. The attackers burned down the Spanish embassy in Guatemala that Mayan peasants were occupying in protest. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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Neighbors sit in front of the house that Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man now hospitalized in Texas, rented on 72nd SKD Boulevard during his stay in Liberia, in Morovia, Thursday Oct. 2, 2014. Since the announcement of his illness, Duncan has become a symbol of how Ebola could spread within the United States. Here in Liberia, though, he is just another neighbor infected by a virulent Ebola cluster ravaging this neighborhood of tin-roof homes along 72nd SKD Boulevard.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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A model is made up backstage for Elie Saab's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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Portuguese fishermen pull their net out of the sea onto the beach, in Caparica coast, near Lisbon, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Along side the Caparica coast, local fishermen use a technique of trawling near the shore and pulling the nets out of the sea by using two agricultural tractors. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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DULLES, VA - OCTOBER 02: A worker cleans the windows in front of British Airways' new super jumbo Airbus A380 after it arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport October 2, 2014 in Dulles, Virginia. British Airways introduced the first Airbus A380 nonstop service between London Heathrow and Washington Dulles International Airport. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Children sit in from of their home in the St. Paul Bridge neighborhood of Monrovia, Liberia, Sunday Sept. 28, 2014. Six months into the worlds worst-ever Ebola outbreak, and the first to happen in an unprepared West Africa, the gap between what has been sent by other countries and private groups and what is desperately needed is huge. Even as countries try to marshal more resources to close the gap, those needs threaten to become much greater, and possibly even insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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Demonstrators confront police with water cannons as the ECB governing council meets in Naples, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. European Central Bank head Mario Draghi is expected Thursday to underline the bank's willingness to deploy more economic stimulus measures, a stance that could send the euro skidding even lower. And a drop in the currency which helps eurozone exporters and could nudge up worryingly low inflation might be the most effective stimulus to come out of the ECB's monthly meeting. police squared off against more than 3,000 demonstrators in Naples, where the council held its monthly meeting, one of two held annually away from its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Riot police used water cannons to break up protesters carrying banners against government austerity policies and unemployment. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)
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A child prepares for a run at the Madison Ave. Soapbox Derby in Decatur, Ga. on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. The annual event has grown in participation and raises money for families of children with developmental disabilities. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
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In this Sept. 26, 2014 photo, spectators watch as riders and drivers herd the buffalo toward the corrals at the 49th annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup in the southern Black Hills near Custer, S.D. After the roundup, some of the buffalo were vaccinated, branded, checked for pregnancies and others were sorted for an auction. (AP Photo/Kristina Barker)
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A young man sprays anarchist slogans on a wall, during a march to mark the anniversary of the Tlatelolco massacre, in Mexico City, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Mexico commemorated the 46th anniversary of the massacre where students and civilians where killed by the military and police on October 2, 1968. The events are considered part of the Mexican Dirty War when the government used its forces to suppress political opposition. The massacre occurred 10 days before the opening of the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, right, who is running for reelection with the Workers Party (PT), poses for selfie photos with supporters after a meeting with athletes as she campaigns in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Brazil will hold general elections on Oct. 5. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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A technician walks through solar panels at the government-run Fotovoltaica Solar Plant in Cobija, in the Amazon area of northern Bolivia, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The government started tests at the plant on Tuesday, and says the solar energy will reduce the use of government subsidized diesel that generates electricity for Cobija. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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Muslim pilgrims pray as the sun sets at the Plain of Arafat during the annual pilgrimage, known as the hajj, near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was safe and free of health scares as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 28: Miley Cyrus performs at Praca da Apoteose on September 28, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images)
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A pro-democracy protester sleeps on the outskirts of the government complex where Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's office is located, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 in Hong Kong. Raising the stakes in their standoff with the authorities, Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory's top official resigns by the end of the day Thursday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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Pakistani children sit next to bags of rice on the ground, while waiting for more food donations at a distribution center in a shrine in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. People who visit shrines and pray that their wishes are fulfilled usually offer food to be distributed to the poor. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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Children play in the Bobonaza River, near the village of Sarayaku where the Ecuadorian government offered a public apology to the Indian community in Sarayaku, Ecuador, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The apology from the Ecuadorian state came as part of a ruling by the Inter-American Human Rights Court which found that the government allowed for oil exploration in Sarayaku lands without their consent. (AP Photos/Dolores Ochoa)
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A pro-democracy protester is taken away by police officers as an ambulance tries to leave the compound of the chief executive office in Hong Kong, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Hong Kong protesters on Friday welcomed an overnight offer by the territory's leader of talks to defuse the crisis over demonstrations seeking democratic reforms, though they continued to demand he resign and maintained barricades around government headquarters, frustrating staff going to work. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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A Filipino man directs traffic during rain near a public market in Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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Ethnic Inntha fishermen on boats use their fishing net in Inlay lake, Nyaung Shwe township, southern Shan State, Myanmar, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
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Zion Elzie carries a pumpkin at Pumpkin Village in the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 29: A customer of the Headhunters Barber Shop and Railway Museum gets a hair and from station master Nigel Johnston on September 29, 2014 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Established in 2002, with the help of former railway employees and enthusiasts, the museum is run by three brothers, Selwyn, Nigel and Gordon Johnston whose purpose whilst operating a busy hairdressing service from within the museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret local railway heritage for the benefit of the community. Visitors and customers both start their journey at the reconstructed Railway Booking Office where the ticket collector invites you to step on board and enjoy the evocative nostalgia and artefacts associated with the railways which operated throughout Fermanagh and the Border Counties until their closure in 1957. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images).
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Demonstrators, targeted by water cannons, throw flares at police as the ECB governing council meets in Naples, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. European Central Bank head Mario Draghi is expected Thursday to underline the bank's willingness to deploy more economic stimulus measures, a stance that could send the euro skidding even lower. And a drop in the currency which helps eurozone exporters and could nudge up worryingly low inflation might be the most effective stimulus to come out of the ECB's monthly meeting. Police squared off against more than 3,000 demonstrators in Naples, where the council held its monthly meeting, one of two held annually away from its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Riot police used water cannons to break up protesters carrying banners against government austerity policies and unemployment. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)
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Cars are reflected on the floor and the ceiling of the Opel stand, at the Paris Motor Show, in Paris, Friday Oct. 3, 2014. The Paris Motor Show will open its doors to the public on Saturday Oct. 4, until Oct. 19. European carmakers are hoping to impress with new models at this week's Paris Motor Show and prove they have come out stronger from years of economic trouble and cost-cutting. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - OCTOBER 01: Sylvie Meis attends the Pink Ribbon Award 2014 on October 1, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
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In this picture taken on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Smrzovka, Czech Republic, group of enthusiasts climbs up a 58-meter tall and 100-year-old chimney of a former textile factory. The Czech Union of Chimney Climbers, group of over 1000 members, has climbed and created a database of 9,755 chimneys in the Czech Republic and abroad with details including their exact GPS position, height and condition. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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A model presents a creation as part of British designer Vivienne Westwood's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection, presented in Paris, France, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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A resident peers from her home's window to watch presidential hopeful Marina Silva, with the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), campaign in her Paraisopolis slum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Brazil will hold general elections on Oct. 5. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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Homes are seen decorated with political banners and signs at poor neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Brazil will hold general elections on Oct. 5. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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The sun sets as a cross is placed at the alter, during the preparation for Opus Dei Bishop Alvaro del Portillo's mass beatification, in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. More than 100,000 Catholics from around the world are expected to attend the open air beatification ceremony Saturday of Opus Dei Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the 2nd most important figure in the order after founder Jose Maria Escriva. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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Brad and Sue Wyman paddle their 1930's Old Town Guide canoe along the Androscoggin River with temperatures the 70's and fall colors showing Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Dummer, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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In this Sept. 28, 2014 photo, statues of Ismael wearing a gun tucked into his pants stand at the pantheon of "Santos Malandros," or Holy Thugs inside the General Cemetery in the Guarataro slum of Caracas, Venezuela. Many people believe Ismael killed dozens of people while robbing banks and cargo trucks in the 1970s, before he was shot down by police. These days, the faithful revere him as a sort of Robin Hood, saying he stole from the rich and protects those among the poor who are besieged by crime. The Catholic Church opposes the veneration of "Santos Malandros," but it long ago gave up trying to stamp out the practice. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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In this Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 photo, a central Illinois corn farmer, climbing onto his combine, is silhouetted against the setting sun while harvesting this year's crop of corn in Pleasant Plains, Ill. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois' corn harvest continues creeping along, though recently favorable weather enabled growers to spend more time bringing in the crop. Earlier this month wet, cool conditions across much of Illinois put farmers behind schedule in bringing their corn in from the fields. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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Models wait backstage for the start of the Pink Magnolia runway show, at Fashion Week in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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George Clooney, flanked by his wife Amal Alamuddin, waves from a water-taxi after leaving the city hall in Venice, Italy, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. George Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Saturday, the actor's representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
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South Korean army soldiers demonstrate their martial arts skills during the 66th anniversary of Armed Forces Day at the Gyeryong military headquarters in Gyeryong, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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Lead singer and accordionist Jorge Hernandez of the Mexican norteno band, "Los Tigres del Norte," performs at the Somos America music festival in Toluca, Mexico, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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Tourists photograph the sunset at the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor, Maine. The 1,528-foot mountain is the highest point on the shoreline of the east coast. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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People take cover behind a concrete guardrail separating lanes on Avenida Brasil during a conflict between Brazilian Navy soldiers and alleged drug traffickers, near an entrance of Vila do Joao slum, part of the Complexo da Mare, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Pictured in the background are Navy armored vehicles and soldiers. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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People walk by showgirls at the entrance of the Global Gaming Expo Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Las Vegas. U.S. casinos and the makers of the games found inside had a $240 billion economic impact and employed 1.7 million people in 2013, a study shows. The American Gaming Association was expected to announce the results of the study Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Best pix of the week

Here is a selection of the most arresting pictures taken in the past seven days around the world. Enjoy!

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