The Week in Pictures | September 19- September 25, 2011

24 Sep

Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism.

Police were on high alert across Israel this week, poised to respond to any unrest resulting from a Palestinian bid to seek United Nations membership. Earlier in the week, Israeli soldiers clashed with Palestinian stone throwers at the Qalandia checkpoint in Ramallah.

Yemenese President Ali Abdullah Saleh made a surprise return to his country on Friday after more than three months of medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.

A flood-affected farmer tries to dry his crop in Hyderabad, where floods in Pakistan’s Sindh province have killed more than 200 people, damaged or destroyed some 665,000 homes and displaced more than 1.8 million people, according to the U.N.

Afghans gathered in Kabul under tight security to bury Burhanuddin Rabbani, the government’s chief peace negotiator killed earlier in the week by a suicide bomber posing as a Taliban envoy with a message about possible talks.

In Asia, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit northeastern India, Nepal and Tibet, killing at least 40 people and injuring hundreds. Rescue workers raced Monday to clear roads blocked by mudslides as they scrambled to reach remote villages cut off after the quake. Typhoon Roke bore down on Japan’s tsunami-ravaged northeastern coast; an anti-Kadafi fighter sat on a Soviet-made Scud missile outside a village near Surt; and demonstrators descended on Lower Manhattan to “Occupy Wall Street,” attempting to disrupt pedestrian traffic for financial workers trying to get to work in New York.

On the lighter side, there was a dodgeball game in California with almost 4,500 participants; a Filipino man “planked” near the gates of Malacanang presidential palace in Manila; and a 5-year-old male orangutan smoked a cigarette at a zoo in Indonesia.

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