Pictures of the Week: September 28 – October 5

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From the U.S. presidential debate in Denver and a ferry disaster in Hong Kong to Europe’s unbelievable Ryder Cup comeback in Illinois and a tiger cub at the Shanghai Zoo, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

Oct. 1, 2012. An Afghan refugee girl stands next to her family's sheep in a field next to a slum area on the outskirts of Islamabad.Muhammed Muheisen–AP
Oct. 1, 2012. A rebel fighter is brought to the Dar al-Shifa hospital in the northern city of Aleppo to be treated for his wounds as fighting continues.Zac Baillie–AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 2, 2012. A Bangladeshi Buddhist woman prays in front of a damaged statue at a Buddhist temple which was torched during an overnight attack in Ramu in the coastal district of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.A.M.Ahad–AP
Oct. 1, 2012. A couple lights a lantern during the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong.Kin Cheung–AP
Sept. 30, 2012. Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. Chris Carlson–AP
Oct. 1, 2012. Billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, the leader of the opposition coalition Georgian Dream, and his spouse Ekaterina Khvedelidze hold candles at the 'Sioni' Cathedral of the Dormition.ITAR-TASS /Landov
Oct. 2, 2012. Palestinian militants from the Islamic Jihad, an armed wing of the Al-Quds Brigades, pray during a rally marking the 25th anniversary of the Jihad movement's establishment in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.Eyad Al Baba–APA Images/
Sept. 29, 2012. A contestant models her tattoos during the "Dutdutan" (Poking) Philippine Tattoo Expo in Manila's Makati financial district.Cheryl Ravelo–Reuters
Oct. 2, 2012. Indian students dressed in the attire of Mahatma Gandhi assemble for the Ahinsa Dandi Yatra in Ahmedabad.Sam Panthaky–AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 28, 2012. Construction cranes are seen from Jersey City, N.J., as they rise above clouds and rain at 1 World Trade Center in New York.Mel Evans–AP
Sept. 29, 2012. A man walks under the wreckage of a fair ride after a tornado ripped through a funfair in Gandia, near Valencia, Spain.Pedro Armestre–AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 28, 2012. Archie Hay takes a stag out from Milstone Cairn in Glen Callater on the Invercauld Estate for a successful shooting party in Braemar, Scotland. Jeff J Mitchell—Getty Images
Oct. 2, 2012. People sunbathe on El Saler beach next to a stranded merchant ship off the coast of Valencia, eastern Spain.Juan Carlos Cardenas–EPA
Sept. 28, 2012. A Pakistani child stands next to his sister as they wait their turn to receive a ration of donated rice during food distribution at the Beri Imam, a shrine of famous Sufi Saint Beri Imam, in Islamabad.Muhammed Muheisen–AP
Sept. 28, 2012. Afghan wrestlers compete in an impromptu arena in a field outside Herat.Aref Karimi–AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 29, 2012. A boy plays with his ball outside the security line of the crash site of Dornier aircraft a day after the incident in Kathmandu.Navesh Chitrakar–Reuters
Sept. 29, 2012. A model looks on as she shows her body paintings drawn during a night of body art in Moscow, Russia.Alexander Zemlianichenko–AP
Sept. 29, 2012. Women from the Mennonite community in Buenos Aires stand together in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua.Jose Luis Gonzalez–Reuters
Sept. 29, 2012. Iranian seminary students hold posters of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a demonstration of clerics to protest a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad in Tehran. Vahid Salemi–AP
Sept. 30, 2012. A Palestinian smuggler holds a barrel in a tunnel along the Gaza-Egypt border in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.Said Khatib–AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 30, 2012. A displaced Syrian woman is seen in a building still under construction in an improvised refugee camp at the border with Turkey, near Azaz village, Syria.Manu Brabo–AP
Sept. 30, 2012. Rada Hallabi, 4, who is sick with diabetes, lies on a blanket in a refugee camp on the border with Turkey, near Azaz village, Syria.Manu Brabo–AP
Sept. 30, 2012. Afghan children wrap themselves with pink netting while playing at a refugee camp in the Jawzjan region in the Faizabad District of northern Afghanistan.Qais Usyan–AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 30, 2012. The Red Beach scenic area in Panjin, northeast China's Liaoning province. The beach gets its name from its appearance, which is caused by a type of sea weed that flourishes in the saline-alkali soil.AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 30, 2012. A boy collects coconuts thrown in as offerings by worshipers in the waters of the Sabarmati River after the immersion of idols of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.Amit Dave–Reuters
Oct. 1, 2012. Chinese Paramilitary policemen prepare to carry the wreaths of flowers to the Monument to the People's Heroes during a ceremony marking National Day at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.Andy Wong–AP
Oct. 1, 2012. Ultra-Orthodox Jews dance as they celebrate the holiday of Sukkot at a yeshiva in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem.Sebastian Scheiner–AP
Oct. 1, 2012. Filipino students wear nothing but yellow balaclavas as they walk inside the campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), in Manila. A group of 25 male students held a 'naked protest' inside the state university in the Philippines to condemn an anti-Islam film that has sparked violent protests in several countries. Dennis M. Sabangan—EPA
Oct. 1, 2012. Circuit Judges process into Westminster Abbey to attend their Annual Service of Thanksgiving in London.Oli Scarff–Getty Images
Oct. 1, 2012. A cloud moves in the sky above the facade of city hall in Stralsund, Germany. With its representative gable, the famous city hall is one of the most important Hanseatic secular buildings in the Baltic Sea area.Stefan Sauer–DPA/
Oct. 1, 2012. Rescue crews search for passengers in waters near Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island in Hong Kong. 25 passengers were killed and several others were injured when a Hong Kong Electric ferry, carrying 124 people, collided with a tug boat off the coast of Hong Kong.Lam Yik Fei–Getty Images
Oct. 2, 2012. Bangladeshi Buddhist Monks pray at a meditation center at Ukhia in the coastal district of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.A.M.Ahad–AP
Oct. 2, 2012. A Bakarwal nomad woman Naseema Khan carries a lamb as she stands outside a temporary camp at Buchpora, near Srinagar, India.Dar Yasin–AP
Oct. 2, 2012. Smoke rises over Saif Al Dawla district in Aleppo, Syria.Manu Brabo–AP
Oct. 2, 2012. An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Sgt. Thomas J. Butler at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Butler, of Wilmington N.C., died in Afghanistan.Steve Ruark–AP
Oct. 2, 2012. A volunteer prepares labels for seats in the debate hall ahead of the presidential debate at the University of Denver.David Goldman–AP
Oct. 3, 2012. Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is seated with his wife Ann Romney as his son Craig and grandson Nick play a game of Jenga in the family holding room before the start of the first presidential debate in Denver.Charles Dharapak–AP
Oct. 3, 2012. Reporters watch the final minutes of the Presidential Debate between Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the University of Denver.Doug Pensinger–Getty Images
Oct. 3, 2012. Rachael Bass, 20, a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, watches a band perform at the University of Denver.Chris Schneider–AP
Oct. 3, 2012. Disabled Afghan men play basketball to prepare for an upcoming wheelchair basketball tournament in Jalalabad.Rahmat Gul–AP
Oct. 3, 2012. Tolar area residents attend a candlelight vigil, held at the old Tolar High School football field, to honor hometown Army Special Forces soldier Sgt. 1st Class Riley G. Stephens in Tolar, Texas. Sgt. 1st Class Stephens was killed last Friday of wounds sustained in small-arms fire while serving in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.Tom Pennington–Getty Images
Oct. 3, 2012. A Syrian man cries while holding the body of his son near Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria.Manu Brabo–AP
Oct. 3, 2012. In the city of Aleppo, a FSA fighter sits in a burned out building after a morning of clashes with Bashar Al Assads' army.Sebastiano Tomada–Sipa USA
Oct. 3, 2012. A Bangladeshi Buddhist child who lost her home in an overnight weekend attack sits in a tent in Ramu in the coastal district of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.A.M.Ahad–AP
Oct. 4, 2012. Sri Lankan cricket fans queue to buy tickets for the Cricket World Twenty20 semi-final games in Colombo.S.Kodikara–AFP/GettyImages
Oct. 3, 2012. Christian pilgrims take part in a group baptism in the waters of the Jordan River at Yardenit in northern Israel. Uriel Sinai—Getty Images
Oct. 3, 2012. Bavarian farmers transport their cows on a boat over the picturesque Lake Koenigssee in Germany at dusk.Michael Dalder–Reuters
Oct. 3, 2012. Buddhist novice monks take a shower after attending classes in Thone Htat monastery in Yangon, Myanmar. Thone Htat monastery houses a free school run by Buddhist monks and attended by 37 Buddhist novice monks and 10 other students.Soe Zeya Tun–Reuters
Oct. 3, 2012. Cecilia Villegas, 77, throws a fishing line along the sea of the Pacific coast of Cano Ciego Island, Costa Rica. Villegas leaves her home in Cano Ciego Island every morning to fish, which is her only means of survival. Fishing is the only source of income for the the thirty families in this small island. Juan Carlos Ulate—Reuters
Oct. 3, 2012. An aerial view of a Kenyan Navy landing craft, beached at low tide north of the Somali port city of Kismayo. The last bastion of the once feared Al-Qaeda-affiliated extremist group Al Shabaab, Kismayo fell after troops of the Somali National Army (SNA) and the pro-government Ras Kimboni Brigade milita supported by the Kenyan Contigent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) entered the port city.Stuar Price—EPA
Oct. 4, 2012. Raindrops glide off a Brown Pelican's feathers at the zoo in Hanover, Germany.Jochen Luebke—EPA
Oct. 4, 2012. A veterinarian uses a light to check on the eye of an American Flamingo at the Oklahoma City Zoo in Oklahoma City. Sue Ogrocki—AP
Oct. 4, 2012. A Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant stands guard during a rally to mark the 25th anniversary of the movement's foundation in Gaza City.Ali Ali—EPA
Oct. 4, 2012. Female Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants take part in a rally to mark the 25th anniversary of the movement's foundation in Gaza City.Mohammed Saber—EPA
Oct. 4, 2012. Tourists visit the scenic spot of Crescent Lake in Dunhuang City, northwest China's Gansu Province. Zhang Xiaoliang—Xinhua/Landov
Oct. 4, 2012. Local women mourn the five Turkish civilians killed on October 3 by a mortar bomb in the southern border town of Akcakale. Bulent Kilic—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 4, 2012. Turkish soldiers stand guard in Akcakale by the Turkish-Syria border in southern Sanliurfa province. Turkish artillery hit targets near Syria's Tel Abyad border town for a second day today, killing several Syrian soldiers according to activists and security sources, after a mortar bomb fired from the area killed five Turkish civilians. Bulent Kilic—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 4, 2012. Chloe Mills, 1-year-old daughter of Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills and his wife Kelsey, crawls near her father's walking legs in his boyhood home in Vassar, Mich. Mills is visiting his hometown for the first time since losing all four limbs while fighting in Afghanistan. Carlos Osorio—AP
Oct. 4, 2012. Jessie, the 5-year-old daughter of Greater Manchester Police constable Fiona Bone's partner Clare Curran, watches as the coffin of Fiona Bone is taken into Manchester Cathedral for her funeral service in Manchester, England. Police Constables Fiona Bone, 32, and her colleague Nicola Hughes, 23, were killed as they responded to what they thought was a routine burglary call in Mottram, Greater Manchester and were murdered in a gun and grenade attack.Dan Kitwood–Getty Images
Oct. 4, 2012. A tiger cub rests at a nursery room at the Shanghai Zoo in Shanghai.Eugene Hoshiko–AP
Oct. 4, 2012. A dying star is throwing a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), which NASA has lent to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. In death, the star's dusty outer layers are unraveling into space, glowing from the intense ultraviolet radiation being pumped out by the hot stellar core. JPL-Caltech/Nasa/Zuma Press

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