Pictures of the Week: October 12 – 19

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From Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Los Angeles street journey and the second presidential debate to the world’s highest freefall and a pair of painted camels in Pakistan, TIME presents the best photographs of the week.

Oct. 12, 2012. Spectators gather to watch the space shuttle Endeavour make its way down Manchester Blvd. in Los Angeles.Chris Carlson—AP
Oct. 17, 2012. Afghan National Police line up after the official ceremony to take down the flag at the end of the day at their base in Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan.Anja Niedringhaus—AP
Oct. 15, 2012. Pakistani students hold pictures of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot last Tuesday by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, during a tribute at the Pakistani Embassy in Abu Dhabi.Kamran Jebreili—AP
Oct. 16, 2012. Special Operations Battalion police take position outside a home that is being searched by fellow officers during an operation in the Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro.Felipe Dana—AP
Oct. 13, 2012. U.S. Army soldiers protect a wounded comrade from dust and smoke flares after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province, Afghanistan.Munir uz Zaman—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 15, 2012. Members of the Free Syrian Army use a catapult to launch a homemade bomb during clashes with pro-government soldiers in the city of Aleppo.Asmaa Waguih—Reuters
Oct. 12, 2012. A gendarme attends an acrobatic music show of street artists in Vallon Pont d'Arc, France.Jeff Pachoud—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 14, 2012. Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria jumps out of a capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos. Baumgartner broke the world record for the highest free fall in history after making a 23-mile ascent in a capsule attached to a massive balloon. Red Bull Stratos/Getty Images
Oct. 14, 2012. A Palestinian security officer helps farmers pick olives during the harvest season, in the northern West Bank village of Maythaloon.Mohammed Ballas—AP
Oct. 16, 2012. A general view of the set of the 2012 presidential debate, held between U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.Michael Reynolds—EPA
Oct. 14, 2012. The son of Salafi Islamist Hisham al-Saedni mourns during his father's funeral in the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.Mohammed Salem—Reuters
Oct. 15, 2012. Faqir Zada, 31, stands next to his camels displayed for sale in preparation for the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or "Feast of Sacrifice," on a roadside on the outskirts of Islamabad.Muhammed Muheisen—AP
Oct. 12, 2012. Private school students pray for the good health of Malala Yousafzai in Karachi. Malala, who has been honored by the government with the National Peace Award, was injured along with two other girls when Taliban gunmen shot her while she was on her way home from school. P.G.P/Newspics/
Oct. 12, 2012. Security agents call out directions as they prepare for the arrival of French President Francois Hollande at the 'Door of No Return,' in the House of Slaves on Goree Island, Dakar, Senegal. Rebecca Blackwell—AP
Oct. 13, 2012. Pakistani men help an injured blast victim at a hospital following a suicide bomb attack in Peshawar. A suicide bomber blew up a car at a crowded market in a northwestern Pakistani tribal town, killing at least 16 people and wounding 30 others.Hasham Ahmed—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 12, 2012. An anti-Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsi protester cries on the ground as a man tries to calm him down during clashes with Morsi supporters in Tahrir square in Cairo.Khaled Desouki—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 13, 2012. A man takes a photo as Space Shuttle Endeavour travels to the California Science Center in Inglewood, Los Angeles.Rick Loomis—Reuters
Oct. 13, 2012. A man points a flashlight at the body of a Syrian man killed by Syrian Army shelling at a graveyard in Aleppo, Syria.Manu Brabo—AP
Oct.13, 2012. Amateur competitors wait for the start of the 2.4 mile (4 km) swim portion of the Ironman World Championship triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.Hugh Gentry—Reuters
Oct. 14, 2012. A boy stands beside a pile of oranges for sale in front of a mural at a market in Esteli, Nicaragua.Esteban Felix—AP
Oct. 14, 2012. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney kisses wife Ann as he leaves the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Belmont, Mass.Charles Dharapak—AP
Oct. 14, 2012. A Japan Maritime Self Defense Force's (JMSDF) patrol guided missile ship "Shirataka" fires decoy during a fleet review off Sagami Bay, south of Tokyo.Itsuo Inouye—AP
Oct. 14, 2012. Competitors get stuck in the sand as they try to get their motorbikes up Dune No. 1 on the opening lap of the main solo race during the 2012 RHL Weston beach race in Weston-Super-Mare, southwest England.Adrian Dennis—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 15, 2012. A young Free Syrian Army fighter climbs under barbed wire as he trains in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, close to the Turkish border.Bulent Kilic—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 15, 2012. Indian boys try to catch a glimpse of female performers and dancers from outside the venue, without paying for a ticket, at a local fair in New Delhi.Kevin Frayer—AP
Oct. 15, 2012. Relatives of Palestinian militant Mohammed Abu Ftair cover their ears as militants shoot in the air during his funeral in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip. An Israeli air strike killed two Palestinian militants, one of them Abu Ftair, and wounded two others. Suhaib Salem—Reuters
Oct. 15, 2012. A member of the Rapid Response Team (RRT) holds a rooster that was culled as he walks in a poultry farm infected by H5N1 bird flu virus at Bode in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The District Administration Office has declared emergency in the area after an outbreak of bird flu was confirmed at the poultry farm. Navesh Chitrakar—Reuters
Oct. 15, 2012. People watch an installation entitled "Maison tombe du ciel" by French artist Jean-Francois Fourtou displayed as part of Lille's Fantastic Festival on in Lille.Philippe Huguen—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 16, 2012. A NASA Aqua satellite image shows a view of the Western Ross Sea and Ice Shelf, Antarctica. NASA/AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 16, 2012. A Nepalese youth plays on a swing during the first day of Dashain, Hinduism's biggest religious festival, in Kathmandu.Navesh Chitrakar—Reuters
Oct. 16, 2012. A soldier from the Republican Forces of Ivory Coast (FRCI) stands guard in the neighborhood of Abobo in Abidjan. Ivory Coast police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of young peddlers from a market area in Abidjan, sparking clashes where gunshots were fired and several people were hurt, witnesses said.Sia Kambou—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 16, 2012. A U.S. Marine CH-53 helicopter dislodges U.S. and Philippine marines during a live-fire exercise in the ongoing Philippines-U.S. amphibious landing exercise at Crow Valley, Tarlac province in northern Philippines.Bullit Marquez—AP
Oct. 16, 2012. Boys sit on the stoop of their home as a police officer patrols nearby with a sniffer dog during an operation in the Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro. Felipe Dana—AP
Oct. 16, 2012. A man jumps from one boat to another by the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh.Andrew Biraj—Reuters
Oct. 16, 2012. A rape victim sits in the Heal Africa hospital in the eastern Congolese city of Goma. The patient, now 11, was allegedly raped at the age of 8 in the Congolese village of Ngungu in Masisi Territory. She refuses to go back home as she says she was raped by a neighbor. French Francophonie Minister Yamina Benguigui pledged 420,000 euros in aid to the hospital, which treats victims of sexual violence. Junior D. Kannah—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 16, 2012. The shoes of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao are seen as he conducts training routines at a gym in General Santos City, southern Philippines. Ritchie Tongo—EPA
Oct. 16, 2012. A Pakistani child is held by his mother at the doorway of their home, while he receives a polio vaccine from a health worker in Islamabad.Muhammed Muheisen—AP
Oct. 16, 2012. A laborer looks out of a workshop that prepares idols of goddess Durga in Kolkata. Saurabh Das—AP
Oct. 16, 2012. New Yorkers gather in Times Square to watch a live broadcast of the second of three presidential debates between U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.Mehdi Taamallah—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 16, 2012. U.S. President Barack Obama walks to Air Force One at JFK Airport following the second presidential debate in New York.Jason Reed—Reuters
Oct. 17, 2012. A father holds up a baby to catch a glimpse of U.S. President Barack Obama during a campaign rally at Ohio University in Athens.Jason Reed—Reuters
Oct. 17, 2012. Fans hold up signs as South Korean rapper Psy, performs live on Channel 7's "Sunrise" at Martin Place in Sydney.Marianna Massey—Getty Images
Oct. 17, 2012. A potential Indian Army recruit has his chest measured during a physical fitness test at an Army recruitment rally in Kapurthala.Sahmmi Mehra—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 17, 2012. A girl waits for a convoy transporting the coffin of late former king of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Nicolas Asfouri—AFP/Getty Images
Oct 17, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican. Evandro Inetti—
Oct. 17, 2012. Kashmiri Muslim women shout anti-government slogans after they burn an effigy of Jammu and Kashmir state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during a protest in Srinagar, India.Dar Yasin—AP
Oct. 17, 2012. U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a rally at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.Brendan Smialowski—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 17, 2012. A Google data center in Hamina, Finland. Google is opening a virtual window into the secretive data centers that serve as its nerve center. The unprecedented peek is being provided through a new website.Connie Zhou—AP/Google
Oct. 17, 2012. Afghan National Police leave a mosque after prayers at their base in Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan. Anja Niedringhaus—AP
Oct. 17, 2012. A woman places a flower onto the names of domestic violence victims during the annual "March of Brides" in downtown Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.Ricardo Rojas—Reuters
Oct. 17, 2012. A soldier of the Fuerza de Tarea Maya (Maya Task Force) stands watch during a patrol overlooking Zona 18, in the north of Guatemala City. Military officials say that the Task Force was created to patrol Zona 18, a district in Guatemala City consisting of approximately 500,000 households, with criminal groups that commit extortion and murder.Jorge Dan Lopez—Reuters
Oct. 18, 2012. Afghan boys play on a destroyed car on a hilltop in Kabul.Mohammad Ismail—Reuters
Oct. 17, 2012. Members of the Indian Rapid Action Force are surrounded in a municipal worker's mosquito spray at a local fair ground in New Delhi.Kevin Frayer—AP
Oct. 18, 2012. People sort out portraits of the late King Norodom Sihanouk for sale at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. The body of Sihanouk returned to his homeland on a plane from China.Wong Maye-E—AP
Oct. 19, 2012. Women attend an interview during a job fair for China Eastern Airlines flight attendants in Shanghai.Aly Song—Reuters
Oct. 18, 2012. Morocco's King Mohammed VI speaks to Syrian refugees at Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan. Mohammad Hannon—AP
Oct. 18, 2012. Syrian men react following an airstrike by Syrian government forces in Maaret al-Numaan. Bulent Kilic—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 18, 2012. A shadow of a man holding a child falls on clothes hung to dry on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad, India.Rajesh Kumar Singh—AP
Oct. 18, 2012. Members of the Kosovo ballet perform on stage during the "Flight to the Light" ballet on at the national theatre of Pristina. Armend Nimani—AFP/Getty Images
Oct. 19, 2012. The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, juts above the fog in what looks like a science fiction scene in Dubai. A natural phenomenon occurs every year around this time as the temperature begins to drop and humidity meets cooler air, forming the rolling fog. Bjoern Lauen/National News—

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