17 of the week's most striking images

2013-11-15 12:16

From an abandoned dog called Rupee who went on to conquer Everest with his new owner, to self flagellating Indian Shi'ite Muslims, see a selection of this week's most striking pictures:

  • 1. US President Barack Obama speaks on the economy at the ArcelorMittal Cleveland steel mill in Cleveland, Ohio. (Jim Watson, AFP)
  • 2. Bangladeshi commuters travel along a street during a nationwide strike called by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka. (Munir uz Zaman, AFP)
  • 3. An Indian Hindu widow performs a ritual ahead of the festival of Kartik Purnima at a resthouse for pilgrims in the eastern city of Bhubaneswar. (Asit Kumar, AFP)
  • 4. An adopted Indian dog named Rupee poses with Hindu saddhus (holy men) in Kathmandu. The abandoned puppy rescued from a rubbish dump in India has trekked to Everest Base Camp, becoming what is believed to be the first dog to tackle the peak. (AFP)
  • 5. Indian schoolgirls participate in a traditional dance to commemorate 124th birth anniversary of India's late first prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru at his ancestral home. (Sanjay Kanojia, AFP)
  • 6. Indian Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession on the eighth day before Ashura in Amroha, some 140kms east of New Delhi. (Manan Vatsyayana, AFP)
  • 7. Indian forest department personel inspect the carcass of an elephant which was hit by a speeding train on a railway bridge at Jaldhaka village. At least seven elephants were killed after a passenger train hit a herd of elephants while they were crossing a railway track near a bridge, local media reported. (AFP)
  • 8. Activists of the action alliance campact wear masks featuring German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and the leader of the social democratic SPD party Sigmar Gabriel as they demonstrate for the introduction of nationwide referendums. (Johannes Eisele, AFP)
  • 9. A body paint artist gives the final touches to her artwork at the international exhibition of food and food technology in the Belarus capital Minsk. (Viktor Drachev, AFP)
  • 10. Queen Elizabeth II watches a youth working out during boxing training during her visit to The Factory Youth Zone in Manchester. (Nigel Roddis, AFP)
  • 11. Malaysian air force personnel load relief supplies into a Royal Malaysian Air Force C130 donated by Malaysian goverment for victims of super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. (Mohd Rasfan, AFP)
  • 12. A typhoon victim checks on her husband as she keeps him alive by manually pumping air into his lungs following his leg amputation that led to an infection, at the Divine Word hospital which still operates without electrical power on the 7th day of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster in Tacloban. (AFP)
  • 13. Brazilian indigenous men of the Pataxo tribe look up after the bow and arrow competition during the XII International Games of Indigenous Peoples in Cuiaba, Mato Grosso state, Brazil. (Christophe Simon, AFP)
  • 14. An Iranian Muslim Shiite man, impersonating the role of an enemy of Prophet Mohammed's grandson Imam Hussein, takes part in the annual religious performance of "Taazieh" in the Iranian town of Noosh Abad near the central city of Kashan. (AFP)
  • 15. Palestinian militants of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's armed wing, display their skills during an anti-Israel parade as part of the celebrations marking the first anniversary of an Israeli army operation in the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
  • 16. Pope Francis smiles at pilgrims in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, during the end of his weekly general audience. (Alberto Pizzoli, AFP)
  • 17. French police officers demonstrate in the Invalides square in Paris to protest against the French government's 2014 security budget. (Eric Feferberg, AFP)


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