Top 5 news pictures of the week


In case you missed it – these are the five incredible photographs you have to see from this week.

Relatives of freed Turkish hostages run toward the plane to meet with their family members at Esenboga Airport in the capital Ankara, Turkey on 20 September 2014. They have been brought to Ankara after being seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June.

Syrian Kurd children carry their belongings after they crossed the border between Syria and Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on 20 September 20 2014. Several thousand of Syrian Kurds began crossing into Turkey on September 19 fleeing Islamic State fighters who advanced into their villages, prompting warnings of massacres from Kurdish leaders. Turkey on September 19 reopened its border with Syria to Kurds fleeing Islamic State (IS) militants, saying a 'worst-case scenario' could drive as many as 100,000 more refugees into the country.

A competitor takes part in the Palio Di Asti on 21 September 21 in Asti, Italy. The Palio di Asti is a traditional Italian festival of medieval origin that culminates in a bareback horse race. The Palio di Asti is the oldest recorded bareback horse race in Italy. The race has been run each year since the 13th century with the earliest recorded race taking place in 1275. The ancient contest sees 21 thoroughbred horses compete representing the different districts of the city, accompanied by a parade and flag throwing contest involving over 1200 people in medieval costume.

A man dragging a tray of dry ice in front of the Alaska state flag participates in the People's Climate March on September 21, 2014 in New York City. The march, which calls for drastic political and economic changes to slow global warming, has been organized by a coalition of unions, activists, politicians and scientists.

Chinese collectors look at a statue of the late Mao Zedong at a sale and auction of memorabilia dedicated to him on 19 September 19 in Beijing, China. Collectors from across China gathered for the event, which showcased valuable collectables of Mao, who 38 years after his death remains popular among many Chinese.

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