A sandstorm in Egypt, flooding in South Carolina, the release of a black-footed ferret, an Israeli spacecraft, hazy skies in Indonesia, the Cotopaxi volcano eruption near Quito, a massive traffic jam near Beijing, and much more.
A participant poses for photographers during the World Beard Championships in Leogang, in the Austrian province of Salzburg, on October 4, 2015.
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Vehicles sit stuck in a traffic jam near a toll station as people return home at the end of the weeklong National Day holiday in Beijing, China, on October 6, 2015. Fifty lanes (at bottom) vie for 25 toll gates, then constrict down to a five-lane bottleneck (at top).
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An idol of a demon king stands in the foreground as artists work on idols of the Hindu goddess Durga in preparation for the upcoming Durga Puja festival in New Delhi, India, on October 7, 2015. The festival, to be celebrated from October 19 to 22, commemorates the slaying of a demon king by the lion-riding, 10-armed goddess Durga, marking the triumph of good over evil.
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People pass cars stacked onto one another on October 4, 2015, in Mandelieu-la Napoule, France, after violent storms and flooding along the French Riviera killed at least 13 people, emergency responders and local officials said.
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People watch the sun set from the observatory deck of the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore on October 5, 2015. The three-hour haze Pollutant Standards Index (3-hr PSI) reached a high of 186 at 4 p.m. on Monday, according to the National Environment Agency. Slash-and-burn agriculture in neighboring Indonesia has blanketed Singapore in a choking haze for weeks.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) takes part in a gala game opening a new season of the Night Hockey League in Sochi, Russia, on October 7, 2015.
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Indonesian military troops prepare for a demonstration during an exercise at a naval base in Cilegon, Banten Province, on October 3, 2015, in preparation for the 70th-anniversary celebration of the Indonesian Armed Forces on October 5.
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A kayaker makes her way through floodwaters on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, on October 5, 2015. The Charleston and surrounding areas are still struggling with floodwaters due to a slow-moving storm system.
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A swan is carried down the nave of the cathedral during the Procession of the Animals at the 31st annual Feast of Saint Francis and Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan on October 4, 2015.
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The Amazon rain forest, bordered by deforested land prepared for the planting of soybeans, in an aerial photo taken over Mato Grosso State in western Brazil, on October 4, 2015.
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Refugees and migrants arrive on an overcrowded dinghy on a beach full of abandoned dinghies and life jackets on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast, on October 5, 2015. Refugee and migrant arrivals to Greece this year will soon reach 400,000, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
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The Cotopaxi volcano, viewed from Quito, Ecuador, spews ash on October 8, 2015. The volcanic activity, which began August 14 after 138 years of silence, continued with “steam emissions and a moderate load of ash,” the country's Security Ministry said.
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An Indian farmer dries a maize crop at the village of Aloli, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) southeast of Ajmer, in India’s western state of Rajasthan, on October 8, 2015.
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Opposition lawmakers in Kosovo disrupt Parliament’s session using tear gas and whistles in the capital city of Pristina on October 8, 2015. The opposition protested over the government’s recent EU-sponsored deal with Serbia giving the country's Serb-majority areas greater powers.
Sarani, a female snow leopard, explores her habitat with one of two of her 4-month old cubs that were making their public debut at the Brookfield Zoo on October 7, 2015 in Brookfield, Illinois. With an estimated 4,000 to 6,500 remaining in the wild, snow leopards are listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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Emirati officials arrive for the launch of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives project in a ballroom at the Emirates Towers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. on October 4, 2015. The ruler of Dubai launched the new foundation to consolidate a range of charitable and human development initiatives that aims to support more than $270 million in projects annually. The project hopes to reach more than 130 million people in at least 116 countries in the coming years, though much of its work will target the Arab world.
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A woman films with her phone from behind a curtain at the Kim Il Sung Stadium as the North Korean national anthem is played before their team's preliminary 2018 World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying soccer match against the Philippines in Pyongyang on October 8, 2015.
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Re-enactors fire their muskets during a historical reenactment of the inspection of Fort St. Elmo during Notte Bianca (White Night) celebrations in Valletta, Malta, on October 3, 2015.
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The skyline of Dubai, covered in an early-morning fog, on October 5, 2015.
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Members of the Libyan Red Crescent wash their hands at the shore after they placed bodies of migrants found on the eastern shore of Tripoli, Libya, into bags on October 3, 2015.
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A firework launched by Lebanese anti-government protesters as they were sprayed by water cannons during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis and government corruption in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on October 8, 2015. Lebanese security forces used water cannons and eventually fired tear-gas canisters to disperse dozens of anti-government protesters who tried to get past security barricades and reach Parliament.
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Orangutans walk as haze shrouds the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation camp Nyaru Menteng in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on October 5, 2015. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has called on Indonesia to take action against people setting fires that have caused choking smoke to drift across the region, with the sky over southern Thailand the latest to be clouded by the pollution.
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A man runs to protect himself from heavy rain as the France Ligue 1 soccer match between Nice and Nantes is stopped at Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France, on October 3, 2015.
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A model of an Israeli spacecraft is displayed on a podium before a meeting between Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and the Israeli space team, SpaceIL, in Jerusalem on October 7, 2015. The Israeli team, competing in a race to the moon sponsored by Google, has signed a with California-based SpaceX for a rocket launch, putting it at the front of the pack and on target for blast-off in late 2017, officials said.
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Debris clogs a bay after Typhoon Mujigae hit in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, China, on October 6, 2015. The death toll from the typhoon that struck China on the weekend has risen to 19, with four people missing, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.
Horry County police officer Jeff Helfinstine patrols the edge of floodwaters along Lee's Landing Circle in Conway, South Carolina, on October 7, 2015.
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A statue in floodwaters in the Ashborough subdivision near Summerville, South Carolina, on October 5, 2015.
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An electrician of RTE, the electricity transmission system operator of France, works on a high-tension line of 225,000 volts on October 9, 2015, in Eygalieres, southern France.
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An excavator wrapped in plastic sits in the port of Mariel on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on October 6, 2015.
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A black-footed ferret belts out a warning during a release of 30 black-footed ferrets by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colorado, on October 5, 2015. The rare black-footed ferrets were turned loose on the 25-square-mile refuge, which was a former toxic waste site before being reclaimed after a $2.1 billion cleanup.
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An Indian policeman fires a rubber bullet toward Kashmiri protesters during a protest in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on October 9, 2015. Police fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of Kashmiris who gathered after Friday afternoon prayers to protest against the arrest of separatist leaders and civilians. They were also protesting against what they said were attempts by the coalition government of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the regional Peoples Democratic Party to divide residents on the basis of religion and choking political space in the restive state.
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A sandstorm sweeps a highway construction site in the desert on the outskirts of Beheira, 180 kilometers (112 miles) north of Cairo, Egypt, on October 6, 2015.
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Visitors look up while they listen to a tour guide's explanation as they stand next to a jar overflowing with Chinese banknotes during the National Day holiday at Porcelain House in Tianjin, China, on October 3, 2015. The banknotes were placed by visitors wishing for good fortune. Porcelain House, also known as China House, is a museum displaying pottery and antiques, and its exterior and interior is decorated with hundreds of millions of ancient porcelain flakes, ancient bowls, dishes, and vases.
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People look at cows perched on the side of the sunken livestock carrier Haidar, loaded with some 5,000 cattle, after it capsized at the Vila do Conde port in Barcarena, Brazil, on October 6, 2015. Thousands of cows drowned, with no human casualties, after the ship capsized while getting getting ready to depart for Venezuela, according to port authorities and local media. Some of the livestock managed to escape from the ship's hold.
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A Chinese tourist holds onto his son as they walk across a glass-floored suspension bridge in the Shinuizhai mountains in Pingjang County, Hunan Province, China, on October 7, 2015. The bridge, originally a wooden walkway spanning some 300 meters across the 180-meter-deep valley, reopened two weeks ago following renovations as a glass-bottomed tourist attraction.