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Happy Diwali to everyone observing!

A local Hong Kong journalist collapses in agony after being hit in the face with pepper spray by police in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on Oct. 17. Fresh clashes broke out in Hong Kong as pro-democracy demonstrators attempted to take back a protest camp in a densely populated suburb that had been partially cleared by police earlier in the day.
A local Hong Kong journalist collapses in agony after being hit in the face with pepper spray by police in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on Oct. 17. Fresh clashes broke out in Hong Kong as pro-democracy demonstrators attempted to take back a protest camp in a densely populated suburb that had been partially cleared by police earlier in the day.
Indian widows abandoned by their families wave sparklers as they participate in a celebration for the Hindu festival Diwali on the banks of the Yamuna river in Vrindavan on Oct. 21. Until recently, the widows were kept hidden from society and all but forbidden to celebrate. But that is now changing, and local residents cheered the women on as they passed through the streets of the temple-filled town, many proudly wearing brand new saris gifted by a local organization.
Indian widows abandoned by their families wave sparklers as they participate in a celebration for the Hindu festival Diwali on the banks of the Yamuna river in Vrindavan on Oct. 21. Until recently, the widows were kept hidden from society and all but forbidden to celebrate. But that is now changing, and local residents cheered the women on as they passed through the streets of the temple-filled town, many proudly wearing brand new saris gifted by a local organization.
New Indonesian President Joko Widodo waves to the crowd as he travels to the Presidential Palace by carriage after his inauguration on Oct. 20, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Widodo was the eventual winner of a tightly fought and sometimes controversial election race against opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto.
New Indonesian President Joko Widodo waves to the crowd as he travels to the Presidential Palace by carriage after his inauguration on Oct. 20, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Widodo was the eventual winner of a tightly fought and sometimes controversial election race against opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto.
A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross from Morocco into Spain's north African enclave of Melilla on Oct. 22.  Tens of thousands of migrants try to force their way into Europe every year, but nowhere is this constant struggle more dramatic than the two Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta, which offer the only land route between the world's richest and poorest continents.
A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross from Morocco into Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla on Oct. 22.
Tens of thousands of migrants try to force their way into Europe every year, but nowhere is this constant struggle more dramatic than the two Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta, which offer the only land route between the world’s richest and poorest continents.
Senior soloist of the Joburg Ballet Kitty Phetla performs in a classroom at the Nka-Thuto Primary School in Soweto, South Africa on Oct. 16. Using dance to promote healthy and positive choices, Joburg Ballet will perform at twenty schools in Soweto.
Senior soloist of the Joburg Ballet Kitty Phetla performs in a classroom at the Nka-Thuto Primary School in Soweto, South Africa on Oct. 16. Using dance to promote healthy and positive choices, Joburg Ballet will perform at twenty schools in Soweto.

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