The week in pictures


Russia: The silhouette of an airplane in front of the moon, as seen on October 4 in Moscow. (Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP)

Syria: A man walks past a fire that broke out near the Zarba oil plant in al-Qahtaniyah. Turkish bombings on October 5 near the Kurdish-controlled region of Hasakeh in northeastern Syria hit a car and consequently killed two people. This follows after Ankara threatened an airstrike in response to an earlier bomb attack. In yet another attack, Turkish drones targeted a factory north of Hasakeh and three workers were injured. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP)

France: An artist sells his paintings at night on the Petit Pont bridge in Paris. (Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP)

Nicaragua: An olive ridley sea turtle arrives at the La Flor Wildlife Refuge during breeding season in San Juan del Sur. More than 1,000 endangered sea turtles arrived here early Thursday morning to lay their eggs on La Flor Beach in the Pacific Ocean. The turtles come here several times a year to nest in the sand, about 149 km from Managua in the Rivas region. (Photo: Oswaldo Rivas/AFP)

Belgium: America’s Simone Biles competes on the balance beam in the women’s team final during the 52nd FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championship Series. (Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP)

Italy: Firefighters at the scene of a bus accident on 3 October in Mestre, near Venice. At least 20 people died on Tuesday when a bus drove off a bridge in Venice. Firefighters say the bus caught fire after it drove off the bridge, which connects the Mestre and Marghera districts. (Photo: Marco Sabadin/AFP)

United Kingdom: A 12-point stag stands and roars during mating season in Richmond Park, west of London. Mating season, also known as bronze age, takes place in autumn. Deer rams undergo a number of physiological changes in the run-up to rutting, including an increase in testosterone. Their necks also thicken, the larynx becomes more prominent and the tongue changes shape. A roar is used as the first defensive tactic as a way to scare off rivals. A louder roar indicates a larger animal. Richmond Park and Bushy Park are home to over 1,000 free-ranging red and fallow deer. (Photo: Adrian Dennis/AFP)