The week in pictures


Mexico: Hurricane Otis caused heavy damage in the state of Guerrero in Acapulco. At least 27 people were killed when the category 5 hurricane hit the beach resort of Acapulco. Residents described it as a “total disaster”. (Photo: Francisco Robles/AFP)

Panama: Protesters clash with riot police during a demonstration against the government’s contract with the Canadian mining company FQM. Protests over a copper mine have been taking place for days now. The protesters are concerned about the possible environmental impact of mining operations. (Photo: Roberto Cisneros/AFP)

China: A March-2F abbav rocket, carrying the Shenzhou-17 spacecraft and a crew of three astronauts, is launched on October 26 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert. (Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP)

France: Farmer Jacques Bonnevalle picks up flowerpots filled with chrysanthemums to sell for All Saints’ Day in Ajaccio on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. (Photo: Pascal Pochard-Casabianca/AFP)

Israel: A photo taken from the southern Israeli city of Sderot shows smoke rising over the northern Gaza Strip after an Israeli attack. The war between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas has been raging for almost three weeks now. (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP)

England: A rainbow shines behind the pavilion before the start of the UEFA Europa League Group B football match. The match was between Brighton and Ajax at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton. (Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP)