The week in pictures


Brazil: Waves break on a flooded street in Porto Alegre. The state of Rio Grande do Sul was hit by a cyclone that damaged the cities of Mucum and Roca Sales at the beginning of September. The tropical cyclone intensified storms and caused flooding in several cities in the state in southern Brazil. (Photo: Silvio Avila/AFP)

Chile: A view of the Villarrica volcano from Villarrica, about 800 km from Santiago. Villarrica is one of the most active volcanoes in South America. (Photo: Sebastian Escobar/AFP)

China: Kong Yong Mi of South Korea competes with Hsieh kaylin Sin Yan (left) of Hong Kong in the final of the women’s epee team fencing match. It took place during the Asian Games in Hangzhou, in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. (Photo: Wang Zha/AFP)

France: Santiago Arata, Uruguay’s scrum-half, dives over the line to score a try against Namibia during the World Cup rugby tournament in the OL stadium in Lyon. (Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP)

Kazakhstan: This handout photo shows Frank Rubio, an Expedition 69 NASA astronaut and crew member of the International Space Station (ISS), being helped by specialists after his landing in the Soyuz MS-23 capsule in a remote area near the town of Dzhezkazgan. Three astronauts have returned to Earth after spending 371 days in space as members of Expeditions 68-69 aboard the International Space Station. Rubio undertook the longest single space flight by an American astronaut in history. (Photo: Handout/Roscosmos/AFP)

Spain: El Corazon Secreto (The secret heart), an art exhibition by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, was displayed at a hospital clinic in Barcelona on 28 September in celebration of World Heart Day. (Photo: Josep Lago/AFP)

Greece: A resident walks past a car partially buried in mud after the storm Elias hit the region in Agria, central Greece, on Wednesday evening. Hundreds of people were rescued from flooding in Greece throughout the night and early morning of 28 September. These floods follow a few weeks after at least 17 people died in floods due to a previous storm. The fire service said they assisted more than 250 people in the central city of Volos. A curfew was announced on September 27 when the storm Elias hit the country. (Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP)