Week in Photos: September 27, 2013

From China’s panda nursery to a new island surprise off Pakistan, see the most striking images of the week.




September 24
A view of the Noctis Labyrinthus region of Mars, perched high on the Tharsis rise in the upper reaches of the Valles Marineris canyon system, is seen in this NASA  picture acquired on Aug. 31 by the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) instrument aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and released by NASA this week. Targeting the bright rimmed bedrock knobs, the image also captures the interaction of two distinct types of windblown sediments. Surrounding the bedrock knobs is a network of pale reddish ridges with a complex interlinked morphology.

Tsafrir Abayov/AP

Southern Israel

September 24
A hot-air-balloon crew member works before takeoff during a festival during the weeklong Jewish holiday of Sukkot, at the Eshkol National Park in the Negev Desert. Seven balloons, operated by international crews, took part in the flyover.

Henry Romero/Reuters

Coyuca de Benitez, Mexico

September 21
Villagers cross a collapsed bridge in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Rescuers cleared mud from shattered houses on Friday, searching for dozens of people missing after a mudslide flattened their village as some of the most destructive storms to hit the country in decades abated. Guerrero, home to the waterlogged Pacific resort city of Acapulco, was the hardest hit following the heavy rains unleashed by Hurricane Manuel.

Alex Wong/Getty

Washington, D.C.

September 24
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) leaves after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon on Capitol Hill. Sen. Cruz is leading an effort in the Senate to defund the Affordable Care Act.

Pool photo by Olivier Douliery

Washington, D.C.

September 22
President Barack Obama comforts families at a memorial at the Marine Barracks for the victims of the Sept. 16 Washington Navy Yard shooting.

Siegfried Modola/Reuters

Nairobi, Kenya

September 21
A dead man lies at the entrance of the Westgate Shopping Centre in the Kenyan capital. Militant gunmen stormed the mall, killing more than 70 people, including children, and sent scores fleeing in panic from shops and restaurants onto the streets.

Muhammed Muheisen/AP

Peshawar, Pakistan

September 22
Pakistani women grieve over the coffins of relatives who were killed in a suicide-bomb attack on a historic church. The strike in Pakistan's northwest killed scores of people, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years.


Kafr Nboudah, Syria

September 20
Free Syrian Army fighters take cover moments after launching a rocket at government forces in Idlib province, northern Syria. In the village of Kafr Nboudah, rebels associated with the Free Syrian Army fought to edge out President Bashar al-Assad's troops from villages with Alawite majorities.

Jaber al-Helo/AP

Najaf, Iraq

September 24
Qasim Ahmed Tahan carries the body of his 5-year-old son, Walid, who was killed in a bombing, before the child's burial in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad. Violence has spiked in Iraq during the past few months. More than 4,000 people have been killed between April and August, a level of carnage not seen since the country was on the brink of civil war in 2006-08.

Gwadar local government office/AP

Gwadar, Pakistan

September 25
People walk on an island that reportedly emerged off the Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea. A deadly magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the remote district of Awaran in Pakistan's Baluchistan province with enough force to create a small island visible off the southern coast, Pakistani officials said.


Guangdong, China

September 22
A man runs away from a huge wave pushed up by Typhoon Usagi on a wharf in Shantou. Typhoon Usagi killed at least 25 people after crashing ashore in southern China, throwing the region's transportation systems into chaos and leaving tens of thousands of airline passengers stranded in Hong Kong.

Baz Ratner/Reuters

Jerusalem, Israel

September 23
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance during the celebration of Simchat Beit Hashoevah in a synagogue. Simchat Beit Hashoevah is a celebration held by Jews during the weeklong holiday of Sukkot.

Mark Lennihan/AP

New York City

September 24
Christine Lagarde, left, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, reacts as Mo Ibrahim, founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, suggests that the next IMF director not be French, at the Clinton Global Initiative.

Andy Wong/AP

Beijing, China

September 24
A worker on a crane sprays color at a peony replica on a giant basket on display at Tiananmen Square. Hundreds of thousands of tourists are expected to flock to the square to celebrate National Day, the 64th anniversary of the founding of People's Republic of China, on Oct. 1.

Biswaranjan Rout/AP

Bhubaneswar, India

September 21
A villager throws his fishing net into giant rainwater puddles on the banks of the Kuakhai River. India's monsoon season, which runs from June to September, brings rain that is vital to agriculture but also causes floods and landslides.


Chengdu, China

September 23
Fourteen panda cubs lie on a bed for members of the public to view at Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan province. So far this year, 20 panda cubs have been born, with 17 surviving. The Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987 with six giant pandas rescued from the wild and today has increased their captive population to more than 80.