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Earthquake survivors mourn in front of destroyed houses in Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran, Nov. 15, 2017.
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14 Photos of Achievement and Unrest From Around the World This Week

It was a week for celebrations throughout Australia after voters overwhelmingly said 'yes' to gay marriage in a nationwide referendum.

But there was little to celebrate for migrants searching for safety and opportunity throughout Europe.

In Italy, mourners memorialized refugees who drowned in the Mediterranean on their way to Europe while in Lyon, France, homeless migrants slept on the street, under staircases or anywhere they could find shelter after being evicted from their makeshift camp.

Elsewhere in the world, unrest intensified and disaster struck.

Zimbabwe plunged into a political crisis when the military detained President Robert Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, inside his home and took control of the state broadcaster.

An earthquake along the border between Iran and Iraq killed at least 500 people and flooding in Greece left 15 dead.

Despite the turmoil and chaos, a group of children displaced by violent conflict in Syria reminded us all about resilience. 

After enduring severe hardships, these children managed to attend school inside a makeshift cinderblock facility.  


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1) India Air Pollution: School children march to express their distress over the alarming levels of pollution in New Delhi, India on November 15. Thick smog has constricted India's capital this week, smudging landmarks from view and leaving residents frustrated at the lack of meaningful action by authorities. The air was the worst it has been all year in New Delhi, with microscopic particles that can affect breathing and health spiking to 75 times the level considered safe by the World Health Organization.

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2) Earthquake in Iran: In this photo provided by the Iranian Students News Agency, ISNA, survivors of the earthquake warm themselves in front of destroyed buildings at the city of Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran on November 13. A powerful earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, killing over 500 people and injuring thousands more.

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3) Australia Gay Marriage: Supporters of the 'Yes' vote for marriage equality celebrate at Melbourne's Result Street Party on November 15 in Melbourne, Australia. Australians have voted for marriage laws to be changed to allow same-sex marriage, with the Yes vote claiming 61.6% to to 38.4% for No vote. Despite the Yes victory, the outcome of Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is not binding, and the process to change current laws will move to the Australian Parliament in Canberra.

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4) Rohingya Refugee Crisis: Rohingya refugees use rope to pull ashore a makeshift raft made of logs, bamboo poles and jerrycans across the Naf River, which demarcates the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh, on November 12. After days of waiting on the Myanmar border, around 500 Rohingya refugees crossed the Naf River into Bangladesh, a journey which can taken between five to seven hours, aboard eight makeshift rafts made of logs, bamboo poles and plastic jerrycans. Dozens of people have died crossing the Naf River during the latest exodus.

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5) India Air Pollution: This photo taken on November 12 shows a general view of heavy smog covering New Delhi. Doctors declared a public health emergency in New Delhi when choking smog descended on the capital and elsewhere in northern India, prompting authorities to close schools, ban construction and bar trucks from entering the city. 

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6) Nigerian Migrants Drowned: A woman places flowers on coffins during the funeral service for 26 Nigerian women, at the Salerno cemetery, southern Italy, Friday Nov.17, 2017. The women died last week while crossing the Mediterranean sea in an attempt to reach Italy.

7) Flooding in Greece: Bystanders and rescue personnel look at vehicles submerged in floodwaters on a highway near Eleusina, south-west of Athens on November 15, 2017, after heavy overnight rainfall in the area caused damage and left 15 people dead. 

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8) Zimbabwe Political Crisis: An armed soldier patrols a street in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 15. Zimbabwe's army said Wednesday it has President Robert Mugabe and his wife in custody and is securing government offices and patrolling the capital's streets following a night of unrest that included a military takeover of the state broadcaster.

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9) Earth's Southernmost City: Volunteers clean trash that has washed up on the edge of a bay on November 11 in Ushuaia, Argentina. Ushuaia is situated along the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego, in the Patagonia region, and is commonly known as the 'southernmost city in the world'. The city's main fresh water supply comes from the retreating Martial Glacier, which may be at risk of disappearing. In a 2015 report, warming temperatures led to the loss of 20 percent of the mass and surface of glaciers in Argentina over the previous 50 years, according to Argentina's Institute of Nivology, Glaciology and Environmental Sciences (IANIGLIA). Ushuaia and surrounding Tierra del Fuego face other environmental challenges including a population boom leading to housing challenges following an incentivized program attracting workers from around Argentina. Population in the region increased 11-fold between 1970 and 2015 to around 150,000. An influx of cruise ship tourists and crew, many on their way to Antarctica, has also led to increased waste and pollution in the area sometimes referred to as 'the end of the world'.

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10) Stranded Whales in Indonesia: This general picture taken by a drone camera shows Indonesian officers from Nature Conservation Agency (BKSDA) and environmental activists trying to refloat nine stranded sperm whales in Aceh Besar on November 13. 

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11) Iran Earthquake: Earthquake survivors mourn in front of destroyed houses in Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran, November 15. Survivors are waiting for badly needed aid, three days after a powerful earthquake along the Iraq border killed hundreds and left thousands injured.

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12) Migrants in Europe: People prepare to sleep under stairs in a street of Lyon on Nov. 13, three days after having been expelled from a makeshift camp not far from the place they now sleep in, waiting to be housed.

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13) Education in Syria: Displaced Syrian children attend a class at a makeshift school in a rebel-held area of the southern city of Daraa on November 14.

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14) Rohingya Refugee Crisis: A Rohingya refugee woman prepares food at Hakimpara refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on November 15. More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country