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16 Chilling Photos of Wildfires, Hurricanes, and More From Around the World This Week

Wildfires rage in the US state of California, killing at least 31, as political fires burn in Catalonia, Spain — with Catalonians raising their voices to demand independence from Spain. Rohingya refugees continue to arrive in waves at the border of Bangladesh, some by land and others by sea. 

In positive news, 5,000 Israeli and Palestinian women marched together to demand peace in the Middle East.

Global Citizen is bringing you these photos, and more, from around the world this week. 


1) Rohingya Refugee Crisis: (Above) Thousands of new Rohingya refugee arrivals cross the border near Anzuman Para village, Palong Khali, Bangladesh. As an estimated 500,000 Rohingya sought safety in Bangladesh between late-August and October, UNHCR began work on an extension site next to the long-established Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar.

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2) Syria: Syrians displaced from the city of Deir Ezzor arrive on the outskirts of Raqa on October 11. Talks are taking place on the safe exit of civilians trapped in Syria's Raqa, as US-backed forces prepare a final push to recapture the city from the Islamic State group.

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3) Catalonian Independence Protests: Pro-independence supporters react as they watch a big screen and wait for the address of Catalan President Carles Puigdemont outside the Parliament of Catalunyaon October 10 in Barcelona, Spain. After the October 1 referendum and weeks of build up Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont addressed the Catalan Parliament where he acknowledged that his people voted for independence however suspended the declaration of independence for a few weeks, to have a reasonable dialogue, and mediation with the Spanish state. 

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4) California Wildfires: Napa County firefighter Jason Sheumann sprays water on a home as he battles flames from a wildfire Monday, Oct. 9, in Napa, Calif. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. 

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5) Rohingya Refugee Crisis: Rohingya refugees wade after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9. A top UN official said on October 7 Bangladesh's plan to build the world's biggest refugee camp for 800,000-plus Rohingya Muslims was dangerous because overcrowding could heighten the risks of deadly diseases spreading quickly.

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6) California Wildfires: Flames overtake a structure as nearby homes burn in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region.

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7) Kenya Protests: A supporter of the opposition-led National Super Allince (NASA) gestures and holds stones in Nairobi on October 11, during street protests by NASA to call for the resignation of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials over claims of bungling the August presidential vote, which was nullified by the Supreme Court. Supporters of Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga took to the streets as poll officials mull their next move after his withdrawal from a presidential election plunged the country into uncharted waters.

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8) Middle East Peace March: Israeli and Palestinian women participate in a march organized by the "Women Wage Peace" organization, near the Dead Sea, Oct. 8. Thousands of women are wrapping up the march around the region, demanding that their leaders act to achieve a peace agreement. “The group says the two-week march sends a message to their leaders to work toward a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to make sure women have equal representation in any talks.

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9) Spain Catalonia Protests: Demonstrators shout slogans as they gather for a rally to protest the Catalan government's push for secession from the rest of Spain in downtown Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 8. Sunday's rally comes a week after separatist leaders of the Catalan government held a referendum on secession that Spain's top court had suspended and the Spanish government said was illegal.

10) California Wildfires: A DC-10 aircraft drops fire retardant on a wind driven wildfire in Orange, California, U.S., October 9.

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11) India Kashmir Unrest: Indian Kashmiri women watch the funeral procession of slain militant Nasarullah Mir at Hajin village in Bandipora district, north of Srinagar, on October 11. Two air force commandos and two suspected rebels were killed during a gunbattle October 11 in Indian-administered Kashmir, the army said, during an upsurge in violence in the disputed region. The fighting started when soldiers searching for militants cordoned off a neighbourhood in the northern town of Hajin.

12) Hurricane Maria Aftermath, Puerto Rico: Roberto Morales Santos, 70, looks out after posing for a portrait in his home, damaged by Hurricane Maria, in the municipality of Barranquitas outside San Juan, Puerto Rico October 11.

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13) California Wildfires: Property owner Chris Schrobilgen stands in his neighbor's burned grape vineyard in Calistoga, California on October 11. More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crews from around the country were being rushed to California on Wednesday to help battle infernos which have left at least 21 people dead and thousands homeless. 

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14) "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors": People walk by "Arch," by Chinese activist artist Ai Weiwei, inside the Washington Square Arch, in New York's Greenwich Village, part of his "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" installations, Tuesday, Oct. 10. The citywide exhibition, presented by Public Art Fund, will be on view at over 300 sites, including large-scale works in Central Park, and the Unisphere in Queens.

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15) Hurricane Maria Aftermath, Puerto Rico: A man dives into the Espiritu Santo river, in a hurricane-damaged section of forest, before heavy afternoon rains more than two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island, on October 8, 2017 in Palmer, Puerto Rico. Only 11.7 percent of Puerto Rico's electricity has been restored and some residents are going to the river to cool off and relax while others go to bathe, wash clothes, or gather water. The area borders the El Yunque National Forest, the United States' only tropical rainforest, which was heavily damaged by the hurricane. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage including most of the electrical, gas and water grid as well as agriculture after Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 hurricane, swept through.

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16) California Wildfires: This aerial image shows a neighborhood that was destroyed by a wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 10. Newly homeless residents of California wine country took stock of their shattered lives Tuesday, a day after deadly wildfires destroyed homes and businesses.

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