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A massive storm blew threw parts of western and northern Europe this week, killing at least 15 people. In Britain, the storm was the strongest in a decade and battered southern regions on Monday, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, cutting power lines and disrupting the travel plans of millions of commuters. (© Luke MacGregor/Reuters)
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  • A massive storm blew threw parts of western and northern Europe this week, killing at least 15 people. In Britain, the storm was the strongest in a decade and battered southern regions on Monday, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, cutting power lines and disrupting the travel plans of millions of commuters. (© Luke MacGregor/Reuters)
  • Two bystanders died and 38 more were injured when a car crashed into a crowd at Beijing's Tiananmen Square and caught fire on October 28. The three people in the car also died in the blaze. The incident was later decribed by police as a terror attack, who said they found knives and a flag "with extremist religious content" in the vehicle. On Friday, police said they detained five people in connection with the crash. (© STR/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Four Frenchmen held hostage in the Sahara desert by al Qaeda-linked gunmen for three years left Niger on a French government plane on Wednesday morning. The men, who were kidnapped in 2010 while working for French nuclear group Areva and a subsidiary of construction group Vinci in northern Niger, were freed on Tuesday after secret talks. In this photo, former hostage Daniel Larribe is welcomed by relatives on the tarmac upon his arrival at Villacoublay military airport, near Paris on October 30. (© Jacky Naegelen/Reuters)
  • Hundreds of protesters looted shops, overturned garbage cans and smashed car windows in Cape Town on Wednesday as police struggled to contain a mob rampaging through the heart of South Africa's top tourist city. Riot police in full body armour cordoned off roads in the city centre, where a large crowd, many wearing ruling ANC regalia, were protesting against a lack of state housing in the only metropolis governed by the official opposition. (© Mike Hutchings/Reuters)
  • Turkish police fired water cannons and teargas on Monday to break up a protest by around 2,000 people outside the court over the handling of the trial of a policeman accused of killing a protester earlier this year. Officer Ahmet Sahbaz is accused of killing Ethem Sarisuluk, shot dead in June during a wave of nationwide anti-government demonstrations set off by a tough police response to a protest over the redevelopment of a park in Istanbul. In this photo, protesters help a disabled protester, who fell from her wheelchair after tear gas was shot towards them, during a demonstration in front of a courthouse in Ankara on October 28. (© Umit Bektas/Reuters)
  • Insurgents in Iraq unleashed a new wave of car bombs this week, including in the Shiite neighbourhoods of Baghdad, killing and wounding dozens of people, officials said. Five more car bombs exploded north of Baghdad on Thursday, killing 19 more people. Unrest in Iraq has killed more than 5,400 people this year, which is the worst violence the country has seen since 2008. (© Karim Kadim/AP Photo)
  • Syria has destroyed all of its known chemical weapons facilities, meeting the deadline set by an international chemical weapons watchdog. The next step will be to agree on a plan to destroy the country's stockpiled chemical weapons. The crackdown on the weapons comes after a sarin attack in August that killed hundreds of civilians. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad blames rebels for the attack. (© Molhem Barakat/Reuters)
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford tells to the media to get off his property as he leaves his home in Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. A judge on Wednesday ordered the release of police documents in the drug case against a friend of Ford. Peter Jacobsen, a lawyer for various Canadian news organizations that pushed to release the records, said the case against Alexander Lisi involves the mayor. (© Nathan Denette/AP Photo)
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A massive storm blew through parts of western and northern Europe this week, killing at least 15 people. In Britain, the storm was the strongest in a decade and battered southern regions on Monday, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, cutting power lines and disrupting the travel plans of millions of commuters.

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