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News of the week in pictures - October 18

U.S. shutdown ends



U.S. lawmakers announced a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world's biggest economy close to a debt default that economists said could have been disastrous. Here, Speaker of the House John Boehner pumps his fist as he emerges from a meeting with Republican House members in the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 16, 2013. (© Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
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  • U.S. lawmakers announced a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world's biggest economy close to a debt default that economists said could have been disastrous. Here, Speaker of the House John Boehner pumps his fist as he emerges from a meeting with Republican House members in the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 16, 2013. (© Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
  • A 7.1-magnitude earthquake killed more than 150 people and injured 375 more in the central Philippines on Thursday. In this photo, a woman carries her baby past a destroyed church belfry in Tubigon, Bohol, a day after the earthquake. (© Erik De Castro/Reuters)
  • A typhoon touched land in Japan on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people and leaving 44 others missing, mostly on the small island of Oshima. In Tokyo, the rain and wind disrupted travel and put workers at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant on high alert. (© Toru Hanai/Reuters)
  • Dozens of fires are burning out of control just west of Sydney, Australia. Smoke billowing from the blazes has darkened the city. Officials warned that hundreds of houses could be destroyed before the fires are brought under control. (© REX Features)
  • Outrage mounted in India after at least 115 devotees were crushed to death or drowned in a stampede near a Hindu temple in Ratangarh on October 13. A similar incident occurred at the same location seven years ago. (© Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Lao Airlines plane ran into extreme weather conditions and crashed into the Mekong River, killing all 49 people onboard on Wednesday. Here, a Lao soldier prepares to place incense sticks into the ground beside the wreckage as he pays his respects to the victims of the ill-fated flight, in Pakse in Laos. (© Sakchai Lalit/AP Photo)
  • Thousands of protesters demonstrated in the capital of Azerbaijan on October 12, demanding a new vote following the results of the presidential election from October 9. The winner, President Illham Aliyev, claimed his third five-year term, after succeeding his father to the role. International election monitors criticized the election and the opposition says it has data from 2,500 voting sites that show fraud. (© Aziz Karimov/Demotix)
  • Afghan governor Arsallah Jamal was killed in a bomb attack as he was making a speech at a mosque on October 15. Here, a colleague of the slain governor attends his funeral at the Eid Gha mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan on October 17. (© Anja Niedringhaus/AP Photo)
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U.S. lawmakers announced a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world's biggest economy close to a debt default. Here, Speaker of the House John Boehner pumps his fist as he emerges from a meeting with Republican House members in the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 16, 2013.

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