This week has seen a lot of disasters in recent times but then, it has also seen history made and a war ended, if not all.
Here are the top photos of the week.
The body of a Syrian child lies on a table at a morgue on October 5, 2016, following reported air strikes on the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus.
The flash of an exploding stun grenade is seen while a University of Witwatersrand student jumps on a falling policeman while at the same moment, another policeman discharged his rubber bullet-loaded rifle during a running battle with the police forces on campus during a mass demonstration in Johannesburg on October 4, 2016. South African police fired rubber bullets, stun grenades and teargas at student protesters in Johannesburg as authorities tried to re-open the prestigious Wits University after weeks of demonstrations. The university, along with many campuses across South Africa, has been closed for at least two weeks during protests over tuition fees, with violent clashes regularly erupting between students, police and private security guards.
Thousands of lifejackets left by migrants and refugees are piled up at a garbage dump site near the town of Mithymna (also known as Molyvos) on the island of Lesbos, Greece, on October 5, 2016.
A woman stands in front of her destroyed home after the passing of Hurricane Matthew, in Sous Roche in Les Cayes, in southwest Haiti, on October 6, 2016.
Destroyed houses, after Hurricane Matthew hit Jeremie, Haiti, on October 6, 2016
Bodies of ISIS militants lie on the ground after a repelled attack from the militants by the Iraqi army, outside the town of Qayyarah, Iraq, on October 4, 2016.
People try to cross the overflowing La Rouyonne river in the commune of Leogane, south of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba—blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016—began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm’s toll.
A malnourished boy lies on a bed outside his family’s hut in al-Tuhaita district of the Red Sea province of Hodaida, Yemen, on September 26, 2016. Intensive care wards in Yemen’s hospitals are filled with emaciated children hooked up to monitors and drips—victims of food shortages that could get even worse due to a reorganization of the central bank that is worrying importers. With food supply ships finding it hard to get into Yemen’s ports due to a virtual blockade by the Saudi-led coalition that has backed the government during an 18-month civil war, over half the country’s 28 million people already do not have enough to eat, according to the United Nations.
A woman wears a mask decorated with newspaper clippings about the Tlatelolco Massacre during a march to commemorate the anniversary in Mexico City on October 2, 2016. Every year Mexico marks the anniversary of the 1968 massacre where students and civilians were killed by the military and police.
The aurora borealis appears over Great Bear Lake in Deline, Northwest Territories, Canada, on September 5, 2016.
Mannequins are exploded during an anti-terror drill in Seoul, South Korea, on October 6, 2016.
Models present creations by German designer Karl Lagerfeld as part of his Spring/Summer 2017 women’s ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Chanel during Fashion Week in Paris, France, on October 4, 2016
A woman pours water over a child affected by teargas after clashes between police and street vendors in central Harare, Zimbabwe, on September 27, 2016.
Passengers rush to safety after a NJ Transit train crashed in to the platform at the Hoboken Terminal in Hoboken, New Jersey, on September 29, 2016. The incident killed one person and injured 114 others.
Members of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas attend the broadcasting of the signing of the peace at El Diamante rebel camp, Caqueta department, Colombia, on September 26, 2016. Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed the FARC leftist rebels into the political sphere on Monday as they signed a peace accord to end a half-century civil war.
Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos, front left, and the top commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Rodrigo Londono, known by the alias Timochenko, shake hands after signing the peace agreement between Colombia’s government and the FARC to end over 50 years of conflict in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 26, 2016. Behind, from left, are U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Cuba’s President Raul Castro, and Spain’s former King Juan Carlos.
The Pioneer Team, a civil aerobatic team from Italy, let off pyrotechnics from their Pioneer 330 aircraft during the Malta International Airshow outside Valletta, Malta, on September 24, 2016.
First lady Michelle Obama hugs former President George W. Bush during the dedication ceremony for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, on September 24, 2016.
Nudists take part in the annual North East Skinny Dip at sunrise at Druridge Bay, near Ashington, Northumberland, northeast England on September 25, 2016.
A giant panda cub falls from a stage while 23 giant pandas born in 2016 are displayed at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, on September 29, 2016.
Doaa, 10, who fled with her parents from ISIS-controlled areas, waits at a checkpoint controlled by rebel fighters in the northern Syrian rebel-held town of al-Rai, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, on September 28, 2016.
Rescuers evacuate residents through floodwaters brought by typhoon Megi in Ningde, eastern China’s Fujian province, on September 28, 2016
A Western Wall employee removes messages and prayers, written on pieces of paper by thousands of people “addressed to God”, from the cracks of the Jewish holy site in Jerusalem’s Old City on September 27, 2016, in preparation for the upcoming Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana (New Year prayer).
Protesters burn a hat during a rally in El Cajon, California, on September 28, 2016, in response to the police shooting the night before. Protesters marched in a California town following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man said to be mentally ill, as local officials urged calm and pledged a full investigation. The victim, identified as Ugandan refugee Alfred Olango, 30, was shot on Tuesday in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon after police received an emergency call about a man behaving erratically and walking in traffic.
This aerial photo taken on September 29, 2016 shows Chinese rescuers searching for survivors at a landslide area in the village of Sucun in Suichang county, east China’s Zhejiang province. A landslide which hit a village in eastern China on September 28 buried dozens of houses and left 27 people missing, state media reported.
Smoke rises after an airstrike on the District 3 of Sirte, the last stronghold of ISIS, on September 28, 2016.
A member of staff poses next to an installation by British artist Anthea Hamilton entitled ‘Project for a Door’ during a press preview for the 2016 Turner Prize at Tate Britain on September 26, 2016 in London, England.
A salt lake which is separated by a road, shows parts of it in different colors due to algae, in Yuncheng, Shanxi Province, China, on September 25, 2016.
A child gestures in front of a statue inside Bayon temple complex in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, on September 25, 2016.
The fuel tanker Burgos continues to burn a day after it erupted in flames off the coast of the port city of Boca del Rio, Mexico, on September 25, 2016. Firefighting boats were battling the blaze aboard the Burgos, which is owned by state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. Pemex said in a statement Sunday that a team of international experts in putting out fires and transferring fuel had arrived to assist.
President Barack Obama smiles as he wears a blanket that was presented to him during the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference on September 26, 2016, at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington.