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  2. Unbuilt Ascaya lots and cul-de-sac looking west, Henderson, Nevada (via BLDGBLOG: Landscape, Redacted)

     

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  5. Muslim pilgrims arrive to cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan, during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, on the first day of Eid al-Adha in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on October 4, 2014. (via Photos of the Week: 10/4-10/10 - In Focus - The Atlantic)

     

  6. Castellers Colla Vella Xiquets de Valls form a human tower, called “castell”, during a biannual competition in Tarragona city on October 5, 2014. The formation of human towers is a tradition in the area of Catalonia. (via Photos of the Week: 10/4-10/10 - In Focus - The Atlantic)

     

  7. A photographer takes pictures of an installation titled “Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled With the Brilliance of Life” by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City on October 6, 2014. (via Photos of the Week: 10/4-10/10 - In Focus - The Atlantic)

     

  8. A Palestinian man stands on the balcony of his destroyed house as he waits for the visit of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to Gaza’s neighborhood of Shijaeyih on October 9, 2014. (via Photos of the Week: 10/4-10/10 - In Focus - The Atlantic)

     

  9. Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers and firefighters work among mountain lodges covered with volcanic ash near the peak of Mount Ontake on September 28, 2014. (via The Eruption of Japan’s Mount Ontake - In Focus - The Atlantic)

     

  10. Mountain lodges, covered with volcanic ash are seen near a crater of Mount Ontake on September 27, 2014. (via The Eruption of Japan’s Mount Ontake - In Focus - The Atlantic)

     

  11. An ISIS fighter mans a checkpoint formerly used by Kurdish fighters in al-Jurn village in the countryside of Kobani, after the ISIS took control of the area on October 7, 2014. (via The Battle for Kobani - In Focus - The Atlantic)

     

  12. A satellite view of Kobani, Syria, the border with Turkey evident across the top of the image. (via The Battle for Kobani - In Focus - The Atlantic)

     

  13. Activists prepare to pull down Ukraine’s biggest monument to Lenin at a pro-Ukrainian rally in the central square of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on September 28, 2014. (via Statue or Bust: Around the World in Lenins - In Focus - The Atlantic)

     

  14. The shoes of a suspected Ebola patient are seen after being cordoned off with stones by local residents in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Sept. 24. U.S. health officials Tuesday laid out worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, warning that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by mid-January or peak well below that, if efforts to control the outbreak are ramped up. (via Living with Ebola in West Africa - The Big Picture - The Boston Globe)

     

  15. Police walk down a stairwell as pro-democracy demonstrators gather for a rally outside the Hong Kong government headquarters on September 29, 2014. Police repeatedly fired tear gas after tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28 in protest at Beijing’s refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy. (via Hong Kong protesters refuse to leave | Photos | The Big Picture | Boston.com)