Rescue workers carry Azra Karaduman, a 2-week-old baby who was pulled from debris on Tuesday following a magnitude-7.2 earthquake that struck Ercis, Turkey, on Oct. 23.

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Newborn pulled from earthquake wreckage

Rescue workers carry Azra Karaduman, a 2-week-old baby who was pulled from debris on Oct. 25 following a magnitude-7.2 earthquake that struck Ercis, Turkey, on Oct. 23. The mother of the infant, who was also buried underneath the wreckage, was freed from the rubble later after hours of frantic digging. The rescue came 48 hours after the earthquake struck eastern Turkey, leveling more than 900 buildings in the region.

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Dressed in matching Little Red Riding Hood outfits, Jonna Baquillas holds her cat, a rescued orange tabby named Rue.

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Kitty Red Riding Hood

Dressed in matching Little Red Riding Hood outfits, Jonna Baquillas holds her cat, a rescued orange tabby named Rue, at the annual Halloween Scaredy Cats and Dogs fundraising event on Oct. 23 for the Philippine Animal Welfare Society's (PAWS) at the Eastwood Central Plaza in Manila.

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Valentina Carvallo of Chile warms up prior to the start of the Women's Triathlon during the 26th annual Pan American Games in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Oct. 23.

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Diving into the Pan American Games

Valentina Carvallo of Chile warms up on Oct. 23 prior to the start of the Women's Triathlon during the 26th annual Pan American Games in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Held every four years, the Pan American Games are the second largest sporting event in the world following the Summer Olympic Games.

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A squirrel monkey inspects two jack-o'-lanterns before sinking its teeth into the tasty Halloween treats hidden inside at the London Zoo in Camden on Oct. 24.

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Early Halloween for zoo animals

A squirrel monkey inspects two jack-o'-lanterns on Oct. 24 before sinking its teeth into the tasty Halloween treats hidden inside at the London Zoo in Camden.

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This satellite image shows the extent of the mass flooding near Bangkok, Thailand on Oct. 24.

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Aerial view of Thailand floods

This satellite image from Oct. 24 shows the extent of the mass flooding near Bangkok, Thailand. Residents have been parking their vehicles loaded with belongings on overpasses and highway ramps to protect them from the rising floodwaters.

A black cow rests in a pen during the 93rd Hyogo Prefecture Livestock Industry Auction in Kobe, Japan on Oct. 23.

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Kobe beef auction

A black cow rests in a pen on oct. 23 during the 93rd Hyogo Prefecture Livestock Industry Auction in Kobe, Japan. The Hyogo prefecture is the top destination for production of fine bovine meat like Kobe and Tajima beef. Although prices for the premium beef are still higher than regular beef, the Fukushima nuclear accident and the global economic crisis have resulted in lower than normal prices at the yearly auction.

Window washers from Nepal abseil down the curved facade of the Tornado Tower (left) on Oct. 23 in Doha, Qatar.

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Qatar window washers

Window washers from Nepal rappel down the curved facade of the Tornado Tower (left) on Oct. 23 in Doha, Qatar. The Tornado Tower, one of Doha's most notable landmarks, is 52 stories high, and was built by Munich-based SIAT Architekten between 2006 and 2008.

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Bolivian President Evo Morales in 2011 Photo: Roberto Stuckert Filho [CC by 2.0]/Wikimedia Commons

Evo Morales halts controversial highway project

After several thousand indigenous citizens descended on La Paz, Bolivia, in protest, President Evo Morales announced that he will nix plans to build a controversial highway that would have run straight through an ecological reserve, which also serves as the home of many indigenous tribes.

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Person jogs along California beach at sunset Photo: Damian Gadal [CC by 2.0]/Wikimedia Commons

Sunset jogging

A child is silhouetted as she runs in front of a setting sun descending into the horizon in California.

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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

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