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Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Big Shots: This Week In Photos

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by October 16, 2016 General

Blown to PiecesCorail, Haiti—Hurricane Matthew killed approximately 1,000 people and left tens of thousands homeless in Haiti, which has been struggling to rebuild since a massive earthquake killed 200,000 people there in 2010. The hurricane hit Haiti on October 4, flattening buildings and sending trees crashing into homes. “People came to lift the rubble, and then we saw my wife, who had died in the same spot,” driver Jean-Pierre Jean-Donald told Reuters as his young daughter cried “Mommy” at his side. The hurricane also sparked an outbreak of cholera, a deadly disease that was most recently introduced in Haiti by U.N. peacekeepers after the 2010 earthquake, Reuters said. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Pound PoundingLondon—After two wild minutes of early-hours trading in Asia, the British pound dropped over 6 percent to hit its lowest level in 31 years on October 7. While the pound mysteriously rebounded almost as quickly as it had fallen, the chaotic “flash crash” raised fears about the looming British exit from the European Union and the role of computer-driven trades, which move many times faster than those done by a person. “This is the most volatile move seen from sterling since Brexit, yet it can be argued that relative to Brexit, this sell-off was more dramatic,” Matt Simpson, a market analyst in Singapore, told Bloomberg. “Nobody was prepared for it.” Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg/Getty

Class DivideJohannesburg—Police officers clash with student demonstrators at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand on October 4. Protesters threw rocks at the police, who fired rubber-coated bullets and used tear gas and stun grenades to control the crowds. Many students say the cost of going to college is prohibitive and have been campaigning for free access to tertiary education. The government of President Jacob Zuma has said it will raise tuition fees by up to 8 percent in 2017 but will continue subsidizing tuition for students from low-income families. Demonstrators say the increased tuition makes it particularly hard for black students, who tend to come from less-privileged backgrounds than white students, to attend college. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Who’s Your Mudder?St. Louis—Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump glowers at Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate, on October 9. The debate was ugly from the introductions, with the candidates pointedly not shaking hands when they took the stage at Washington University. The mudslinging was typified by Trump’s threat early on that if he wins, he’ll have a special prosecutor investigate Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. Clinton responded that it’s good someone with Trump’s temperament doesn’t control the law in our country, and he shot back, “Because you would be in jail.” PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty

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