Images of the week: September 13-19, 2015
See striking images from around the world, showing current events, news stories and offbeat photos. Here's a look back at the last week in pictures.
The Ganesh Chaturthi festival, a popular 11-day religious festival which is annually celebrated across India, runs this year from September 17-27, and culminates with the immersion of the idols in the Arabian Sea and local water bodies. Picture: GSB Ganpati - one of the richest Ganpati mandals in Mumbai.
Nepalese Hindu women, dressed in red, dance after paying homage to Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction as they celebrate the Teej festival at the Pashupatinath temple area in Kathmandu. The three-day long Teej festival, celebrated by Hindu women in Nepal and some parts of India, is observed by married women with fasting during the day and praying for long lives for their husbands, while unmarried women wish for handsome husbands and happy conjugal lives. Pic/AFP
A dead horse lays on the side of a road while firefighters continue to battle the Valley fire in Middletown, California. The governor of California declared a state of emergency Sunday as raging wildfires spread in the northern part of the drought-ridden US state, forcing thousands to flee the flames. The town of Middletown, population 1,300, was particularly devastated by the Valley Fire. Pic/AFP
A womans takes a selfie in front of the lions open-air cage at the Tbilisi zoo. The zoo has reopened today after been destroyed by last June floods. Pic/AFP
A Maasai Warriors cricket player gets ready to play a shot during a cricket match between Maasai Warriors and Glenvista Cricket Club invitational side at the Klipriviersberg Recreation Centre in Alberton. The Maasai Cricket Warriors, an ethnic group from Kenya, are visiting South Africa playing cricket to raise awareness for the fight against rhino poaching. In 2014, South Africa lost a record of 1,215 rhinos to illegal poaching.
View of the Christ the Redeemer statue with the new moon in the background, forming a shape as if the statue had wings, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pic/AFP
US Gigi Hadid and others models splash through a water feature on the set during the Tommy Hilfiger presentation during New York Fashion Week in New York. Pic/AFP