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Hindus worldwide recently celebrated Diwali, a five-day "festival of lights" that marks the new year and honors the principle of good over evil. One Diwali ritual is honoring Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. The occasion is also celebrated with fireworks, the sharing of sweets and gifts, and by decorating homes with lights and candles. Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji.-- Lloyd Young EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no post on Friday.)( 42 photos total)
A reveler lights a bottle rocket at a park during Diwali, the “festival of lights”, in Kolkata on Nov. 13. The festival marks the victory of good over evil and commemorates the time when Hindu God Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years in exile. (Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images)

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LINED UP: Workers loaded ballot boxes onto a truck in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday. Africa’s first democratically elected female president, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, will face stiff competition at the polls Tuesday. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)

PLAZA PROTEST: A demonstrator protesting war and corporate greed fixed his sleeping bag in a cardboard box on Freedom Plaza in Washington Monday. His protest group is separate from Occupy D.C., but both groups say they support each other. (Karen Bleier/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BLIND FAITH: Blind people demonstrated in front of the Ministry of Finance Monday in Athens against cuts to their allowances as part of austerity measures. (Louisa Gouliamaki/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

TOYS FOR SALE: A vendor held up stuffed toys as he tried to lure customers at an outdoor market in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. (Adek Berry/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

FINGER-LICKING TROUBLE: Customers lined up at ‘Obama Fried Chicken,’ opened by university students, in Beijing Sunday. The owners changed the name to ‘UFO’ amid trademark-infringement accusations from KFC, but kept the likeness of President Barack Obama in suspenders, which resembles KFC’s Colonel Sanders. (ChinaFotoPress/Zuma Press)

OPERATION: Doctor Evan Atar performed surgery on a youth in Kurmuk, Sudan, Monday. Mr. Atar says he has performed several amputations since war broke out last month between the Sudanese Armed Forces and fighters in Blue Nile state last month. (Hannah McNeish/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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Summer typhoons have compounded North Korea’s hunger crisis, as shown in photos taken on a government-monitored tour and released this week.

All photographs by Damir Sagolj/Reuters.

A boy stood in a blighted corn field Sept. 29 at the Soksa-Ri collective farm in the South Hwanghae Province of North Korea.

Students and volunteers worked Oct. 1 on a water-supply system in Haeju, South Hwanghae Province. In March, the U.N. World Food Program said North Korea’s government food distribution system would run dry in May, putting a quarter of the country’s 24 million people at risk of starvation.

A woman comforted her child, who was being treated for malnutrition in a Haeju hospital Sept. 30.

Jo Tae Kun, a health worker, spoke to a visiting television crew outside a house serving as a clinic in one South Hwanghae village.

A North Korean woman prepared a meal in her house at the Soksa-Ri collective farm Sept. 29. Isolated North Korea is appealing for food aid in the wake of a hard winter and unusually destructive monsoon season.

A child suffering from malnutrition lay in a bed in a hospital in Haeju Oct. 1. The U.S. and South Korea, once the North’s two biggest donors, have said they won’t resume aid until they are satisfied the communist regime won’t divert it and that progress is being made in disarmament talks.

A North Korean boy worked the field of a collective farm in South Hwanghae Province Sept. 30.

Infants suffering from malnutrition rested in a hospital in Haeju Oct. 1.

Corn and cobs were the meal a North Korean woman prepared Sept. 30 in her tent in South Hwanghae Province; she lost her house in the summer’s flooding.

North Korean orphans were dressed up to be shown to a foreign delegation at their orphanage in North Hwanghae Province Sept. 29.

Pak Su Dong is manager of the Soksa-Ri cooperative farm in South Hwanghae Province.

A North Korean farmer pushed a bicycle through a field at a collective farm South Hwanghae Province Sept. 29.

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A helicopter that crashed in the East River Tuesday afternoon was lifted out of the water by a crane. The helicopter carrying five people on a private tour crashed shortly after takeoff from a riverbank heliport, killing one passenger and injuring three others. (Andrew Burton for The Wall Street Journal)

Chris Ferguson, 24, who works near Zuccotti Park, read signs on display at the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City on Thursday. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)

Jhaidith Hernandez decorated a batch of petit fours at Duane Park Patisserie in Tribeca. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal )

News anchor Chuck Scarborough sat at his desk in his office at NBC Studios in Manhattan. Mr. Scarborough, 67, has been a TV news anchor at WNBC Channel 4 since 1974. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)

The case that used to sit in Sophie Flack’s dressing room, full of her ballet materials, at her home in Manhattan. Ms. Flack, a former New York City Ballet dancer, used her experience to write the young adult novel ‘Bunheads.’ (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)

Dancers in animal costumes performed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Amsterdam Avenue after the Feast of St. Francis service Sunday in Manhattan. Worshipers bring their pets for a special blessing for animals at the annual ceremony. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

A server cooked meat at the table during lunch at the New York Tom Kang House. (Natalie Keyssar for the Wall Street Journal)

Saxophonist Greg Wall at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue, where he has been the rabbi since 2009. (Mustafah Abdulaziz for The Wall Street Journal )

Mr. Peanut got into the Planters Peanut Nutmobile on the Lower East Side Monday. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

People visited the New York Transit Museum bus festival during Atlantic Antic in downtown Brooklyn on Sunday. (Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal)

Participants dressed up in costumes during the medieval festival at Fort Tryon Park in New York on Sunday. (Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal )

Composer Anthony Braxton conducted his Tri-Centric orchestra during a rehearsal at the Roulette performance space in downtown Brooklyn on Sunday. (Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal )

Dr. Martin Blaser attempted to open a tube containing spores of bacterium from the 19th century. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)

Soprano Kristin Sampson, right, stabbed baritone Guido LeBrón during a rehearsal of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ at Dicapo Opera Theatre on the Upper West Side. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal )

Bartenders and owners Justin Olsen, left, and Patrick Britton mixed drinks at their new bar in Brooklyn, Bearded Lady. (Agaton Strom for The Wall Street Journal)

A group of women dressed as the actress Audrey Hepburn in the film ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ gathered outside Nino’s Restaurant on First Avenue and 73rd St. on Wednesday for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the film’s release. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)

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PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE: Cadets of St. Petersburg naval technical college took part in a loyalty oath ceremony in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday. (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)

PANNING FOR GOLD: A villager collected sludge that may contain gold, leaking from the pipelines belonging to U.S. Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold mining, in Kwanki Lama village, Indonesia, on Friday. (Muhammad Yamin/Reuters)

BOXED IN: An Occupy Wall Street protester painted slogans on a box at Zuccotti Park in New York City on Thursday. (Deng Jian/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

AFTER THE STORM: A Filipino boy sat on the roof of a destroyed shanty in Navotas city, north of Manila, Philippines, on Friday. Late last month, the country was struck by Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae. (Francis R. Malasig/EPA)

MAMA BIRD: A hen attacked a stray dog that got too close to her sick chick, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday. (Narendra Shrestha/EPA)

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MILK LINE: People waited Thursday to receive free milk from the Milk from the Heart program, which makes deliveries to locations in the Manhattan and Bronx boroughs of New York. Milk prices in the Northeast are about 19% higher than two years ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

BARE BASSINET: Weld County Sheriff’s Deputy Mary Schwartz reached out to a toddler as a home-foreclosure eviction was carried out in Milliken, Colo., Wednesday. (John Moore/Getty Images)

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RICE SACKS: A worker carried a sack of rice at a warehouse in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday. (Irwin Ferdiansyah/Associated Press)

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HEAVY HAUL: Demonstrators rallying for education reform carried large stones as they clashed with police in Santiago, Chile, Thursday. Police responded with water cannons and tear gas. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)

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