The Best Pictures of the Week, October 7 – October 14

Damir Sagoli—Reuters
Damir Sagoli—Reuters
October 5, 2011. A portrait of Kim Il Sung, founder of the communist regime in North Korea, beams from a government building at 6 a.m. in the pariah state’s capital, Pyongyang. Soon the entire city would be awakened by propaganda songs blaring from the loudspeakers.

From flooding in Bangkok and the baseball playoffs to Cairo’s deadly clashes and the Liberian-flagged Rena cargo ship grounded off New Zealand’s coast, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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