Pictures of the Week: October 4 – October 11

*** BESTPIX *** Congress Returns To The Hill As Government Shutdown Continues
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Oct. 7, 2013. Reporters and photographers question Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) as he arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

From the continuing government shutdown and a deadly monster truck crash in Mexico to extreme face piercing with guns in Thailand and a monkey getting a shave in Pakistan, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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