Summary: Another scary week with oil rising 6% in dollars, briefly passing the $90 mark, gold rising 2%, the dollar falling to more record lows and, this time, even U.S. stocks began to falter, with the Dow falling 4.2%, more than half of that on Friday. Much of this can be attributed to the housing crash in the U.S. and the Bush administration in its death throes threatening to unleash World War III.
Beyond financial markets, worse storm clouds are appearing on the horizon: famine and pestilence.
Pelosi Rebukes Stark for Iraq Comments (AP)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rebuked a fellow San Francisco Bay-area liberal Friday for what she said were "inappropriate" comments about Iraq during a congressional debate. During a debate on children's health care Thursday, Rep. Pete Stark accused Republicans of sending troops to Iraq to "get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."
|The parents of a girl who was molested in elementary school by her band teacher hold a portrait of their daughter.|
|The Long March 3A rocket and a lunar orbiter, the Chang'e One, which are under wraps, sits on the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, in southwest China's Sichuan province, October 20, 2007.|
|Turkish army armoured vehicles move on a road near Kumcati in the southeastern Turkish province of Sirnak, October 17, 2007.|
|Donald Tusk, leader of the centre-right opposition party Platforma Obywatelska (Civic Platform) lifts a scarf with the Polish flag while his wife Malgorzata looks on to celebrate his general elections victory over Poland's conservative ruling Law and Justice Party of Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski in Warsaw October 21, 2007.|
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|South African reggae star Lucky Dube.|
|Delhi has long struggled to cope with the marauding monkeys|
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|The body of Ali Hamed, who was killed in a raid in Baghdad by U.S. troops, is prepared to be washed for burial in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007. U.S. ground forces and attack helicopters killed an estimated 49 militants during a raid on Baghdad's Sadr City Shiite enclave to capture a militia chief who lead a kidnapping ring, the military said. Iraqi officials said at least 13 people were killed, including women and children. The military said ground forces were unaware of any civilians killed in the Sadr City strike, and the vast difference in reported death tolls could not immediately be reconciled.|
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|This photograph from space shows smoke rising from the wildfires in Southern California.|
|Fireball October 20th|
two long, silver, bullet-shaped objects flying side-by-side across the sky. Neither object had lights or made a sound, Raye said, and they soon split up: One headed east, the other toward the northeast.
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|How not to be seen.|
|Participants Galina Ostrowics (L) and Anna Malkina-Shumayev (R) pose after winning "Ms Grandmother" and "Ms Queen Grandmother" at the 2007 "Your Highness Grandmother" pageant in Brooklyn, New York, October 20, 2007.|