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Human tower, ‘morality police’ protest and more of the week’s best photos

Team members form a human tower during the Castells contest in Spain; a mass prayer is held for victims of a deadly stampede in Indonesia, protesting a femicide in Ecuador; a dramatic overnight effort rescues shipwrecked migrants in Greece; athletes prepare to compete in the swim portion of the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. See 12 of the week’s most interesting images from around the world, as selected by Washington Post photo editors.

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Oct. 2 |Tarragona, Spain

Members of the 'Colla Xiquets de Reus' team form their 'castell', or human tower, during Castells contest final. The 'castells' are included in the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Enric Fontcuberta/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Enric Fontcuberta/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Oct. 4 | Malang, Indonesia

Candles burn next to shoes belonging to the victims of a deadly stampede outside Kanjuruhan Stadium. According to Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, the government formed an independent investigation team after at least 125 people died during a riot and stampede following a soccer match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya.

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MAST IRHAM/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Oct. 1 | New York

Activists hug each other after cutting their hair in protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who fell into a coma after she was arrested by members of Iran’s “morality police,” allegedly for violating the Islamic republic’s conservative dress code.

Yuki Iwamura/AFP/Getty Images

Yuki Iwamura/AFP/Getty Images

Oct. 1 | Quito, Ecuador

Police stand guard as women protest in front of police headquarters after the body of María Belen Bernal was found at a police academy. The main suspect, Bernal's husband, police lieutenant German Caceres, was questioned by authorities, released and then disappeared himself. Interpol has issued an alert seeking his whereabouts.

Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

Oct. 5 | Kythira, Greece

A migrant hangs from a rope during a rescue operation following a shipwreck. The death toll from separate sinkings of two migrant boats rose to 22, with about a dozen still missing. The vessels went down hundreds of miles apart, in one case prompting a dramatic overnight rescue effort as island residents and firefighters pulled shipwrecked migrants to safety up steep cliffs.

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Reuters

Oct. 4 | Puerto Madryn, Argentina

A dead whale floats near the shore. Argentine scientists are determining the reason for at least 13 whales dying in the area in the past few days.

Maxi Jonas/AP

Maxi Jonas/AP

Oct. 6 | Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Athletes prepare to compete in the swimming portion of the Ironman World Championships.

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Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Sept. 30 | Myrtle Beach, S.C.

A group of children watch the ocean surf as Hurricane Ian approaches landfall.

Melissa Sue Gerrits for The Washington Post

Melissa Sue Gerrits for The Washington Post

Oct. 3 | Fort Myers, Fla.

Sharon Pastor, holding her vintage Raggedy Ann doll, sits in her Airstream trailer where she rode out Hurricane Ian.

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Thomas Simonetti for The Washington Post

Oct. 2 | Wuhan, China

A boy touches a model of the Moon during the Explore China Aerospace Science and Cultural Innovation art exhibition.

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Getty Images

Oct. 5 | Siversk Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers, from 103rd brigade, take selfies after being marked with yellow and blue tape by children at an improvised checkpoint.

Wojciech Grzedzinski for The Washington Post

Wojciech Grzedzinski for The Washington Post

Oct. 7 | Wehrheim, Germany

A regional train passes through fog-covered fields.

Michael Probst/AP

Michael Probst/AP

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