For residents of Haiti, still struggling to recover from last January's destructive earthquake and more recently trying to cope with an outbreak of cholera, the country dodged a bullet.
As authorities in Mexico and Columbia crack down on the drug trades in their countries and the US-Mexico border becomes harder to sneak across, drug rings are moving their operations into the Caribbean.
Russian cadets listen to their commander during military parade training in Red Square in Moscow. The parade will take place on Nov. 7 to mark the anniversary of a historical parade in 1941 when Soviet soldiers marched through Red Square to the front lines of World War II.
Plane crashes: AeroCaribbean Flight 883 was en route from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to the capital when it reported an emergency at 5:42 p.m. local time Thursday, then lost contact with air traffic controllers.
Children cross a flooded street after the passing of Hurricane Tomas in the neighborhood of Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Nov. 6.
Ethiopian Jewish women pray during a ceremony for the traditional 'Sigd' holiday in Jerusalem. The festival, unique to the Ethiopian Jewish community, symbolizes the community's reacceptance of the Torah, led by Ezra the Scribe before the construction of the second Jewish temple.
Some 1.3 million Haitians in the capital's tent cities have nowhere to go as potential hurricane Tomas approaches, even as 120,000 homes sit vacant and easily repairable.
Aid groups and the Haitian government try to prepare as tropical storm Tomas threatens to regain hurricane strength. More than 1 million people live in tents on the rubble-strewn island nation.
US Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona and his wife, Cindy McCain, address the media as they leave a polling station in Phoenix as Apollo, a dog owned by McCain's son Jimmy, licks the camera.
For Dog Meets World, photographing children becomes an 'entree to interaction.'