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In an attempt to break a Guinness World Record on Oct. 22, 2017, a group of 245 bungee jumpers leapt from a 30-foot-high bridge in Hortolândia, a city near São Paulo, Brazil. The jump was kept secret from local authorities until the last moment when they could not do anything to stop the stunt. Guinness has not yet confirmed the record. Last year, the same group gathered 149 people and jumped from the same bridge, which organizers say is one of the few in the country with enough space between the foundations to accommodate that many jumpers. Video source: Alan Ferreira Mahsergian


Funding for President Trump's border wall may be mired in Congress but along the U.S.-Mexico border, there's been a bit more progress. Eight models of Trump's long-promised wall—now with an estimated price tag of $1.6 billion—have been erected in Otay Mesa. Each prototype, seen here on Oct. 22, 2017, cost the government up to $500,000 and all stand 18 to 30 feet in height. Per bidding guidelines, the Associated Press reports, each must be able to withstand at least one hour of damage from a sledgehammer, pickaxe, torch, chisel or battery-operated tools. The wall is still far from reality, as congressional Democrats have demanded that funding be removed from any deal to reform DACA, the Obama-era immigration plan to protect some 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. And the state of California filed a lawsuit in a San Diego court in September to block its construction. Photographs by Guillermo Arias (@guillermoarias)—@afpphoto/@gettyimages


Late-night television legend David Letterman accepted one of the comedy industry's top honors, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22, 2017. Letterman was praised, and a bit needled about his retirement beard, during the ceremony by his peers; Norm Macdonald said Letterman "reinvented the late-night talk show" while Jimmy Kimmel said "no one from his generation influenced American comedy more." During his closing remarks, Letterman called out a quote from Twain: "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it." Video source: PBS/CNN


Former child soldiers who were affiliated with a local anti-government militia attend math class at a school that assists with reintegration into society in Kananga, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Oct. 19, 2017. Photograph by John Wessels (@johngingerwessels)—@afpphoto/@gettyimages


U.S.-backed Syrian forces declared victory over the Islamic State in Raqqa this past week, but now it lies in pieces. This scene—a disheveled room in a broken building on Oct. 18, 2017—is commonplace across the deserted city. TIME's Middle East Bureau Chief Jared Malsin (@jmalsin) and photographer Emanuele Satolli (@emanuelesatolli) are reporting in what was once the militant group's de facto capital, now declared liberated by U.S.-backed Syrian forces. Photograph by Emanuele Satolli (@emanuelesatolli) for TIME


The fall of Raqqa concludes a year of fighting for two key cities claimed by ISIS following its stunning conquest of territory in 2014. Earlier this week, U.S.-backed Syrian forces declared victory here over the Islamic State. It had been four months since the launch of the assault that, at the time, coincided with the recapture of Mosul by Iraqi forces. Mosul and Raqqa were the twin symbols of the militants' self-declared state. Airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition devastated both cities. In Mosul, the destruction was confined to specific neighborhoods, but in Raqqa, it is far more complete. TIME's Middle East Bureau Chief Jared Malsin (@jmalsin) and photographer Emanuele Satolli (@emanuelesatolli) are reporting in what was once the militant group's de facto capital. Photograph by Emanuele Satolli (@emanuelesatolli) for TIME


All five of the former living U.S. presidents made a rare appearance together in the name of hurricane relief Saturday night. Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter attended “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal,” a benefit concert at the Reed Arena at Texas A&M University in College Station that has already raised more than $31 million for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Trump also made an appearance in the form of a pre-taped video message that was delivered to concertgoers. Video source: The George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation


Pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. and catcher Brian McCann celebrate after the final out of Game 7 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Yankees 4-0 and will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. (Photo by Charlie Riedel—AP Images)


Nina Langton had a great group of friends, lived in a prosperous Connecticut neighborhood and was close with her parents. Like most 16-year-olds, Nina spent much of her free time on her smartphone. But unlike many of her classmates, she was never "targeted" on social media—her word for the bullying and criticism that took place daily on sites like Snapchat. “Part of what made my depression so difficult was that I didn’t understand why I was feeling so sad,” says Nina, now 17, photographed here by @raniamatar. Later, after her attempted suicide and during her stay at a rehabilitation facility, Nina and her therapist identified body image insecurity as the foundation of her woe. “I was spending a lot of time stalking models on Instagram, and I worried a lot about how I looked,” she says. She’d stay up late in her bedroom, looking at social media on her phone, and poor sleep—coupled with an eating disorder—gradually snowballed until suicide felt like her only option. “I didn’t totally want to be gone,” she says. “I just wanted help and didn’t know how else to get it.” Read the full story about teens, smartphones and mental health on TIME.com. Photograph by Rania Matar (@raniamatar)—@instituteartist for TIME


A tree burns near Vouzela in the Viseu region of Portugal on Oct. 17, 2017. At least 41 people were killed after some 500 wildfires ignited in Portugal this week, and at least four others died in neighboring Spain. Photograph by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez—@gettyimages


Arianys Garo, 10, and Gilianny Garo, 8, two sisters in a family that lost their home due to Hurricane Maria, pose for a portrait in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 4, 2017. It's been a little more than a month since Hurricane Maria tore into the U.S. island territory of 3.4 million people, taking down the electric grid as it cut a devastating path. A by-the-numbers look offers a bleak assessment of the long road to recovery: less than 20% of the power grid has been restored; more than a third of households still lack running water; some 60,000 homes need roofing help; and while 86% of grocery stores have reopened, they aren't necessarily stocked. Photograph by Andres Kudacki (@andreskudacki) for TIME


A government soldier waves the Philippine flag as a group readies to leave the battle against militants in the southern Saguiaran town, Lanao del Sur, on Oct. 20, 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi City last Tuesday, although some fighting can still being heard. The declaration came after the death of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and one of the Maute brothers, Omar Maute, after nearly five months of fierce urban warfare inside the besieged city. The fighting that began in late May has left more than 1,000 people dead and at least 400,000 displaced. Photograph by Jes Aznar (@jeszmann)—@gettyimages


When Philip Pullman was 10 years old, he witnessed a vision that has stayed with him ever since. It was 1956, and he was living in South Australia, where his stepfather was a pilot with Britain's Royal Air Force. The River Murray floods that year had left huge parts of the region underwater, and he remembers being driven out to see it. "It was astonishing," the 70-year-old British author says now. "It was an immense mass, as wide as the sea, of gray water whipped up by a cold wind. The power of it. It was an impression that never left me." It’s this memory that inspired the flood at the center of 'La Belle Sauvage,' the first volume of the Book of Dust, Pullman's new trilogy set in the universe of his fantasy series His Dark Materials. Released between 1995 and 2000, the three novels that launched the franchise entered the canon of young-adult fiction. He says the driving force behind his choice of genre is less a desire to build new worlds than a simple reluctance to explore this one. "It’s because I’m a lazy bastard," he jokes. "Too idle to get up off my backside and do any research in the real world." Pullman is similarly humble when asked what he wants the reader to take away from this new book, what that great flood inspired by a childhood vision really means. "The meaning of the book is never just what the author thinks it is. It's a great mistake to rely on the author to tell you," he says. "We don’t know. The meaning is only what emerges when the book and the reader meet." Read the full story on TIME.com. Photograph by Lewis Khan (@lewis.khan) for TIME


A motorcade on the Las Vegas Strip escorts the body of Charleston Hartfield, a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer, to his funeral on Oct. 20, 2017. Hartfield, 34, was killed on Oct. 1 during the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, where Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd from a high-rise hotel. Hartfield was among 58 who died and hundreds more who were injured. Photograph by David Becker (@davidjaybecker)—@gettyimages


Opposition leader Raila Odinga speaks during a rally at the Ogango Grounds in Kisumu, Kenya, on Oct. 20, 2017. Tensions are high as Kenya waits for a new presidential vote, scheduled for Oct. 26, following the contested vote in August that was won by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Odinga disputed the results and the Supreme Court found it was flawed. Odinga, who has said he would withdraw, has rejected the new election, claimed that a free and fair election is not currently possible in Kenya. Photograph by Andrew Renneisen (@andrewrenneisenphoto)—@gettyimages


Facing hundreds of New York City's elite, House Speaker Paul Ryan poked fun at himself and the Catholic church at an annual charity dinner in New York on Oct. 19, 2017. The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner encourages speakers to "poke fun at a political issue, an opponent, or themselves," according to the program, the Associated Press reports. Ryan's top target? President Trump. He reminded dinner guests that it was Trump who offended attendees when he was there a year earlier. "Some said it was unbecoming of a public figure and they said that his comments were offensive. Well, thank God he's learned his lesson," Ryan deadpanned during his keynote address. Video source: CNN


Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa consoles an elderly woman during a visit to areas that were affected by recent wildfires in Santa Comba on Oct. 19, 2017. Hundreds of fires raged across the country's northern and central regions this week following the driest summer in nearly 90 years, Reuters reports. At least 41 people were killed; thousands of firefighters were dispatched to bring the blazes under control. Photograph by Nuno Andre Ferreira—@epaphotos-EFE/@shutterstock


A girl plays with firecrackers while celebrating Diwali, the annual Hindu festival of lights, in Mumbai on Oct. 19, 2017. In a bid to keep the air cleaner after this year's celebrations, local media reported India's Supreme Court recently reinstated its ban on selling firecrackers in and around New Delhi. (Those who already have them can still use them, but new ones can't be sold.) Intense smog temporarily closed many schools following last year's Diwali celebrations and resulted in the ban. Photograph by Danish Siddiqui (@danishpix)—@reuters


Former President Obama took the stage in Newark, N.J., on Oct. 19, 2017, for his first post-presidency campaign event: a canvas kickoff for Phil Murphy, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for New Jersey, and Sheila Oliver, who is running as his lieutenant governor. Obama did not address President Trump's false accusation that he failed to call any Gold Star families during his time in the White House; he did not mention Trump or any member of Congress by name. He did however, disavow political divisiveness and deride what he coined backward looking policies. "Some of the politics now we... we thought we put that to bed," he said, to laughter from the audience. "That's folks looking... 50 years back. It's the 21st century, not the 19th century." He also carried a message to those who are disenfranchised with "how things are going" but didn't vote: "you cannot complain!" Video source: AP


White nationalist Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida on Oct. 19, 2017, was disrupted by dozens of protesters who booed and chanted, "Go home, Spencer." Outside, hundreds of protesters gathered in opposition to the speech, holding signs and shouting, "We don't want your Nazi hate." The event was the latest example of a public university grappling with debates over free speech when it comes to visits from far-right speakers—and the ensuing protests. Spencer organized the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August that resulted in violence that left one woman dead. And clashes have erupted at his other campus events over the past year, including at Auburn University and Texas A&M University. Video sources: CNN, Twitter/Claudia Foster


In an unexpected and emotional appearance in the White House briefing room on Oct. 19, 2017, Chief of Staff John Kelly denounced a Democratic congresswoman who said President Trump had been disrespectful during a condolence call to the family of an American soldier who was killed during an ambush in Niger earlier this month. Invoking the death of his own son, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, Kelly lashed out at Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson and accused her of politicizing what he called a "sacred" effort to console grieving loved ones of a slain soldier. Video source: The White House


During remarks in the Oval Office on Oct. 19, 2017, President Trump gave his administration a "10" on its handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Speaking with the island territory's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, at his side, Trump said he was satisfied with how emergency managers had handled the aftermath, despite widespread water and power shortages. "I'd say it was a 10," he told reporters, repeating twice that he would grade it a "10." The death toll from the hurricane is now at 48, with about 117 people still unaccounted for. Roughly 3 million Puerto Ricans, or more than 80% of the island's residents, still don't have power. Video source: CNN


Civilians return to Raqqa, Syria, to collect some of their belongings on Oct. 18, 2017. One day after the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces declared victory over the Islamic State in its de facto capital, the city is an urban husk of hollow buildings and bodies lying in rubble-strewn streets. More than three years after ISIS seized a vast swath of Iraq and Syria and launched a global campaign of terror, the group is now on the brink of defeat as a conventional fighting force. In the wake of the battle, which began in June, the city is all but totally abandoned. TIME's Middle East Bureau Chief @jmalsin and photographer Emanuele Satolli (@emanuelesatolli) are reporting in the city now declared liberated. Photograph by Emanuele Satolli (@emanuelesatolli) for TIME


The fall of Raqqa concludes a year of fighting for two key cities claimed by the Islamic State following its stunning conquest of territory in 2014. The assault by U.S.-backed Syrian militias began in June, around the time that Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul. The cities were twin symbols of the self-declared Caliphate, its base for operations and a destination for foreign recruits. Airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition devastated both cities; the destruction in Mosul was confined to specific neighborhoods but in Raqqa it is more complete, with nearly every building damaged or destroyed. In this scene on Oct. 18, 2017, photographed by @emanuelesatolli, a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces inspects an ISIS tunnel. The challenge of rebuilding the city will be immense, beginning with removing the vast obstacle course of booby traps, mines and unexploded ordinance left in the wake of the battle. TIME's Middle East Bureau Chief @jmalsin and photographer Emanuele Satolli (@emanuelesatolli) are reporting in what was once the militant group's de facto capital, now declared liberated by U.S.-backed Syrian forces. Photograph by Emanuele Satolli (@emanuelesatolli) for TIME


Everywhere in Raqqa, Syria, there are traces of an urban society that buckled under Islamic State rule and collapsed during the ferocious battle to reclaim it. Overturned cars protrude at odd angles in the street. An ATM sits ajar, its front blasted off the hinges by explosives. At a perfume cosmetics shop, a sign hangs in the window: "Men forbidden to enter," the sentence underlined three times. And here's the view on Oct. 18, 2017, in the clock tower square, where Islamic State fighters once held executions. TIME's Middle East Bureau Chief @jmalsin and photographer Emanuele Satolli (@emanuelesatolli) are reporting in what was once the militant group's de facto capital, now declared liberated by U.S.-backed Syrian forces. Photograph by Emanuele Satolli (@emanuelesatolli) for TIME.


Giving birth to her first child at home without medication was a foregone conclusion for Margaret Nichols (@magsnichols). The 40-year-old New York City meditation teacher became active in a Facebook group dedicated to home and water births. She rented an inflatable blue birthing tub made of phthalate-free vinyl. Practically all her friends had given birth at home. When Nichols went into labor last November, she felt elated, primed and cozy. She was surrounded by a midwife, a doula and her partner Jeff. But 30 hours later she was howling as she hurtled in her midwife's car toward a hospital. There, she accepted anesthesia, took a nap and gave birth to a healthy son, Bo, photographed here by @elinorcarucci. Back home, Nichols began breastfeeding. She hoped to nurse for two years, but after 5 months she had to start supplementing with donor milk and formula. The beginning of motherhood for Nichols was thus tainted by disappointment. "I prepared so much for the birth, but the one thing that's not talked about as much is how much support we need, and how vulnerable we are afterward," she says. Like millions of American moms, she had been bombarded by a powerful message: that she is built to build a human, that she will feel all the more empowered for doing so as nature supposedly intended and that the baby's future depends on it. A survey of 913 mothers commissioned by TIME and conducted by @surveymonkey found that half of all new mothers had experienced regret, shame, guilt or anger, mostly due to unexpected complications and lack of support. More than 70% felt pressured to do things a certain way. Call it the Goddess Myth, spun with a little help from basically everyone—doctors, activists, other moms. Read the full cover story on TIME.com. Photograph by @elinorcarucci for TIME


TIME’s new cover: Motherhood is hard to get wrong. So why do so many moms feel so bad? Photograph by @erikmadiganheck; animation by @brobeldesign


A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces removes an Islamic State flag from the wall of a building in Raqqa on Oct. 18, 2017. Photographer Emanuele Satolli (@emanuelesatolli) shot this on assignment for TIME in Raqqa, where U.S.-backed Syrian forces claimed a day earlier to have captured the group's de facto capital after taking control of its main hospital and stadium. Photograph by @emanuelesatolli for TIME


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wept while remembering music icon Gord Downie, the longtime frontman of rock band The Tragically Hip who died of brain cancer at 53 on Oct. 17, 2017. Trudeau gave reporters an emotional statement on Wednesday about Downie's death, tears rolling down his cheeks. "We lost one of the very best of us ... Gord was my friend, but Gord was everyone's friend," Trudeau said. "We are less of a country without Gord Downie in it." Video Source: CTV


During remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 18, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the legality of an executive order that seeks to block the travel to the U.S. by citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, in addition to some Venezuelan government officials and their families. On Tuesday, hours before the revised ban was to take effect, a judge in Hawaii halted it and said it “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor." On Wednesday, a judge in Maryland issued a second halt. Sessions called the executive order "an important step to ensuring that we know who is coming into our country. It's a lawful, necessary order that we are proud to defend." Video source: Pool