The Week in Pictures | October 8 – 14, 2012

Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism.

On Friday, the space shuttle Endeavour began its 12-mile journey from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center in Exposition Park. More photos

A Free Syrian Army fighter adjusts his headband before going into battle in Aleppo, where fighting continues between rebels and troops loyal to President Bashar Assad. More than 31,000 people have reportedly been killed in the 19-month uprising. More photos

Spain observed its National Day festivities in a somber mood as the traditional military pageant was scaled back to cut costs. Spain is in recession and under pressure to fix its finances while celebrating the day Christopher Columbus discovered America in the name of the Spanish Crown.

Protesters are back on the streets of Athens, where they burned a Nazi flag during clashes in front of the Parliament building as German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Athens for the first time since the beginning of the Euro debt crisis.  Also on the protest front, a woman with her mouth taped shut rallies against a cyber-crime law in front of the Supreme Court building in Manila. The Philippine Supreme Court suspended the controversial law, the government said, amid huge online protests over fears it would impose enormous curbs on Internet freedoms.

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, found guilty in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. Also in Pennsylvania, Samantha Pawlucy, a student at Charles Carroll High School in Philadelphia, reacts as supporters sing the “Star Spangled Banner” to show support for the teen as she returned to class for the first time since she was allegedly singled out by a teacher for wearing a Mitt Romney T-shirt to school.

In Venezuela, supporters of President Hugo Chavez performed a mock funeral for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles as they celebrate in downtown Caracas.  Chavez won reelection and a new endorsement of his socialist project Sunday, surviving his closest race yet after a bitter campaign against Capriles.

Elsewhere, Pakistani schoolgirls pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, at their school in Peshawar; people take part in the Paddle for Peace ceremony at Kuta Beach as part of the Bali bombing 10th anniversary; and a woman stands with floodwater up to her waist on a street in Naples, Italy, as storms left parts of the city underwater.

Add stops in France,  Austria, Germany, Egypt, Algeria, Bangladesh and Nepal to round out the report.