This week in photos: US presidential election, China’s 18th party congress, and more

Protest in Athens
Nov. 7, 2012. A protester runs to protect himself from the effect of tear gas near the parliament during clashes in Athens. (AP Photo / Nikolas Giakoumidis)
American election in Kabul
Nov. 7, 2012. An Afghani journalist speaks on a phone near cut-outs of candidates during the presidential election watch event at the US embassy in Afghanistan. (Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak)
President Obama Holds Election Night Event In Chicago
Nov. 6, 2012. President Barack Obama stands on stage with first lady Michelle Obama, US Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden after his victory speech in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)
Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Holds Election Night Gathering In Boston
Nov. 7, 2012. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves to the crowd before conceding the presidency in Boston, Massachusetts. (Getty Images / Matthew Cavanaugh)
Voters Affected By Superstorm Sandy Go To The Polls
Nov. 6, 2012. A voter marks his ballot via cell phone light at the generator powered polling site at First United Methodist Church in Oceanside, New York. (Getty Images / Bruce Bennett)
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 05: The giant Euro symbol stands illuminated outside the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) on November 5, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany. Analysts are predicting that ECB President Mario Draghi will announce in a press conference scheduled for November 8 that he will leave ECB interest rates unchanged despite continued weak economic data coming from many Eurozone economies.(Photo by Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images)
Nov. 5, 2012. The giant Euro symbol stands illuminated outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, after the bank voted to leave interest rates unchanged. (Getty Images / Hannelore Foerster)
PAMPORE, KASHMIR, INDIA - NOVEMBER 05: A Kashmiri farmer picks saffron flowers in a farm on November 05, 2012 in Pampore, 20 km (13 miles) south of Srinagar the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. The production of Saffron, the precious spice owing to vast acreage, is falling rapidly in Indian Administered Kashmir. Farmers have become concerned at the falling yield of the saffron crop year after year with the changing climatic conditions responsible for a 50 to 60 percent decrease in the yield for the last two decades. Approximately 5,000 flowers are required to provide threads enough to make an ounce. Saffron is a precious spice because of the vast acreage involved in addition to the labor-intensive handpicking of the flowers and extracting of the tiny threads. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
Nov. 5, 2012. A farmer picks saffron flowers in Pampore, India, as changing climatic conditions reduce the yield by 50 to 60 percent. (Getty Images / Yawar Nazir)
Break in fighting in Aleppo
Nov. 6, 2012. A resident of Aleppo, Syria, cleans the pavement outside his apartment after returning to his home following a lull in fighting. (Getty Images / Ed Giles)
SEA BRIGHT, NJ - NOVEMBER 06:  Jersey shore residents carry their belongings after being let in to visit their damaged homes for a day on November 6, 2012 in Sea Bright, New Jersey. Sea Bright was devestated by Superstorm Sandy, and officials allowed residents to come home only for a day to salvage valuables from the debris.   (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Nov. 6, 2012. Residents carry their belongings passed a demolished house on the Sea Bright neighborhood of the Jersey Shore in New Jersey. (Getty Images / John Moore)
Indonesia Obama Election 11092012
Nov. 6, 2012. Students hold a poster of US President Barack Obama as they watch the US election vote counting. (AP Photo)
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Nov. 9, 2012. US President Barack Obama speaks to media regarding ways of the avoiding the fiscal cliff at the end of the year. (Getty Images / Mark Wilson)
Nov. 8, 2012. A security member checks the pass of a visitor at the Great Hall of the People during the ppening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress in Beijing, China
Nov. 8, 2012. The Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress in Beijing,
Taxi Gas Shortage 11092012
Nov. 9, 2012. Taxis wait in line for gas on the first day of a new gasoline rationing plan that allows motorists to fill up only every other day in New York City. (AP Photo / Richard Drew)
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