A woman waves to people arriving on vehicles in the town of Abyei ahead of the referendum. Residents of the remote and disputed Abyei border region say they will press on with their own referendum on whether to join Sudan or South Sudan, despite warnings it could trigger violence in the already volatile area.
The casket bearing the body of Jovanka Broz, widow of the former Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito, sits in front of the House of Flowers memorial complex before the funeral in Belgrade, Serbia. Former first lady was laid to rest near the grave of her husband.
Children dressed in their most scariest costumes make the rounds of stalls at Manila's Ocean Park, the country's largest oceanarium, for free candies, chocolates and sweets, as they take part in the annual Halloween "Trick or Treat" activity ahead of next week's observance of All Saints' Day in Manila, Philippines.
Lava flows during an eruption of Mount Etna volcano as seen from the village of Viagrande, near the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy. Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, has erupted, sending up a towering plume of ash visible in much of eastern Sicily.