1 of 10 The economic agenda of the G20 summit was overshadowed by Syria with Obama and Putin at loggerheads over how to deal with it. The US leader has pushed for intervention and gained backing from key figures in Congress for military strikes, while the Russian host refuses to intervene and has warned against a US 'act of aggression'. Reuters The economic agenda of the G20 summit was overshadowed by Syria with Obama and Putin at loggerheads over how to deal with it. The US leader has pushed for intervention and gained backing from key figures in Congress for military strikes, while the Russian host refuses to intervene and has warned against a US 'act of aggression'. Reuters George Clooney launched the 70th Venice Film Festival with his Gravity co-star Sandra Bullock Reuters The 2013 summer transfer window closed and saw English clubs lay out £630m on top players - a 29% increase on 2012. Gareth Bale was sold to Real Madrid for a world record fee of £85m. Reuters American long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad finally accomplished her dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida. The 64-year-old swimmer had attempted the 110-mile (166km) swim four times but was held back by poor weather and painful jelly fish stings. It took 53 hours to complete and required a prosthetic silicone mask and a team of kayakers to look out for sharks. Reuters Sixty people were injured in a 130-vehicle smash on the four-lane A249 bridge crossing from the Isle of Sheppey to mainland Kent in thick fog. The crossing was closed for more than nine hours but miraculously there were no deaths. Reuters Kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro was found dead in his prison cell after he hanged himself with a sheet. The 53-year-old was serving a life sentence without parole plus 1,000 years after admitting to 937 counts of rape, kidnapping and murder. Castro kidnapped three women between 2002 and 2007 and held them captive in the basement of his Cleveland home. Reuters The London skyscraper known as the 'Walkie Talkie' because of its shape was blamed for causing damage to a parked Jaguar with reflected sunbeams that were hot enough to fry an egg. It's now known as the 'Walkie-Scorchie'. Reuters New York Fashion Week is expected to generate 5m (£555m) for the big fashion houses, including Hervé Léger, Ralph Lauren, JCrew, Diesel and DKNY. Reuters Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell was in the dock at Manchester Crown Court charged with raping and sexually abusing a girl from the age of six until she was 14. The 48-year-old actor denied all charges. Reuters Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year, was observed by millions of Jews around the world. Reuters
It was the week when Obama and Putin went head to head over Syria at the G20 summit in St Petersburg, Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida, thick fog caused a 100-vehicle pile-up on a bridge in Kent, and a new transfer fee record was set as the football transfer window shut.
Elsewhere, celebrations began for the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah, models strutted their stuff at the start of the highly anticipated New York Fashion Week and the red carpet was awash with glamour at the Venice Film Festival.
IBTimes UK looks back at some of the stories of the week, in pictures...