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Week in pictures: 5 – 11 January 2019

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week.

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An anti-Brexit protester and a pro-Brexit protester confront each other outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, the week before MPs are due to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed withdrawal agreement with the European Union.

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The Pope and members of the catholic church are seen in the Sistine Chapel with a colourful mural behind them
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Pope Francis poses for a photo with ambassadors to the Holy See at the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. In a speech to the ambassadors, the Pope spoke of justice for those who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of clerics.

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An aerial photo showing people carrying a giant Turkish flag through a snowy landscape
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People commemorating the 104th anniversary of the World War I Battle of Sarikamis hold a giant Turkish flag at Sis Mountain in the Salpazari district of Trabzon, Turkey. The battle claimed the lives of 90,000 Ottoman Turkish soldiers.

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A sheep is seen stuck in drying mud in a dried canal bed
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Animals are stuck in drying mud – caused by extreme heat and drought – in the drainage canal of Lake Cawndilla in Australia. Drone photographer Nick Moir told the Sydney Morning Herald he couldn’t save the animals because he was too far away and would have put himself in danger if he had attempted a rescue.

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A protester stands in front of a police vehicle in Paris.
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A masked protester stands in front of a police vehicle in Paris during a rally by ‘yellow-vest’ anti-government protesters.

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A construction digger works on a giant metal fence
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Builders work to replace an old border fence along a section of the US-Mexico border. There is a US government ‘shutdown’ at present as President Donald Trump calls on opposition Democrats to agree to the construction of a wall along the entire border.

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A colourful figure of a person is seen on the side of a building
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A new art installation by American fashion designer Virgil Abloh is seen at the Louis Vuitton flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York.

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A woman walks through smouldering rubble
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A woman walks among debris after a fire in Bakara Market, the biggest market in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

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Tennis player Naomi Osaka is seen swinging for a ball with a blur effect on the photo
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Naomi Osaka of Japan plays a shot during a practice session ahead of the 2019 Australian Tennis Open in Melbourne.

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An aerial shot of swimmers on a frozen lake
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VCG / Getty Images

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Swimmers in a pool carved out of a frozen lake at Beiling Park in Shenyang, in China’s Liaoning Province. Air temperatures of -10C were recorded.

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