Week in pictures: 14-20 January 2017-NewsCO

January 29, 2017

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

A man takes a dip in the icy waters of a lake during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations in Minsk, BelarusImage copyright
Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

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A man takes a dip in icy waters during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations in Minsk, Belarus.

US President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania wave at the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in WashingtonImage copyright
Mike Segar / Reuters

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On the eve of his presidential inauguration Donald Trump pledged to unify America as he addressed cheering supporters at a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

People celebrate the inauguration of new Gambia's President Adama Barrow in BanjuiImage copyright
AFP

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People celebrated the inauguration of Gambia’s new president. Adama Barrow was sworn in at his country’s embassy in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, in front of ambassadors from countries in the UN Security Council and key African states, as long-time leader Yahya Jammeh failed to cede power to his elected successor.

Inmates stand on a roof inside the State Penitentiary of Alcacuz in Nisia Floresta near Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, BrazilImage copyright
Ney Douglas / EPA

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At least 26 prisoners were killed during a number of clashes between rival gangs at the largest prison in the north-eastern Brazilian city of Natal. This is the latest round of violence to grip Brazil’s overcrowded prisons

Iranian firefighters attempt to control fire at the Plasco building in Tehran, IranImage copyright
Abedin Taherkenareh / EPA

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A landmark commercial building in the Iranian capital, Tehran, collapsed after being engulfed by fire. The 17-storey Plasco building, built in the 1960s, had been evacuated beforehand, but dozens of firefighters were battling the blaze when it came down.

Iraqis walking in dust while a convoy of armoured vehicles passes them in eastern MosulImage copyright
Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP

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The Iraqi army announced it is preparing military operations to retake western Mosul, the last urban stronghold in Iraq of so-called Islamic State. Here a convoy passes Iraqis in the east of the city.

Ice skaters compete in the women's platoon during the first ice skating marathon on natural ice in Noordlaren, the NetherlandsImage copyright
Vincent Jannink / EPA

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Ice skaters competed in the women’s platoon during the first ice skating marathon on natural ice in Noordlaren, the Netherlands. Skating on natural ice in the Netherlands reportedly dates back into the 13th Century when it was a method to get fast and easily from one place to another on the frozen canals in the country.

Young ballerinas practice in a classroom at Spurgeons AcademyImage copyright
Daniel Irungu / EPA

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Young ballerinas prepare for a lesson at Spurgeons Academy which provides education for free to more than 425 orphans and less privileged children from Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya.

A cross-country skier enjoys a cold and sunny winter's day at the Champ du Feu near Strasbourg, FranceImage copyright
Christian Hartmann / Reuters

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A cross-country skier enjoys a cold and sunny winter’s day at the Champ du Feu near Strasbourg, France.

Kandy Freeman participates in a Black Lives Matter protest in front of Trump Tower in New York City, USImage copyright
Stephanie Keith / Reuters

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Kandy Freeman was pictured as she participated in a Black Lives Matter protest in front of Trump Tower in New York City.

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