16th January 2020

In_pictures Week in Pictures: 14 – 20 December 2019

In_pictures Week in Pictures: 14 – 20 December 2019

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A selection of news photographs taken around the world this week.

in_pictures A helicopter drops fire retardant on the groundImage copyright
Peter Parks / AFP

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A helicopter drops fire retardant to protect a property in Balmoral, 93 miles (150km) south-west of Sydney, Australia. Fires are raging across the country amid a heatwave, which has produced the nation’s two hottest days on record. Two volunteer firefighters and a civilian have died in the fires.

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in_pictures US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wields the gavelImage copyright
Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

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US Speaker Nancy Pelosi wields the gavel as she presides over the House of Representatives. The House voted on two charges – that President Donald Trump had abused his power and that he had obstructed Congress – approving two counts of impeachment against the president. A trial in the Senate will decide whether he remains in office.

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in_pictures A boat sits on the dried lake bed of Poyang LakeImage copyright
Aly Song / Reuters

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A boat sits on the dried lake bed of Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater lake, in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province. Water in the Poyang routinely declines in winter. With little rain since July, the lake is now at its lowest in 60 years.

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in_pictures Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn walk through the Peers LobbyImage copyright
Hannah McKay / AFP

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn walk through the Peers Lobby on their way to listen to the Queen’s Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in London. Mr Johnson claimed his programme for government is the “most radical Queen’s Speech in a generation”.

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in_pictures Face masks are placed on the statue of Saint TeresaImage copyright
Armend Nimani / AFP

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Face masks are placed on the statue of Saint Teresa in Pristina, Kosovo. A number of cities in the country have experienced high levels of air pollution.

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in_pictures People take cover as riot police fire tear gas canistersImage copyright
Loic Venance / AFP

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People take cover as riot police fire tear gas canisters during a demonstration in Nantes, France. Protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the French government’s plans to overhaul the country’s pensions system.

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in_pictures A photographer takes photos of baby twinsImage copyright
Chaideer Mahyuddin / AFP

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A photographer takes pictures of baby twins during a photoshoot at a studio in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

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in_pictures A woman takes cover behind a tree during clashesImage copyright
Andres Martinez Casares / Reuters

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A woman takes cover behind a tree during clashes between riot police officers and demonstrators at a protest against Chile’s government in Santiago. The UN has accused the Chilean police and armed forces of committing serious human rights violations in their response to the mass demonstrations, saying they have verified four cases of unlawful deaths involving state agents.

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in_pictures Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe compete in a swimming poolImage copyright
Aly Song / Reuters

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Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe of Great Britain compete in the women’s duet free preliminary event at the 18th Fina World Swimming Championships at Yeomju Gymnasium in Gwangju, South Korea.

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Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters

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A swan flaps its wings during a sunset on a pond at the Central Zoo in Lalitpur, Nepal.

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