4th February 2020 in In Pictures In_pictures Week in pictures: 28 December 2019 – 3 January 2020 In_pictures A selection of news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright Muhammad Iqbal / Reuters Image caption Rescuers use an inflatable boat to take a baby to safety after floods hit a residential area in Tangerang, near Jakarta, Indonesia. More than 20 people have died and thousands have had to leave their homes after heavy rain triggered floods and landslides. Image copyright EPA Image caption Smoke rises from a fire in East Gippsland, Victoria. Deadly bushfires are ravaging the Australian landscape, so far destroying 1,200 homes across New South Wales and Victoria. This week the fires have razed at least 381 homes in New South Wales and 43 in Victoria, with at least 17 people missing. Image copyright Prakash Mathema / AFP Image caption A trainer decorates an elephant before an elephant beauty pageant in Sauraha Chitwan, south-west of Kathmandu, Nepal – part of the Chitwan Elephant Festival, which also includes elephant football games. Image copyright Jaime Reina / AFP Image caption Revellers throw flour and eggs as they take part in the Els Enfarinats battle, a 200-year-old tradition, in the Spanish town of Ibi. Participants wear military-style costumes and stage a mock coup, taking control of the town until sunset. Image copyright Farooq Khan / Shutterstock Image caption A man fishes near a frozen waterfall in the Drang area of Tangmarg, north of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Image copyright Mladen Antonov / AFP Image caption An actor rests during a Chinese opera performance by Thailand’s Sai Bo Hong troupe on a makeshift stage at a street festival in Bangkok. Image copyright Mohamed El-Shahed / AFP Image caption Egyptian police cadets take part in a training session at a police academy in Cairo. Image copyright Dominic Lipinski / PA Media Image caption Zookeeper Rowan Swainson counts squirrel monkeys during the annual stocktake at London Zoo. Image copyright EPA Image caption Daniel Andre Tande, of Norway, performs a practice ski jump for the third stage of the 68th Four Hills Tournament in Innsbruck, Austria. Image copyright Abedin Taherkenareh / EPA Image caption A US flag is defaced during a demonstration in Tehran to condemn the killing of General Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s most powerful military commander, who died on Friday at Baghdad airport, along with other Iran-backed militia figures, in a strike ordered by US President Donald Trump. All photographs belong to the copyright holders as marked.