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Slideshow: Best images of the week

  • Walk the plank
    Venice normally sees flooding at this time of year, but this week the city witnessed some of worst flooding since 1872. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Grand display
    China's People Liberation Army parachutists perform during the 9th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Rare event
    A rare total solar eclipse, as seen in Northern Australia on Wednesday. Enjoy it, the next one we’ll see will be in March 2015. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Eye see
    Tens of thousands of people gathered in Northern Australia to enjoy the solar eclipse, with plenty of protective shades for them to wear. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Crash test dummy
    Toyota Motors demonstrates its pedestrian collision avoidance support system, PCS, which can stop automatically from 40km/h, and will be launched in 2013. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Praise be
    Worshipping account books is an essential part of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, but some traders are now including electronic gadgets in the ceremony. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Say cheese
    Nasa's Messenger Mercury orbiter snapped a shot of a crater that looks spookily like the smiley face emoticon. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Ivory haul
    Hong Kong customs officials said they have seized more than a tonne of unprocessed elephant tusks worth around $1.37million on the Chinese ivory market. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Lost memories
    Bill Unger collecting photos he’s salvaged on Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy. His daughter has put them on Facebook for residents to see and collect. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Ready to rumble
    An aerial view of the college basketball game played between the Syracuse Orange and the San Diego State Aztecs on board the USS Midway in San Diego. (Copyright: Getty Images)
The most amazing pictures over the past seven days – including Venice under water, a total eclipse, unusual Diwali celebrations and a pedestrian-avoiding car.

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