In Pictures

Week in pictures: 19-25 July 2014

A selection of the best news photographs taken during the past week from around the world.

Image caption Participants in the mudflat sledge championships push their sledge through the Wadden Sea, northern Germany. The competition is a charity event supporting a regional association fighting against cancer.
Image caption Felipe Massa flipped his Williams F1 car in a crash at the first corner of the German Grand Prix after colliding with Kevin Magnussen's McLaren (not pictured). Massa walked away unharmed from the incident, while Magnussen recovered to finish in ninth place at Hockenheim.
Image caption A drought has left northern California's Lake Shasta, the state's largest reservoir, at 36% of its total capacity. "The reservoirs are clearly holding less water this year than they did a year ago today and that is a concern that we all share," said Doug Carlson, a spokesman for the California Department of Water Resources.
Image caption King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands sit between the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (right) and his deputy as the first victims' bodies from crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrive in a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven airbase. Ukrainian pro-Russian rebels have been widely accused of shooting down the plane on 17 July.
Image caption The pack of riders pass a rock formation in Sisteron during the 15th stage of the Tour de France cycle race.
Image caption Scotland's Hannah Miley earned the first gold medal in the pool after obliterating her own Commonwealth Games record in the 400m medley in Glasgow.
Image caption A homeless family is pictured under a statue in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
Image caption Rescue personnel survey the wreckage of a TransAsia Airways plane that crashed in Taiwan's Penghu archipelago, amid stormy weather in the area. The plane crashed on its second attempt to land at the airport.
Image caption The death toll in the conflict between Israel and the militant Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip continued to climb. More than 800 Palestinians have now been killed, as well as 35 Israelis. Here the daughter of Tawfiq al-Aga, who medics said was killed by Israeli shelling, mourns next to her father's body during his funeral in Khan Younis.
Image caption Most of the Palestinian deaths have been civilians, while 33 of Israel's dead have been soldiers. Here the mother of Israeli soldier Tsafrir Bar-Or leans on his flag-draped coffin during his funeral in Holon near Tel Aviv.
Image caption Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families out of a half-built skyscraper, known as the Tower of David, that dominates the Caracas skyline and is thought to be the tallest slum in the world. Here evicted residents wait for a bus to transport them to their new house in Caracas.
Image caption People dive into the Mediterranean Sea on a hot summer's day in Nice, southern France.