In Pictures

Week in pictures: 21-27 March 2015

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

Image copyright Goran Tomasevic/reuters
Image caption Libyan police in Tripoli captured nearly 100 illegal migrants who were attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy.
Image copyright Emmanuel Foudrot/reuters
Image caption Sixteen teenagers on a Spanish exchange programme were among 150 passengers and crew killed when a Germanwings plane crashed in the French alps. Data from the plane's voice recorder suggests the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, purposely started a descent while the pilot was locked out of the cockpit.
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Image caption An unexploded World War Two bomb was destroyed in a controlled explosion in Cliffe in Kent, England. The German 1,000lb device was found in south-east London on Monday.
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Image caption Mourners buried the body of Bashar Arhab, a victim of the suicide bombings of two Houthi mosques in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. IS said it was behind the attacks which killed 137 worshippers.
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Image caption BBC director-general Tony Hall announced that presenter Jeremy Clarkson's contract would not be renewed after an "unprovoked physical attack" on a Top Gear producer. Lord Hall said Clarkson's dismissal was unavoidable.
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Image caption Afghan women's rights activists carry the coffin of Farkhunda, 28, who was beaten to death after arguing with a mullah about his practice of selling charms to women at a shrine. In the course of the argument she was accused of burning the Koran and a crowd overheard and attacked her. An official investigator has said there is no evidence she had burned the Koran.
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Image caption A long exposure picture shows the Villarrica volcano in southern Chile at night. Officials raised the alert to orange, the second highest. Thousands of people were evacuated earlier this month when it spewed ash and lava 1,000m (3,300ft) into the air.
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Image caption According to police as many as six people were unaccounted for after an explosion sent flames tearing through a New York City building. The blast, the result of faulty utility work, caused three buildings to collapse on Thursday, injuring 19 people, four critically.
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Image caption Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to the press in Berlin after discussing the terms of Greece's international bailout.
Image copyright Owen Humphreys/PA
Image caption Photographer Owen Humphreys captured this dramatic view of a rainbow appearing over the lighthouse at Tynemouth, England.

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