In Pictures

Week in pictures: 23-29 April 2016

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

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tests a pair of virtual reality goggles with US President Barack Obama Image copyright Chritstian Charisus / EPA
Image caption German Chancellor Angela Merkel tested a pair of virtual reality goggles with US President Barack Obama at the industrial technology trade fair in Hanover. The US president was on a two-day visit to Germany.
Family members of victims show their reactions as they emerge from court Image copyright Peter Powell / EPA
Image caption Relatives of the 96 football fans who died as a result of a crush in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster in the UK hugged each other as they left court having heard an inquest conclude the victims were unlawfully killed. The jury found the police commander on the day, Ch Supt David Duckenfield, was "responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence" due to a breach of his duty of care.
Solar powered plane Solar Impulse 2 flies over the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco Image copyright Jean Revillard / Getty Images
Image caption The solar-powered Solar Impulse landed in Silicon Valley, California, after a three-day flight over the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii. The plane's three-day journey followed an eight-month break to repair its batteries. It is seen here passing over part of San Francisco.
A wildlife ranger strokes a northern white rhino, only three of its kind left in the world, ahead of the Giant Club Summit of African leaders and others on tackling poaching of elephants and rhinos, Ol Pejeta conservancy near the town of Nanyuki Image copyright Siegfried Modola / Reuters
Image caption A wildlife ranger was pictured with a northern white rhino, of which there are only three left in the world, ahead of a summit of African leaders and others in Kenya to tackle poaching of elephants and rhinos.
John Singer Sargent's World War One painting Gassed is prepared for transport by staff Image copyright Rob Stothard / Getty Images
Image caption John Singer Sargent's World War One painting Gassed was prepared for transport by staff at the Imperial War Museum in London ahead of its loan to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the US. The work will be on display in the exhibition World War I and American Art. Sargent painted the aftermath of a mustard gas attack on the Western Front in August 1918, a scene he witnessed during a short visit to the front with the artist Henry Tonks.
A student activist is detained during a silent protest, Bangkok, Thailand Image copyright Jorge Silva / Reuters
Image caption Student activists took part in a silent protest after Thailand's election commission filed charges against a group for posting "foul and strong" comments online criticising a military-backed draft constitution.
Thousands of supporters of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party petition former Liberian soccer player and current Senator George Weah to contest Liberia's Presidential elections Image copyright Ahmed Jallanzo / EPA
Image caption The former international footballer George Weah announced he would run for president of Liberia for a second time. Mr Weah, who played for teams including Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Chelsea, was the highest-ranking African footballer in Fifa's list of greatest players of the 20th Century. Mr Weah belongs to the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party, whose supporters can be seen here.
Mitsubishi Motors President Tetsuro Aikawa (second right) arrives at a press conference Image copyright Franck Robichon / EPAN
Image caption Mitsubishi Motors announced it had used fuel consumption tests that broke Japanese rules for the past 25 years. The admission followed last week's revelation that it had falsified fuel economy data for four "minicar" models sold only in Japan.

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