In Pictures

Week in pictures: 21-27 May 2016

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

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is pictured beside a floral exhibit by the New Covent Garden Flower Market, which features an image of the Queen, during a visit to the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show Image copyright Adrian Dennis / AFP
Image caption The Queen and other members of the Royal Family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, attended London's Chelsea Flower Show, which is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, and widely regarded as the world's most prestigious flower show.
Kent-born director Andrea Arnold accepting her award at Cannes Image copyright VALERY HACHE / AFP
Image caption Kent-born director Andrea Arnold (L) won the Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival for her road movie American Honey.
A protester holds up his fist as riot police prepare to intervene to disperse refinery worker holding a blockade of the oil depot of Douchy-Les-Mines Image copyright FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP
Image caption A strike over new labour laws spread to all of France's eight oil refineries this week. A third of petrol stations were dry or dangerously low on fuel after days of blockades at refineries by union activists.
People try to jump in the water right before their boat capsizes off the Libyan coast, Image copyright Italian Navy via AP
Image caption The capsizing of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean was caught on camera by the Italian navy as officers rescued more than 560 people. The trawler overturned apparently as a result of people on board rushing to one side after spotting a rescue ship, and five people were found dead.
Iraqi pro-government forces advance towards the city of Fallujah Image copyright AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Image caption In Iraq, pro-government forces advanced on the city of Fallujah held by the so-called Islamic State as fears grew for tens of thousands of civilians trapped there.
A man walks his donkey and its load through flooded streets Beledweyne, north of Mogadishu Image copyright MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB / AFP
Image caption Hundreds of families have been forced out of their homes following flash floods in Beledweyne, north of Mogadishu, Somalia, after torrential rains pounded the area.
US President Barack Obama in Vietnam Image copyright Carolyn Kaster / AP
Image caption US President Barack Obama set out his plan for a stronger relationship with Vietnam, a day after announcing the US was fully lifting its embargo on sales of lethal weapons to the country.
A visitor to the Sydney Botanical Garden's inaugural contribution to the Vivid Sydney light festival Image copyright Jason Reed / Reuters
Image caption Interactive light installations like this one at the Botanical Gardens were switched on across Sydney as part of the Vivid Sydney light festival.
Runner ducks Image copyright Mike Hutchings / Reuters
Image caption One thousand Indian Runner ducks are let loose to destroy the snails and bugs which feast on budding vines at the Vergenoegd wine estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Marathon runners Lily, Liina and Leila Luikare Image copyright Ints Kalnins / Reuters
Image caption Marathon runners Lily, Liina and Leila Luikare are sisters who are set to be the first identical triplets to compete against each other in an event at the Olympic Games.

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