In Pictures

Week in pictures: 16-22 July 2016

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

A swan is examined Image copyright Toby Melville / Reuters
Image caption A count of the Queen's swans has taken place on the River Thames in London. They are counted by the Royal Swan Marker and his team in a tradition going back 800 years.
People watch the flooded Jinsha River at a sightseeing platform of Tiger Leaping Gorge, in Diqing, Yunnan Province, China Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Heavy rain across usually dry regions in China forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes. The first half of the year has seen 576 people recorded as dead or missing after flooding. Here people watch the flooded Jinsha River at a sightseeing platform in Tiger Leaping Gorge, in Diqing.
British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Image copyright Tobias Schwatz / AFP
Image caption Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said during talks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel that the UK would not begin official negotiations on leaving the EU this year. Mrs Merkel said the two sides wanted the "best result for Britain" but urged more clarity on timing.
Poland's Rafal Majka, wearing the best climber's red polka dot jersey, sprays water on himself Image copyright Jeff Pachoud / AFP
Image caption Poland's Rafal Majka tightened his grip on the red polka dot jersey for the best climber during the Tour de France cycle race.
A general view over the Rhone Glacier Image copyright Urs Flueeler / EPA
Image caption The Rhone Glacier above Gletsch near the Furkapass in Switzerland, the oldest in the Alps, is protected by special white blankets to prevent it from melting.
Pilgrims bathe at a waterfall Image copyright Hector Retamal / AFP
Image caption Haitians made their traditional annual religious pilgrimage to the Saut d'Eau waterfall which is believed by some to have purifying powers.
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump gives his running mate Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Gov Mike Pence of Indiana an air-kiss Image copyright J Scott Applewhite / AP
Image caption Shortly after his speech at the US Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Donald Trump greeted his vice-presidential pick, Mike Pence, with an awkward air-kiss. Mr Trump was officially chosen as the Republican Party's candidate for US president.
Buddhists carry candles while circling a large Buddha statue during Asanha Bucha Day Image copyright Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters
Image caption Buddhists carried candles during Asanha Bucha Day, the eve of the Buddhist Lent, at a temple in Nakhon Pathom province on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand.
From the shattered window of a car, Turkish flags are seen hanging from the facade of the damaged Ankara police headquarters Image copyright Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP
Image caption More than 50,000 public sector workers have been rounded up, sacked or suspended from their jobs by Turkey's government in the wake of a failed coup. According to official figures, Friday night's coup attempt left 232 people dead and 1,541 wounded. Here flags hang from the facade of the damaged Ankara police headquarters.
Dolls on a balcony Image copyright Carlos Jasso / Reuters
Image caption Dolls line the balcony of the home of artist and collector Etanis Gonzalez in Caracas, Venezuela.

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