In Pictures

Week in pictures: 4-10 March 2017

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

A man cries as he carries his daughter from a so-called Islamic State controlled part of Mosul towards Iraqi special forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, Iraq, 4 March 2017 Image copyright Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
Image caption Thousands of civilians have fled the city of Mosul as the battle between Iraqi forces and so-called Islamic State intensified. More than 45,000 people have been forced to flee the city in the last two weeks, the International Organisation for Migration says. Eastern Mosul was recaptured in January after several months of fighting.
A Hindu devotee is covered in coloured powder Image copyright Cathal McNaughton/REUTERS
Image caption Indians celebrated Holi, the Hindu festival of colours which comes at the end of the winter season and marks the beginning of spring. Some of the biggest celebrations took place in the temples of Vrindavan, a town in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where, according to legend, the Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha.
An anti-government protester wearing an illuminated costume takes part in a rally in Seoul. Image copyright ED JONES/AFP
Image caption An anti-government protester wearing an illuminated costume takes part in a rally in Seoul. Tens of thousands of South Korean protesters held rival mass rallies over the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye as judges prepared to rule on the scandal that has rocked the country. On Friday, judges upheld parliament's decision to impeach Ms Park over her role in a corruption scandal involving her close friend, Choi Soon-sil.
A member of the Tinstix of Dynamite aerobatics team flies in front of a wall of fire Image copyright MAL FAIRCLOUGH/afp
Image caption A member of the Tinstix of Dynamite aerobatics team flies in front of a wall of fire during the Australian International Airshow near Melbourne.
Rider Jeff Dahl races down Harrison Avenue towing skier and son Jason Dahl Image copyright JASON CONNOLLY/AFP
Image caption Rider Jeff Dahl races down Harrison Avenue towing skier and son Jason Dahl during the 68th annual Leadville Ski Joring weekend competition in Leadville, Colorado.
Maasai women dance as they welcome United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at an event to celebrate the International Women's Day in Nairobi, Kenya, 8 March 2017. Image copyright DAI KUROKAWA/EPA
Image caption Maasai women dance as they welcome United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at an event to celebrate the International Women's Day in Nairobi, Kenya.
Skiers compete in the Men's Cross Country Mass Start during the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships on 5 March 2017 in Lahti, Finland. Image copyright Alamy
Image caption Skiers compete in the Men's Cross Country Mass Start during the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland.
A dancer of Imperio Serrano Samba School Image copyright YASUYOSHI CHIBA/afp
Image caption A dancer from the Imperio Serrano Samba School performs during a parade at the school's neighbourhood of Madureira in Rio de Janeiro, after their victory in Rio's Samba Carnival.
People enjoy fireworks exploding from a traditional bull known as Torito during the annual celebration of San Juan de Dios festivity in Tultepec, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico, 8 March 2017. Image copyright Carlos Jasso/REUTERS
Image caption People enjoy fireworks exploding from a traditional bull effigy known as Torito, during the annual celebration of San Juan de Dios festivity in Tultepec, on the outskirts of Mexico City.
Dogs and owners arrive for the first day of Crufts Dog Show at NEC Arena on 9 March 2017 in Birmingham, England. Image copyright Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Image caption Dogs and owners took centre stage at the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, England. Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world. The annual four-day event features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of Best in Show.

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