In Pictures

Week in pictures: 11-17 March 2017

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

A taxi drives past piles of snow as a storm sweeps through Times Square in New York on 14 March 2017. Image copyright Mark Lennihan/AP
Image caption The eastern US states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia declared states of emergency as a huge storm brought heavy snow. With winds of up to 60mph (100km/h), the storm caused severe disruption for commuters across many parts of the region, and authorities in several states advised residents to stay off the roads.
Snow-covered Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, spews lava during an eruption in the early hours of 16 March 2017. Image copyright Salvatore Allegra/AP
Image caption Mount Etna in Sicily is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. That makes it a big draw not only for the scientists who want to understand better how these mountains work, but also for tourists who want to be amazed by a spectacular show of fire. A BBC team and a number of tourists suffered minor injuries after an eruption on Thursday.
A girl reacts as coloured water is thrown on her during Holi, the Festival of Colours, in Mumbai, India, 13 March 2017. Image copyright SHAILESH ANDRADE/REUTERS
Image caption A girl reacts as coloured water is thrown on her during Holi, the Festival of Colours, in Mumbai, India.
A young man practices a skateboarding move in front of a fire set by protestors following a demonstration against proposed federal government reforms on 15 March 2017 in Rio de Janeiro Image copyright ANTONIO LACERDA/EPA
Image caption A young man practises a skateboarding move in front of a fire lit by protesters following a demonstration against proposed federal government reforms in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shout slogans in front of the Netherlands' consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, 12 March 2017. Image copyright SEDAT SUNA/EPA
Image caption Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the Netherlands that it would "pay the price" for harming ties after two of his ministers were barred from addressing Turkish expatriates in Rotterdam. The rallies took place ahead of a referendum on whether Turkey's presidency should be granted greater powers. Supporters of President Erdogan protested in front of the Netherlands' consulate in Istanbul.
Queen Elizabeth smiles as she leaves after officially reopening The National Army Museum in London, England, 16 March 2017. The Museum has undergone a three-year, £24m redevelopment. Image copyright Leon Neal/Getty Images
Image caption Queen Elizabeth smiles as she leaves after officially reopening The National Army Museum in London. The museum has undergone a three-year, £24m redevelopment.
Qi Guangpu of China performs an aerial during the FIS Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing World Championships. Image copyright David Ramos/Getty images
Image caption Qi Guangpu of China performs an aerial during the FIS Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing World Championships.
Young Jewish men dance around a table as they visit a local business man to ask for money during the annual Jewish holiday of Purim on 12 March 2017 in London, England. Image copyright Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Image caption Young Jewish men dance around a table as they visit a businessman in London during the annual Jewish holiday of Purim. It commemorates the time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination by the courage of a young Jewish woman called Esther.
A Yazidi refugee from Kurdistan laughs as he learns the sport of curling at the Royal Canadian Curling Club during an event put on by the Together Project, in Toronto, 15 March 2017. Image copyright MARK BLINCH/REUTERS
Image caption A Yazidi refugee from Kurdistan laughs as he learns the sport of curling at the Royal Canadian Curling Club during an event put on by the Together Project in Toronto.

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