In Pictures

Week in pictures: 18-24 March

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

Hot air balloons take to the air over the Hamilton Lake during the Mass Ascension on the opening day of Balloons Over Waikato on 22 March 2017 in Hamilton, New Zealand. Image copyright Phil Walter/Getty Images
Image caption Hot air balloons prepare to take to the air over Hamilton Lake during the Mass Ascension on the opening day of Balloons Over Waikato in New Zealand.
John and Carolyn Hellmuth of University City visit the statue of singer and musician Chuck Berry with their grandchildren, Millie and Maxon, in University City, Missouri, on 19 March 2017 Image copyright Michael B Thomas/Getty Images
Image caption People paid tribute to Chuck Berry, the US guitarist and songwriter recognised as one of the fathers of rock 'n' roll, who died aged 90.
Women carrying babies queue as they try to buy nappies outside a pharmacy in Caracas, Venezuela, on 18 March 2017. Image copyright CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/Reuters
Image caption Women carrying babies queue as they try to buy nappies outside a pharmacy in Caracas. Severe shortages of basic goods mean that Venezuelans often have to queue for hours to buy essential items.
President Donald Trump pretends to drive as he gets in an 18-wheeler as he meets with truckers and CEOs regarding healthcare on the South Lawn of the White House, 23 March 2017. Image copyright Andrew Harnik/AP
Image caption US President Donald Trump in the cab of an 18-wheel vehicle as he meets truckers on the south lawn of the White House. President Trump was discussing his healthcare proposals, which have been going through Congress.
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams (watches on as mourners carry the coffin of the late Martin McGuinness past the murals at Free Derry corner on 23 March 2017 in Northern Ireland. Image copyright Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
Image caption Martin McGuinness's funeral took place at Saint Columba's Church in his native Londonderry-Derry. Large crowds followed the politician's coffin through the Bogside to the church. The paramilitary-turned-peacemaker died on Tuesday after a short illness, aged 66.
A displaced Iraqi girl, who fled her home, cries during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants, near Badush, Iraq. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption An Iraqi girl who fled her home during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants near Badush, Iraq. The UN has warned an additional 320,000 civilians may flee in the coming weeks.
Conservative Member of Parliament Tobias Ellwood, centre, helps emergency services attend to an injured policeman outside the Houses of Parliament, London. Image copyright Stefan Rousseau/PA
Image caption Four people died and at least 50 were injured in a terror attack near the Houses of Parliament in London. Doctors and nurses were seen running from nearby St Thomas' Hospital to help those injured on Westminster Bridge while MP Tobias Ellwood was pictured giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to PC Keith Palmer, who was fatally stabbed. The attacker was killed by armed police.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP and acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Craig Mackey stand in silence during a candlelit vigil at Trafalgar Square Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption On Thursday evening, hundreds of people attended a candlelit vigil in Trafalgar Square, not far from the scene of Wednesday's attack. Home Secretary Amber Rudd, with London Mayor Sadiq Khan and acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Craig Mackey, paid tribute to the people who lost their lives.
A man takes a fall as he participates in the Mud Day race, a 13km obstacle course, in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 24 March 2017. Image copyright JACK GUEZ
Image caption A man takes a fall as he participates in the Mud Day race, a 13km obstacle course, in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Engineer Volkmar Dohmen stands in front of xenon short-arc lamps in the DLR German national aeronautics and space research centre in Juelich, western Germany. The lights are part of an artificial sun that will be used for research purposes. (Caroline Seidel/dpa via AP) Image copyright Caroline Seidel/dpa/ap
Image caption An engineer stands in front of xenon short-arc lamps at the German national aeronautics and space research centre in Juelich. The lights are part of an artificial sun that will be used for research purposes.

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