In Pictures

Week in pictures: 20-26 May 2017

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

Candles flicker alongside a carpet of flowers and messages at St Ann's Square in Manchester, north-west England Image copyright Ben Stansall / AFP
Image caption Twenty-two people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed and 116 injured when a suicide bomber attacked concertgoers at Manchester Arena. It is the worst terrorist attack in the UK since the 7 July bombings in 2005, in which 52 people were killed by four suicide bombers.
Pope Francis talks with US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania during a private audience at the Vatican Image copyright Alessandra Tarantino / Reuters / Pool
Image caption US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania met Pope Francis for a short private audience on the third leg of his overseas trip. Mr Trump said he was "more determined than ever" to pursue peace in the world after meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Animal trainer Alexander Lacey performs with Masai the lion Image copyright Peter Foley / EPA
Image caption Animal trainer Alexander Lacey performs with Masai the lion at the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which staged its final performance in New York after pulling the plug amid falling ticket sales and growing costs.
Cast members Gwendoline Christie, Nicole Kidman and Elisabeth Moss pose at Cannes Image copyright Stephane Mahe / Reuters
Image caption Cast members Gwendoline Christie, Elisabeth Moss and Nicole Kidman pose for the cameras in Cannes where the premiere of their new TV series Top of the Lake: China Girl was screened.
Schoenbrunn Palace Image copyright Florian Wieser / EPA
Image caption Some 100,000 people attended the annual open-air concert at Schoenbrunn Palace and its Baroque gardens, in Vienna, a Unesco world cultural heritage site.
A rosary is seen hanging on a vest of a government soldier while praying before their assault against insurgents who have taken over large parts of Marawi City Image copyright Romeo Ranoco / AFP
Image caption President Rodrigo Duterte has said martial law on Mindanao island could be extended across the Philippines, while the army fights Islamist militants. Thousands of people have been fleeing fighting in the city of Marawi after gunmen rampaged through the city.
A demonstrator runs near a burning barricade during a protest against President Michel Temer in Brasilia Image copyright Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters
Image caption Angry demonstrators in Brasilia set light to barricades and started a fire inside the ministry of agriculture during protests against under-fire President Michel Temer. They are also demanding fresh elections and for economic reform plans to be withdrawn.
South African boys somersault off a hill Image copyright Nic Bothma / EPA
Image caption Boys in South Africa perform somersaults on a hill in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Africa Day which commemorates the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity.
Dutch Formula One driver Max Verstappen's car Image copyright Srdjak Suki / EPA
Image caption Dutch Formula One driver Max Verstappen's car is reflected in a helmet of a Monaco fireman during the first practice session at the Monte Carlo circuit in Monaco.

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