In Pictures

Week in pictures: 15-21 December 2018

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

A diver feeds a stingray while dressed as Santa Claus Image copyright EDGAR SU/REUTERS
Image caption Zhao Jian Wen feeds a stingray while dressed as Santa Claus during SEA Aquarium's Christmas festivities in Singapore.
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Passengers queue while waiting for announcements at Gatwick South Terminal on 20 December 2018 Image copyright Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Image caption Weary passengers await announcements at Gatwick Airport after its runway closed just after 21:00 on 19 December when two drones were spotted flying over the perimeter fence and into the airfield. It did not reopen until Friday morning. Thousands of people's flights were cancelled because of what police called "a deliberate act to disrupt the airport".
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A mother of a child who died from suspected Ebola, cries near her child's coffin Image copyright Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS
Image caption A mother of a child who died from suspected Ebola cries near the coffin in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Residents look at the remains of Educandos neighbourhood the day after it was ravaged by a massive fire, in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil Image copyright MICHAEL DANTAS/AFP
Image caption Residents stare at the remains of Educandos neighbourhood the day after it was ravaged by a massive fire in Manaus, Brazil. No deaths were reported in the blaze, which authorities said might have been caused by a pressure cooker.
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Workers put the finishing touches on a statue Image copyright Susana Vera/REUTERS
Image caption Workers put the finishing touches to a statue, entitled Julia, designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa in Madrid.
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A street vendor sells Christmas decorations on a street in Dakar, Senegal Image copyright Zohra Bensemra/REUTERS
Image caption A street vendor sells Christmas decorations on a street in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
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Search and rescue team approaches the Soyuz MS-09 capsule on 20 December 2018 Image copyright Shamil Zhumatov/REUTERS
Image caption A search-and-rescue team approaches the Soyuz MS-09 capsule, carrying International Space Station crew members, shortly after its landing in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.
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People gather around fences that have been erected to protect the latest piece of artwork by guerrilla artist Banksy on 20 December 2018 Image copyright Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Image caption People gather to take photos of the latest piece of artwork by guerrilla artist Banksy, in Port Talbot, Wales. The British artist, who keeps his identity a secret, used his verified Instagram account to confirm the graffiti piece was his.
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Former US President Barack Obama delivering gifts at Children's National medical centre in Washington DC, on 19 December 2018 Image copyright Obama Foundation/Chuck Kennedy/AFP
Image caption Former US President Barack Obama delivers gifts and greets patients and their parents at the Children's National medical centre in Washington DC.
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Choristers take part in a rehearsal at St Paul's Cathedral in London, on 19 December 2018 Image copyright Hannah McKay/REUTERS
Image caption Choristers take part in a rehearsal at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

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