In Pictures

Week in pictures: 12 - 18 January 2019

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

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun speaks at the COSTI Corvetti Education Centre in Toronto, Canada Image copyright Mark Blinch/REUTERS
Image caption Rahaf Mohammed, an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family, speaks at the COSTI Corvetti Education Centre in Toronto, Canada. Mohammed made headlines when she flew to Thailand and barricaded herself in a hotel while appealing on Twitter for help to avoid deportation.
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Members of the Austrian army shovel snow on a rooftop Image copyright Leonhard Foeger/REUTERS
Image caption Members of the Austrian army shovel snow on a rooftop after heavy snowfall in Werfenweng, Austria. Much of Europe has been hit by heavy snow, resulting in at least two dozen deaths in the past few weeks and resulting in widespread travel disruption.
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US President Donald Trump with fast food Image copyright Chris Kleponis/Getty Images
Image caption US President Donald Trump presents a fast food feast at the White House, blaming the partial government shutdown for a lack of catering staff. The president welcomed the winners of the national college football championship, the Clemson Tigers, with more than 300 burgers, as well as fries and pizzas.
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A man rides a horse through flames Image copyright Susana Vera/REUTERS
Image caption A horse is ridden through flames during the annual Las Luminarias celebration in the village of San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. Thought to be 500 years old, the event takes place on the eve of Saint Anthony's Day - Saint Anthony is the patron saint of animals.
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People wearing loin cloths pray as they bathe in ice-cold water Image copyright Issei Kato/REUTERS
Image caption People in loin cloths pray as they bathe in ice-cold water in a ceremony to purify their souls and wish for good health in the new year, at the Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo, Japan.
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A vet performs a check-up on an African lion cub Image copyright Agencja Gazeta/via REUTERS
Image caption A vet performs a check-up on an African lion cub in Wroclaw, Poland.
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Two men ride a New York City subway line during the 18th annual No Pants Subway Ride Image copyright David 'Dee' Delgado/Getty Images
Image caption Two men ride a New York City subway line during the 18th annual No Pants Subway Ride. Arranged by US comedy collective Improv Everywhere, the prank takes place in cities around the world, with participants nonchalantly acting as if they have forgotten their trousers.
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A large, circular ice disc Image copyright Brian Snyder/REUTERS
Image caption A rare giant ice disc, which is approximately 91m (298ft) wide, spins slowly in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine, US. Researchers believe ice discs spin because of temperature changes in the water, chipping away the edges and creating a circular shape.
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A model with face paint and a blue wig Image copyright FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP
Image caption A model presents a creation by Walter Van Beirendonck, during the men's Fall/Winter 2019/2020 collection fashion show in Paris.
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A woman cleaning the skull of Dippy the Diplodocus Image copyright Jane Barlow/PA
Image caption Dippy the diplodocus is cleaned and put back together after being transported to Glasgow, ahead of going on display at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The diplodocus cast is currently on a tour of the UK, having previously been displayed for 38 years at the Natural History Museum in London.

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