In Pictures

Week in Pictures: 15-21 February

A selection of striking news photographs from around the world this week.

Lizzo performs at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London, 18 February 2020. Image copyright Hannah Mckay / REUTERS
Image caption Lizzo was one of several artists to perform live at the Brit Awards on Tuesday at the O2 Arena in London. Others included Billie Eilish, Stormzy and London rapper Dave, who won album of the year, moments after calling the prime minister a "racist" during his performance.
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A woman burns incense sticks as she prays at a temple on the occasion of the Hindu festival of Maha Shivaratri in Kolkata, India, 21 February 2020. Image copyright Rupak De Chowdhuri / REUTERS
Image caption A woman burns incense sticks as she prays at a temple during the Hindu festival of Maha Shivaratri in Kolkata.
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An aerial view of the Welsh village of Crickhowell which was cut off as the river Usk bursts its banks at Crickhowell bridge near the Bridge End Inn on 16 February 2020 in Crickhowell, Wales. Image copyright Christopher Furlong / Getty Images
Image caption Police declared a major incident in the area around the Welsh village of Crickhowell after the river Usk bursts its banks near the Bridge End Inn. Heavy rain and strong winds, caused by Storm Dennis, lashed much of the UK on 15 and 16 February.
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The abandoned ghost ship Alta stuck on the rocks of the Irish coast Image copyright Cathal Noonan / AFP
Image caption An abandoned "ghost" cargo ship was discovered washed up off the coast of County Cork, Ireland, following strong winds from Storm Dennis.
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Nascar Cup Series driver Ryan Newman's car (6) crashes during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. 17 February 2020 Image copyright Peter Casey-USA TODAY / Reuters
Image caption Nascar driver Ryan Newman has been released from hospital two days after a crash at the Daytona 500 in Florida. The 42-year-old American sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries on Monday when his Ford Mustang was hit from behind.
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Men dressed in loincloths prepare to snatch a wooden stick called "shingi" tossed by the priest during a naked festival at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, Okayama Prefecture Japan, 15 February 2020. Image copyright KIM KYUNG-HOON / REUTERS
Image caption Men dressed in loincloths prepare to snatch one of two wooden sticks, called shingi, tossed by a priest during the annual "Naked Festival" in Saidaiji Temple, Okayama, Japan.
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Forensic experts examine a damaged car after a shooting in Hanau near Frankfurt, Germany, 20 February 2020. Image copyright Kai Pfaffenbach / REUTERS
Image caption Forensic experts examine a damaged car after two shootings in Hanau near Frankfurt, in which nine people were killed. Germany's Federal prosecutor Peter Frank said the suspect, Tobias R, 43, posted material online that showed a "deeply racist mindset" before he opened fire on two shisha bars.
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A bus carrying passengers, who will board the Qantas aircraft chartered by the Australian government, from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship drive near Daikoku Pier on 19 February 2020 in Yokohama, Japan. Image copyright Tomohiro Ohsumi / Getty Images
Image caption A bus carries Australian passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, to board a Qantas aircraft chartered by the Australian government. More than 620 people on board the Diamond Princess tested positive for the virus, the largest cluster of cases outside China.
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Ushers admire the interior of Salisbury Cathedral, 18 February 2020. Image copyright Ben Birchall / PA
Image caption A light-and-sound art installation, Sarum Lights, has been installed in Salisbury Cathedral as part of its 800th anniversary celebrations.
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People walk by a poster by Italian urban artist Salvatore Benintende aka "TVBOY" depicting Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa wearing a protective facemask and holding a mobile phone, 18 February 2020. Image copyright PAU BARRENA / AFP
Image caption People pass a poster in a Barcelona street by Italian urban artist Salvatore Benintende, aka TVBoy, depicting Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa wearing a protective face mask and holding a mobile phone, reading "Mobile World Virus". The Mobile World Congress in the city was cancelled amid concern about the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 2,000 people and affected more than 25 countries.
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