Week in pictures: 12-18 December 2020

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A selection of powerful news photographs taken around the world this week.

A worker clears snow as snow begins to fall in Times Square, New YorkImage source, JEENAH MOON/Reuters
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A worker clears snow as it starts to fall in Times Square, New York City. A powerful snowstorm swept through the north-eastern US, breaking records and affecting 60 million people. This one storm matched New York City's snowfall for the whole of last year.
Image source, Kyodo/via REUTERS
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Mount Sakurajima, an active volcano on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, erupted this week. It sent a plume of ash into a sky illuminated by a lightning storm.
Image source, ADRIANO MACHADO/REUTERS
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Abilio da Cruz Pinto, 77, dressed as Santa Claus, greets a child in a shopping mall from within a plastic bubble in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia. Brazil has experienced one of the worst outbreaks of Covid-19 in the world.
Image source, FAYAZ AZIZ/REUTERS
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A zookeeper feeds a pair of giraffes at Peshawar Zoo in northern Pakistan.
Image source, ANUSHREE FADNAVIS/Reuters
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Widows and other female relatives of farmers who are believed to have killed themselves over debt attend a protest at the Tikri border near the Indian capital, Delhi. They demonstrated against agricultural laws passed by India's parliament which further open up the sector to private interests, which farmers fear will make them more vulnerable.
Image source, KHALED ABDULLAH/REUTERS
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Newly born conjoined twins in an incubator at the child intensive care unit of al-Sabeen hospital in Sanaa, Yemen.
Image source, Attila Kovacs/EPA
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A common kingfisher catching a fish in a lake near Tiszaalpar, Hungary.
Image source, HENRY NICHOLLS/REUTERS
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Police officers detain an anti-vaccination activist during a demonstration in Parliament Square in central London.
Image source, IVAN ALVARADO/Reuters
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People use special protective glasses to observe the solar eclipse in Santiago, Chile. The spectacle was visible from a 90km (56-mile) corridor spanning Chile's southern Pacific coast, across the Andean mountain range, and into Argentina.
Image source, CHERISS MAY/Reuters
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US Vice President Mike Pence receives his Covid-19 vaccine live on television. The White House said the aim of the move was to "promote the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and build confidence among the American people".

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