Week in pictures: 13 - 19 March 2021

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

A large tiger is sedated as people perform dental surgery on itImage source, Sebastien Bozon / AFP
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Baikal, a 14-year-old Siberian tiger, has dental surgery to cure an infection, at the Mulhouse Zoological and Botanical Park, France.
Image source, Stephen Shaver / Shutterstock
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A cyclist navigates a thick sandstorm in Beijing. The Chinese capital's weather bureau called it the worst sandstorm in a decade, with air pollution levels in some districts reaching 160 times the recommended limit. Beijing faces regular sandstorms in March and April, due to its proximity to the Gobi desert.
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Students in Lausanne, Switzerland, take part in a lesson to simulate life in a space base on the planet Mars.
Image source, Delil Souleiman / AFP
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Pigeons owned by Abdulhamid Hana, a 50-year-old Syrian pigeon-keeper, are pictured on his roof in the city of Raqa.
Image source, AFP
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People lay flowers and candles at a site in Yangon, Myanmar, where protesters died during demonstrations against the recent military coup. Activists say 38 protesters were killed on Monday, in one of the bloodiest days since the coup.
Image source, Marco Longari / AFP
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Toure, a Gambian salt harvester, holds a basket filled with salt collected from the crust of the bottom of Lake Retba (Pink Lake) in Senegal. The lake owes its name to the pink waters caused by the Dunaliella salina algae, and is known for its high salt content.
Image source, Philip Fong / AFP
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People walk inside an interactive art installation called Ephemeral Solidified Light, during a preview of the teamLab Reconnect exhibition - which combines art and sauna - in the Roppongi district of Tokyo.
Image source, Chalinee Thirasupa / Reuters
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Young elephant riders, known as mahouts, play with elephants in the Chao Phraya river after the celebration of Thailand's National Elephant Day, in the city of Ayutthaya.
Image source, Yuri Maltsev / Reuters
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An employee attaches "skin" to the head of a humanoid robot developed by Promobot, a service robotics manufacturer, in Vladivostok, Russia.
Image source, Danny Lawson / PA Media
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An art installation called Colour Forms, by artists Lenny and Whale, has been unveiled in Wentworth Castle Gardens in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. The sculpture is inspired by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, a vaccination pioneer, who brought the concept of the smallpox inoculation to England from Turkey in 1721.

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