Week in pictures: 15 - 21 May 2021

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

People stand around and look at their bomb-damaged homes in Gaza following a ceasefire with IsraelImage source, Getty Images
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Palestinians return to their bomb-damaged homes in Gaza after a ceasefire with Israel was brokered by Egypt early on Friday. The conflict saw 11 nights of cross-border bombardments and nearly 250 deaths. Both Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas have claimed victory following the ceasefire
Image source, Gil Cohen-Magen / AFP
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Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi (centre) and his German counterpart Heiko Maas (right) visit a building that was hit by Hamas rocket fire from Gaza, in Petah Tikva, Israel
Image source, Gareth Jones
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An art installation featuring 18,000 paper doves and 15.5 miles (24.9km) of ribbon is unveiled at Liverpool Cathedral. Entitled Peace Doves, the artwork was created by British artist Peter Walker. Before the lockdown, messages of peace, hope and love were written on the doves by local children, community groups and visitors to the cathedral
Image source, Brian Ongoro / AFP
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A medical health worker carrying out door-to-door visits injects a woman with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Siaya, Kenya
Image source, Annegret Hilse / Reuters
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A visitor views a work by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at her exhibition A Retrospective at the Gropius Bau museum in Berlin. Kusama, 92, is the biggest-selling female artist in the world, and is known for her striking polka-dot pieces
Image source, Anthony Devlin / Getty Images
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Revellers enjoy a live show at Albert's Schloss bar in Manchester's city centre following the easing of Covid restrictions in England, Wales and most of Scotland. From Monday, millions of people were able to socialise indoors in limited numbers
Image source, Peter Nicholls / Reuters
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Aquarist Jeremy Simmons is watched by a young spectator as he plants corals in a reef tank at ZSL London Zoo, amid preparations for the reopening of indoor exhibits. The corals were rescued from illegal trading
Image source, Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters
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A health worker sanitises their gloves before taking a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test from a mobile swab collection vehicle in Kathmandu, Nepal. The country is currently reeling from a second wave of coronavirus
Image source, David Parry / PA Media
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Ai-Da, the world's first robot artist, poses next to her work at The Design Museum in London. The robot uses AI algorithms to produce self-portraits. She was commissioned in 2019 and created by engineers and designers from around the UK
Image source, Owen Humphreys / PA Media
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A tawny owl chick is ringed by Martin Davison, ornithologist for Forestry England, in Kielder Forest, Northumberland, as part of a study of the birds' behaviour

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