In Pictures

Week in pictures: 5-11 December 2015

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

Image copyright Damir Sagolj / Reuters
Image caption People hold their mobile phones aloft at a flag-raising ceremony amid heavy smog in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. For the first time, China's capital declared a smog "red alert" for three days from Tuesday.
Image copyright Bas Czerwinski / AFP
Image caption A competitor cycles against the wind in the Dutch National Championship at the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier in The Netherlands.
Image copyright Owen Humphreys / PA
Image caption Thousands of homes in the UK were flooded by Storm Desmond, forcing many families in Lancashire and Cumbria to move out. Some schools in Carlisle might not reopen fully until after Christmas.
Image copyright Luis Robaya / AFP
Image caption The opposition in Venezuela won a two-thirds majority, meaning the Democratic Unity coalition can now make sweeping changes, including calling a possible referendum on Nicolas Maduro's leadership. The election result is the worst for the socialist movement founded by late leader Hugo Chavez in 1999.
Image copyright Arne Dedert / AFP
Image caption Journalists were suspended in a cage over fog-covered Frankfurt in Germany to view the construction site of the Henninger tower.
Image copyright Dmitry Lovetsky / AP
Image caption A life-sized sculpture by Nikita Gusev of Russian President Vladimir Putin went on display at the Festival of Chocolate in St Petersburg.
Image copyright Robert F Bukaty / AP
Image caption The first Zumwalt-class destroyer, the largest built for the US Navy, heads down the Kennebec River after leaving Bath Iron Works in Maine. The ship was going out to sea for the first time to undergo trials.
Image copyright Siphiwe Sibeko / AP
Image caption South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was granted bail while he awaits sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013. Judges changed his conviction from manslaughter to murder last week. He has already served one year in prison.
Image copyright Ilyas Akengin / AFP
Image caption Turkish police used water cannon to disperse protesters from Diyarbakir's historical Sur district, which was placed under a curfew following the fatal shooting of a pro-Kurdish lawyer. Tahir Elci was killed in a clash between police and unidentified gunmen in the city.
Image copyright Robin Bell / PA
Image caption The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined City brokers on the trading floor of ICAP's London office for the company's annual charity day. Since it began 22 years ago, the event has raised £120m for more than 1,800 charities.