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Your week in pictures

You have been sending us your photos depicting news events this week from all around the world, from fires in Chile to Easter celebrations and the royal tour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Australia and New Zealand. Here is a selection of them.

Image copyright Martin Pathan

A huge fire which broke out this week in Chile has killed at least 15 people and left thousands homeless. The forest fire started on Saturday 13 April in the hills surrounding the port city of Valparaiso. Chilean forestry officials say it could take more than 20 days to fully extinguish the remaining fires.

Image copyright Hayley Cross

The victims of the Chile fires who were allowed to return to their neighbourhoods often found little trace of their former homes and tried to salvage the little they could, as these images by Hayley Cross show.

Image copyright Paula Tee-Nepia

People in the Americas and Australasia enjoyed a rare celestial show as the Earth's shadow fell across the Moon, changing colour from orange to blood red in a total lunar eclipse, which unfolded over three hours. Paula Tell-Nepia put together her photos of the event captured from New Zealand.

Image copyright Dave John Cole

People in Thailand have been celebrating New Year with their annual water festival, Sonkgran. Dave John Cole who captured this local having fun says: "This was taken at the Silom street party, in Bangkok, just down the road from where protests have been taking place for months to oust the government."

Image copyright Syd Thomson

Scotland's biggest art installation has been lit up in a special event. Artist Andy Scott's 300-tonne, 30m high Kelpie horse heads in Falkirk were brought to life by a light, sound and pyrotechnic display to celebrate their official opening to the public. Kelpies, which are supernatural water horses, feature in Celtic folklore.

Image copyright John Wilkes

Christians across the world have been celebrating Easter. Many people in England, take part in the Good Friday Walk of Witness, like here on Cam Peak, in Gloucestershire. It brings together churches of all denominations to recreate and remember the last walk Jesus took before he was crucified.

Image copyright Mike Kingdon

While in Antigua, in Guatemala, US, processions take part for Holy Week. Mike Kingdon who took the photo below says: "The people who carry the procession pay up to 100 quetzal (a good few days' salary) to carry it for one block. In carrying the procession they believe they are relieved of their sins."

Image copyright Sam Atkinson

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are taking part in a three-week visit to New Zealand and Australia. Sam Atkinson caught a glimpse of the British Royals on the last day of their tour of New Zealand, in Wellington.

Image copyright Rolan Garcia

An international balloon festival has been taking place in the Philippines featuring multi-coloured hot air balloons. Now in its 20th year, it is being held in Lubao, Pampanga for the first time and attracts around 100,000 visitors. In the past, it has been held in Angeles City in February.

Image copyright GEORGE LEAR

In England a family had a lucky escape after their car caught fire in the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park, in Wiltshire. Helen Clements said: "It could have been in the flamingos or the camels but no, it had to be in the lion enclosure." Helen and her two children were rescued by park rangers.

Image copyright Andrew Pyrka

And again in England artwork of three men wearing sunglasses and using listening devices to "snoop" on a telephone box appeared on a wall in Cheltenham, three miles from the government's listening post headquarters. It is thought it was done by the anonymous British graffiti artist known as Banksy.

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