In Pictures

Week in pictures: 13-19 September 2014

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

Image copyright Ahmed Jadallah/reuters
Image caption A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortars towards Zummar near Mosul in Iraq, held by Islamic State (IS) militants. This week, US General Martin Dempsey said that ground forces could be deployed against the militants if the current US-led strategy failed.
Image copyright Charism SAYAT/AFP
Image caption Thousands of Filipinos fled their homes on the northern island of Luzon after the Mount Mayon volcano began to spew lava. Scientists have warned that Mayon could fully erupt within weeks and have raised the alert level to "critical".
Image caption A centre-left coalition led by the Social Democrats won Sweden's parliamentary elections, marking the end of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative government, which has been in power for eight years.
Image copyright Ivan Alvarado/reuters
Image caption Students in Chile cling to a fence while they are detained at the education ministry building during its occupation in Santiago. Around 15 students occupied the building as part of a protest against a financial crisis at their university.
Image copyright Kadir Celikcan/reuters
Image caption Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrians wait behind the border fences near the south-eastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province. About 3,000 people arrived at the Turkish border fleeing Islamic State (IS) militants.
Image copyright Balazs Mohai/epa
Image caption An extreme athlete is seen during the International Highline Meeting in Monte Piana, near Misurina, in the northern Italian Alps.
Image copyright Scott Heppell/ap
Image caption Scotland voted "No" to independence in a referendum, meaning its 300-year old union with the UK will continue. Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond (right), who led the campaign for independence, said he accepted his defeat. "I accept that verdict of the people and I call on all of Scotland to follow suit in accepting the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland."
Image copyright Djordje Kojadinovic/reuters
Image caption Authorities in Serbia evacuated hundreds of people from villages threatened by rising rivers, such as here in Tekija.
Image copyright SEAN DEMPSEY/epa
Image caption Paintings by British artist John Constable are on show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Image copyright FRANK RUMPENHORST/epa
Image caption A model stands between the colourful bristles of a car-wash machine during the press tour of the Automechanika, a car accessories fair in Frankfurt, Germany.
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Image caption Mount Slamet spews ash and lava into the night sky above central Java in Indonesia. According to local media, activity continues to increase and residents are being told to remain at least 4km (2.5 miles) away.
Image copyright Nick Potts/PA
Image caption England's Paul Casey on the fairway at the ISPS Handa Welsh Open at Celtic Manor, Newport in Wales.