In Pictures

Week in pictures: 12-18 December 2015

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

Image copyright Dieu Nalio Chery / AP
Image caption Lindor Kerby, a Radio Tele Timoun journalist, was helped by demonstrators in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, when tear gas was fired during a protest on the 25th anniversary of the first democratic election in 1990. Violent protests erupted in Haiti in November following the first round of a presidential election.
Image copyright Joel Kowsky / Nasa
Image caption Astronaut Tim Peake became the first British man to board the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz rocket that took him there blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with colleagues Russian Yuri Malenchenko and American Tim Kopra on board.
Image copyright Natalia Kolesnikova / AFP
Image caption Russian President Vladimir Putin held his wide-ranging annual news conference in Moscow. In it he attacked Turkey over the shooting down of a Russian combat jet last month and, speaking about next year's US presidential election, he called Donald Trump a "very colourful, talented person" and the "absolute front-runner in the presidential race".
Image copyright Marco Longari / AFP
Image caption Supporters of the National Transition Council's president Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet paraded through the streets of Bangui in the Central African Republic ahead of a constitutional referendum the next day. A vote in favour would pave the way for the country's delayed national elections to go ahead on 27 December.
Image copyright Leon Neal / AFP
Image caption Actress Carrie Fisher and her dog attended the opening of the European premiere of her latest film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in central London.
Image copyright Philippe Huguen / AFP
Image caption The graffiti artist Banksy recreated The Raft of the Medusa by French artist Gericault in the city centre of Calais, northern France. The people in Banksy's painting are refugees who are looking towards a luxury liner.
Image copyright Richard Heathcote / Getty Images
Image caption Anthony Joshua (right) caught the referee as he threw a punch after the bell during a British and Commonwealth heavyweight title contest against Dillian Whyte at the O2 Arena in London.
Image copyright Carlo Allegri / Reuters
Image caption Selena Gomez performed at the Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Image copyright Ben MacMahon / EPA
Image caption Jetty jumpers escaped the heat by cooling off at Henley Beach, west of Adelaide in Australia, as temperatures rose above 42C.
Image copyright Christophe Petit Tesson / EPA
Image caption A deal to attempt to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2C was agreed at the climate change summit in Paris after two weeks of intense negotiations. Nearly 200 countries took part, in a bid to strike the first climate deal to commit all countries to cut emissions, which would come into being in 2020.

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