In Pictures

Week in pictures: 2-8 January 2016

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

Image copyright Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
Image caption An emotional US President Barack Obama unveiled new restrictions on gun purchases, saying the "constant excuses for inaction" have to stop. His executive actions, without Congress approval, widen background checks on potential gun buyers. But the National Rifle Association said it would fight Mr Obama's measures.
Image copyright Philippe Wojazer / Reuters
Image caption On the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, French police shot dead a man who was apparently trying to attack a police station. Here police check a pedestrian as they secure the area.
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Image caption North Korea announced it had successfully carried out its first underground test of a hydrogen bomb - a more powerful weapon than an atomic bomb. The announcement was swiftly criticised by world leaders with South Korea calling it "a grave provocation to our national security". But there has been no independent confirmation of the North's claim yet.
Image copyright Marko Djurica / Reuters
Image caption Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Christmas. Communities from Europe, Africa and the Middle East marked the event - each with their own unique traditions - in line with the Julian calendar. Here believers burn dried oak branches on Orthodox Christmas Eve in Belgrade.
Image copyright Felipe Trueba / EPA
Image caption Brazilian Marcelo Medeiros, a member of the Yamaha team, crashed during the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally between Jujuy in Argentina, and Uyuni in Bolivia. Medeiros was airlifted to hospital and treated for a broken collar bone.
Image copyright John Locher / AP
Image caption Tech journalists from around the globe descended on Las Vegas for the CES show to see what the latest trends are and to try out the gadgets heading our way. Here wearing Samsung Gear VR goggles.
Image copyright Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
Image caption Actor Jack Black presented his own version of virtual reality with actress Kate Hudson at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California.
Image copyright Markku Ojala / EPA
Image caption An interactive sculpture, CLOUD by Canadian artists Caitlind RC Brown and Wayne Garret, went on show at the Lux Helsinki light festival, in Finland.
Image copyright Mark Runnacles / Getty Images
Image caption Residents of a caravan park in Ballater, Scotland, surveyed the damage caused by Storm Frank. There has been little respite from the weather for people in parts of Scotland and the north of England since the new year.
Image copyright Jason Reed / Reuters
Image caption Cricket fans watching Australia play West Indies in Sydney paid tribute to the late cricket player and commentator Richie Benaud by wearing suits, grey wigs and holding prop microphones.

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