In Pictures

Week in pictures: 12 - 18 March 2016

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

Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket Image copyright Dmitri Lovetsky / AP
Image caption A long-exposure photograph captured the service towers either side of the Russian Soyuz-FG booster rocket that will carry the space capsule Soyuz TMA-20M, complete with a new crew, to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
A worker takes picture of a journalist on the steps of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Image copyright Andy Wong / AP
Image caption Bus ushers posed on the steps of the Great Hall of the People during the closing session of China's annual parliamentary meeting in Beijing.
Williams driver Felipe Massa of Brazil steers his car through surface water off the track during the first practice session at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia Image copyright Ross Land / AP
Image caption Williams driver Felipe Massa of Brazil hit some surface water during the first practice session of the new Formula 1 season, which begins in Australia.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande Image copyright Olivier Hoslet / EPA
Image caption German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande shared a private moment during a meeting at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium.
US President Barack Obama tries on a supporter's cowboy hat Image copyright Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
Image caption US President Barack Obama warned White House contenders to avoid raising tensions, a day after a rally by Donald Trump was called off amid clashes. Mr Obama said presidential hopefuls should not resort to "insults" and "certainly not violence against other Americans". Mr Obama is seen here trying on a supporter's hat at a Democratic National Committee event at Gilley's Club in Dallas, Texas.
Caoimhe Cooburn-Gray poses for a picture on St Patrick's day in Dublin, Ireland Image copyright Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters
Image caption Thousands of people attended St Patrick's Day parades and festivities. Here Caoimhe Cooburn-Gray posed for a picture in Dublin, Ireland.
The inside of Katharinenkirche church i Image copyright Boris Roessler / EPA
Image caption The inside of St Catherine's Church in Frankfurt, Germany, was illuminated as part of the Luminale, the eighth Biennale of Lighting Culture.
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei holds a rain cover to protect a Syrian refugee woman from the rain as she plays the piano Image copyright Stoyan Nenov / Reuters
Image caption Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (right) set up a piano in the middle of a refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border and invited Nour Al Khzam to play. She is trying to reach her husband in Germany. Ai Weiwei said her performance "tells the world that art will overcome the war".
Streaks of lightning Image copyright Sanjeev Gupta / EPA
Image caption Streaks of lightning lit up the sky in Bhopal, India.
Anti-government demonstrators march through the water in front of the National Congress building Image copyright Mario Tama/Getty Images
Image caption Anti-government demonstrators marched in front of the National Congress building in Brasilia during a protest against the swearing-in of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as chief of staff to his successor, Dilma Rousseff. Shortly afterwards a Brazilian judge blocked the appointment.

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