In Pictures

Week in pictures: 19-25 March 2016

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

Messages written on a wall at Place de la Bourse, Brussels Image copyright Yoan Valat / EPA
Image caption Belgium observed three days of mourning after at least 31 people were killed and 300 injured in explosions at Brussels airport and a metro station on Tuesday. The so-called Islamic State group said it was behind the attacks.
The hands of US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro are seen during a news conference as part of Obama's three-day visit to Cuba, in Havana Image copyright Carlos Barria / Reuters
Image caption Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Cuba in 88 years. Mr Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro addressed reporters in a joint news conference on Monday to begin the task of thawing relations between their two counties.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance the tango Image copyright Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
Image caption From Cuba, the US president and his wife, Michelle, headed to Argentina, where they were invited to step out and try the national dance, the tango.
McLaren Honda's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso crashes Image copyright Alex Coppel / AFP
Image caption Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso walked away uninjured from a huge crash at the Australian Grand Prix when the two-time champion's McLaren was launched into the air and came to rest upside down after hitting the back of Esteban Gutierrez's Haas. Alonso was able to climb out of the wreckage unaided.
Supporters of newly re-elected Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso celebrate his victory in Brazzaville Image copyright Eduardo Soteras / AFP
Image caption Supporters of Denis Sassou Nguesso celebrated his re-election as president of Congo-Brazzaville after the constitution was amended to allow him to seek a third term. He won 60% of the vote, against 15% for his nearest challenger, the electoral body announced. The opposition said there had been "massive fraud".
A competitor taking part in the World Irish Dancing Championships at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall Image copyright Danny Lawson / PA
Image caption More than 5,000 competitors from across the globe are taking part in the World Irish Dancing Championships at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.
Leonardo DiCaprio signs autographs Image copyright Toru Hanai / Reuters
Image caption Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio signed autographs for fans during the Japanese premiere of his movie The Revenant in Tokyo.
Penitents of San Esteban brotherhood pose Image copyright Marcelo del Pozo / Reuters
Image caption Penitents of San Esteban brotherhood posed before taking part in a procession during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain.
A Chinese People's Liberation Army soldier in Beijing Image copyright Andy Wong / EPA
Image caption Outside the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, a Chinese People's Liberation Army soldier formed part on an honour guard at a welcome ceremony for visiting German President Joachim Gauck.
Boy posing with butterflies Image copyright Dylan Martinez/ Reuters
Image caption Bjorn posed with two owl butterflies at an event to launch the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London.
A Playmobil diorama displaying the Battle of Zama Image copyright Jeff Pachoud / AFP
Image caption Jean-Michel Leuillier hopes his re-creation of the 202BC Battle of Zama, using more than 26,000 Playmobil figures, in the sports hall of Heyrieux, France, will be recorded as the world's biggest diorama.

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