In Pictures

Week in pictures: 23-29 July 2016

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

Fire fighters battle the so-called Sand Fire in the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles, California Image copyright Gene Blevins / Reuters
Image caption Fire crews in California struggled to contain a wildfire that has destroyed a number of homes and threatens hundreds of others in mountains north of Los Angeles. The blaze, known as the Sand Fire, broke out on Friday in the Sand Canyon area near Santa Clarita, on the edge of the Angeles National Forest.
Pope Francis Image copyright OSSERVATORE ROMANO / AFP
Image caption Pope Francis offered a private prayer at the former Auschwitz death camp. He walked alone and in silence around the concentration and extermination camp in what was Nazi-occupied Poland where 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed.
A member of the Maroubra Winter Seals swimming club prepares to dive Image copyright David Gray / Reuters
Image caption Members of the Maroubra Winter Seals swimming club took to the water in Sydney, Australia.
Balloons descend as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former US president Bill Clinton celebrate Image copyright Saul Loeb / AFP
Image caption Hillary Clinton told voters the presidential election is a "moment of reckoning", as she made history by accepting the Democratic nomination. Mrs Clinton will take on the Republican nominee Donald Trump in an election battle widely considered to be a tight race when voters head to the polls in November.
Indian schoolchildren hold masks bearing the image of former Indian president AP Kalam at a school in Chennai Image copyright ARUN SANKAR / AFP
Image caption Indian schoolchildren held masks bearing the image of former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam at a school in Chennai in a ceremony marking the anniversary of his death. The much-loved Mr Kalam died last year while addressing a gathering of students at a university in Shillong, the capital of the north-eastern state of Meghalaya.
Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko with members of the Russia"s National Olympic Image copyright Pavel Golovkin / AP
Image caption Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko posed with members of the country's Olympic team in Moscow. Russia had hoped to send 387 athletes to Rio but more than 100 have been suspended following a report that the country operated a state-sponsored doping programme for four years across the "vast majority" of summer and winter Olympic sports.
Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered airplane, piloted by Swiss pioneer Bertrand Piccardis seen as it lands in Abu Dhabi Image copyright Jean Revillard / AFP
Image caption Solar Impulse 2 landed in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, successfully completing the first solar-powered flight around the globe.
A child climbs onto a giant mockup laptop keyboard during a promotion event at a shopping centre in Beijing, Chin Image copyright Thomas Peter / Reuters
Image caption In Beijing, a giant keyboard was on show at a shopping centre as part of a promotional event.
Chris Froome on the podium on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris Image copyright Jeff Pachoud / AFP
Image caption Chris Froome became Britain's first three-time winner of the Tour de France when he crossed the finish line of the 21-stage race in Paris on Sunday. He is pictured here with second and third place riders celebrating on the podium on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Boxing trainer Moacyr Lima (left) trains Leandro Guignoni in beach boxing at Pepe beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Image copyright YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP
Image caption Trainer Moacyr Lima (left) worked with Leandro Guignoni at his ring on the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ahead of next week's Olympics.

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