In Pictures

Week in pictures: 3 - 9 September 2016

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

Two men look at a wildfire from a swimming pool as it burns nearby Benitachell village, eastern Spain, Image copyright Alberto Saiz/ap
Image caption Spanish firefighters battled a huge forest blaze on the Costa Blanca that forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 people including tourists. They were moved late on Sunday from properties in Javea and the resort of Benitachell.
A devotee carries an idol of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the Arabian Sea on the second day of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai Image copyright DANISH SIDDIQUI/Reuters
Image caption A devotee carries an idol of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the Arabian Sea on the second day of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai. In places such as Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra in India, the festival is celebrated for 10 days
Visitors and car enthusiasts attend the annual Goodwood Revival historic motor racing festival, celebrating a mid-twentieth century heyday of the racing circuit, near Chichester in south England, Britain. Image copyright TOBY MELVILLE/Reuters
Image caption Visitors and car enthusiasts attended the annual Goodwood Revival historic motor racing festival. The event celebrates the heyday of the racing circuit, near Chichester in the south of England.
Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and try to touch Maqam Ibrahim or The Station of Abraham, the golden glass structure top right, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Image copyright Nariman El-Mofty/EPA
Image caption Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
A performer in a wheelchair takes part in the opening ceremony for the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Image copyright UESLEI MARCELINO/reuters
Image caption Brazilian President Michel Temer was booed as the Paralympic Games opened in Rio de Janeiro to a backdrop of colour and music. The opening ceremony began with American Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham, in a wheelchair, jumping from a massive ramp from the Maracana stands and performing a backflip through a giant ring.
A 120-metre long model of London's 17th-century skyline burns to mark 350 years since the Great Fire Image copyright John Phillips//Getty Images
Image caption A 120m long wooden replica of 1666 London was set ablaze on a platform in the River Thames in London to mark 350 years since the Great Fire. The fire destroyed much of the city, and raged for four days.
Participants perform during the 2nd World Nomad Games at Issyk-Kul lake in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan Image copyright IGOR KOVALENKO/EPA
Image caption Brazil may have been as the host of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, but it's not the only country holding a major sporting competition. Some lesser known Central Asian sports including horseback wrestling, bone throwing and eagle hunting have been on display at the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan. A stuntman was set alight during a performance at the games.
A tapestry depicting Mother Teresa of Calcutta is seen in the facade of Saint Peter's Basilica during a mass, celebrated by Pope Francis, for her canonisation in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, 4 September 2016. Image copyright STEFANO RELLANDINI/reuters
Image caption Mother Teresa, revered for her work with the poor in India, has been proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis. Tens of thousands of pilgrims were at St Peter's Square for the Mass and canonisation - a relic was placed in an altar for veneration.
The New York skyline is seen from the US Open tennis tournament after sunset. Image copyright Adam Hunger/AP
Image caption The New York skyline is seen from the US Open tennis tournament after sunset. Serena Williams set a new Grand Slam record of 308 victories with a win over Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan. The American, 34, won 6-2 6-3 to pass Roger Federer in the all-time list of matches won at the tennis majors. Williams was beaten at the semi-final stage of the tournament by Czech 10th seed Karolina Pliskova.

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