In Pictures

Week in pictures: 1-7 October 2016

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

A water vole eating berries Image copyright Dean Mason/BBC
Image caption A photo of a water vole snacking on berries has been chosen as the winner of the BBC's Countryfile annual photography competition. The picture, titled Berry Brunch, taken by Dean Mason, was voted for by viewers and crowned the champion during Sunday evening's episode of the popular BBC One programme.
Members of Vella de Xiquets de Valls try to complete their human tower during the 26th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on 2 October 2016. Image copyright Emilio Morenatti
Image caption Members of Vella de Xiquets de Valls compete during the 26th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain. The tradition of building human towers, or Castells, dates back to the 18th Century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where "colles", or teams, compete to build the tallest and most complicated towers.
A student is seen during clashes with South African police at Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Image copyright Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Image caption South African police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse student protesters at Wits University. The prestigious Johannesburg university is one of many in the country to have been hit by recent protests over government plans to increase tuition fees by up to 8%.
Goats wait to get unloaded from a vehicle at a livestock market during Dashain, the biggest religious festival for Hindus in Nepal, in Kathmandu Image copyright Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
Image caption Goats wait to be unloaded from a vehicle at a livestock market in Kathmandu during Dashain, the biggest religious festival for Hindus in Nepal.
Prime Minister Theresa May makes her keynote speech as she closes the 2016 Conservative Conference at the ICC Birmingham on 5 October 2016 in Birmingham, England. Image copyright Matt Cardy/Getty images
Image caption UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivered the closing speech at the annual Conservative conference. Speaking about the Bexit referendum she said: "It was a vote to call for a change in the way our country works."
Patrick Fellows, Allan McShane, Carson Edwardson and Shaun Bily of the Erie Otters sit on the bench during the first period of an OHL game against the Niagara Ice Dogs at the Meridian Centre, Ontario, Canada. Image copyright Vaughn Ridley//Getty Images
Image caption Players from the Erie Otters ice hockey team watch from the bench during a game against the Niagara Ice Dogs at the Meridian Centre, Ontario, Canada.
Yeoman Warders known as Beefeaters, parade during the installation of General Sir Nicholas Houghton as the 160th Constable of the Tower of London during a ceremony in front of the White Tower at Tower of London. Image copyright Jack Taylor/Getty Images
Image caption Yeoman Warders popularly known as Beefeaters, parade during the installation of Gen Sir Nicholas Houghton as the 160th Constable of the Tower of London during a ceremony in front of the White Tower.
People walk down the streets next to destroyed houses after Hurricane Matthew passes Jeremie in Haiti. Image copyright Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters
Image caption The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew - the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade - soared to more than 400. Some 50 people were reported to have died in the town of Roche-a-Bateau alone. The nearby city of Jeremie saw 80% of its buildings levelled. In Sud province 30,000 homes were destroyed.
A migrant is rescued from the Mediterranean sea by a member of Proactiva Open Arms NGO some 20 nautical miles north of Libya, 3 October 2016. Image copyright ARIS MESSINIS/afp
Image caption The Italian coastguard co-ordinated the rescue of more than 5,600 migrants, in one of the biggest operations in a single day. The migrants had set off from the Libyan coast in nearly 40 boats. According to the International Organization for Migration, some 132,000 migrants have arrived in Italy this year.

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