In Pictures

Week in pictures: 15-21 October 2016

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

A food vendor waits for customers after Hurricane Matthew hit Jeremie, Haiti Image copyright Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters
Image caption Officials in Haiti said more than 1.4 million people urgently need humanitarian help following the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew which killed 900 people. Here a food vendor waits for customers in Jeremie.
One of the kidnapped girls celebrates with family members during an church survives held in Abuja, Nigeria Image copyright Olamikan Gbemiga/ap
Image caption A group of 21 schoolgirls who had been kidnapped by the Islamist group Boko Haram in the Nigerian town of Chibok have been reunited with their families. In an emotional ceremony in the capital Abuja, one of the girls said they had survived for 40 days without food and narrowly escaped death at least once.
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand in an area near the town of Bashiqa Image copyright Safin Hamed / AFP
Image caption On Thursday, the Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced that the operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State militants was progressing faster than planned. Mosul has been in the hands of IS since 2014 and is the militants' last major Iraqi stronghold.
Mariela Flores, who is visually impaired, is crowned one of two Miss Jacha Uru - translated from the Aymaran language as Great Day - in La Paz, Bolivia. Image copyright Juan Karita/AP
Image caption Mariela Flores, who is visually impaired, is crowned one of two Miss Jacha Uru - translated from the Aymaran language as Great Day - in La Paz, Bolivia. The families of people with disabilities, with the help of the city government, organised the pageant to promote the rights of children and adolescents with impairments that ranged from physical to sensory to developmental.
Pope Francis walks at the end of a canonization mass for seven new saints in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican Image copyright Tony Gentile / Reuters
Image caption Pope Francis canonised a "gaucho priest" from his homeland Argentina, making him the country's first saint. He was among seven saints declared in a Mass in St Peter's Square in Rome from which the Pope is seen leaving after the ceremony.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for the official picture with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Italian First Lady Agnese Landini prior to the state dinner at the White House Image copyright Shawn Thew/Getty Images
Image caption It was described as a "bittersweet moment" as Barack and Michelle Obama appeared on Tuesday for the final state dinner of the US president's time in office. "We saved the best for last," Mr Obama said, as the couple welcomed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini to the White House. The event, attended by guests from the worlds of politics, finance and fashion, was one of the largest of Mr Obama's eight years as president.
Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates after scoring his third goal Image copyright Shaun Botterill / Getty Images
Image caption Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona beat Manchester City 4-0 in the Champions League.
A Persian cat in Istanbul Image copyright Ozan Koseozan / AFP
Image caption A Persian cat takes a break at a cat show in Istanbul, Turkey, organised by the World Cat Federation.
Migrants are seen during a rescue operation in the Mediterranean Image copyright Yara Nardi/Italian Red Cross/Reuters
Image caption Teams from the Italian Red Cross and the Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), reportedly saved a total of 434 migrants in three different operations in the Mediterranean.
Newly crowned Oba of Benin Eheneden Erediauwa is guided through a symbolic bridge b palace chiefs during his coronation in Benin City, Nigeria Image copyright AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE/reuters
Image caption Newly crowned Oba of Benin, Eheneden Erediauwa, is guided through a symbolic bridge by palace chiefs during his coronation in Benin City, Nigeria.

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