In Pictures

Week in pictures: 12 - 18 November 2016

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

People run in panic after a coalition airstrike hit Islamic State fighters positions in Tahrir neighbourhood of Mosul, Iraq Image copyright Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
Image caption People ran in panic after a coalition airstrike hit Islamic State fighters positions in Tahrir neighbourhood of Mosul, Iraq. Iraqi security forces, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Sunni Muslim Arab tribesmen and Shia Muslim militiamen, assisted by US-led coalition warplanes and military advisers, are involved in the operation to reclaim the city.
The super moon sets behind a street lamp Image copyright Claude Paris / AP
Image caption The moon passed closer to Earth than at any other time since 1948 and is seen here behind a street lamp in Marseille, France.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth takes part in the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Westminster Image copyright Toby Melville / Reuters
Image caption A two-minute silence was held to mark Remembrance Sunday with services taking place across the country to honour all those who have died in conflict. The Queen led the commemorations at the Cenotaph in London.
The shadow of a musician is cast on a wall next to a painting Image copyright Cesare Abbate / EPA
Image caption The painting Woman with a Lute by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer went on show at the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, Italy. It is on loan from the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
A pile of 5,250 illegal weapons are burned by Kenyan police in Ngong, near Nairobi, Image copyright Ben Curtis / AP
Image caption A pile of more than 5,000 illegal weapons were burned by Kenyan police in Ngong, near Nairobi. The weapons consisted of both confiscated and surrendered firearms that had been stockpiled over almost a decade.
A young man stands in a field with a gun in his hands Image copyright John Moore / Getty Images
Image caption A volunteer patrols the US-Mexico border in Arizona. He is part of a group that claims up to 200 members who see themselves as supplementing US Border Patrol efforts to control illegal border activity.
A Brazilan policeman sprays tear gas at a demonstrator Image copyright Antonio Lacerda / EPA
Image caption A Brazilan policeman sprayed tear gas at a demonstrator outside the state legislature in Rio de Janeiro where austerity plans to tackle the city's financial crisis were being debated.
A cat dressed up with a collar and tie looks out from a window of the Ecuadorian embassy in London Image copyright Matt Dunham / AP
Image caption Shortly after Sweden's chief prosecutor entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about a rape allegation, a cat - said to belong to Mr Assange - appeared at one of the windows and began watching the journalists and Assange supporters gathered outside.
A woman holds a knife as she works with sacks containing palm oil at the Crystal Soap factory in Butembo Image copyright Eduardo Soteras / AFP
Image caption A Crystal Soap Factory in Butembo, DR Congo, is forced to use steam produced by water heated through a wooded furnace because of a lack of electricity in the region. The soap uses palm oil as one of its main components.
A local resident casts his ballot into a portable ballot box at his house during a presidential election in the village of Suruceni, outside Chisinau, Moldova Image copyright Gleb Garanich / Reuters
Image caption The first direct presidential election in Moldova for 20 years saw pro-Russian candidate Igor Dodon claim victory. Since 1996 presidents of Moldova have been chosen by parliament. The election was seen as a battle between those supporting closer ties with Russia and those wanting integration with the European Union.

All photographs are copyrighted.

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