In Pictures

Week in pictures: 26 November - 2 December 2016

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

Belarus' honour guards at a military base near Minsk Image copyright Maxim Malinovsky / AFP
Image caption An honour guard braved the weather during a ceremony to mark the delivery of six Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters to a military base near Minsk, Belarus.
Smoke surrounds a home as seen from aboard a National Guard helicopter near Gatlinburg, Tennessee Image copyright Erik Schelzig / AP
Image caption The death toll from the wildfires raging in several southern US states rose as search-and-rescue operations continued. Here, smoke surrounds a home near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Joseph Marshall, Head of Special Collections at the University of Edinburgh Image copyright Jane Barlow / PA
Image caption Joseph Marshall, head of special collections at the University of Edinburgh, presented a petri dish that holds a sample of mould that enabled Alexander Fleming to discover the antibiotic power of penicillin. The item is featured in the Directory of Collections, a newly published guide to the University of Edinburgh's historical collections.
Fans of Chapecoense soccer team pay tribute to the players at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil Image copyright Ricardo Moraes / Reuters
Image caption A passenger plane carrying 77 people, including Brazil's Chapecoense football squad, crashed in Colombia. The plane broke apart on impact but did not explode, raising suspicions that it had lost power due to a lack of fuel. Fans of Chapecoense paid tribute to the players, at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil.
A woman holds up a white flag as she runs to greet her relative in Mosul, Iraq Image copyright Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
Image caption More than 70,000 civilians have been displaced since Iraq's government launched an offensive to recapture Mosul from the so-called Islamic State group six weeks ago. Here, a woman holds up a white flag as she greets a relative in part of the city.
A woman carries a poster with the image of former Cuban President Fidel Castro Image copyright Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Image caption Cuba's former president, Fidel Castro - one of the world's longest-serving and most iconic leaders - died aged 90. Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.
Spectators react as a plane flies over them Image copyright Thomas Mukoya / Reuters
Image caption Spectators ducked as a plane passed overhead during Nairobi's Vintage Air Rally.
United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) interim leader Nigel Farage (right) embraces newly elected leader Paul Nuttall in London Image copyright Toby Melville / Reuters
Image caption Paul Nuttall (left) was elected leader of the UK Independence Party, replacing Nigel Farage. The 39-year-old member of the European parliament, who served as UKIP's deputy leader for six years, won 62.6% of support among party members. Mr Nuttall defeated former deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans and ex-soldier John Rees-Evans.
German driver Nico Rosberg and his wife Vivian Sibold Image copyright Andrej Isakovic / AFP
Image caption Nico Rosberg said his drive to win his first Formula 1 world championship, in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, was the toughest race of his life.
People walk under trees decorated with Christmas lights as the traditional Christmas market opens at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic Image copyright David W Cerny / Reuters
Image caption The festive season got under way in Prague as the traditional Christmas market opened its doors.

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