In Pictures

Week in pictures: 3-9 December 2016

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

Veterans join activists in a march just outside the Oceti Sakowin camp Image copyright Lucas Jackson / PA
Image caption Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their supporters continued their protest against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, arguing the multi-billion dollar project will contaminate drinking water and damage sacred burial sites. Supporters of the pipeline say it will provide a more cost-effective means of transporting oil than shipping barrels by train.
Fireworks explode next to riot police Image copyright Alkis Konstantinidis / Reuters
Image caption Fireworks exploded next to riot police during clashes following an anniversary rally that marked the 2008 police shooting of 15-year-old student Alexandros Grigoropoulos in Athens, Greece.
Britain's Prince Harry mans the phones at the 24th annual ICAP Charity Day at the offices of ICAP brokers in central London Image copyright Geoff Pugh / AFP
Image caption Prince Harry joined City brokers in fancy dress on the trading floor of the global financial firm ICAP during its 23rd annual charity day. ICAP gives away one day's revenue and commissions every year to fund philanthropic projects and research around the world.
British Prime Minister Theresa May and Isabel Milns, Jade Winsor and Sophie Brazil from schools in Maidenhead switch on the Christmas tree lights outside Number 10, Downing Street Image copyright Jack Taylor / Getty Images
Image caption The lights on the Christmas tree outside 10 Downing Street were turned on by British Prime Minister Theresa May and three schoolgirls from her Maidenhead constituency who had won a competition.
Members of the public enjoy a ride on a ferris wheel Image copyright Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images
Image caption In Scotland, people enjoyed a ride on a Ferris wheel at the Christmas market in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh.
An Iraqi boy holds the hand of his sister as they wait to receive aid outside a distribution point run by United Nations agencies at Zahra district, east of Mosul, Iraq Image copyright Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters
Image caption Iraqis wait to receive aid outside a distribution point to the east of Mosul. The military offensive to reclaim the the city from so-called Islamic State (IS) has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.
Pakistani soldiers and volunteers search for victims from the wreckage Image copyright Aamir Qureshi / AFP
Image caption All 47 people on board a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane were killed when it crashed about 40 miles north of Islamabad.
Smoke rises after air strikes on rebel-controlled besieged eastern Aleppo, Syria Image copyright Omar Sanadiki / Reuters
Image caption Syria's government resumed its bombardment of parts of besieged east Aleppo after a brief humanitarian pause. Government forces have retaken at least 75% of east Aleppo in recent weeks.
Cuba's President Raul Castro places the ashes of his older brother Fidel Castro into a niche in his tomb Image copyright Marcelino Vazquez Hernandez / ACN via AP
Image caption Fidel Castro's ashes were interred in the Cuban city of Santiago, nine days after his death at the ago of 90.
Emily Seebohm of Australia Image copyright Patrick B Kraemer / EPA
Image caption World champion Emily Seebohm, of Australia, competes in the women's 100m Individual Medley at the FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships at WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Santa Claus waves to the crowd from his flying sleigh Image copyright Laurent Gillieron / AP
Image caption Father Christmas passed over Lake Geneva to mark the opening of the Christmas market in Montreux, Switzerland.

All photographs are copyrighted.

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