In Pictures

Week in pictures: 14-20 January 2017

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

A man takes a dip in the icy waters of a lake during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations in Minsk, Belarus Image copyright Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters
Image caption A man takes a dip in icy waters during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations in Minsk, Belarus.
US President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania wave at the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Image copyright Mike Segar / Reuters
Image caption On the eve of his presidential inauguration Donald Trump pledged to unify America as he addressed cheering supporters at a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.
People celebrate the inauguration of new Gambia's President Adama Barrow in Banjui Image copyright AFP
Image caption People celebrated the inauguration of Gambia's new president. Adama Barrow was sworn in at his country's embassy in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, in front of ambassadors from countries in the UN Security Council and key African states, as long-time leader Yahya Jammeh failed to cede power to his elected successor.
Inmates stand on a roof inside the State Penitentiary of Alcacuz in Nisia Floresta near Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil Image copyright Ney Douglas / EPA
Image caption At least 26 prisoners were killed during a number of clashes between rival gangs at the largest prison in the north-eastern Brazilian city of Natal. This is the latest round of violence to grip Brazil's overcrowded prisons
Iranian firefighters attempt to control fire at the Plasco building in Tehran, Iran Image copyright Abedin Taherkenareh / EPA
Image caption A landmark commercial building in the Iranian capital, Tehran, collapsed after being engulfed by fire. The 17-storey Plasco building, built in the 1960s, had been evacuated beforehand, but dozens of firefighters were battling the blaze when it came down.
Iraqis walking in dust while a convoy of armoured vehicles passes them in eastern Mosul Image copyright Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP
Image caption The Iraqi army announced it is preparing military operations to retake western Mosul, the last urban stronghold in Iraq of so-called Islamic State. Here a convoy passes Iraqis in the east of the city.
Ice skaters compete in the women's platoon during the first ice skating marathon on natural ice in Noordlaren, the Netherlands Image copyright Vincent Jannink / EPA
Image caption Ice skaters competed in the women's platoon during the first ice skating marathon on natural ice in Noordlaren, the Netherlands. Skating on natural ice in the Netherlands reportedly dates back into the 13th Century when it was a method to get fast and easily from one place to another on the frozen canals in the country.
Young ballerinas practice in a classroom at Spurgeons Academy Image copyright Daniel Irungu / EPA
Image caption Young ballerinas prepare for a lesson at Spurgeons Academy which provides education for free to more than 425 orphans and less privileged children from Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya.
A cross-country skier enjoys a cold and sunny winter's day at the Champ du Feu near Strasbourg, France Image copyright Christian Hartmann / Reuters
Image caption A cross-country skier enjoys a cold and sunny winter's day at the Champ du Feu near Strasbourg, France.
Kandy Freeman participates in a Black Lives Matter protest in front of Trump Tower in New York City, US Image copyright Stephanie Keith / Reuters
Image caption Kandy Freeman was pictured as she participated in a Black Lives Matter protest in front of Trump Tower in New York City.

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