In Pictures

Week in pictures: 5 - 11 May 2018

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

One of the Americans formerly held hostage in North Korea gestures next to US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, upon their arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland Image copyright Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
Image caption Three Americans released by North Korea were greeted by President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington. They were freed as a gesture of goodwill ahead of talks between Mr Trump and the North Korean leader.
Lava approaches a home near Pahoa, Hawaii Image copyright Bruce Omori / EPA
Image caption The eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has destroyed a number of homes and led to the evacuation of thousands of residents. Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes and has been in constant eruption for 35 years.
A Stormtooper stops a car Image copyright Charles McQuillan / Getty Images
Image caption The first ever Star Wars festival in the small fishing village of Portmagee, Ireland, saw characters from the films popping up across the village. The event took place against the backdrop of the Skellig Michael island which was used extensively in Episode VII and Episode VIII of the saga. Portmagee has seen a boom in tourism following the latest films.
Singer Rihanna arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Image copyright Eduardo Munoz / Reuters
Image caption Singer Rihanna arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala in New York, for the opening of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition.
Migrants play music aboard MV Aquarius Image copyright Loluisa Goouliamakil / AFP
Image caption Migrants played music aboard MV Aquarius, a rescue vessel chartered by SOS-Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF), in the Mediterranean sea between Libya and Italy. After two days at sea, Italy's coastguard granted authorisation for more than 100 migrants to disembark at the Sicilian port of Catania.
Lego figures of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose in front of a model of Windsor Castle Image copyright Peter Nicholls / Reuters
Image caption Lego figures of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in front of a model of Windsor Castle ahead of next week's royal wedding as head model maker Paula Laughton looks on.
Rhododendron bud Image copyright Filip Singer / EPA
Image caption One of about 1,000 rhododendron plants at the Rhododendron Park in Dresden, Germany.
Fatima Boudchar, wife of Libyan politician Hakim Belhadj, stands with their son Abderrahim, as she holds a letter of apology from Prime Minister Theresa May outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster Image copyright Hannah McKay / Reuters
Image caption Fatima Boudchar, wife of Libyan politician Hakim Belhadj, stands with their son Abderrahim, as she holds a letter of apology from Prime Minister Theresa May outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. The UK government apologised to Mr Belhadi and his wife after its actions contributed to their detention, transfer to Libya and his torture by Colonel Gaddafi's forces in 2004.
Watching a concert Image copyright Nicolsa Tucat / AFP
Image caption Runners enjoyed a concert after finishing the Burdi Colors race, a 5km run in Pessac, France, which coloured powders are thrown on the participants.

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