In Pictures

Week in pictures: 15-21 June 2019

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

A protester wears a yellow raincoat to pay tribute to a man who died while protesting Image copyright Tyrone Siu/REUTERS
Image caption A mourner in Hong Kong, wearing a yellow raincoat, pays tribute to a protester who died after falling from scaffolding during mass protests in the city. Millions of protesters have taken part in rallies in recent weeks. They are calling for a proposed bill, which allows extradition to mainland China, to be scrapped.
Man washes his horse in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea Image copyright Mohammed Salem / Reuters
Image caption A man takes his horse to cool off in the Mediterranean Sea on a hot summer's day in the northern Gaza Strip.
Four women take a break on the first day of races at Ascot Racecourse on 18 June 2019 in Ascot, England. Image copyright Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Image caption Four women take a break on the first day of racing at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse-racing calendar.
Supporters of the Santa Maria Novella Rossi Team light flares ahead of the match of the Calcio Storico Fiorentino in Piazza Santa Croce on 15 June 2019 in Florence, Italy. Image copyright Antonio Masiello/Getty Images
Image caption Supporters of the Santa Maria Novella Rossi team light flares ahead of the semi-finals of the Calcio Storico Fiorentino in Florence, Italy. The official rules of calcio storico - a centuries-old "sport" which merges rugby and football - were written in 1580 by a local count. The event forms part of annual celebrations every June to honour the city's patron saint.
Richard Ratcliffe holds a protest outside the Iranian embassy Image copyright Peter Summers / Getty Images
Image caption Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, stages a protest outside the Iranian embassy in London. His British-Iranian wife was jailed in Iran for five years in 2016 after being convicted of spying, which she denies. Mr Ratcliffe is campaigning for her unconditional release.
Mark Field confronts Greenpeace activist Janet Barker
Image caption Conservative MP Mark Field confronts Greenpeace activist Janet Barker at a black-tie dinner in London. The Foreign Office minister was filmed marching Ms Barker away as protesters interrupted a speech by Chancellor Philip Hammond. Mr Field has since apologised, but added he was "genuinely worried" Ms Barker may have been armed. He has been suspended as a minister while investigations take place.
A displaced Afghan girl carries a child near their shelter at a refugee camp Image copyright Omar Sobhani / Reuters
Image caption A displaced Afghan girl carries a child near their shelter at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul.
Riot policemen cover themselves with shields during protests in Tbilisi, Georgia Image copyright Irakli Gedenidze / Reuters
Image caption Riot policemen take cover during protests in Tbilisi, Georgia. Protesters took to the streets after Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov addressed an assembly of MPs in Georgia's parliament. Some 240 people were hurt in the clashes. Relations between the two nations remain strained 11 years after Georgia and Russia fought a war over the breakaway region of South Ossetia.
A reveller enjoys the sunrise at Stonehenge in Wiltshire Image copyright Martin Dalton / Shutterstock
Image caption A reveller celebrates the sunrise at Stonehenge in Wiltshire on summer solstice, the longest day of the year. About 10,000 people gathered at the Neolithic monument, which is built along the alignment of the midsummer sunrise and the midwinter sunset.
A squirrel with its head stuck in a drain cover Image copyright Feuerwehr Dortmund
Image caption In Germany, the Dortmund Fire Department was alerted to a squirrel with its head stuck in a manhole cover, apparently trying to escape the sewer system beneath. The squirrel was anaesthetised so it could be freed, after which it was treated and released back into the wild.

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