In Pictures

Week in Pictures: 14 - 20 December 2019

A selection of news photographs taken around the world this week.

A helicopter drops fire retardant on the ground Image copyright Peter Parks / AFP
Image caption A helicopter drops fire retardant to protect a property in Balmoral, 93 miles (150km) south-west of Sydney, Australia. Fires are raging across the country amid a heatwave, which has produced the nation's two hottest days on record. Two volunteer firefighters and a civilian have died in the fires.
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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wields the gavel Image copyright Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
Image caption US Speaker Nancy Pelosi wields the gavel as she presides over the House of Representatives. The House voted on two charges - that President Donald Trump had abused his power and that he had obstructed Congress - approving two counts of impeachment against the president. A trial in the Senate will decide whether he remains in office.
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A boat sits on the dried lake bed of Poyang Lake Image copyright Aly Song / Reuters
Image caption A boat sits on the dried lake bed of Poyang Lake, China's largest freshwater lake, in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province. Water in the Poyang routinely declines in winter. With little rain since July, the lake is now at its lowest in 60 years.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn walk through the Peers Lobby Image copyright Hannah McKay / AFP
Image caption Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn walk through the Peers Lobby on their way to listen to the Queen's Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in London. Mr Johnson claimed his programme for government is the "most radical Queen's Speech in a generation".
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Face masks are placed on the statue of Saint Teresa Image copyright Armend Nimani / AFP
Image caption Face masks are placed on the statue of Saint Teresa in Pristina, Kosovo. A number of cities in the country have experienced high levels of air pollution.
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People take cover as riot police fire tear gas canisters Image copyright Loic Venance / AFP
Image caption People take cover as riot police fire tear gas canisters during a demonstration in Nantes, France. Protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the French government's plans to overhaul the country's pensions system.
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A photographer takes photos of baby twins Image copyright Chaideer Mahyuddin / AFP
Image caption A photographer takes pictures of baby twins during a photoshoot at a studio in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
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A woman takes cover behind a tree during clashes Image copyright Andres Martinez Casares / Reuters
Image caption A woman takes cover behind a tree during clashes between riot police officers and demonstrators at a protest against Chile's government in Santiago. The UN has accused the Chilean police and armed forces of committing serious human rights violations in their response to the mass demonstrations, saying they have verified four cases of unlawful deaths involving state agents.
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Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe compete in a swimming pool Image copyright Aly Song / Reuters
Image caption Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe of Great Britain compete in the women's duet free preliminary event at the 18th Fina World Swimming Championships at Yeomju Gymnasium in Gwangju, South Korea.
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A swan flaps its wings Image copyright Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters
Image caption A swan flaps its wings during a sunset on a pond at the Central Zoo in Lalitpur, Nepal.
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