Week in pictures: 30 January - 5 February 2021


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

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image captionA tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore lights up Piccadilly Circus, London. The 100-year-old, who raised almost £33m for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden, died with coronavirus.
image copyrightSTR / AFP
image captionSoldiers wait outside a Hindu temple in Yangon, following a military coup that has led to the removal and arrest of Myanmar's democratically-elected leaders.
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image captionRussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gestures in the Moscow City Court, as he was jailed for three-and-a-half years for violating the conditions of a suspended sentence. Across Russia, thousands have rallied in support of the prominent critic of President Putin, who was treated in Germany for a near-fatal nerve agent attack on him in August.
image copyrightAntonio Parrinello / Reuters
image captionRed hot lava erupts from Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna, in Italy.
image copyrightAlan Freed / Reuters
image captionPunxsutawney Phil participates at the 135th Groundhog Day at Gobbler's Knob, in Pennsylvania. According to legend, the US can expect a further six weeks of winter, after the weather-predicting groundhog saw his shadow upon exiting his burrow.
image copyrightAngela Weiss / AFP
image captionThe Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain is seen covered in ice, as a massive winter storm pummelled the US east coast, bringing New York City to a standstill.
image copyrightAnushree Fadnavis / Reuters
image captionA demonstrator clashes with a police shield during a rally supporting farmers' protests against agriculture laws, in Delhi, India.
image copyrightGene Blevins / Reuters
image captionThe SpaceX Starship SN9 explodes into a fireball after its high altitude test flight in Boca Chica, Texas. The uncrewed prototype climbed to 10km (6 miles) above the Texas Gulf coast, before attempting to return to its landing pad.
image copyrightJohn Wessels / AFP
image captionA fisherman does press-ups while his colleagues get their nets ready, in Joal Fadiouth, Senegal.
image copyrightLoriene Perera / Reuters
image captionVisitors take photos at the annual Dahlia Dreams floral display in Singapore, ahead of the Chinese New Year.

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