Week in pictures: 20-26 February 2021

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

image copyrightAmit Dave / Reuters
image captionFans take selfies with a man covered in body paint as they wait to enter Narendra Modi Stadium before the third Test match between India and England, in Ahmedabad, India. The newly refurbished cricket stadium is the largest in the world and can seat 110,000 spectators.
image copyrightNASA / JPL-Caltech / Reuters
image captionThe surface of Mars seen below Mars Perseverance rover. Nasa has been sharing hundreds of images of the planet as the rover begins its mission to find signs of ancient life and collect samples of rock and regolith (broken rock and soil) for possible return to Earth.
image copyrightDustin Chambers / Reuters
image captionA man holds a candle next to the grave of Ahmaud Arbery during a vigil to mark the one year anniversary of his death, at New Springfield Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Georgia, US. Ahmaud, 25, was shot dead by a white father and son in February 2020 while jogging in Georgia.
image copyrightLindsay DeDario / Reuters
image captionA rainbow stretches across ice at the base of the American Falls at Niagara Falls, New York, US.
image copyrightJoe Giddens / PA Media
image captionA rare 22ct gold Cadbury's Conundrum egg is displayed at Batemans Auctioneers in Stamford, Lincolnshire. The item smashed estimates by selling for £31,000 at auction, beating its record sale price of £17,200 in 2017. The egg was made in the 1980s by Garrard, the Queen's official jeweller, for a UK-wide treasure hunt in which 12 gold engraved eggs could be found by solving clues hidden in an accompanying book.
image copyrightMaxim Shemetov / Reuters
image captionRussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a hearing to consider an appeal against his jailing for violating the terms of a suspended sentence. Navalny was detained last month after returning to Russia from Germany, where he was being treated for a near-fatal nerve agent attack.
image copyrightOdd Andersen / Getty Images
image captionA ski jumper soars through the air above cardboard cut-outs placed in the stands to represent spectators at the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany.
image copyrightReuters
image captionA person wears a golden face mask during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar. The country has been jolted by unrest since the military seized power in a coup on 1 February. Since then mass protests have been seen across the country, with many calling for a return to democracy.
image copyrightYuri Maltsev / Reuters
image captionA woman stands with a horse next to street art during celebrations of the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Vladivostok, Russia.
image copyrightSebastien Bozon / Getty Images
image captionSessi the polar bear plays with her cub, Kara, in their enclosure at the Zoological and Botanical park in Mulhouse, France. It was the cub's first public appearance since being born in November 2020.

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