Week in pictures: 18-24 June 2022

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

Hirunika Premachandra, a politician and a leader of Samagi Vanitha Balawegaya, a part of the main opposition party Samagi Jana Balawegaya, hugs a female police member during a protest , in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 22 June 2022Image source, DINUKA LIYANAWATTE / Reuters
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Hirunika Premachandra, leader of Samagi Vanitha Balawegaya, a part of the main opposition party Samagi Jana Balawegaya, hugs a female police member during a protest near the private residence of Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo, amid the country's economic crisis.
Image source, OLI SCARFF / AFP
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American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was rescued from the bottom of the pool after fainting at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest. Her coach, Andrea Fuentes, pulled her to the surface before the swimmer was taken away on a stretcher. USA Artistic Swimming said Alvarez was not allowed to compete on Friday because of international federation Fina's "athlete safety concerns".
Image source, Ben Birchall / PA Media
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A green RMT flag is held in the air on a picket line outside Bristol Temple Meads station. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union staged three days of industrial action in England and Wales in a bitter dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.
Image source, Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS
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An image of an artwork was captured by a drone along the route of the third stage of the Tour de France, in Jutland, Denmark.
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Indigenous Ecuadoreans clashed with the police in Quito during a demonstration to protest against high fuel prices and rising living costs.
Image source, ALI KHARA
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A Taliban helicopter takes off after delivering aid to the site in Gayan where a powerful earthquake killed at least 1,000 people and injured 1,500 in eastern Afghanistan.
Image source, CHRISTIAN MANG / Reuters
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Police officers remove an activist who spilled black liquid, symbolising oil, in front of the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, during a protest calling for an end to fossil fuels and oil drilling in the North Sea.
Image source, Korea Aerospace Research Institute/Getty Images
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South Korea successfully launched its first satellites into orbit, stepping up the country's ambitions in space. It was the second launch of the homegrown Korean Satellite Launch Vehicle II, known as Nuri, which took off from Goheung, about 500km (310 miles) south of Seoul.
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A standard poodle is pictured at the 2022 World Dog Show, in Madrid, Spain, where more than 15,000 dogs from around the globe were expected to attend.
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A person practises yoga on International Yoga Day, at the Kokino megalithic observatory, near the city of Kumanovo, North Macedonia.
Image source, TOBY MELVILLE / Reuters
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Revellers celebrate the summer solstice at sunrise at Stonehenge stone circle near Amesbury, England.
Image source, Robertus Pudyanto / Getty Images
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Balinese men take part in the traditional pandanus fighting ritual at Tenganan Pegringsingan village, Indonesia. Tengananese people on the island of Bali celebrate a month-long ceremony called Usaba Sambah to demonstrate respect to the God Indra, the Hindu god of war.
Image source, AFP
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Members of Brussels's Congolese community march in tribute to independence hero Patrice Lumumba, whose murder was backed by former colonial power Belgium and the US, historians say.
Image source, Syed Mahamudur Rahman/NurPhoto/Getty Images
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People wade past stranded trucks on a flooded street at Chhatak in Sunamganj, Sylhet. Millions of people in Bangladesh have had to flee their homes after heavy rainfall triggered flooding, which has killed at least 32.

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