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Week in Pictures

A selection of striking news photographs from around the world this week.

Lizzo performs at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London, 18 February 2020.

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Hannah Mckay / REUTERS

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Lizzo was one of several artists to perform live at the Brit Awards on Tuesday at the O2 Arena in London. Others included Billie Eilish, Stormzy and London rapper Dave, who won album of the year, moments after calling the prime minister a “racist” during his performance.

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A woman burns incense sticks as she prays at a temple on the occasion of the Hindu festival of Maha Shivaratri in Kolkata, India, 21 February 2020.

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Rupak De Chowdhuri / REUTERS

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A woman burns incense sticks as she prays at a temple during the Hindu festival of Maha Shivaratri in Kolkata.

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An aerial view of the Welsh village of Crickhowell which was cut off as the river Usk bursts its banks at Crickhowell bridge near the Bridge End Inn on 16 February 2020 in Crickhowell, Wales.

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Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

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Police declared a major incident in the area around the Welsh village of Crickhowell after the river Usk bursts its banks near the Bridge End Inn. Heavy rain and strong winds, caused by Storm Dennis, lashed much of the UK on 15 and 16 February.

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The abandoned ghost ship Alta stuck on the rocks of the Irish coast

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Cathal Noonan / AFP

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An abandoned “ghost” cargo ship was discovered washed up off the coast of County Cork, Ireland, following strong winds from Storm Dennis.

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Nascar Cup Series driver Ryan Newman's car (6) crashes during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. 17 February 2020

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Peter Casey-USA TODAY / Reuters

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Nascar driver Ryan Newman has been released from hospital two days after a crash at the Daytona 500 in Florida. The 42-year-old American sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries on Monday when his Ford Mustang was hit from behind.

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Men dressed in loincloths prepare to snatch a wooden stick called

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KIM KYUNG-HOON / REUTERS

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Men dressed in loincloths prepare to snatch one of two wooden sticks, called shingi, tossed by a priest during the annual “Naked Festival” in Saidaiji Temple, Okayama, Japan.

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Forensic experts examine a damaged car after a shooting in Hanau near Frankfurt, Germany, 20 February 2020.

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Kai Pfaffenbach / REUTERS

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Forensic experts examine a damaged car after two shootings in Hanau near Frankfurt, in which nine people were killed. Germany’s Federal prosecutor Peter Frank said the suspect, Tobias R, 43, posted material online that showed a “deeply racist mindset” before he opened fire on two shisha bars.

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A bus carrying passengers, who will board the Qantas aircraft chartered by the Australian government, from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship drive near Daikoku Pier on 19 February 2020 in Yokohama, Japan.

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Tomohiro Ohsumi / Getty Images

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A bus carries Australian passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, to board a Qantas aircraft chartered by the Australian government. More than 620 people on board the Diamond Princess tested positive for the virus, the largest cluster of cases outside China.

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Ushers admire the interior of Salisbury Cathedral, 18 February 2020.

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Ben Birchall / PA

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A light-and-sound art installation, Sarum Lights, has been installed in Salisbury Cathedral as part of its 800th anniversary celebrations.

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People walk by a poster by Italian urban artist Salvatore Benintende aka

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PAU BARRENA / AFP

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People pass a poster in a Barcelona street by Italian urban artist Salvatore Benintende, aka TVBoy, depicting Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa wearing a protective face mask and holding a mobile phone, reading “Mobile World Virus”. The Mobile World Congress in the city was cancelled amid concern about the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 2,000 people and affected more than 25 countries.

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