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Week in pictures: 9-15 April 2022


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

Racegoers celebrate at AintreeImage source, Paul Ellis / AFP
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Racegoers celebrate winning bets during a three-day meeting at Aintree Racecourse, where more than 150,000 spectators gathered to watch races including the world-famous Grand National. This year marked the return of spectators to the popular steeplechase for the first time in three years, after the annual event was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid, resuming last year behind closed doors.
DJ Khaled unveils his starImage source, Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
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DJ Khaled unveils his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Los Angeles.
Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron stand in voting boothsImage source, Thibault Camus / Pool via Reuters
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Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte cast their votes in Le Touquet, northern France, in the first round of the French presidential election. Following the count, it was announced current incumbent Macron had won, with far-right rival Marine Le Pen as the runner up - meaning both go forward in the race for president.
Penitents belonging to Los Gitanos brotherhood wait inside a church in RondaImage source, Jon Nazca / Reuters
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Penitents belonging to Los Gitanos brotherhood wait inside a church in Ronda, Spain to take part in the traditonal Palm Sunday procession, which has been cancelled for the past two years due to the pandemic.
A woman cries after boarding a bus to leave Severodonetsk, in eastern UkraineImage source, Ronaldo Schmidt / AFP
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A woman cries as she boards a bus leaving her home in Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region, as Russian troops step up their campaign to take the strategic port city of Mariupol. It comes as Russia shifts its war focus to the eastern part of the country, moving forces away from the capital Kyiv and pushing further into the Donbas region.
A woman surveys flood damage outside her home in KwaNdengezi, DurbanImage source, Rogan Ward / Reuters
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A woman stands at her front door after heavy rains in South Africa caused catastrophic flood damage in KwaNdengezi, Durban. A state of disaster has been declared in the area, after some places saw months' worth of rain fall in one day, devastating local infrastructure.
Scottie Scheffler celebrates victory at the US Masters golf tournamentImage source, Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR via Getty Images
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Scottie Scheffler celebrates his three-stroke victory, after walking off the 18th hole with his wife Meredith, during the final round of the US Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
Colin Firth takes a selfie with a fanImage source, Jeff Spicer / Getty Images for Warner Bros.
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Actor Colin Firth takes a selfie with a fan during the UK premiere of his latest film, Operation Mincemeat, at the Curzon Mayfair in London.
Painter Easter eggsImage source, Antonio Bronic / Reuters
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A woman admires two-metre-high decorative eggs in the city of Koprivnica, Croatia. They are part of a project which began 15 years ago, and involves painters decorating the eggs which are then sent to cities across the country, as well as overseas, to be displayed in public squares to mark the Easter festivities.
A month-old male Sumatran elephantImage source, Made Nagi / EFE-EPA
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A one month-old male Sumatran elephant, named Lanang, plays with his mother at Bali Zoo in Gianyar, Indonesia. Lanang is the first Sumatran elephant - considered "critically endangered" by the World Wildlife Fund - to be born at Bali Zoo.
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