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Week in pictures: 14 - 20 May 2022


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

Queen Elizabeth II unveils a plaque to mark the Elizabeth line's official opening at Paddington Station in LondonImage source, Andrew Matthews / Getty Images
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Queen Elizabeth II unveils a plaque to mark the Elizabeth line's official opening at Paddington station in London. Also known as Crossrail, the new rail line will serve up to 200 million passengers each year when it opens on 24 May.
The remains of a Russian helicopter lie in a bomb-cratered field in Biskvitne, Ukraine to the east of KharkivImage source, John Moore / Getty Images
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The remains of a Russian helicopter lie in a bomb-cratered field in Biskvitne, Ukraine, to the east of Kharkiv. Ukraine's military says Russia's army is advancing in the areas of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk, in the eastern region of Luhansk.
Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine hold a Ukrainian flag on stage as they are named the winners of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest at Pala Alpitour in Turin, ItalyImage source, Giorgio Perottino / Getty Images
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Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra wins the 66th Eurovision Song Contest at Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy, after a show of public support in the voting following the country's invasion by Russia. They ended their performance with a plea: "Please help Ukraine, help Mariupol, help Azovstal right now."
A soldier of the P18 Gotland Regiment covers her face with paint during a field exercise near Visby on the Swedish island of GotlandImage source, Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP
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A soldier of the P18 Gotland Regiment covers her face with paint during a field exercise near Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland. Sweden and Finland submitted their applications to be part of the Western defence alliance Nato this week, marking a major shift in European geopolitics.
A sculpture conservator adjusts a display of cybermen heads at the Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition at the World Museum in Liverpool, UKImage source, Phil Noble / Reuters
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A sculpture conservator adjusts a display of cybermen heads at the Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition, which opens at the World Museum later this month in Liverpool, UK. The attraction includes costumes, props and sets from the science fiction show, which has been on TV screens for almost 60 years.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are accompanied by actor Tom Cruise as they arrive for the Top Gun: Maverick Royal Film Performance at Leicester Square, LondonImage source, Dan Kitwood / Getty Images
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are accompanied by actor Tom Cruise (right) as they arrive for the Top Gun: Maverick premiere at Leicester Square, London. The original Top Gun film was released more than 30 years ago.
Lava flows from the crater of Mount Merapi, Indonesia's most active volcanoImage source, Garry Lotulung / AFP
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Lava flows from the crater of Mount Merapi, Indonesia's most active volcano, as seen from Turgo village in Sleman.
A fisherman paddles his boat during a sandstorm in Iraq's southern city of BasraImage source, Hussein Faleh / AFP
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A fisherman paddles his boat during a sandstorm in Iraq's southern city of Basra. Hundreds of people have been hospitalised with breathing difficulties, according to medical officials, and some state schools and offices have closed.
Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan poses on the red carpet at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in FranceImage source, Stephane Mahe / Reuters
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Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrives on the red carpet at the screening of the film Armageddon Time at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in France.
Locals and tourists watch the moon rising by the Temple of Poseidon at the cape of Sounion, south of Athens, GreeceImage source, Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP
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Locals and tourists watch the moon rising by the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, south of Athens, Greece. Stargazers were treated to a super blood Moon this week; when for several minutes our planet was positioned directly between the Sun and the Moon, causing the Moon to fall completely into Earth's shadow - temporarily turning it a dusky shade of dark red.

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