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Week in pictures: 11-17 December 2021


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

American flags are seen near a damaged home in Mayfield, Kentucky, on 13 December 2021.IMAGE SOURCE,BRANDON BELL / GETTY IMAGE
American flags are seen near a damaged home in Mayfield, Kentucky. More than 30 tornados hit the state, and one tore a straight path for 227 miles (365km), in what is thought to be the longest path a tornado has taken in US history.
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Workers cutdown a 90-year old fir tree in the woods of the Shchyolkovsky District, Russia.IMAGE SOURCE,GAVRIIL GRIGOROV / TASS VIA GETTY IMAGES
Workers cut down a 90-year old fir tree in the woods of the Shchyolkovsky district of Moscow. It will be installed in the Kremlin's Sobornaya (Cathedral) Square for Christmas.
 
Farmers cheer as they prepare to leave the protest site at the Delhi-Haryana state border in Singhu on 11 December 2021.IMAGE SOURCE,SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP
Indian farmers cheer as they leave their protest site at the Delhi-Haryana state border in Singhu, after formally ending year-long mass protests. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has abandoned his push for agricultural reforms.
 
The waxing Moon sets behind the dome of the Old College at the University of Edinburgh. 12 December 2021.IMAGE SOURCE,JANE BARLOW / PA MEDIA
The waxing Moon sets behind the dome of the Old College at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
 
A surfer dressed as Santa Claus rides an artificial wave in a cold water in the Alaia Bay surf wave pool in Sion, on 15 December 15, 2021.IMAGE SOURCE,FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
A surfer dressed as Santa Claus rides an artificial wave in cold water in the Alaia Bay surf wavepool in Sion, Switzerland.
 
Panamanian Embera indigenous compete in a tug-of-war during the third ancestral indigenous games in Pueblo Nuevo Buri, province of Bocas del Toro, Panama on 16 December 2021.IMAGE SOURCE,LUIS ACOSTA / AFP
People of the Panamanian Embera community compete in a tug-of-war during the third ancestral indigenous games in Pueblo Nuevo Buri, in the province of Bocas del Toro, Panama.
 
A house buried in ash of the Cumbre Vieja volcano is seen in Las Manchas on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain, 14 December 2021.IMAGE SOURCE,BORJA SUAREZ / REUTERS
A house buried in ash from the Cumbre Vieja volcano n Las Manchas on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain. The volcano erupted on Monday, the first time since late September - when eruptions forced thousands of people to leave their homes.
 
Members of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) prepare to help migrants ashore an RNLI lifeboat at a beach in Dungeness on the southeast coast of England on 16 December 2021.IMAGE SOURCE,BEN STANSALL / GETTY IMAGE
Members of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) help migrants ashore at Dungeness on the south-east coast of England. The Home Office said recent drownings were "a devastating reminder" of the dangers of Channel crossings.
 
Helen Morgan and Tim Farron of the Liberal Democrats symbolically burst The 'Boris Bubble' in front of the media following Morgan's victory in the North Shropshire By-Election on 17 December 2021 in Oswestry, England.IMAGE SOURCE,CHRISTOPHER FURLONG / GETTY IMAGES)
Helen Morgan and Tim Farron of the Liberal Democrats symbolically burst the 'Boris Bubble' following Morgan's surprise victory in the North Shropshire By-Election. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "very disappointed" by the result.
 
Lewis Hamilton knighted by Prince Charles at Windsor Castle, 15 December 2021IMAGE SOURCE,DMINIC LIPINSKI / PA MEDIA
Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton receives his knighthood for services to motorsport from Prince Charles at Windsor Castle, just days after Hamilton finished second to Max Verstappen in the drivers' world championship.

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