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Week in pictures: 1 - 7 January 2022


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

A view of St Thomas Becket churchIMAGE SOURCE,GARETH FULLER / PA MEDIA
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A view of St Thomas Becket church during a morning frost in Fairfield, Kent, following freezing overnight temperatures.
Fireworks light up the sky over Sydney's Harbour Bridge and Opera HouseIMAGE SOURCE,DAVID GRAY / AFP
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Fireworks light up the sky over Sydney's Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Australia to mark the start of the new year.
Swimmers wearing fancy dress costumesIMAGE SOURCE,JASON CAIRNDUFF / REUTERS
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In the UK, swimmers wearing fancy dress costumes take to the water at a New Year's Day event in Manchester.
US President Joe Biden speaking in the Capitol buildingIMAGE SOURCE,JIM WATSON / AFP
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In a televised speech, US President Joe Biden criticised former President Donald Trump on the first anniversary of the attack on the US Capitol. Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on 6 January 2021 as Congress gathered to certify Mr Biden's presidential election victory.
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes with her lawyerIMAGE SOURCE,DAVID ODISHO / GETTY IMAGES
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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud against investors and three charges of wire fraud. Prosecutors said Holmes knowingly lied about technology she said could detect diseases with a few drops of blood.
People take pictures at a sunflower installation at the Van Gogh Alive digital art experience exhibitionIMAGE SOURCE,QIAO JIAN / GETTY IMAGES
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People take pictures at a sunflower installation at the Van Gogh Alive digital art experience exhibition in Beijing, China.
Mother and daughter embrace in a flooded streetIMAGE SOURCE,UESLEI MARCELINO / REUTERS
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A mother and daughter embrace in a flooded street following heavy rain in Imperatriz, Maranhao state, Brazil.
GCK Motorsport's Guerlain Chicherit and co-driver Alex Winocq crash their rally carIMAGE SOURCE,HAMAD I MOHAMMED / REUTERS
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GCK Motorsport's Guerlain Chicherit and co-driver Alex Winocq crash during stage four of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.
A student participates during the new year's first calligraphy contestIMAGE SOURCE,FRANCK ROBICHON / EPA
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More than 1,200 people of all ages from across Japan participated in the annual event to display their Japanese calligraphic skills in Tokyo.
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