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In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

A selection of news photographs taken around the world this week.
In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

Rescuers use an inflatable boat to take a baby to safety after floods hit a residential area in Tangerang, near Jakarta, Indonesia. More than 20 people have died and thousands have had to leave their homes after heavy rain triggered floods and landslides.
In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

Smoke rises from a fire in East Gippsland, Victoria. Deadly bushfires are ravaging the Australian landscape, so far destroying 1,200 homes across New South Wales and Victoria. This week the fires have razed at least 381 homes in New South Wales and 43 in Victoria, with at least 17 people missing.
In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

A trainer decorates an elephant before an elephant beauty pageant in Sauraha Chitwan, south-west of Kathmandu, Nepal - part of the Chitwan Elephant Festival, which also includes elephant football games.
In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

Revellers throw flour and eggs as they take part in the Els Enfarinats battle, a 200-year-old tradition, in the Spanish town of Ibi. Participants wear military-style costumes and stage a mock coup, taking control of the town until sunset.
In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

A man fishes near a frozen waterfall in the Drang area of Tangmarg, north of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir.
In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

An actor rests during a Chinese opera performance by Thailand's Sai Bo Hong troupe on a makeshift stage at a street festival in Bangkok.
In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

Egyptian police cadets take part in a training session at a police academy in Cairo.
In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

Zookeeper Rowan Swainson counts squirrel monkeys during the annual stocktake at London Zoo.
In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

Daniel Andre Tande, of Norway, performs a practice ski jump for the third stage of the 68th Four Hills Tournament in Innsbruck, Austria.
In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

In pictures: Floods, fires and elephant football

A US flag is defaced during a demonstration in Tehran to condemn the killing of General Qasem Soleimani, Iran's most powerful military commander, who died on Friday at Baghdad airport, along with other Iran-backed militia figures, in a strike ordered by US President Donald Trump.
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