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Week in pictures: 26 June – 2 July 2021

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

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image captionLightning crosses the sky as people look at buildings displaying a light show on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing. China’s President Xi Jinping delivered a speech to mark the event, warning that foreign powers will “get their heads bashed” if they attempt to bully or influence the country.

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image captionThe Duke of Cambridge (left) and Duke of Sussex look at a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London. William and Harry unveiled the statue on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday. “Every day we wish she were still with us,” they said.

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image captionPeople try to cool off next to a fountain outside British Columbia Parliament Building in Victoria, Canada. A blistering heatwave hit Canada and parts of the US this week, sending temperatures to highs of nearly 50C (122F). Hundreds of sudden deaths have been reported.

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image captionKim Leadbeater celebrates her victory in the Batley and Spen by-election alongside Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer in Cleckheaton. After a narrow 323-vote win, Ms Leadbeater will now represent the seat previously held by her sister Jo Cox, who was murdered there in 2016. Sir Keir hailed her “incredible courage” in standing for the seat.

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image captionA farmer follows his buffalos along the Ravi river during a hot summer day in Lahore, Pakistan.

image copyrightJohn Sibley / AFP

image captionEngland captain Harry Kane (right) scores the second goal during the Uefa Euro 2020 football match against Germany at Wembley Stadium in London, securing his side’s place in the quarter-finals.

image copyrightYasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

image captionA man rides on a horse painted in the colour of the Tigray flag to celebrate the return of rebel forces to Mekelle, Ethiopia. Fighting between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and government forces has left thousands of people dead.

image copyrightGiorgio Viera / AFP

image captionSearch and rescue teams look for possible survivors in the rubble of a building that collapsed last week near Miami in Florida, US. At the time of writing, 18 bodies have been recovered but 145 people are still unaccounted for. US President Joe Biden said the federal funding for the rescue effort would continue for a month.

image copyrightCarlos Osorio / Reuters

image captionIndigenous performer Danielle Migwans attends a march on Canada Day in Toronto, Ontario. On Wednesday, the remains of 182 people in unmarked Indigenous graves were found near the grounds of a former residential school in British Columbia. Indigenous leaders have said they expect more graves will be found as investigations continue.

image copyrightOli Scarff / AFP

image captionA member of staff stands beneath artist Luke Jerram’s installation Gaia, a replica of planet Earth, suspended in the nave of Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire. The globe measures seven metres in diameter and features detailed Nasa imagery of the Earth’s surface.

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