Capybaras bask in the morning sun on the edge of a pond on a cattle farm in Barinas, Venezuela. # Leonardo Fernandez Viloria / Reuters
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The Week in Pictures: The best photos from around the world

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

A dog sits in the pews of a catholic church on the day of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of domestics animals. Gustavo Graff Maldonado, Reuters

A red deer is pictured at sunrise on a winter morning in Richmond Park, southwest London, on January 17, 2022.  Daniel Leal / AFP / Getty

An aerial artist performs atop a large piece of melting ice suspended from a crane next to the Sydney Opera House on January 15, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. The 2.7-ton melting iceberg was suspended above Sydney Harbour for three days, highlighting the need for action on climate change. James D. Morgan / Getty

Early morning snow flurries fall at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Matt Mcclain

A marine iguana rests in Puerto Ayora, in the Galapagos Islands, on January 15, 2022. Dolores Ochoa / AP

An aerial view of people trying to find their way out of a snow maze in Zakopane, Poland, on January 17, 2022. The snow maze was first created during the winter of 2015–16. This year, the maze kept the title of the biggest snow maze in the world, covering about 32,300 square feet (3,000 square meters). Omar Marques

Members of WonderFam Causeplay pose for a group photo at Buttercup Sand Dunes in Winterhaven, California, on January 15, 2022. Buttercup Sand Dunes was the location of several iconic scenes filmed for “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.” Daniel Knighton / Getty

On January 18, 2022, workers on a beach in Ventanilla, Peru, clean up an oil spill caused by abnormal waves that were triggered by a massive underwater volcanic eruption half a world away in Tonga.  Pilar Olivares / Reuters

An Ethiopian Orthodox child holds a candle in the compound of Fasilides Bath during the celebration of Timkat, the Ethiopian Epiphany, in the city of Gondar, Ethiopia, on January 19, 2022. Eduardo Soteras / AFP / Getty

A man pours ice-cold water over himself during a purification ritual at Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo, Japan. The coming-of-age ceremony welcomes 20-year-olds into adulthood, and honours and pays homage to Daikoku, the deity of fortune. Getty

A rare snowy owl sits on an eagle-topped flagpole outside Union Station in Washington DC.Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

A female elephant named Bora walking with her newborn twins at the Samburu national reserve in northern Kenya. Just one in 100 elephant births result in twins, making the arrival of these calfs – one male and one female – a moment of nerves and celebration. Jane Wynyard/Save the Elephants/AFP/Getty Images

Baby hawksbill turtles rescued from predators by local conservationists are seen before being released into the sea in Sanur, Bali, Indonesia. Reuters

Members of the Taliban sit overlooking the city of Kabul, on Wazir Akbar Khan hill, in Afghanistan on January 20, 2022. Mohd Rasfan / AFP / Getty

A western bluebird perches in a hazelnut tree while hunting insects near Elkton in rural western Oregon, US. Robin Loznak/Zuma Press/Rex/Shutterstock

A model wears a creation from the Louis Vuitton fall-winter 22/23 men’s collection in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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