Indulgence

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Landscape studies

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London lit up

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‘The Wave’ by Vertigo on London’s South Bank

Landmarks across central London have been lit up as part of the four-night Lumiere festival of light.

British and international artists are displaying more than 50 artworks on some of the capital’s most iconic buildings.

Installations will feature in areas in London including King’s Cross, Leicester Square and the South Bank.

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A woman walks through ‘Entre Les Rangs’, by Rami Bebawi and KANVA at Lewis Cubitt Park, King’s Cross

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‘The Reflektor’ by Studio Roso on display in Carlton Street, near Piccadilly Circus

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A person looks at ‘Supercube’ by Stephane Masson on display in St James’s Market

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Lights displayed outside Leicester Square

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People take photos of ‘Waterlicht’ by Daan Roosegaarde at Granary Square, King’s Cross, north London

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A sculpture of a frog is lit up outside the W Hotel in Leicester Square

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‘The Light of the Spirit Chapter 2′ by Patrice Warrener at Westminster Abbey

The festival will run until Sunday, each evening from 17:30 until 22:30 GMT.

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Week in pictures: 13

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week.

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A fox runs past the front door of 10 Downing Street in London. Earlier this month, Theresa May abandoned plans to hold a vote on the fox hunting ban.

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A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 skidded off the runway at Trabzon Airport, Turkey. None of the 168 passengers and crew on board was injured.

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A woman feeding seagulls from on board a ferry in the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.

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A participant tries to catch a bull during an annual bull-taming event in the village of Palamedu on the outskirts of Madurai, India.

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Artisan fashion designer Karl Kersten adjusts a hat covered with ostrich feathers to be worn by performers in Belgium’s Carnival of Binche. The carnival is a Unesco World Heritage event, and is one of the biggest and most popular events in the country.

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Armed women attend a rally in support of the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen.

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A Chinese worker dries freshly made lanterns at a factory in the village of Tuntou, Hebei province, southwest of Beijing, ahead of the forthcoming new year celebrations.

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People gather in Krakow to protest against a further tightening of the abortion laws. Abortion in Poland is illegal apart from in cases of rape, foetal damage or when the mother’s life is in danger.

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A black-cab driver waves a Union Jack flag while standing on a taxi on London Bridge, during a protest against Transport for London and the taxi-hailing service, Uber.

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A girl kisses her dog as she waits for a blessing from a priest on the day of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of domestic animals, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

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Tom Cruise runs along Blackfriars Bridge, London, during filming for Mission: Impossible 6. Cruise, who is famous for doing his own stunts, broke his ankle while jumping between two buildings during filming last year.

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Memories and beauty

Memory is among the themes featuring at the African Biennale of Photography in Mali’s capital, Bamako:

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Athi-Patra Ruga

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Miss Azania – Exile is Waiting is the work of South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga, who uses myth and alternative identities “as a contemporary response to the post-apartheid era”.

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Fototala King Massassy

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The only Malian to be included in the collection, Fototala King Massassy, puts this down to generations of Malian photographers “tending to fall back on tradition”.

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Sarah Waiswa

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Stranger in a Familiar Land is the work of Uganda’s Sarah Waiswa, who says she left a job in the corporate world to follow her passion for “creating visual poetry”.

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Girma Berta

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“The beautiful, the ugly and all that is in between” are what 27-year-old self-taught photographer Girma Berta says he tries to capture in his work.

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Samuel Fosso

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When will an African lead The Vatican? Cameroon’s Samuel Fosso confronts the politics of religion with his Black Pope series.

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Edson Chagas

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In Edson Chagas’ Found Not Taken series, discarded items are picked up and moved to a different location, suggesting that what appears to be reality is in fact a construct.

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James Barnor

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Taken in 1971, this photo of a shop assistant in Accra by James Barnor shows his signature observation of style, during a career which took him from Ghana to London.

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Rahima Gambo

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Education is Forbidden, a series by Rahima Gambo, considers how schoolchildren in northern Nigeria are coping as Islamist militants violate “neutral safe spaces where knowledge is transferred to students”.

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Christian Sanna

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Madagascar’s combat sport moraigny, in which one’s opponent is viewed not as an enemy but as a partner to build oneself up, is the subject of Christian Sanna’s piece.

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Joana Choumali

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After the 2016 terror attack on the Grand Bassam beach resort in Ivory Coast, Joana Choumali wanted to document the “melancholy” she witnessed in a place which she had always associated with happy memories. “Ça va aller” (It’ll be OK) reflects her view that Ivorians “do not discuss their psychological issues”, making it harder to heal trauma.

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Zied Ben Romdhane

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In West of Life, the “discord between people and nature” is balanced against Zied Ben Romdhane’s wish to honour the “humour of the inhabitants and my affection for them”. The collection depicts life in Tunisia’s poor mining villages, which are “rich in resources but marginalised by the government”.

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Mame-Diarra Niang

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One of a series of photos taken whilst riding a taxi in Dakar, “Le peuple du mur” (The Wall People) captures isolated moments of calm in Senegal’s bustling capital.

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Bob Muchiri Njenga

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A post-apocalyptic African city is seen through a boy’s eyes in “Kitchwali” (TV Head) by Bob Muchiri Njenga. This still is taken from the Kenyan artist’s experimental short film of the same title.

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Eric Gyamfi

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Everyday scenes of “queer life” in Ghana are at the heart of Eric Gyamfi’s series Just Like Us.

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Dawit L Petros

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The wanderer, the stranger and the migrant underpin Dawit L Petros’s series, The Stranger’s Notebook. The Eritrean artist undertook a year-long journey from Nigeria to Morocco through to Europe, creating and capturing the multidisciplinary project along the way.

Rencontres de Bamako is jointly run by Mali’s government and the Institut Francais and works are on display until 31 January 2018.

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London is lit up by Lumiere festival

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‘The Wave’ by Vertigo on London’s South Bank

Landmarks across central London have been lit up as part of the four-night Lumiere festival of light.

British and international artists are displaying more than 50 artworks on some of the capital’s most iconic buildings.

Installations will feature in areas in London including King’s Cross, Leicester Square and the South Bank.

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PA

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A woman walks through ‘Entre Les Rangs’, by Rami Bebawi and KANVA at Lewis Cubitt Park, King’s Cross

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PA

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‘The Reflektor’ by Studio Roso on display in Carlton Street, near Piccadilly Circus

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A person looks at ‘Supercube’ by Stephane Masson on display in St James’s Market

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Lights displayed outside Leicester Square

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People take photos of ‘Waterlicht’ by Daan Roosegaarde at Granary Square, King’s Cross, north London

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Getty Images

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A sculpture of a frog is lit up outside the W Hotel in Leicester Square

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Getty Images

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‘The Light of the Spirit Chapter 2′ by Patrice Warrener at Westminster Abbey

The festival will run until Sunday, each evening from 17:30 until 22:30 GMT.

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Storm rips through Europe

A deadly storm has ripped through parts of Europe, killing at least five people and causing transport chaos.

Hurricane-strength gusts of 140km/h (90mph) uprooted trees, in some cases destroying vehicles as happened to this car in Dortmund, Germany.

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The rail operator Deutsche Bahn cancelled long-distance train services for the day because of the risk of trees falling on carriages. Many regional services, including all in the most populous state of North Rhine Westphalia, were cancelled. This track was blocked in Münster.

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The storm provoked a “code red” weather warning from the authorities in the Netherlands. The fierce wind blew this lorry trailer over on a road near Kampen.

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Gusts in Rotterdam blew tiles off the roofs of a row of houses.

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The emergency services were on standby for accidents like this one near Moers in Germany, where a tree fell on a car and injured the driver.

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The fierce winds caused trouble for civilians and soldiers alike.

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Memories and beauty captured in Africa

Memory is among the themes featuring at the African Biennale of Photography in Mali’s capital, Bamako:

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Athi-Patra Ruga

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Miss Azania – Exile is Waiting is the work of South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga, who uses myth and alternative identities “as a contemporary response to the post-apartheid era”.

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Fototala King Massassy

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The only Malian to be included in the collection, Fototala King Massassy, puts this down to generations of Malian photographers “tending to fall back on tradition”.

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Sarah Waiswa

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Stranger in a Familiar Land is the work of Uganda’s Sarah Waiswa, who says she left a job in the corporate world to follow her passion for “creating visual poetry”.

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Girma Berta

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“The beautiful, the ugly and all that is in between” are what 27-year-old self-taught photographer Girma Berta says he tries to capture in his work.

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Samuel Fosso

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When will an African lead The Vatican? Cameroon’s Samuel Fosso confronts the politics of religion with his Black Pope series.

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Edson Chagas

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In Edson Chagas’ Found Not Taken series, discarded items are picked up and moved to a different location, suggesting that what appears to be reality is in fact a construct.

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James Barnor

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Taken in 1971, this photo of a shop assistant in Accra by James Barnor shows his signature observation of style, during a career which took him from Ghana to London.

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Rahima Gambo

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Education is Forbidden, a series by Rahima Gambo, considers how schoolchildren in northern Nigeria are coping as Islamist militants violate “neutral safe spaces where knowledge is transferred to students”.

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Christian Sanna

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Madagascar’s combat sport moraigny, in which one’s opponent is viewed not as an enemy but as a partner to build oneself up, is the subject of Christian Sanna’s piece.

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Joana Choumali

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After the 2016 terror attack on the Grand Bassam beach resort in Ivory Coast, Joana Choumali wanted to document the “melancholy” she witnessed in a place which she had always associated with happy memories. “Ça va aller” (It’ll be OK) reflects her view that Ivorians “do not discuss their psychological issues”, making it harder to heal trauma.

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Zied Ben Romdhane

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In West of Life, the “discord between people and nature” is balanced against Zied Ben Romdhane’s wish to honour the “humour of the inhabitants and my affection for them”. The collection depicts life in Tunisia’s poor mining villages, which are “rich in resources but marginalised by the government”.

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Mame-Diarra Niang

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One of a series of photos taken whilst riding a taxi in Dakar, “Le peuple du mur” (The Wall People) captures isolated moments of calm in Senegal’s bustling capital.

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Bob Muchiri Njenga

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A post-apocalyptic African city is seen through a boy’s eyes in “Kitchwali” (TV Head) by Bob Muchiri Njenga. This still is taken from the Kenyan artist’s experimental short film of the same title.

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Eric Gyamfi

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Everyday scenes of “queer life” in Ghana are at the heart of Eric Gyamfi’s series Just Like Us.

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Dawit L Petros

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The wanderer, the stranger and the migrant underpin Dawit L Petros’s series, The Stranger’s Notebook. The Eritrean artist undertook a year-long journey from Nigeria to Morocco through to Europe, creating and capturing the multidisciplinary project along the way.

Rencontres de Bamako is jointly run by Mali’s government and the Institut Francais and works are on display until 31 January 2018.

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Merrie Albion

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‘I miss school to fetch water’

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WaterAid/ Mario Macilau

Mario Macilau was 23 in 2007 when he swapped his mother’s mobile phone for a Nikon camera. Photography wasn’t new to him, however, as he had been taking pictures of daily life in his home town in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, since he was 14 years old.

His subjects ranged from the street children who squat in Maputo’s empty buildings to workers in the country’s cement industry. Now, he has turned his camera to the subject of water.

These pictures, taken towards the end of 2017, were taken in collaboration with WaterAid for the Untapped appeal which runs until the end of January. Over the next three years Macilau will record the monumental changes brought by the introduction of clean water and toilets to communities in the Cuamba district of Mozambique.

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Josefina (above) and Eudicia, both 12 years old, have to miss school up to four times a week in order to collect water.

They walk to the Rio Naranja, a stream running off the Muassi river, which is the main source of water for inhabitants of Muassi village.

The stream is stagnant and the water the girls collect is milky in colour, says Macilau.

According to WaterAid, globally about one in nine children does not have clean water close to home, and one in three does not have a decent toilet.

Every day, almost 800 children under the age of five die from diarrheal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.

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During the rainy season, the River Lurio becomes unusable as a source of drinking water because the surrounding dirt and excrement gets washed into it.

In M’mele village, a mud-brick house was destroyed by heavy rainfall and flooding three years ago.

And the village leader says people are moving away due to problems with the water supply.

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WaterAid/ Mario Macilau

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Macilau’s image of an elderly farmer has been overlaid on to another picture of a puddle of murky water

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Angelina with her daughter Irene in Sosina Masel

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Elisa Piassone and Zaida walk along the road between M’mele and Kimar as they deliver a bundle of maize flour

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