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A photographer and an artist have made an anthology dedicated to female photographers of African descent living around the world.

Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora is believed to be the first collection of its kind for 30 years.

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Week in pictures: 30 December 2017

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

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Diver Marco Fois jumps 15m (50ft) from Cavour Bridge into the Tiber River, to celebrate the arrival of the new year in Rome.

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Fireworks explode above the Taedong River during new year celebrations as visitors pose for a photo in front of an ice sculpture of an intercontinental ballistic missile in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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To mark the start of the new year, a man prepares to perform in the Cochin Carnival in the southern state of Kerala, India.

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Swimmers run into the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean in New York City’s Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Plunge.

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Schoolchildren attend a yoga session on the last day of a week-long camp in Ahmedabad, India.

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On New Year’s Eve in Allendale, England, villagers carry burning barrels of tar on their heads. The 45 barrel carriers – called Guisers – parade through the town and the whisky barrels are used to light a bonfire at midnight in the town centre while spectators and participants shout “Be damned to he who throws last.”

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Ice coats the rocks and observation deck at the base of Niagara Falls, Ontario, although the water remains unfrozen. The last time the waterfall froze over completely was in January 2014, when temperatures reached -19C (-2F).

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In central London, fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye to see in the new year with a bang.

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Brazilian surfer Lucas Chumbo rides a wave during the first session of 2018 at Praia do Norte in Nazare, Portugal.

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A huge fire gutted a car park in Liverpool, destroying about 1,300 vehicles. The nearby Echo Arena had been hosting the Liverpool International Horse Show at the time, and hundreds of people were stranded overnight on New Year’s Eve because of the fire.

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The wild swimmers of Henleaze Lake

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Sitting behind woodland and surrounded by steep rocky slopes, it’s hard to imagine Henleaze Lake is just outside the centre of Bristol.

Formed in 1919, members of Henleaze Swimming Club have been bathing in the green water of the lake ever since, gaining a diving board and a sauna along the way.

A clubhouse wall is given over to photographs of swimmers from throughout the years, and parts of the grounds seem fixed in the past.

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Come summer, the banks of the former quarry are full of bathers. However, the winter offers a different picture.

The leaves are off the trees and the landscape is quiet.

Yet a small but enthusiastic core of swimmers remain, braving waters that regularly reach temperatures close to freezing.

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There is a sense of community within the group, perhaps bonded by the temperature of the water.

Motivations differ, however. Anna van Wely, who has been swimming at the lake for many years, has relished the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals.

Another swimmer, Mike Rafter, points to the sense of liberation that winter swimming provides, saying little else can make you feel so alive.

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The people of the whale

Kiliii Yuyan is an indigenous Nanai photographer who documents native cultures and wilderness conservation issues. He spent time with the Inupiat, an indigenous community from North Slope Alaska, whose lifestyle and culture is dependent on subsistence harvest of marine mammals.

Members of the community are allowed to catch limited number of bowhead whales a year from stable populations. The first boats to harpoon the whale receive shares. The lead whaling crew divide the head between them.

Above, Flora Aiken gives a blessing to the first bowhead whale of the spring season. The Inupiat have a rich spiritual life that centres around the gift of the whale to the community.

This camp, erected miles out on the sea ice, is an Inupiat home away from home during hunting season.

Six-year-old Steven Reich examines his father’s umiaq, or skin boat used for whaling. His father Tad, captain of Yugu crew, expresses excitement about taking Steven out whaling on the ice for the first time. “I am proud of my son – he’s here to learn to be a hunter,” he says.

The cure for feeling cold while out on the ice is to eat quok, the Inupiat word for frozen raw meat and fish.

Seal is also a source of food for the Inupiaq. Misigaq, or seal oil, is a liquid made from the blubber of the bearded seal. It is left to ferment for a few days at refrigerator temperatures before eating.

Sigvaun Kaleak and his father, Raleigh, are lifelong whalers. Although commercial whaling has taken a massive toll on the global whale population, the Inupiat have maintained a sustainable harvest.

Bernadette Adams was the first Inupiat woman to harpoon a whale. “I happen to have no brothers, so I had to find some way to help the family out,” says Bernadette.

Inupiat elder Foster Simmonds has been a whaler since he was a child.

Beluga whales are seen trapped by sea ice as shifting winds create unstable conditions. Though some villages hunt belugas, the Inupiat that hunt bowhead whales prefer to watch the white whales as they pass by during their migration.

Today’s Inupiat leaders live double lives, treading the line between modern concerns for the community and the subsistence lifestyle.

Maasak Leavitt, who works for the North Slope Borough, was hurt when his son pronounced on Facebook that his father was “too busy politicking” to hunt.

Maasak hopes that one day his son will understand his work in government helps to protect traditional practices.

At Nalukataq, the summer whaling festival, the village comes out to celebrate a successful whaling season and to give thanks to the whale for its gift.

Here, successful crewmembers do the blanket toss. They are thrown up to 30ft (9m) in the air, and depend on everyone’s help to land safely.

Interviews and photos by Kiliii Yuyan/INSTITUTE

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In pictures: The world celebrates 2018′s arrival

As the world celebrates the arrival of 2018, dramatic displays have quite literally erupted from east to west across the globe.

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In Yogyakarta, Indonesia, fireworks lit up the city’s skyline as midnight struck

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Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour

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Malaysia’s Petronas Towers eclipsed by the fireworks in Kuala Lumpur

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Back to Indonesia and celebrants fly lanterns at Borobudur temple

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The 123-storey Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea

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In Cairo, a Santa Claus rings in the new year at a market

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In Jakarta, the business district was blanketed in colour

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In Singapore, the Marina Bay was a centre of celebration

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An early gathering of revellers in New York’s Times Square wrapped up against the freezing cold

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Sydney Harbour’s world-famous display was among the first shown worldwide on television

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Further south east, Melbourne also celebrated

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Buddhists at the Kelaniya Temple in Sri Lanka prayed to mark the occasion

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Revellers in Istanbul, meanwhile, gathered on the streets of the city to await the stroke of midnight

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Crowds packed the famous Champs-Élysées in Paris

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The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, where temperatures reached a record-breaking 15C on Sunday

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In London, Big Ben tolled at midnight despite extensive restoration work

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In Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, party-goers hit the beach

On Monday, people took to the water in traditional New Year celebrations across Europe.

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People take part in the New Year’s Day swim in Dunkirk, France

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Hundreds of swimmers run into the North Sea in Scheveningen, the Netherlands

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A man dives into the Tiber river from the Cavour bridge in Rome, Italy

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People take part in the Scarborough Lions New Year’s Day Dip in Yorkshire, UK

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Liverpool Echo Arena car park fire photos released

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Photos taken in the aftermath of a huge fire which gutted a car park, destroying 1,300 vehicles, have been released.

The multi-storey in King’s Dock, Liverpool, suffered extensive damage when it was engulfed by the 1,000C blaze on Sunday.

Operator ACC Liverpool said all vehicles inside the car park, next to the city’s Echo Arena, had been completely destroyed.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson suggested the blaze could have been contained if recent fire service budget cuts had not been imposed.

He also told the BBC that while the car park was not in danger of collapse, it was unlikely it could be saved.

Pulling it down would be difficult with so many vehicles still inside, Mr Anderson added.

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The arena had been hosting the Liverpool International Horse Show at the time, and hundreds of people were stranded overnight on New Year’s Eve because of the fire.

No-one was seriously injured, Merseyside Fire Service said.

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Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said dismantling the building would be difficult with so many vehicles still inside

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Hundreds of people were stranded overnight

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Vehicles left inside have been completely destroyed

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The fire is reported to have reached temperatures of 1,000C

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Joe Anderson tweeted that if it weren’t for budget cuts the fire could have been contained

Insurance companies have said they will expedite claims from those who lost vehicles in the blaze.

The Association of British Insurers said drivers with comprehensive and third party insurance would be covered.

Spokesman Malcolm Tarling said insurers did not want to leave customers without transport and would “move very quickly” to make payments.

Admiral Group said it had received a number of claims and expects more as the day progresses.

It said it was hoping to settle claims as quickly as possible, and expected to make some payments to affected customers by the end of the working day.

In total, 12 fire engines were deployed to tackle the blaze, with crews from Greater Manchester and Lancashire assisting.

Mr Anderson tweeted that budget cuts meant fewer fire local crews were available.

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In a second message he showed a copy of a letter addressed to Nick Hurd MP, the minister of state for policing and the fire service, in which he asked if existing fire regulations were fit-for-purpose in car parks.

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Chief Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Officer Dan Stephens said tightened budgets meant large fires presented huge challenges.

He said firefighters needed to “call and rely on neighbouring services” to help with such incidents.

The Home Office said Fire and Rescue services had the resources to do their work and Mersyside’s service will see an increase in core spending of 0.9% in the coming year.

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Insurance companies have said they will expedite claims from those who lost vehicles in the blaze

Organisers of the Liverpool International Horse Show said riders were donating money towards a man’s cancer treatment abroad to show their gratitude to Merseyside firefighters.

Karen Lounds has set up a crowdfunding appeal for Matt Henderson, 42, whose wife Joanne is a prevention manager at MFRS.

Ms Lounds, who said the NHS in the UK could not offer him further treatment, is trying to raise £200,000. The Just Giving page has raised more than £83,000 so far.

Those with vehicles in the car park have been told to contact their insurance company quoting reference number 650 of 31 December.

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