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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MASSIMO PERCOSSI/ EPA

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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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Kyodo / REUTERS

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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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Sivaram V / Reuters

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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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Stefanie Keith/ Reuters

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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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Amit Dave/ Reuters

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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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Nigel Roddis/ EPA

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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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GEOFF ROBINS/ AFP

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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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Victoria Jones/ PA

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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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PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP

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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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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

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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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Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-42581152

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