The best photos from around the world this week

Gallery: The best photos from around the world this week

Gallery: The best photos from around the world this week

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From Santa hitting the slopes in Maine to the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center, these are the best photos from around the world in the past week, as chosen by The Age’s photo editors.


Skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. The Santas gathered for the 21st annual Santa Sunday which raised over $4600 for the River Fund. Credit:Andree Kehn/Sun Journal via AP


A girl gives flowers to riot police officers during a protest against coronavirus measures in Brussels, Belgium. Hundreds of people marched through central Brussels on Sunday to protest tightened COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Belgian government to counter the latest spike in coronavirus cases.Credit:Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo


A road stretches through the snow-covered Thuringian Forest in Ilmenau, Germany. Credit:Michael Reichel/dpa via AP


Children wait for their father working nearby, on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan. Credit:Muhammad Sajjad/AP Photo


A worker kneels amongst illuminated roses at the Ever After Garden, in London, England. As the country tries to preserve a normal Christmas, health authorities say a ramped-up vaccine booster programme is crucial to thwarting the next deadly wave of Covid-19 infections. Credit:Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images


Photographers follow a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket during a time exposure as it lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Falcon 9 will deploy into orbit NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) spacecraft, an X-ray astronomy mission to study black holes and neutron stars. Credit:John Raoux/AP Photo


Claudio Imhof of Switzerland competes in the Men’s Elimination Race during Round 3 of the UCI Track Champions League at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London, England. Credit:Ryan Pierse/Getty Images


A family crosses a road amidst heavy snowfall to collect water in the Amazigh Timahdite village in the Middle Atlas, near Azrou, Morocco. Credit:Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP Photo


Geese walk along the banks of the River Thames in London, United Kingdom. The country’s chief veterinary officer said this week that the UK is experiencing a high level of Avian influenza, driven largely by migratory wild birds returning, but which has led to tens of thousands of farmed birds being culled. The risk to humans from the avian flu A(H5N1) virus is very low, but officials warned there are huge animal and trade implications.Credit:Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images


A U.S. Coast Guard diver, tethered to a hovering helicopter, pulls a body from a submerged vehicle stuck in rushing rapids just yards from the brink of American Falls, one of three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Credit:Sharon Cantillon/The Buffalo News via AP


Competitors steer their Stand Up Paddle boards during a race on the Seine river in Paris, France. More than 1000 people took part to the competition though the French capital. Credit:Adrienne Surprenant/AP Photo


French slackliner Nathan Paulin crosses between Babilonia Morro and Urca, setting a local record in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)Credit:Bruna Prado


Visitors interact with clock lighting on the “Palace of Stardust” light trail held for the Christmas season at Hampton Court Palace in south west London. Credit:Matt Dunham/AP Photo


Villagers walk in an area covered in ash by the eruption of Mount Semeru in Lumajang district, East Java province. Credit:Trisnadi/AP Photo


Members of the Russian Young Army Cadets National Movement stay in formation as they mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Moscow, in the Patriot Park outside Moscow, Russia. The Battle of Moscow is the counterattack of Soviet troops against German invaders during World War II that didn’t allow Hitler to capture the city in 1941. Credit:Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo


Miss Srimala helps Gisele finish her makeup before their drag performances at The Stranger Bar in Bangkok, Thailand. The Stranger Bar has been unable to open due to Covid-19 social distancing measures. Thailand opened its doors to foreign tourists without quarantine on November 1, 2021 and Bangkok has recently permitted drinking in restaurants until 11pm in an effort to boost the economy.Credit:Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images


Abandoned cats wander in search of food at a road covered by ash and blocked by the lava at the exclusion zone near the volcano on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain. The volcano is going strong and seismic activity in the area has increased in recent days.Credit:Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo


Nathalie Czarnecki plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia festival of Light service at York Minster in York, England. The Sankta Lucia service, which this year features the London Nordic Choir, is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and Christian traditions. Credit:Ian Forsyth/Getty Images


In an aerial view, fans of Atlatico Mineiro celebrate winning the Brasileirao 2021 along Prasa Sete in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Credit:Pedro Vilela/Getty Images


Yemeni grooms dressed in traditional attire participate in a traditional mass wedding, held by the Houthis for thousands of couples in Sanaa, Yemen. Credit:Hani Mohammed/AP Photo

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