It’s never been easier to keep up with what’s going on in the world. The news is everywhere – in our Facebook feeds, on the morning commute, during that lazy half hour before you switch off the TV and go to bed. But the tide of global affairs is often more upsetting than uplifting and it can be tempting to bury our heads in the sand. As the saying goes: a picture is worth a thousand words, so to offer a different perspective we've rounded up some of the most memorable images of the week's events, captured by the best photojournalists on the planet.
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Derrick Bernaden of San Antonio, Texas visits a memorial where 26 crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honour the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on 7th November 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On 5th November, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm on the Burbo Flats in Liverpool Bay, operated by DONG Energy, is pictured from the the window of an aircraft flying over the Irish Sea, off the west coast of northern England, on 8th November 2017. British energy supplier SSE and German-owned Npower said on Wednesday they have agreed to merge their businesses that heat and light up millions of UK households. SSE, the second largest energy supplier in Britain, said it would spin off its household energy and services business and combine it with Npower, the British arm of Germany's Innogy.
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People walk among rubble from destroyed buildings in an outer neighbourhood of the Old City in West Mosul on 6th November 2017 in Mosul, Iraq. Five months after Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city was liberated from ISIL in a nine-month long battle, residents have returned to the destroyed city to rebuild their lives. After more than two years of ISIL occupation, savage fighting and airstrikes, as ISIL fighters retreated they intentionally destroyed remaining key infrastructure such as bridges, government buildings, water and sewage facilities, and laced neighbourhoods with booby traps and homemade bombs, leaving the city in ruins. Despite the damage, residents have hastily returned and managed to set up temporary shops, homes and services to help bring the city back to life. In West Mosul, home to the Old City, more than 32,000 homes were destroyed; a recent report from the UN estimates that repairing Mosul's basic infrastructure will cost more than $1 billion and take years to complete.
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An Indonesian farmer harvests his cabbages during the eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano in Karo in North Sumatra on 4th November 2017. Sinabung roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in 400 years. After another period of inactivity it erupted once more in 2013, and has remained highly active since.
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Sea ice as seen from NASA's Operation IceBridge research aircraft in the Antarctic Peninsula region, on 4th November 2017, above Antarctica. NASA's Operation IceBridge has been studying how polar ice has evolved over the past nine years and is currently flying a set of nine-hour research flights over West Antarctica to monitor ice loss aboard a retrofitted 1966 Lockheed P-3 aircraft. According to NASA, the current mission targets "sea ice in the Bellingshausen and Weddell seas and glaciers in the Antarctic Peninsula and along the English and Bryan Coasts." Researchers have used the IceBridge data to observe that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet may be in a state of irreversible decline, directly contributing to rising sea levels. The National Climate Assessment, a study produced every four years by scientists from 13 federal agencies of the US government, released a stark report on 2nd November stating that global temperature rise over the past 115 years has been primarily caused by "human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases".
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Shiloh Tappin (R) and her twin sister Seilah Tappin (3rd R) and their friend Dani Hebron, all 7 years old, take notes during a news conference conducted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the Rayburn Room at the US Capitol on 3rd November 2017 in Washington, DC. The twins' mother, Kendra Tappin, credited the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) and Children's Health Insurance (CHIP) programs and the Affordable Care Act for making it possible for her to raise her daughters healthy and happy and that the proposed Republican tax cuts would threaten those benefits.