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The beetle can change colour by altering the reflectivity of its outer layer (Chime Tsetan/Caters)

Pictures of the week: From a dramatic eruption at Mount Etna to giant pandas at Edinburgh Zoo

Here's our pick of the pictures from around the world this week

  • Pilots at Ryanair's largest base reject pay offer
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    Reuters

    Pilots at Ryanair's largest base reject pay offer

    A majority of Ryanair pilots at its largest base have rejected management's offer of improved pay and conditions, the airline said on Friday, dealing a blow to its efforts to address a recent pilot shortage. It responded by promising pilots significant improvements in pay and conditions, exceeding rates paid by rivals, with negotiations to take place with each of its 86 bases individually. Pilots at London's Stansted Airport rejected the Ryanair offer by a margin of 60 percent to 40 percent at Friday evening's vote, the Irish airline said.

  • Three-quarters of the UK public say Brexit is going badly, new poll reveals
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    The Independent

    Three-quarters of the UK public say Brexit is going badly, new poll reveals

    The British public have delivered a damning verdict on the Government’s Brexit strategy after a new poll revealed a huge majority think negotiations with Brussels are going badly. The exclusive BMG Research survey carried out before and during the European Council summit at which the Prime Minister won a small concession from EU leaders, shows more than three-quarters of people still think her strategy is failing. Instead a majority want the Government to continue negotiating, despite many still feeling the UK will come off worse than the EU in any eventual deal.

  • Quentin Tarantino knew of Harvey Weinstein mistreating women
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    Sky News

    Quentin Tarantino knew of Harvey Weinstein mistreating women

    Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino has admitted he had known of incidents of Harvey Weinstein mistreating women before the scandal broke earlier this month. It comes as Los Angeles police confirmed they are investigating an allegation of sexual assault against the film producer. The investigation follows those launched by officers in New York and London into a number of allegations of rape or sexual assault against Weinstein.

  • Notorious British jihadist Abu Sa'eed Al Britani may have perished in IS death camp
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    Sky News

    Notorious British jihadist Abu Sa'eed Al Britani may have perished in IS death camp

    He was one of four jihadists that the UK placed on a UN sanctions list, now the only trace of Abu Sa'eed al Britani is his name on a prison wall in an Islamic State death camp.

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    'Don't Touch My Hair' singer Solange Knowles cross as hair touched

    One of Solange Knowles' songs is called Don't Touch My Hair. The journalist who interviewed Solange has also expressed her dismay. "I am publicly disowning the Solange piece London Evening Standard published today.

  • National Trust risks 'years of conflict' if trail hunting ban is backed by members, campaigners warn
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    The Telegraph

    National Trust risks 'years of conflict' if trail hunting ban is backed by members, campaigners warn

    National Trust risks 'years of conflict' if trail hunting ban is backed by members, campaigners warn

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    Reuters

    Merkel says Britain must move on Brexit bill to break deadlock

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that the European Union could only agree to enter the next phase of Brexit negotiations in December if Britain provided specific assurances about its readiness to settle financial obligations to the bloc. Speaking to reporters at the end of a two-day EU summit in Brussels, Merkel said it was "very clear" what British Prime Minister Theresa May had to do to break a deadlock in the talks that has prevented a discussion about Britain's post-Brexit relationship with the bloc, known as "phase two". "We hope that by December we have moved along enough to allow phase two to begin but that depends on the extent to which Great Britain makes progress so that we can say that it is sufficient on the core themes of phase one," Merkel told a news conference at the end of an EU summit.

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    Suspect arrested after four people hurt in Munich knife attack

    Police investigating a knife attack that left four people wounded in the German city of Munich have arrested a suspect. The incident happened at Rosenheimer Platz near the city centre, and none of the victims' injuries were life threatening.

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    One killed, nine injured in stabbing rampage in Polish shopping centre

    One person has been killed and nine others injured after a man carried out a knife rampage at a shopping centre in southeast Poland. The alleged attacker, a 27-year-old man, attacked people at the VIVO! mall in Stalowa Wola on Friday. Eight people were taken to hospitals in Stalowa Wola, Tarnobrzeg and Sandomierz, most with serious injuries, regional police chief Krzysztof Pobuta said.

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    Israel says it will intensify response to Syrian fire

    JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the civil war that has repeatedly spilled over the border. The projectiles crossed into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and the military said it targeted three Syrian artillery guns in response. No damage or injuries were reported in Israel.

  • FTSE closes flat as sterling bounces back on Brexit hopes
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    Reuters

    FTSE closes flat as sterling bounces back on Brexit hopes

    The FTSE closed up 0.2 percent on Friday as sterling bounced back on hopes of a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations, and consumer heavyweights Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser weighed down an index that was earlier lifted by financials. The FTSE 100, which hit a record level last week, was on track for a slight weekly loss after four weeks of robust gains, bruised by sharp drops earlier in the week from Convatec and Merlin . British Prime Minister Theresa May won a modest reprieve in stalled talks with the European Union as EU leaders said they would begin preparations to move into the second phase of Brexit talks in December.

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    Dozens of arrests as mobs kill nine suspected vampires in Malawi

    Police say 140 people have been arrested after a spate of deadly mob attacks on suspected "vampires" in Malawi. There have been at least nine killings, including an epileptic man who was burned to death and another person who was stoned to death in the country's second-biggest city, Blantyre. The assaults started last month when rumours spread of "bloodsuckers" on the loose - and police say the situation has spun out of control.

  • Woman Tracks Down Missing Cat After Uploading Its Photo To Tinder
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    HuffPost UK

    Woman Tracks Down Missing Cat After Uploading Its Photo To Tinder

    A woman has been reunited with her missing moggy thanks to the power of Tinder.

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    Business Insider UK

    Brazil's Cemig fires business development director, sources say (CMIG4)

    Brazilian state-run electricity company Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais SA has dismissed its business development director, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Cesar Vaz Fernandes's exit will be followed by management changes that will affect at least two other top executives, one of the sources said. Cemig, as the company is known, did not have an immediate comment.

  • DNA techniques could transform facial recognition technology
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    The Conversation

    DNA techniques could transform facial recognition technology

    Treating video like a mutating gene could improve surveillance software.

  • Mollie King set herself some specific goals before joining Strictly Come Dancing
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    Mollie King set herself some specific goals before joining Strictly Come Dancing

    Twelve couples remain on Strictly Come Dancing which starts on BBC One at 6:35pm on Saturday night

  • Liege Railway Station: A Work Of Art In 16 Photos
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    HuffPost UK

    Liege Railway Station: A Work Of Art In 16 Photos

    Most times a train station is just somewhere you pass through, without glancing at much more than the departure boards.

  • Stolen mosaic that once adorned Emperor Caligula's lavish pleasure barge returned to Italy after being used as a coffee table
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    The Telegraph

    Stolen mosaic that once adorned Emperor Caligula's lavish pleasure barge returned to Italy after being used as a coffee table

    Stolen mosaic that once adorned Emperor Caligula's lavish pleasure barge returned to Italy after being used as a coffee table

  • Theresa May Sitting Alone In Brussels Has Been Turned Into A Brutal Brexit Meme
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    HuffPost UK

    Theresa May Sitting Alone In Brussels Has Been Turned Into A Brutal Brexit Meme

    Just when things were looking up for her after getting the “green light” to begin talks about a future trade deal between the EU and the UK, a photo of her sitting alone at a table in Brussels gets turned into an unfortunate meme.

  • ‘Millennial’ Rail Card For Passengers Aged 26-30 Could Be En Route
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    HuffPost UK

    ‘Millennial’ Rail Card For Passengers Aged 26-30 Could Be En Route

    A new Railcard for people aged 26-30 will reportedly be offered by a train company from December.

  • MP wells up as he returns First World War fallen soldier's plaque home
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    MP wells up as he returns First World War fallen soldier's plaque home

    A soldier killed in the First World War was returned "home" after his memorial plaque was presented to a Conservative MP in the Commons. Mr Morris held up Pte Woodward's memorial plaque before later giving it to his Tory colleague Victoria Atkins, MP for the Louth and Horncastle constituency, where the fallen soldier was born.

  • Elsie Scully-Hicks jury hears 999 calls by father accused of her murder
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    The Guardian

    Elsie Scully-Hicks jury hears 999 calls by father accused of her murder

    Matthew Scully-Hicks is accused of killing Elsie two weeks after he and Craig Scully-Hicks formally adopted the 18-month-old. During a call made by Matthew Scully-Hicks on the day Elsie allegedly sustained fatal injuries, he described her as being “floppy and limp” and the operator can be heard instructing him to give her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Two months earlier, Scully-Hicks had also dialled 999 to report that Elsie had fallen down the stairs of the home in Cardiff he shared with husband Craig Scully-Hicks.

  • Labour MP Clive Lewis apologises for telling man to 'get on your knees b----"
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    Business Insider UK

    Labour MP Clive Lewis apologises for telling man to 'get on your knees b----"

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    Business Insider UK

    Prominent chefs, bakers say businesses can't pick customers

    Prominent chefs, bakers and restaurant owners want the Supreme Court to rule against a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding. Celebrity chefs Jose Andres, Elizabeth Falkner and Carla Hall, the owners of a popular Washington, D.C., cupcake shop and a small-town baker from Mississippi are among those who are signing onto a legal brief being written by the Human Rights Campaign. The case pits the rights of a gay couple against baker Jack Phillips' religious objections to same-sex marriage.

  • Philip Bowcock, the beleaguered bookie boss fighting to shorten the odds on his survival
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    Evening Standard

    Philip Bowcock, the beleaguered bookie boss fighting to shorten the odds on his survival

    After all, the newish chief executive of bookmaker William Hill is in the eye of the hurricane. An unsympathetic Government looks set to slash the staking limits on the “crack cocaine” betting machines — which account for a hefty chunk of its profits — in a looming review. One chief executive cruelly says of Bowcock that “in the sack race, he’s Ronald Koeman” — referring to the Everton manager who’s favourite for the boot after a desperate start to the season.

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