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'Survivors' by GMB Akash in Bangladesh. The decreipt building houses eighty families of sweepers, the lowest in the caste system and regarded as 'untouchables' (GMB Akash)

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

  • Denise Welch quits pantomime weeks before Christmas
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    Digital Spy

    Denise Welch quits pantomime weeks before Christmas

    "I am so terribly upset and hugely disappointed."

  • Line-up confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing live tour
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    PA Entertainment

    Line-up confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing live tour

    A host of familiar faces will be doing their best routines on dancefloors across the UK in early 2018.

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    Business Insider UK

    Sweden to raise minimum pension age as retirees live longer

    Sweden will raise the minimum age at which workers can take their state pension over the coming years, a move designed to match an increase in average life spans, the major political parties said on Thursday. Workers can currently choose to take their state pension from the age of 61. The current pension system was designed around 20 years ago and Swedes now live around 2.5 years longer on average.

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    Sky News

    Sir Cliff Richard warned finances may be made public during BBC court battle

    Sir Cliff Richard has been warned that details of his financial affairs may be revealed during a High Court battle with the BBC. During a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Mr Justice Mann said journalists could fairly argue that Sir Cliff's personal finances should not be kept from the public simply because he wants them to be. "An argument could be made that these arguments should not be held in complete secrecy simply because (Sir Cliff) wants to keep his financial affairs secret.

  • Delta orders 100 Airbus planes in blow to Boeing
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    AFP

    Delta orders 100 Airbus planes in blow to Boeing

    Delta Air Lines is renewing its narrowbody fleet with the purchase of 100 Airbus A321neo aircraft, in a deal worth $12.7 billion

  • North Korea: US naval blockade would be 'act of war'
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    Sky News

    North Korea: US naval blockade would be 'act of war'

    North Korea has warned the US would take a "dangerous and big step" towards nuclear war if it enforces a naval blockade. North Korea state media said the Trump administration was "pursuing a policy of military confrontation but this is nothing but a death-bed struggle by those alarmed by the might of the DPRK always emerging victorious". "Should the United States and its followers try to enforce the naval blockade against our country, we will see it as an act of war and respond with merciless self-defensive counter-measures as we have warned repeatedly," said KCNA, citing a foreign ministry spokesman.

  • YIKES! Holly Willoughby makes John Boyega awkward with Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoiler
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    YIKES! Holly Willoughby makes John Boyega awkward with Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoiler

    The actor who plays Finn in the franchise was quick to laugh it off

  • Austrian airline's grounding strands thousands
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    AFP

    Austrian airline's grounding strands thousands

    Stuck on the ground -- thousands of passengers have been stranded by the insolvency of the airline Niki.

  • Six months on, Grenfell fire survivors weep at London memorial
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    Reuters

    Six months on, Grenfell fire survivors weep at London memorial

    Survivors of a blaze that killed 71 people six months ago in the Grenfell Tower social housing block in west London wept during a multi-faith memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral on Thursday attended by members of the royal family. Fire broke out in the middle of the night on June 14 and quickly gutted the 24-storey building, which was home to a multi-ethnic community living in a poor area within one of London's richest boroughs, Kensington and Chelsea.

  • 'Bad news for our enemies': EU launches defence pact
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    Reuters

    'Bad news for our enemies': EU launches defence pact

    European Union nations, now unfettered by Britain's decision to quit, achieved a 70-year-old ambition on Thursday to integrate their defences, launching a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together. European Council President Donald Tusk deemed the move "bad news for our enemies". First blocked by the French parliament in the 1950s and later by Britain, which feared creation of an EU army, the pact aims to end the squandering of billions of euros by splintered defence policies.

  • West Ham tactics: Aaron Cresswell is enjoying his new defensive role under David Moyes
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    Evening Standard

    West Ham tactics: Aaron Cresswell is enjoying his new defensive role under David Moyes

    David Moyes’ decision to stick with goalkeeper Adrian rather than recall Joe Hart has been a big talking point during West Ham’s recent revival. “I’ve never played there before in my career but when the gaffer asked me to play there at Manchester City [West Ham lost 2-1], we were low on numbers,” said Cresswell, who still has hopes of making England’s squad for the World Cup. West Ham now face four games in 11 days, starting with a match at Stoke at Saturday, but Cresswell is not worried about their busy schedule.

  • Poland's new PM sees punishment from Brussels coming
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    Reuters

    Poland's new PM sees punishment from Brussels coming

    Poland's new prime minister said on Thursday he expected the European Commission to launch an unprecedented punishment procedure against Warsaw next week after months of wrangling over the rule of law. Several thousand people gathered in Poland's largest towns on Thursday evening to protest against a judiciary system overhaul, while the upper chamber of parliament discussed the proposed legislation. Mateusz Morawiecki, who took over as Poland's premier this week, has defended the judicial changes pushed over two years by his predecessor from the same Law and Justice (PiS) party, saying they were necessary to heal the courts.

  • Salma Hayek claims Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed and threatened to kill her
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    Sky News

    Salma Hayek claims Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed and threatened to kill her

    Hollywood star Salma Hayek has become the latest actress to speak out against film producer Harvey Weinstein, accusing him of sexual harassment and branding him a "monster". The Mexican-born 51-year-old hit out at the Hollywood mogul in a revealing article published in the New York Times, detailing alleged sexual harassment, bullying and threats made against her. The actress, who said she was inspired to share her experiences after others came forward, wrote about her time working on the 2002 film Frida - in which she played Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

  • Reversing the 1960s Beeching rail cuts will help tackle the housing crisis, says Chris Grayling
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    The Telegraph

    Reversing the 1960s Beeching rail cuts will help tackle the housing crisis, says Chris Grayling

    Reversing the 1960s Beeching rail cuts will help tackle the housing crisis, says Chris Grayling

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    Extra penny on income tax rate for Scots earning more than £24,000

    Income tax for people in Scotland earning more than £24,000 a year will rise to 21p, the Scottish government has said. Holyrood's finance secretary Derek Mackay made the announcement in his draft Budget for 2018-19 on Thursday, with higher rates of income tax also going up to 41p and 46p. "This sets the top rate of tax at a level which will generate the most income with the the least risk of losing revenues next year and damaging the economy," he told MSPs.

  • Has North Korean leader Kim Jong-un executed one of his top aides?
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    The Telegraph

    Has North Korean leader Kim Jong-un executed one of his top aides?

    Has North Korean leader Kim Jong-un executed one of his top aides?

  • Greeks call strike over austerity and bailout reforms
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    Reuters

    Greeks call strike over austerity and bailout reforms

    Greeks walked off the job on Thursday in a nationwide strike protesting against austerity measures and reforms the leftist-led government has agreed with the country's bailout lenders. Domestic flights and Athens transport were disrupted, ships remained docked for 24 hours and some public services were shut by the strike organised by Greece's largest labour unions, private sector GSEE and its public sector counterpart ADEDY. The two unions have staged repeated strikes since the first bailout in 2010 but participation has been low in recent years due to inertia and austerity fatigue after three rescue packages and five snap elections in eight years.

  • U.S. solar installations to fall more than expected in 2017
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    Business Insider UK

    U.S. solar installations to fall more than expected in 2017

    In a quarterly report, GTM Research said it expected U.S. installations to fall 22 percent to 11.8 gigawatts (GW) this year, down from a prior forecast that called for a decline of 17 percent. GTM conducted the analysis for the Solar Energy Industries Association trade group.

  • Marvel or mishap? Hong Kong's troubled mega bridge
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    AFP

    Marvel or mishap? Hong Kong's troubled mega bridge

    Billed as the world's longest sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China, it has been touted by supporters as an engineering wonder.

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    Business Insider UK

    GM says former UAW Vice President Joe Ashton to resign from board

    Ashton was nominated to his GM board seat by the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits trust, which administers funds that pay for health benefits for UAW-GM retirees. The trust can nominate a replacement for Ashton, but shareholders won't vote on the trust's nominee until the company's next annual meeting in the spring, a GM spokesman said. The U.S. Justice Department is looking into the use of money at UAW managed training centers funded by GM and Ford Motor Co, and into charities established by senior UAW officers.

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    Business Insider UK

    Kentucky lawmaker a 'probable suicide' amid sexual misconduct accusations

    Johnson, also the leader of the Louisville-area Heart of Fire Church, held a news conference on Tuesday at which he denied accusations contained in a report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. "Saddened to hear of tonight's death of KY Representative Dan Johnson," Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin wrote on Twitter.

  • BP plan to buy Australian petrol pump network blocked
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    AFP

    BP plan to buy Australian petrol pump network blocked

    BP already supplies fuel to approximately 1,400 of its own branded service stations throughout Australia

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    Business Insider UK

    AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on a proposal that would not only undo the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015, but will forbid states to put anything similar in place. WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?

  • Seizures of medicines using banned animal parts see steep rise
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    Business Insider UK

    Seizures of medicines using banned animal parts see steep rise

    The amount of medicinal products containing illegal wildlife parts seized by EU authorities has risen sharply in the last six years, according to monitoring group TRAFFIC, and includes items from a range of animals including tigers, bears and snakes. EU authorities made 952 seizures of illegal wildlife medicines in 2016, up from 174 in 2011, a report by the group said. A range of seized medicinal items found at a lock-up near Britain's Heathrow airport contained ingredients including Asiatic bears' stomach bile and tiger bone and a threatened species of South African cactus.

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