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Swimmers prepare to take part in the annual Christmas Day Peter Pan Cup handicap race in the Serpentine River, in Hyde Park, London, Britain. 25 December, 2019.
Swimmers prepare to take part in the annual Christmas Day Peter Pan Cup handicap race in the Serpentine River, in Hyde Park, London, Britain. 25 December, 2019.   -   Copyright  Hannah McKay   -   Reuters

This week in pictures: Rare solar eclipse, Christmas celebrations and protests in France

This week, skywatchers were treated to a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse - the view only available from a narrow band across the world.

After weeks of shopping and preparations, Christmas was celebrated around the world.

But some holidaymakers cancelled their festive holidays in Paris as pension reform protests and strikes entered their fourth week.

They are among the topics that have produced some of the best pictures this week.

Soe Zeya Tun
A commercial flight flies during the solar eclipse in Bangkok, Thailand. 26 December 2019.Soe Zeya TunReuters
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth poses for a picture, after recording her annual Christmas Day message in Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, Britain. 24 December 2019.Steve Parsons/PoolReuters
Rodrigo Garrido
Firefighters work at the scene of fire that destroyed at least 150 homes in Valparaiso, Chile. 24 December 2019.Rodrigo GarridoReuters
Luigi Costantini/AP Photo
St. Mark's Square, in Venice, Italy on Monday, 23 December 2019. Venice is facing more intense floods on Monday, while it battles to recover from the exceptionally high tide that hit it in November, causing massive damages.Luigi Costantini/AP Photo
Danish Siddiqui
Police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest rally against a new citizenship law. New Delhi, India. 27 December 2019.Danish SiddiquiReuters
Vincent Yu/AP Photo
Protesters carry a flag reading "Liberate Hong Kong, the Revolution of Our Times" as they march through a shopping mall in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. 26 December 2019.Vincent Yu/AP Photo
Francois Mori/AP Photo
Riot police officers detain a striking train worker outside the the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris. 23 December, 2019.Francois Mori/AP Photo
P. Ravikumar
Women scatter flower petals in the waters of the Bay of Bengal during a prayer ceremony for the victims of the 2004 tsunami on the 15th anniversary of the disaster, at Marina beach in Chennai, India. 26 December, 2019.P. RavikumarReuters
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France's Roger Brice takes jump as he speeds down the course during training for an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, in Bormio, Italy. 26 December 2019.Gabriele Facciotti/AP PhotoGabriele Facciotti

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