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The week in pictures

Photography from around the world, compiled by the New Statesman's creative editor.

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Proud Boys organisers stand on stage during their event on 26 September 2020 in Portland, Oregon.  The event drew much smaller crowds than expected.  Photo by Paula Bronstein for the Washington Post via Getty Images

 A protester stands outside the Trump National Golf Club as US president Donald Trump arrives on 27 September 2020, in Sterling, Virginia.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

A local man holds a rocket shell found in the Ivanyan community in the breakaway Nagorny-Karabakh region on 1 October 2020. Armenian and Azerbaijani forces intensified their shelling on 1 October despite calls from the US, France and Russia for an end to days of fighting over the disputed region that has left more than 130 dead.  Photo by Hayk Baghdasaryan / Photolure / AFP

Pupils wearing face masks wait for the opening of their primary school on the first day of the new school year, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 1 October 2020.  Photo by Olympia de Maismont / AFP

People walk across Spanish flags placed at Roma Park to honour Spain's coronavirus dead on 27 September 2020 in Madrid. Spain has been one of Europe's hardest-hit countries during the pandemic and is currently seeing another surge of cases.  Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

An elderly woman looks on while sitting on a make-shift bed as people try to salvage tents damaged by torrential rain, at a camp for Yemenis displaced by civil conflict in the northern Hajjah province on 30 September 2020.  Photo by Essa Ahmed / AFP

Supporters of the legalisation of abortion clash with riot police during a demonstration in Mexico City on International Safe Abortion Day, 28 September 2020.  Photo by Alfredo Estrella / AFP

​Images from the films Trainspotting and The Illusionist, both set in Edinburgh, are projected onto a derelict site by Double Take Projections in Leith, Edinburgh, during a test screening for Cinescapes Film Festival.  Photo by Jane Barlow/PA

Ornithological Service member Nika Ryzhova-Alenicheva holds a goshawk at Domodedovo Airport, Moscow. Raptors such as goshawks help control the number of birds at the airport and surrounding areas.  Photo by Mikhail Japaridze/Tass/PA

Indians share the stories of loved ones they lost to the coronavirus pandemic with Reuters photographers across the continent, from coastal Kerala on the country's southern tip to the Himalayan region of Kashmir in the north. Eight months after the virus arrived in India, the number of deaths from the disease is due to cross 100,000. Nearly 6.5 million Indians have been infected in total, second only to the number in the United States.  Mobile phones belonging to the relatives of some of the dead show pictures of their loved ones; ordinary people from all walks of life, including police officers and doctors on the front line of the fight against the virus.  

A Buddhist monk chants protective verses against the spread of coronavirus as he is driven through a quarantine facilities centre in Yangon, Myanmar on 28 September 2020. Photo by Ye Aung Thu / AFP

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro holds his family dog, Nestor, during the sanction of a law increasing punishments for abuse of domestic animals, at the Palacio do Planalto, in Brasília, on 29 September 2020.  Photo by Sergio Lima/AFP

A piece of artwork by artist Luke Jerram called In Memoriam is installed on Sandbanks beach as part of the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival 2020. Created from over 100 bedsheets, and arranged in the form of a medical red cross, the sea of flags offers a place for the public to remember those lost during the coronavirus pandemic and pay tribute to the NHS staff and volunteers.  Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA

A mahout rides an elephant among the traffic down a street in Piliyandala, a suburb of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo on 27 September, 2020. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi / AFP

The Parthenon Temple at the ancient site of the Acropolis in Athens is illuminated with a new LED lower-energy lighting, unveiled on 30 September, 2020.  Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP

A man looks at Head II by Tim Shaw RA during a press preview of the 252nd Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, on 28 September 2020 in London, England. The exhibition, which for the first time ever, due to Covid-19, takes place in the autumn between 6 October 2020 and 3 January 2021, features over 1,000 works in a range of media, by emerging and established artists.  Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A man jogs under a rain tree, believed to be about 130 years old, saved by authorities by installing permanent support after it collapsed at the Lake Gardens in Taiping, in Malaysia's Perak state on 28 September 2020.  Photo by Mohd Rasfan / AFP

Masked Palestinians of the Popular Resistance Committees prepare to release towards Israel balloons carrying slogans, near Rafah, along the southern border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, on 28 September 2020, to mark the 21st anniversary of the group's formation.  Photo by Said Khatib / AFP

A woman poses for a photo in front of a flower display dedicated to front-line healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, in celebration for the National Day of the People's Republic of China, in Beijing on 29 September, 2020.  Photo by Nicolas Asfouri / AFP

A poodle during the National General Kennel Club branch competition on 27 September, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. As there have been no recorded cases of community transmission in Wuhan since May, life for residents is returning to normal.  Photo by Getty Images



Gerry Brakus is Creative Editor of the New Statesman and also writes on photography.