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The Week in Pictures

The defining images of the week, selected by our creative editor. 

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A teacher and students take part in an earthquake drill in Zaozhuang City, east China's Shandong Province, on 13 October 2020.  Photo by Xinhua / Shutterstock

On 15 October 2020 a relative of a Ukrainian prisoner of war, who fought against Russia-backed separatists in the east of the country, demonstrates in Kiev to demand the president intensifies efforts to release those imprisoned.  Photo by Sergei Supinsky / AFP

President Donald Trump arrives for a Make America Great Again campaign event on 14 October 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa.  Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP

 A supporter of Alpha Condé, the president of Guinea, smiles during a campaign rally in Conakry on 15 October 2020.  The president is bidding for a third term in office with the presidential elections scheduled to be held on 18 October, defying critics who say he forced through a new constitution this year enabling him to sidestep two-term presidential limits.  Photo by John Wessels / AFP

An Atlantic grey seal pup rests on some pebbles at a remote breeding ground in Pembrokeshire, where newborn pups spend their first few weeks in the rookeries intensively feeding before shedding their white coats.  Photo by Ben Birchall / PA

Professional wrestler Colt Miles (R) fights his opponent Dynamo H-block on 12 October 2020, during an evening of wrestling entertainment presented by Megaslam Wrestling in a circus big top in Sheffield.  Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic Megaslam Wrestling was Europe's most prolific wrestling show, typically staging over 300 events a year across the British Isles.  Photo by Oli Scarff / AFP

Visitors wearing face masks view The Coronation of Napoleon (Le Sacre de Napoleon) by French painter Jacques-Louis David in The Louvre Musueum. French president Emmanuel Macron has ordered a night-time curfew for Paris and eight other French cities to contain the rising spread of Covid-19 in the country. In a televised interview, Macron said residents of those cities would not be allowed to be outdoors between 9:00pm and 6:00am from Saturday, 17 October 2020, for a duration of at least four weeks.  Photo by Ludovic Marin /AFP

Supporters of Bolivian presidential candidate Luis Arce of the Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS), led by Bolivian former president Evo Morales, take part in a rally in El Alto, Bolivia on 14 October 2020, ahead of general elections on Sunday, 18 October 2020.  Photo by Aizar Raldes / AFP

A resident shows the level of water in his cellar area at an apartment following heavy rains in Hyderabad, India, on 14 October 2020.  Photo by Noah Saleem / AFP

Taxi drivers hold a protest against taxi-hailing apps such as Uber and Cabify in Mexico City on 12 October, 2020.  Photo by Edgard Garrido / Reuters

Kenya has partially re-opened schools to allow students to prepare for examinations that had been postponed following a total closure of all educational institutions in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.  Photo by Brian Inganga / AP

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Belarusian police threatened to fire live bullets at protesters, including pensioners, claiming that opposition demonstrations against leader Alexander Lukashenko were becoming ever more radicalised. The opposition movement are calling for an end to the president's authoritarian regime and have kept up a wave of large-scale demonstrations every Sunday since his disputed win on 9 August 2020.  Photo by AFP / Getty

 Xatire Celilova walks in the kitchen of her destroyed flat following a ceasefire during a military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.  Photo by  Bulent Kilic / AFP

A woman walks by a poster in Liverpool depicting a 1930s protest against prohibition with demonstrators holding "We Want Beer" placards outside a pub. New local lockdown measures, which include the closure of pubs and bars not serving meals, have come in to force in the city to help stem Covid-19 infection rates.  Photo by Paul Ellis / AFP

British artist Maggi Hambling sits between her works Lion in Enclosure (left) and Young Dancing Bear (right) whilst attending her new exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery, London.  Photo by Jonathan Brady / PA

The Embrace by Sergey Gorshkov.  Gorshkov won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 with his stunning image of a tigress hugging an ancient Manchurian fir, rubbing her cheek against bark to leave secretions from her scent glands. She is an Amur, or Siberian tiger, in the Leopard National Park, in the Russian Far East. The race, now regarded as the same subspecies as the Bengal tiger, is found only in this region, with a small number surviving over the border in China and possibly a few in North Korea.  An exhibition, featuring the winners of various categories in the competition, opens at the Natural History Museum, London, on 16 October 2020. 

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