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The Week in Pictures

The New Statesman's creative editor selects images from photographers across the globe.


Men wearing face masks hold flowers as they wait for relatives who were infected with Covid-19 to be released from intensive care, in Bogotá, Colombia,13 May 2020. Photo by Diana Sanchez/AFP


A woman sits next to newborn babies who lost their mothers following a suicide attack in a maternity hospital, in Kabul on 13 May, 2020. The combined death toll from two attacks in Afghanistan, including one on a hospital where infants and nurses were killed, has risen to 56. Three gunmen stormed a Kabul maternity hospital on 12 May as parents brought infants and children for appointments.  Photo by STR/AFP


Safidy Andrianantenaina, one of the co-founders of the association Le Caméléon, distributes food parcels and face masks to its residents, in Antananarivo, Madagascar on 13 May, 2020. Le Caméléon, an independent humanitarian group, offers tutoring to a hundred children in dire straits in Anjezika, one of Antananarivo's poorest and most unhealthy neighbourhoods. Photo by Rijasolo/AFP


Jack Nowell of Exeter Chiefs and England rugby teams receives a drink from his daughter, Nori, while he exercises at home during the lockdown on 13 May, 2020 in Exeter, England. Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images


An employee of the Museum of Illusions, Paris, disinfects a bench as France eases lockdown measures, 13 May 2020. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP


Peacocks leap into the air as they battle over territory in Dudhwa National Park, India, 13 May 2020. The birds jump almost six foot before crashing down on each other. Photo By Nilesh Patel/Solent News/Shutterstock


An employee of the RATP (Autonomous Parisian Transportation Administration) distributes hydroalcoholic gel to a commuter walking out of line 13 metro station in Paris on 14 May, 2020. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP


A medical worker prepares to takes a swab sample from an elderly resident to be tested for Covid-19 at his home in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on 14 May, 2020. Nervous residents of China's pandemic epicentre queued up across the city to be tested after a new cluster of cases sparked a mass screening campaign. Photo by STR/AFP


Children eating at tables with plastic partitions during lunch time at a kindergarten in Yongzhou in China's central Hunan province. Photo by STR/AFP


Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) (R) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) elbow bump at the start of a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on 12 May, 2020 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony from members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on how to safely open the country again. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images


People wearing face masks on an escalator in a subway station in Tokyo. Japan has extended a state of emergency until the end of May to protect its citizens from Covid-19. Photo by Eugene Hoshiko/AP/Shutterstock


Pupils play in the school yard of the Saint Germain de Charonne school in Paris on 14 May, 2020, as primary schools in France re-open this week. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP


A restaurant worker looks on as volunteers prepare meals to give to people during the holy month of Ramadam in Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, launched an initiative to distribute ten million meals or food parcels to support vulnerable individuals and families affected by Covid-19. Photo by Mahmoud Kahled/EPA/Shutterstock


A Titan Arum flower flourishes at the Belgian National Botanic Gardens in Meise, 14 May, 2020. The Titan Arum is the biggest flower on earth and it takes several years for the plant to make one single flower blossom. Particular to the flower is its strong smell. Photo by Laurie Dieffembacq/AFP


This composite photo created on 12 May, 2020 shows matrons, staff nurses and sisters of the Salayang Hospital posing for pictures during International Nurses Day. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

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