Week in pictures: 20-26 November 2021

A selection of powerful news photographs taken around the world this week.

Image source, Ben Stansall / AFPImage caption, A migrant carries her children after being helped ashore from a RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeboat at a beach in Dungeness, on the South East coast of England on Wednesday. On the same day, at least 27 people died making the same crossing between France and England, the biggest loss of life by drowning in the Channel in many years.Image source, Pascal Pochard-Casabianca / AFPImage caption, A fallen rock lies on a road which runs alongside Corsica's dramatic Piana Calanches, a Unesco heritage site and popular tourist spot on the French island. No one was injured in the incident.Image source, Erik Simander / AFPImage caption, Finance Minister and Social Democratic Party leader Magdalena Andersson receives a standing ovation after being voted in as Sweden's first female prime minister in Stockholm. Hours later, Ms Andersson resigned after her coalition partner quit the government and her budget failed to pass. She said she hoped to become prime minister again as a single party government leader.Image source, Khaled Desouki / AFPImage caption, Pharaonic chariots and hundreds of performers featured in a lavish ceremony to mark the opening to the public of the 3,000-year-old Avenue of Sphinxes in Luxor, Egypt. It has taken decades to excavate the ancient walkway, which is nearly 3km long and connects the temples of Karnak and Luxor.Image source, Aamir Qureshi / AFPImage caption, Soldiers of the Anti-Narcotics Force stand guard beside a burning pile of seized drugs, including heroin, hashish, cocaine, and opium, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.Image source, Brook Mitchell / Getty ImagesImage caption, A controlled blast demolishes part of the defunct Wallerawang power station in Lithgow, Australia. The coal-fired power station was active until 2014 and then acquired by Greenspot in 2020. The company plans to turn the site into a multi-use area, including a Battery Energy Storage System.Image source, Phil Noble / ReutersImage caption, The petals of a rose are covered in frozen water droplets in a garden in Manchester, England.Image source, Carlo Allegri / ReutersImage caption, People take a selfie in front of the Grogu balloon, also known as Baby Yoda, as it is inflated the day before the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York.Image source, Vadim Skryabin / Getty ImagesImage caption, A man wrapped up against the weather in Yakutsk, the capital of the Sakha Republic, located in the east Siberia area of Russia. Temperatures are expected to reach as low as -35C in the city next week.Image source, Carlos Osorio / ReutersImage caption, Polar bears spar near Churchill, Manitoba, in Canada.

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