11 of the week's most striking pictures

2013-11-22 14:47

From erupting volcanoes in Indonesia, to Oprah Winfrey being awarded the Medal of Freedom in the US - see 11 of the most striking news pictures of the week.

  • 1. A man watches as Mount Sinabung continues to erupt, with hot smoke spewing from the volcano, in the Karo district on the north of Indonesia's Sumatra island. (Sutanta Aditya, AFP)
  • 2. A man walks below a national flag among the rubble of destroyed homes near the waterfront in Tacloban. More than 4,000 people were killed and up to 4.4 million displaced when typhoon Haiyan, packing some of the strongest winds ever recorded by a storm, made landfall. (Odd Andersen, AFP)
  • 3. This picture taken in Taunggyi in Myanmar's northeastern Shan State shows participants celebrating after releasing a hot-air balloon during the Tazaungdaing Lighting Festival. (AFP)
  • 4. A man uses an umbrella to shelter from the wind as he tries to light a fire amid the rubble of destroyed homes in Tacloban, Philippines. (Odd Andersen, AFP)
  • 5. A masked Egyptian man aims his gun as he stands among fellow anti-military demonstrators marking the anniversary of protests against the military in 2011, which ignited deadly clashes with security forces. (AFP)
  • 6. A Syrian child gets a polio vaccination at a clinic in Damascus. The UN health agency launched a large-scale campaign on October 24 to immunise 1.6 million children in Syria against polio, measles, mumps and rubella. (Louai Beshara, AFP)
  • 7. The Somali coast guard carry out a patrol off the coast of Bosaso in Puntland on November 19, 2013. After increased security in Somalia's Puntland region, Bosaso has become a major export hub in the country. (Mohamed Abdiwahab, AFP)
  • 8. US President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to broadcast journallist Oprah Winfrey during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The Medal of Freedom is the country's foremost civilian honor. (Mandel Ngan, AFP)
  • 9. Dewayne Goodface, a Vietnam War veteran from the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, listens during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony. (Brendan Smialowski, AFP)
  • 10. Spaniards protest during a demonstration in the streets of Madrid against cuts to education budgets and increases in fees the latest in the government's crisis cost-cutting drive. (Javier Soriano, AFP)
  • 11. A Sri Lankan Tamil fisherman paddle their boat along the shoreline in Jaffna. Commonwealth leaders signed agreements on issues such as poverty and development as they staged a show of unity after a summit in Sri Lanka dominated by a bitter dispute over war crimes. (Ishara S. Kodikara, AFP)
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