Pictures of the week 22 to 28 July 2017: Seven days of the world's best photojournalism

A selection of photographs, covering topics from champion swimmers and fires in Europe to animals cooling off and Santa Claus on holiday.

24 July 201: People wearing Minions costumes cool off at a river on a hot day in Lianyuan, Hunan province, ChinaCNS/Yang Huafeng/Reuters
27 July 2017: A monkey sitting on consecrated idols of snakes drinks milk offered by a devotee during the Hindu festival of Nag Panchami at a temple on the outskirts of BangaloreAbhishek N. Chinnappa/Reuters
25 July 2017: Monkeys cool off with an ice block on a hot day at a zoo in Hefei, Anhui province, ChinaCNS/Zhang Yaz/Reuters
26 July 2017: Dogs cool off as they sit on a piece of foam board in a swimming pool on a hot day in Chengdu, Sichuan province, ChinaReuters
24 July 2017: A polar bear swims in a pool at the Moscow Zoo in the village of SychevoMaxim Zmeyev/AFP
22 July 2017: A life-size hyperreal sculpture of a sperm whale by Belgian Collective Captain Boomer, is installed on Quai de la Tournelle in ParisBertrand Guay/AFP
25 July 2017: A king cobra snake seen coming out of container of potato crisps. A California man was arrested after a package addressed to him was found to contain three live king cobrasUnited States Attorney's Office Central District of California/Reuters
24 July 2017: Fireflies seeking mates light up in synchronised bursts in a forest at Santa Clara sanctuary near the town of Nanacamilpa, Tlaxcala state, MexicoEdgard Garrido/Reuters
28 July 2017: Hot air-balloons rise into the air at Chambley-Bussieres air base, near Hageville, eastern France, before an attempt to break the world record for mass ascentAlexandre Marchi/AFP
22 July 2017: Matthias Dolderer of Germany performs with his Edge 540 V3 plane during the qualifying session of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Kazan, RussiaMaxim Shemetov/Reuters
28 July 2017: Tara Tira of the US competes in the Women's 20m High Dive Round 1 during the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, HungaryBernadett Szabo/Reuters
22 July 2017: Orlando Duque of Colombia dives from the 27-metre platform during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Polignano a Mare, ItalyDean Treml/Red Bull via Getty Images
24 July 2017: Kathleen Baker of the US competes in a heat of the women's 100m backstroke at the 2017 Swimming World Championships in BudapestFrançois-Xavier Marit/AFP
28 July 2017: Katie Ledecky competes in a heat of the women's 800m freestyle during the swimming competition at the 2017 Swimming World Championships in BudapestFrançois-Xavier Marit/Reuters
27 July 2017: Brazil's Etiene Medeiros prepares before competing in the women's 50m backstroke final at the 2017 Swimming World Championships in BudapestChristophe Simon/AFP
26 July 2017: Adam Peaty of Great Britain celebrates after winning the gold medal during the Men's 50m Breaststroke final at the Swimming World Championships in BudapestClive Rose/Getty Images
22 July 2017: Team China competes in the Synchronised Swimming Mixed Duet Final in BudapestBernadett Szabo/Reuters
26 July 2017: Miles Chamley-Watson of the US and Italy's Alessio Voconi vie during the team men's foil final at the World Fencing Championships in Leipzig, GermanyRobert Michael/AFP
26 July 2017: Aleksandr Dimitrenko of Russia fights against Aleksandar Petrov of Bulgaria during the Invitation Sports Kickboxing Men's K1 81kg Quarterfinals of The World Games in Wroclaw, PolandMatthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images
26 July 2017: Heather Cooper of Australia is challenged by Nien-En Hsieh of Chinese Taipei during the Beach Handball Women's Group B match in Wroclaw, PolandMatthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images
23 July 2017: Tove Lo performs during Splendour in the Grass 2017 in Byron Bay, AustraliaMark Metcalfe/Getty Images
23 July 2017: England celebrates winning the Women's Cricket World Cup Final against India in LondonAndrew Couldridge/Reuters
23 July 2017: Canada's Marissa Papaconstantinou makes her way to the finish line in the rain after falling in the Women's 200m T44 Final at teh IAAF World ParaAthletics Championships in LondonPeter Cziborra/Reuters
27 July 2017: A man walks through deep water while people shelter perched on a building during a heavy hailstorm at Besiktas near IstanbulBulent Kilic/AFP
27 July 2017: A man pushes his bicycle through a water-logged street after heavy rains in Ahmedabad, IndiaAmit Dave/Reuters
23 July 2017: A British Airways aeroplane flies near a rainbow on its way to Heathrow Airport in LondonKevin Coombs/Reuters
26 July 2017: Schoolchildren wearing face masks wait for their bus to school while shrouded in thick smoke due to peat forest fires in Meulaboh, Aceh province, IndonesiaChaideer Mahyuddin/AFP
27 July 2017: A boy stands in the middle of an insecticide cloud in SanaaKhaled Abdullah/Reuters
25 July 2017: A man uses a branch to try to put out flames from a forest fire in Brejo Grande, near Castelo BrancoRafael Marchante/Reuters
25 July 2017: People sitting on a beach watch Canadair aircraft dropping water onto a fire in La Croix-Valmer, near Saint-Tropez, southern FranceValery Hache/AFP
24 July 2017: Actress Hero Douglas swims in Llyn Mymbyr in the shadow of Mount Snowdon, north WalesChristopher Furlong/Getty Images
25 July 2017: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson holds a tuatara during a visit to Zealandia eco-sanctuary in Wellington, New ZealandHagen Hopkins-Pool/Getty Images
25 July 2017: Chelsea pensioners John Kidman, 87, and Bill 'Spud' Hunt, 83, wear Virtual Reality headsets during the Royal British Legion launch of Battle of Passchendaele VR content at the Household Cavalry Museum in WestminsterDaniel Leal-Olivas/AFP
24 July 2017: Supporters of terminally-ill British baby Charlie Gard react outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London after the announcement that his parents have abandoned their legal fight to take their son to the US for experimental treatmentChris J Ratcliffe/AFP
26 July 2017: Andrew Roussos puts his arm around his son Xander as he carries the coffin of his daughter Saffie Rose Roussos, the youngest victim of the bombing of the Manchester Arena, during her funeral at Manchester CathedralAndrew Yates/Reuters
24 July 2017: A Palestinian girl peers through a tarpaulin next to her house in Gaza CityMohamed Abed/AFP
26 July 2017: Iraqi civil defence and rescue workers search for the bodies of victims under the rubble of buildings in western Mosul's Zanjili districtSafin Hamed/AFP
27 July 2017: A Palestinian man performs a prayer near the Dome of the Rock in the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, in the old city of JerusalemAhmad Gharabli/AFP
27 July 2017: Israeli security forces stand guard in front of the Dome of the Rock in the Haram al-Sharif compound in the old city of JerusalemAhmad Gharabli/AFP
26 July 2017: Riot security forces pass through a roadblock during a strike called to protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, VenezuelaCarlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters
26 July 2017: An anti-government activist prepares to throw a Molotov cocktail at members of the National Guard during a 48-hour general strike called by the opposition, in CaracasRonaldo Schemidt/AFP
27 July 2017: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hugs the flag during the closing of his campaign to elect a Constituent Assembly that would rewrite the constitutionFederico Parra/AFP
25 July 2017: Police remove a protester as US President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, OhioSaul Loeb/AFP
25 July 2017: US President Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania after she introduced him at a rally with supporters in an arena in Youngstown, OhioJonathan Ernst/Reuters
25 July 2017: Senator John McCain (R-AZ), recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, departs after returning to the Senate to vote on health care legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, DCAaron P Bernstein/Reuters
25 July 2017: Protesters and Senate Democrats gather on the Senate steps on Capitol Hill in WashingtonEric Thayer/Reuters
24 July 2017: Anti-government protesters display an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte as Adolf Hitler during a march towards the Philippine Congress ahead of Duterte's State of the Nation address in Quezon city, Metro ManilaErik De Castro/Reuters
25 July 2017: An Indian soldier stands guard during the swearing-in ceremony of India's new President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New DelhiCathal McNaughton/Reuters
24 July 2017: Girls from the Little Caliphs kindergarten in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, walk around a mockkup of the Kaaba in Mecca, during a simulation of the Hajj pilgrimageMohd Rasfan/AFP
25 July 2017: Bangladeshi conjoined twins baby girls Rabia and Rukia sit in a hospital in DhakaMunir uz Zaman/AFP

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