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The pictures of the week: The monkeys are on the loose


Long-tailed macaques target a cameraman in Thailand. A motorcycle flies through the air. Snow at the onset of winter - and the beginning of summer at the other end of the world. The pictures of the week.

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The monkeys are on the loose

Photography under difficult conditions was the name of the game for this photographer in Thailand.

At the so-called Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi, the long-tailed macaques living there are fed with fruit and vegetables.

The observer with the cameras apparently found these specimens even more exciting than the delicacies.

See all the pictures of the week on our topic page.

Photo: Jack Taylor / AFP

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play with the fire

Several migrants warm their hands by a fire.

Hundreds of people are waiting in Calais, France, for their chance to come to the UK.

However, the route across the English Channel is dangerous.

At least 27 people died in a boat accident in the past week.

Photo: Mohammed Badra / EPA

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Silent sadness

A 15-year-old boy killed four of his classmates in a rampage at a Michigan high school and then surrendered to the police.

The school is located in Oxford, north of the metropolis of Detroit.

In front of the building, cuddly toys and candles are a reminder of the deed.

Photo: Nic Antaya / EPA

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Volcanic ash blackens soccer field

The volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma has been going on for almost three months.

Again and again the lava forges new paths, at the foot of the Cumbre Vieja it splashes, hisses and bubbles.

This December 1st picture shows a soccer field covered in ash.

Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP

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Virus on the move

Travelers from South Africa are tested for the corona virus in a specially created test road on arrival at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands.

The testers are looking for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The mutant first detected in South Africa is evidently developing into the dominant virus strain there; it was found in 74 percent of the samples examined in November.

With this, the mutant is displacing Delta - at least regionally.

Photo: Remko De Waal / dpa

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Cinema on wheels

A converted bus is used as a cinema in Gaza City.

This is something special for the Palestinian residents.

There were last public film screenings there 24 years ago.

The first cinemas opened in 1944.

Gradually, however, they had to close - because of the ongoing conflict with Israel, but also for religious reasons.

Now the cinema bus gives the children of Gaza the opportunity to see a film together.

Photo: Fatima Shbair / Getty Images

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Extreme weather on the Bosphorus

In Istanbul, a couple protects themselves more badly than right from heavy rain with an umbrella.

A violent storm hit the metropolis and other parts of Turkey, killing at least four people and causing devastation.

Photo: dpa

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Contemplative Prime Minister

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is known for his weird appearances.

However, during the traditional lighting of the lights on Downing Street, he gave way to others.

A children's choir sang Christmas carols for the occasion.

Photo: Frank Augstein / AP

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Got in the way

Supercross is a popular mix of sport and show.

In Paris, 20,000 fans watch as Dylan Wright lifts his motorcycle.

Marvin Musquin collects the most points and wins the La Defense Arena event with Wright tenth.


Aurelien Morissard / PanoramiC / IMAGO

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Little onlookers

After a wave of violence in the Solomon Islands, Australia sent more than a hundred police officers and soldiers to the archipelago in the South Pacific.

Local residents watch soldiers patrol the devastated Chinatown neighborhood in Honiara.

The background to the violence is a conflict between the China-backed government and the Taiwan-loyal Malaita province.

Photo: Gary Ramage / AFP

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Memorial march

Several protesters were killed in bloody protests in Iraq in 2019.

In the southern city of Nasiriya, numerous people have once again taken to the streets.

They used posters to commemorate the deaths two years ago.

Photo: Asaad Niazi / AFP

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Table tennis remains a Chinese affair, especially with women.

At the World Cup in Houston, four Chinese women are in the individual semi-finals.

For Chen Meng it is not enough to win the title in the end, she still stands for the beauty and athleticism of her sport.


Wu Xiaoling / dpa

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Dancer and resistance fighter

With Josephine Baker, a black woman moved into the pantheon for the first time.

For the ceremony on November 30th, pictures of the artist were projected onto the outside wall of the Hall of Fame.

The occasion was the anniversary of Baker's wedding to Jean Lion, after which she took French citizenship.

Photo: Antoine Gyori - Corbis / Corbis via Getty Images

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Winter swimming is not for everyone or everyone.

In snowy Shenyang, swimmers don't dare venture very far either, as it could be too cold.


Visual China Group / Getty Images

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Viewed in the light

Summer is just around the corner in Melbourne, and ice swimming is not popular there.

Instead, the triathlon starts at Elwood Beach, after swimming, the participants have to get on their bikes and finally lace up their running shoes.


Quinn Rooney / Getty Images

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A fire eater presents his skills at a parade as part of the “Grand Carnaval de Dakar”.

The event in the capital of the country is intended to celebrate the cultural diversity of Senegal.

It took place for the first time in 2019, and was canceled in 2020 due to the corona pandemic.

Photo: Carmen Abdi Ali / AFP

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Unvaccinated and applied

Melbourne was locked down for almost nine months.

This is world class.

But the government's “No Covid” course did not provide the desired level of security, so pressure is now being put on the unvaccinated.

Those who do not get vaccinated are at risk of losing their jobs.

Confirmation threatens high fines if non-vaccinated people go to work.

Almost 90 percent of those over 16 have now been vaccinated.

But even in Australia there are strict opponents of vaccinations and regular protests with sometimes violent riots.

Photo: Darrian Traynor / Getty Images

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light in the dark

Ultra-Orthodox Jews light candles during the festival of Hanukkah in Jerusalem.

The celebrations last eight days and are also known as the Festival of Lights.

Believing Jews commemorate the rededication of the second Jewish temple in Jerusalem.

Photo: Mahmoud Illean / AP

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Risky location

New corona measures have triggered violent protests on the Caribbean island of Martinique.

A general strike was called in the French overseas department.

The background is compulsory corona vaccinations for certain occupational groups.

Photo: Alain Jocard / AFP

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Fashion mourns

Virgil Abloh really mixed up the fashion world in the short time he was granted.

He was not a trained designer and nevertheless made it from intern at Fendi to director of menswear from Louis Vuitton in less than ten years.

Abloh was one of only three blacks to ever hold a post in the French luxury industry (alongside Olivier Rousteing and Robyn Rihanna Fenty).

The 41-year-old fashion designer died of a heart tumor last Sunday.

Photo shows actor Idris Elba giving a condolence during the British Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.

Photo: Kate Green / BFC / Getty Images

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Waiting for the snow

In the Indian part of Kashmir, men play cricket under colorful autumn trees, perhaps to warm up.

It is exceptionally cold in the region, with temperatures dropping below zero degrees Celsius.

For the weekend, meteorologists predict snowfall.

Photo: Saqib Majeed / ZUMA Wire / IMAGO

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Hundreds of people in South America are on their way to the US border.

They have little prospect of asylum, but many of them make the arduous journey on foot.

This man has his two year old daughter on his shoulders.

Photo: Jose Luis Gonzalez / REUTERS

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The caravan moves on

Only sand wherever you look: This aerial photo shows people traveling with their camels in the Kubuqi Desert in Inner Mongolia, China.

Photo: Barcroft Media / Getty Images

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Heroine of the newly founded republic

Rihanna is known worldwide as a pop icon.

Now her native Barbados has declared her a national heroine: The Barbadian head of government, Dame Sandra Mason, paid tribute to the singer's commitment.

Barbados had previously renounced the British monarchy and declared itself a republic.

Photo: Randy Brooks / AFP

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White willow

Cows stand a little bit drooped on a snow-covered meadow near the village of Wiejki in eastern Poland.

The first snowflakes fell there at the end of November.

Photo: Mateusz Slodkowski / AFP

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Advent moments in the midst of destruction

A festively decorated Christmas tree stands in Mayschoss next to the boarded-up window of a destroyed building.

The place in the district of Ahrweiler in Rhineland-Palatinate is still struggling with the effects of the flood disaster in July.

See all the pictures of the week on our topic page.

Photo: Boris Roessler / dpa

Source: spiegel

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