Week in pictures: 2 – 8 February 2019

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week.

A performer in a metallic costume adjusts seat markings in a theatreImage copyrightHENRY NICHOLLS / REUTERS
Image captionA Cirque du Soleil cast member adjusts a seating arrangement at the Royal Albert Hall in London, ahead of the 72nd British Academy Film Awards (Bafta) ceremony this Sunday.
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A dog is dressed in a masked carnival costumeImage copyrightJOHANNES EISELE / AFP
Image captionA dog shows off a fetching costume at the 16th annual New York Pet Fashion Show.
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A model is seen sitting whilst her hair is styledImage copyrightANDREW KELLY / REUTERS
Image captionTransgender model Jessica Cortez is prepared backstage before an underwear show during New York Fashion Week.
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A soldier plays a piano in a damaged houseImage copyrightOLEKSANDR KLYMENKO / REUTERS
Image captionA member of the Ukrainian Armed Forces plays the piano in a destroyed house near his position on the front line in Donetsk Region, Ukraine. More than 10,000 people have died in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk region since conflict began in April 2014.
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Artist Tracey Emin standing next to a large bronze sculpture of a female figureImage copyrightKIRSTY O’CONNOR / PA
Image captionTracey Emin poses with her sculpture The Mother in a preview of her new exhibition A Fortnight of Tears, at the White Cube art gallery in Bermondsey, London.
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A crowd of people scramble to grab a leather ball in the streetImage copyrightANDREW MILLIGAN / PA
Image captionRevellers scramble for a leather ball during the annual Jedburgh Hand Ba’ event in Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. The aim of the game is to carry a leather ball to a goal at either end of the town, a tradition that dates back centuries.
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A man paints a giant model of a headImage copyrightVALERY HACHE / AFP
Image captionA man paints a giant effigy of US president Donald Trump, part of a float that will be displayed at the 135th Nice Carnival in France.
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An elephant touches a man's head with its trunkImage copyrightARUN SANKAR / AFP
Image captionAn Indian man receives a blessing from a temple elephant at a Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair in Chennai, India.
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People walk along a streetImage copyrightEDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP
Image captionPeople walk along a street in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the country’s third Car Free Day. The event is promoted by local NGOs and the Ethiopian government to encourage a more healthy lifestyle and to reduce air pollution in the capital city.
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Two wolves pictured outsideImage copyrightSWEN PFORTNER / AFP
Image captionWolves are pictured in an enclosure at the Wildpark Neuhaus, near Gottingen, in Germany.