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Week in pictures: 20-26 January

The MSC Napoli

Coastguards and anti-pollution teams were on alert after the cargo ship MSC Napoli was beached off the Devon coast.

People rummage through containers on Branscombe beach, Devon

Hundreds of people made off with valuable hauls from some 40 containers which drifted from the ship onto Branscombe beach.


Thousands of protesters paralysed Lebanon with a general strike that led to street clashes in which three people were killed.

Snow on the Pennine Way near Saddleworth Moor, Lancashire, UK.

The unseasonably mild British weather came to an end with severe weather warnings issued for Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland.

Security personnel march at the Republic Day Parade in Delhi, India

A grand parade was held in India's capital, Delhi, to mark the country's 58th Republic Day.

Members of the Ecuadorian army search crash site

Members of the Ecuadorian army searched for the bodies of defence minister Guadalupe Larriva, her daughter and two pilots following a mid-air collision in Manta, Ecuador.

Pope Benedict XVI greets faithful as he arrives in the Paul VI Hall for his weekly general audience

The Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI is to write a letter to China's 10 million Catholics and attempt to restore full diplomatic relations with Beijing.

An Iraqi man flagellates himself

An Iraqi man in Karbala flagellates himself during Ashura, a religious day that commemorates the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad.

British Home Secretary John Reid

Pressure on British Home Secretary John Reid grew after the head of the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales quit over policy on young offenders.

Holocaust Memorial

Two people walk through the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day.

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