Week in pictures: 10-16 December 2016

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

Outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his wife Yoo Soon-taek unveil his official portrait at United Nations headquarters in New York City Image copyright Brendan McDermid / Reuters
Syrian pro-government forces take a selfie in the courtyard of the ancient Umayyad mosque in the old city of Aleppo Image copyright George Ourfalian / AFP
Tania Prymak of the USA, Marielle Thompson of Canada, Heidi Zacher of Germany, and Fanny Smith of Switzerland, from left, speed down the track during Ski Cross World Cup in Arosa, Switzerland Image copyright Gian Ehrenzeller / EPA
A full moon rising over the Re Island Bridge in Rivedoux Image copyright Xavier Leoty / AFP
French President Francois Hollande looks on while EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker jokes with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Image copyright Oliver Hoslet/ EPA
Darren Hart (Ikoboo, L) is covered with "flour" by Tony Whittle (King Eric) during a performance of the traditional pantomime "Sleeping Beauty" at the Hackney Empire Image copyright Leon Neal / Getty Images
A large driftwood tree covered in gooseneck barnacles sits in the sun on Auckland's west coast Image copyright Fiona Goodall / Getty Images
Businessman Bill Gates arrives at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City Image copyright Andrew Kelly / Reuters
A herd of reindeer Image copyright Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters
People dressed as stormtroopers from the Star Wars franchise of films pose on the Millennium Bridge in London to promote the latest release in the series. 15 December 2016 Image copyright Leon Neal/Getty Images

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