A selection of some of the best news photographs from South Africa and around the world.
A cat meows while looking out from its carrier as animals and their owners gather at Our Ladies of Remedies Parish in the Malate area of Manila on October 6, 2019, for an annual pet blessing ceremony. The event was in part of celebrations to mark the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint for ecologists, honouring his boundless love for animals and nature. Picture: JAM STA ROSA / AFP
A protester (behind) is detained by police during clashes with protesters at the Wan Chai district in Hong Kong on October 6, 2019. Hong Kong was rocked by fresh violence on October 6 as tens of thousands hit the streets to defy a ban on face masks, sparking clashes with police, street fights and vandalism across the strife-torn city. Picture: NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP
Protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks take part in an Anti-ERO (Emergency Regulations Ordinance) demonstration against a newly imposed law banning face masks in public in Hong Kong, China, 06 October 2019. Anti-government protesters took to the streets against the government’s use of emergency powers to ban face masks in public in a bid to end the city’s protests. Hong Kong has been gripped by mass demonstrations since June over a now-withdrawn extradition bill, which have since morphed into a wider anti-government movement. Picture: EPA-EFE/FAZRY ISMAIL
Models wearing tribal inspired swim wear by Arnold Chauke take to the catwalk during the first ever Gay Pride Johannesburg fashion show held at a mansion in the city, in Johannesburg, 05 October 2019. The show was staged at the mansion owned by the designers of the South African fashion brand Amen. The city of Johannesburg is celebrating the 30th year of Gay Pride in 2019 and has added the fashion show to the nearly month-long LGBTQ celebration. Picture: EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK
Protesters in costume gather at Marble Arch in London at an opening ceremony to mark the beginning of the International Rebellion on October 6, 2019, an event organised by Extinction Rebellion. Extinction Rebellion climate protesters are planning to bring disruption to 60 cities around the world from Monday in a fortnight of civil disobedience, warning of an environmental “apocalypse”. Picture: Tolga Akmen / AFP
A supporter of former Colombian President (2002-2010) Alvaro Uribe disguised as him takes part in a rally in his support in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia, on October 6, 2019. Hundreds marched Sunday in different parts of Colombia and in Miami in support of Uribe, summoned Tuesday at the Supreme Court of Justice for alleged witness tampering. Picture: JOAQUIN SARMIENTO / AFP
A Starfish crawls along a rocky reef among Sea Urchins in the Indian Ocean, Cape Town, South Africa, 06 October 2019. Starfish also known as sea stars have five arms, each with its own set of respiratory, digestive and reproductive organs. Each arm has hundreds of tube feet that enable Starfish to creep slowly over a reef. Starfish have the ability to regrow their arms. A single arm can regenerate a whole body. Picture: EPA-EFE / NIC BOTHMA
Sadhus (Hindu holy men) sit in the Hanuman Dhokha Durbar Square area of Kathmandu on October 7, 2019. Picture: PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP
Russian President Vladimir Putin poses during his leisure time in the Siberian Taiga area on October 6, 2019. Picture: Alexey DRUZHININ / Sputnik / AFP
A handout picture taken on late October 6, 2019, shows an aerial view as thousands of Hindu devotees gather as they participate in a Maha Aarti (A Hindu Ritual) near Gandhinagar, some 30 kilometres from Ahmedabad in the Western Indian Gujarat state. Picture: HO / Gandhinagar Cultural Forum / AFP)
An ultra-Orthodox Jews performs a Jewish ritual called ‘Kaparot,’ performed before Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest of Jewish holidays, in the City of Beit Shemesh, Israel, 06 October 2019. The Kaparot is a blessing and prayer recited as a live fowl, or chicken is passed over a person’s head, symbolically transferring that person’s sins accumulated over the past year into the bird, which is butchered and eaten or donated to charity. Yom Kippur begins at sundown on 08 October, when the entire country comes to a standstill as people fast and spend much of the day in prayer. Picture: EPA-EFE/ABIR SULTAN
Living statues entertain the public in the center of Arnhem, western Netherlands, 06 October 2019. The World Living Statues Festival, including the World Cup for pros, is being held in Arnhem for the fourteenth and last time. Picture: EPA-EFE/ROBIN UTRECHT
US actress/cast member Laura Dern arrives to the UK premiere of “Marriage Story” in Leicester square in London, Britain, 06 October 2019. The 2019 BFI Film Festival runs from 02 to 13 October. Picture: EPA-EFE/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA
Extinction Rebellion activists march during Brisbane Rebellion Week, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 07 October 2019. The Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate protests movement has planned a ‘spring rebellion’ from 07 to 13 October 2019, including marches aimed at blocking traffic. Picture: EPA-EFE/REGI VARGHESE
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