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Topshots of the Week (1-7 April, 2023)


Selection of some of the most striking photographs taken by AFP photojournalists this past week (1-7 April, 2023).


aerial picture of sperm whale stranted on the beach, Indonesia

This aerial picture shows villagers looking at a dead sperm whale (Physeter Macrocephalus) that stranded at Yeh Malet beach, in Klungkung, on April 5, 2023.

Members of a brotherhood during Holy Week celebrations in Spain

Members of the "Real Hermandad del Santisimo Cristo de las Injurias" brotherhood kneel outside the cathedral to make a silence vow prior to taking part in the Holy Wednesday Silence Procession, on April 5, 2023 in the northwestern Spanish city of Zamora. Spain's colourful Holy Week celebrations this year began on April 2 -Palm Sunday-, featuring centuries-old processions of the faithful carrying flower-covered floats topped with statues of Christ or the Virgin Mary that draw huge crowds. Organised by various religious brotherhoods, the parades are held across the country in the week leading up to Easter Sunday, which this year in the Christian Church falls on April 9.
© Cesar MANSO / AFP

Supporter of former US President Trump with necklace Trump Girl

Paula Magnuson, a supporter of former US President Donald Trump, wears a necklace announcing: Trump Girl, near the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 2, 2023. Trump is expected to surrender to the authorities in New York on April 4, 2023 to face charges over a hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
© Giorgio VIERA / AFP

Buffalo in front of the Nahr Bin Omar oil field, Iraq

A water buffalo grazes in a field in front of the Nahr Bin Omar oil field and facility near Iraq's southern port city of Basra, on April 4, 2023. Major oil powers led by Saudi Arabia announced a surprise production cut of more than one million barrels per day on April 2, calling it a "precautionary" move aimed at stabilising the market.
© Hussein FALEH / AFP

Girls have a dring at a cafe terrace during demonstration in France

Two girls have a drink at a cafe terrace as a garbage can is set ablaze nearby during a demonstration on the 11th day of action after the government pushed a pensions reform through parliament without a vote, using the article 49.3 of the constitution, in Paris on April 6, 2023. France on April 6, 2023 braced for another day of protests and strikes to denounce French President's pension reform one day after talks between the government and unions ended in deadlock.
© Thomas SAMSON / AFP

aerial picture of dust at the construction site of Long Thanh airport, Vietnam

This aerial photograph taken on April 5, 2023 shows dust being thrown up by trucks carrying soil at the construction site of Long Thanh airport in Dong Nai province. Red dust from the construction of a huge airport in Vietnam has rained down on thousands of people nearby for months, residents told AFP, coating trees, homes and schoolyards in a thick layer of dirt.
© Nhac NGUYEN / AFP 

Civilian evacuated from Bakhmut with her dog, Ukraine

Lyuba civilian evacuated from Bakhmut cries while carrying her shivering chihuahua, Margot after steping out of a Ukrainian army armored personnel carrier (APC) in Chasiv Yar on April 3, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Palestinian man adds tires to fire during demonstration, border with Israel

A Palestinian man adds tires to a fire during a demonstration along the border with Israel east of Gaza City on April 5, 2023. Israeli police said they had entered to dislodge "agitators" from Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque, a move denounced as an "unprecedented crime" by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas. The holy Muslim site is built on top of what Jews call the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site.
© Mahmud HAMS / AFP