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Topshots of the Week (10-16 December, 2022)


Selection of some of the most striking photographs taken by AFP photojournalists this past week (10-16 December, 2022).


Three hundred plus skiers and snowboarders dressed as Santa Clause, and some other holiday characters, take off from the top of the mountain as they take part in the “Santa Sunday” event at Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine on December 11, 2022. Money raised by the the event goes towards the River Fund Maine charity.

France's forward #12 Randal Kolo Muani (C) celebrates with teammates after he scored his team's second goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Morocco at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha on December 14, 2022.
© Giuseppe CACACE / AFP

Civilians sit on an escalator while take shelter inside a metro station during an air raid alert in the centre of Kyiv on December 16, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A fresh barrage of Russian strikes hit cities across Ukraine early on December 16, 2022 cutting water and electricity in major cities and piling pressure on Ukraine's grid with temperatures below freezing.
© Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP

Pig farmer Huang Jun (2nd R) poses with his father (R) and grandfather (L) next to his pig weighing 887 kilograms after winning a "Pig of God" contest organised by the Taoist Yimin temple in Taoyuan on December 16, 2022, before the pig is slaughtered and used as an offering to Taoist gods during a cermeony.
© Sam YEH / AFP

Members of the Alliance of Patriots for a Free and Sovereign Congo (APCLS) militia patrol during a surveillance tour in Kitshanga, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on December 11, 2022.
© Guerchom NDEBO / AFP

Fuego volcano, as seen from Alotenango, a municipality in Sacatepequez department 65 kilometres southwest of Guatemala City, erupts on December 11, 2022.

Argentina's forward #09 Julian Alvarez (C) celebrates with Argentina's forward #10 Lionel Messi after he scored his team's second goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup football semi-final match between Argentina and Croatia at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on December 13, 2022.
© Jack GUEZ / AFP

Supporters of former President Pedro Castillo clash with riot police during a demonstration demanding his release and the closure of the Peruvian Congress in Lima, on December 11, 2022. Two people died and at least five people were injured on Sunday during growing protests against Peru's President Dina Boluarte after the failed coup and the arrest of former President Pedro Castillo.