The week in pictures


Iceland: Lava explosions and smoke can be seen near homes in Grindavik, a town in southwest Iceland, after a volcanic eruption. Seismic activity increased overnight and residents of Grindavik were taken to safety. (Photo: Halldor Kolbeins/AFP)

United States: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, with its Crew Dragon capsule, is launched from launch pad LC-39A, during the third Axiom mission (Ax-3) at the Kennedy Space Center. The crew aboard the craft includes Turkey’s very first astronaut. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP)

Israel: Smoke spreads over the Palestinian territory during another bombing of the territory, amid fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP)

China: People skate on a frozen lake at a park in Shenyang, in northeastern China’s Liaoning province. (Photo: AFP)

Indonesia: A hatchling Olive Ridley sea turtle is released into the sea at Lhoknga beach. (Photo: Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP)