The week in pictures


Czech Republic: Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold, the Norwegian biathlete, competes in the women’s 15 km event during the IBU Biathlon World Championships in Nove Mesto. (Photo: Joe Klamar/AFP)

Sri Lanka: Elephants are busy consuming garbage near garbage dumps in Polonnaruwa. The country is currently facing a serious elephant crisis, with a steady increase in elephant deaths over the past few years. In 2023, the death toll was high, with around 400 deaths reported. These deaths are mainly due to human-elephant conflict, shooting incidents, car accidents and diseases. (Photo: Thilina Kaluthotage/NurPhoto/AFP)

United States: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket hovers in orbit after it was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is part of a mission by Nasa to learn more about the moon’s surface. (Photo: Gregg Newton/AFP)

Japan: A house floats in the sea after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area in Ishikawa Prefecture on January 1. The strong earthquake measured 7.4. (Photo: Tetsu Joko/AFP)

Peru: A female Indian rhinoceros is seen for the first time in the Parque de las Leyendas zoo in Lima. The rhinoceros, also known as the great one-horned rhinoceros, comes from the Plackendale Zoo in Belgium. She was sent as part of an EAZA conservation project, a global initiative for the conservation of Indian rhinos. (Photo: Ernesto Benavides/AFP)