The week in pictures


USA: The photo shows part of the Francis Scott Key bridge’s steel frame where it landed on the cargo ship Dali. The bridge collapsed into the Patapsco River in the early hours of Tuesday morning (US time), shortly after the cargo ship collided with it. (Photo: National Transportation Safety Board/ Youtube/AFP)

Australia: A grassland earless dragon lizard can be seen in the Tidbinbilla nature reserve. This lizard is no bigger than a pinky nail when it crawls out of its shell, but is faced with a huge challenge: extinction. In 2019, scientists in Canberra encountered hundreds of lizards in the wild. This year they found only 11. (Photo: David Gray/AFP)

Palestinian Territories: A fireball explodes during Israel’s bombardment of Rafahui, amid ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas. (Photo: Said Khatib/AFP)

Italy: A woman takes pictures in a field of Tulipani Italiani tulips on the guest farm Agriturismo Cascina DUC, in Grugliasco. The garden was opened by the Dutch Nitsuhe Wolanios and Edwin Koeman. By paying an entrance fee, visitors can take a leisurely walk in the garden, pick some of the colorful tulips and enjoy the outdoors. (Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP)

Mexico: An avocado plantation is engulfed by forest fires in Cerro del Aguila. This area is recognized as a protected natural area and forest restoration site in Morelia. By Tuesday, these wildfires had affected 18 of Mexico’s 32 states and destroyed 3,049 hectares of forested areas. (Photo: Enrique Castro/AFP)