The week in pictures


France: The French athlete Anouk Garnier is busy climbing the Eiffel Tower with a rope in an attempt to surpass the world record for rope climbing distance. (Photo: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP)

Mexico: The solar eclipse as seen from Mazatlan in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Nearly 32 million Americans were able to view the solar eclipse from their homes this year. The next total solar eclipse that can be seen from a large part of North America will not take place again until 2044. (Photo: Rashide Frias/AFP)

Venezuela: Prof. Joxmer Scott Frias of the Institute of Zoology and Tropical Ecology at the Central University of Venezuela points to hundreds of jellyfish (Stomolophus meleagris) floating in the turquoise waters off the coast of Chuao in the state of Aragua in Venezuela. (Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP)

Lebanon: The abandoned Lebanese village of Aita al-Shaab in southern Lebanon, near the border of Israel. Since the outbreak of the war between Hamas and Israel on October 7, this Lebanese-Israeli border has witnessed almost daily back-and-forth shooting, mainly between the Israeli army and Hezbollah, a Hamas ally. (Photo: Hasan Fneich/AFP)

Guatemala: An aerial photo of a fire at the municipal sanitary landfill in Villa Nueva. Guatemalan President Bernardo Arevalo declared a state of disaster for 30 days across the country on Wednesday due to forest fires and garbage dumps that threaten the health of people in the capital and the surrounding area. (Photo: Carlos Alonzo/AFP)