The week in pictures


France: Spectators attend the arrival ceremony of the Olympic torch at the Vieux-Port (old port). The torch is on board in 12 days the Obstructed, a 19th-century ship with three masts, transported. The transfer of the torch ashore from the southern port of Marseille will mark the start of a 12,000km relay across France and its far-flung overseas territories. (Photo: Nicolas Tucat/)

South Africa: A look at a collapsed building in George. Authorities had earlier confirmed that there were 81 people on the premises when the disaster occurred. (Photo: Willie van Tonder/AFP)

USA: American actress Zendaya arrives for the 2024 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Met Gala raises money for the museum’s costume institute. It is considered “Fashion’s biggest night” and takes place annually on the first Monday in May. (Photo: Angela WEISS/AFP)

Italy: A group of cyclists ride at Noli’s Cape during the 4th stage of the 107th Giro d’Italia cycling race, 190 km between Acqui Terme and Andorra. (Photo: Luca Bettini AFP)

Brazil: A member of the military looks from a helicopter at the flooded streets of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. The death toll from devastating floods in southern Brazil stood at 100 on Wednesday. The search continues for dozens of people who are still missing. (Photo: Carlos Fabal/AFP)