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Riot police detain a man as they clear protesters taking part in a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain to China. Hong Kong police made the first arrests under Beijing’s new national security law on July 1 as the city greeted the anniversary of its handover to China with protesters fleeing water cannon. (AFP)
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This NASA image obtained July 1, 2020, captured from a video, shows an image from a 10- year time lapse of the Sun at 17.1 nanometers (an extreme ultraviolet wavelength that shows the Sun’s outermost atmospheric layer – the corona) with the rise and fall of the solar cycle and notable events, like transiting planets and solar eruptions. As of June 2020, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory – SDO – has now been watching the Sun non-stop for over a full decade. From its orbit in space around Earth, SDO has gathered 425 million high- resolution images of the Sun, amassing 20 million gigabytes of data over the past 10 years. (AFP)
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A picture taken on July 1, 2020 shows a field of lavander in Puimoisson, southern France. (AFP)
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In this photo taken on July 2, 2020, a woman prays under the fingertips of the largest Buddha statue in Thailand, in Ang Thong province, north of Bangkok, as authorities reopened sites to tourists following lockdowns to halt the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. (AFP)
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Danish police officers take pictures of the base of the Little Mermaid statue (Den lille Havfrue) after it was vandalised on July 3, 2020. (AFP)
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An aerial picture shows a maze in a corn field with symbols of Europe, like the Eiffel Tower, Brandenburger Tor and Karl’s bridge of Prague, at the “Hof Luenemann” in Selm, western Germany on July 3, 2020. (AFP)
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A worker inspects grain at a silo in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region, on July 5, 2020. (AFP)
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A student of the Leap of Dance Academy, Precious Duru, performs a dance routine in Okelola street in Ajangbadi, Lagos, on July 3, 2020. The Leap of Dance Academy is a ballet school in a poor district of sprawling megacity of Lagos that aims to bring classical dance to underprivileged children in Africa’s most populous nation. (AFP)
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Tengger tribe people make their way to the summit of Mount Bromo volcano to make offerings in Probolinggo, East Java province on July 7, 2020, as part of the Yadnya Kasada Festival. During the annual Yadnya Kasada festival, the Tenggerese climb Mount Bromo, an active volcano, and seek the blessing from the main deity by presenting offerings of rice, fruit, livestock and other items. (AFP)
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Brides wearing their wedding dress hold a flashmob protest against the postponement of their marriages due to the strict protocol of all religious ceremonies within the coronavirus pandemic, on June 7, 2020 by the Trevi fountain in Rome, as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (AFP)
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Updated 08 July 2020

Photos of the Week: July 1 - 7

LONDON: Arab News selects some of the most striking images of the week from around the world. Scroll above to see them all...