A selection of powerful news photographs taken around the world this week.

image copyrightSascha Steinbach / EPAimage captionHouses collapsed near a gravel pit in Erftstadt-Blessem, Germany, following flooding caused by record rainfall. Across western Europe, at least 120 people have died and hundreds more are unaccounted for after some of the worst flooding in decades.image copyrightAFPimage captionA member of the South African police force tries to control looting during protests sparked by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma. More than 200 people have died and more than 2,000 people have been arrested during the recent unrest, the worst in the country for years.image copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionGiorgio Chiellini of Italy celebrates winning Euro 2020 by lifting the trophy with team mates. England's hopes of winning its first major trophy in 55 years were crushed in a 3-2 penalty shoot out defeat at Wembley Stadium, London.image copyrightChristopher Furlong / Getty Imagesimage captionMessages of support are seen on a mural of footballer Marcus Rashford in Withington, Manchester. The artwork was defaced shortly after Rashford missed a penalty, along with Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, in the Euro 2020 final. All three players were targeted with racist abuse on social media following the match.image copyrightDavid Swanson / Reutersimage captionFirefighters spray water from a fire train over Rock Creek Bridge in Plumas National Forest, California. Wildfires are raging in the west of the United States following a heatwave that brought record temperatures to several areas.image copyrightIan West / PA Mediaimage captionA titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) plant at Kew Gardens, London, blooms for the first time in two years. Native to the Sumatran rainforest of Indonesia, titan arum is also known as 'corpse flower' due to the foul stench of rotting flesh it emits when in bloom to attract flies and carrion beetles for pollination.image copyrightChristopher Furlong / Getty Imagesimage captionSpiked, an inflatable artwork by Steve Messam, bursts through the columns of the Temple of Piety at Studley Royal near Ripon, North Yorkshire.image copyrightKim Kyung-Hoon / Reutersimage captionA person fishes on a boat on Lake Hamana as the sun sets in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.image copyrightGiuseppe Cacace / AFPimage captionA diver descends in the world's deepest swimming pool in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Deep Dive Dubai is 60m deep and filled with 14 million litres of water heated to 30C.image copyrightEdward Berthelot / Getty Imagesimage captionFireworks explode around the Eiffel Tower during Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. The annual events mark the storming of Bastille prison on 14 July 1789, seen as the start of the French Revolution.

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