Photos of the week: Messi’s sixth Ballon d’Or and pension reform strike in France

From Lionel Messi's record breaking sixth Ballon d'Or win overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo to a nationwide strike over pension reforms hitting services and travel in France --photos of the week from across the world.

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi with his record six Ballon d’Or trophies during this year’s award ceremonies at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France. (Christian Hartmann / REUTERS)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi with his record six Ballon d’Or trophies during this year’s award ceremonies at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France. (Christian Hartmann / REUTERS)

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(L-R) The wife and daughter of slain Japanese physician Tetsu Nakamura stand next to his coffin after they arrived to pay their tribute to Nakamura at the Afghan military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. Known as “Uncle Murad” to the villagers whose lives he helped change for the better, Nakamura’s death shocked many Afghans across the country. He was gunned down along with five Afghans as they travelled to Jalalabad. (Tamana Sarwary / AP)

(L-R) The wife and daughter of slain Japanese physician Tetsu Nakamura stand next to his coffin after they arrived to pay their tribute to Nakamura at the Afghan military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. Known as “Uncle Murad” to the villagers whose lives he helped change for the better, Nakamura’s death shocked many Afghans across the country. He was gunned down along with five Afghans as they travelled to Jalalabad. (Tamana Sarwary / AP)

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Relatives of Palestinian teenager Fahed Al-Astal who was killed near the border fence, mourn during his funeral in the southern Gaza Strip. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / REUTERS)

Relatives of Palestinian teenager Fahed Al-Astal who was killed near the border fence, mourn during his funeral in the southern Gaza Strip. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / REUTERS)

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A demonstrator carries the Iraqi flag during ongoing anti-government protests, in Baghdad, Iraq. (Kahlid al-Mousily / REUTERS)

A demonstrator carries the Iraqi flag during ongoing anti-government protests, in Baghdad, Iraq. (Kahlid al-Mousily / REUTERS)

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A demonstrator reacts as she is detained by riot policemen during a protest against Chile’s government in Santiago, Chile. (Pablo Sanhueza / REUTERS)

A demonstrator reacts as she is detained by riot policemen during a protest against Chile’s government in Santiago, Chile. (Pablo Sanhueza / REUTERS)

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Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria during the men’s downhill race in the Lake Louise FIS Men’s Alpine Skiing World Cup at Lake Louise Ski Resort, Canada. (Eric Bolte / USA TODAY Sports / REUTERS)

Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria during the men’s downhill race in the Lake Louise FIS Men’s Alpine Skiing World Cup at Lake Louise Ski Resort, Canada. (Eric Bolte / USA TODAY Sports / REUTERS)

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak prays with his supporters before entering a court room at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The former Malaysian prime minister was a “victim” of the multi-million dollar 1MDB scandal that saw state coffers drained on his watch, his lawyer said, as the ex-premier gave evidence in his own fraud trial. (Lim Huey Teng / REUTERS)

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak prays with his supporters before entering a court room at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The former Malaysian prime minister was a “victim” of the multi-million dollar 1MDB scandal that saw state coffers drained on his watch, his lawyer said, as the ex-premier gave evidence in his own fraud trial. (Lim Huey Teng / REUTERS)

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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race with second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and third placed Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Hamad I Mohammed / REUTERS)

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race with second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and third placed Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Hamad I Mohammed / REUTERS)

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A vendor sells lemons at a market in downtown Tunis, Tunisia. (Zoubeir Souissi / REUTERS)

A vendor sells lemons at a market in downtown Tunis, Tunisia. (Zoubeir Souissi / REUTERS)

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A US Capitol police officer watches from the back wall of the hearing room as the House Judiciary Committee holds their first hearing on the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Tom Brenner / REUTERS)

A US Capitol police officer watches from the back wall of the hearing room as the House Judiciary Committee holds their first hearing on the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Tom Brenner / REUTERS)

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Palestinian journalist, Amjad Yaghi, and his mother, Nevine Zouheir, reunite after 20 years of separation, in Banha, Egypt . Yaghi was nine when his mother left the Gaza Strip on a short trip to Egypt for medical treatment. Zouheir, could not return because of spinal disc pain for which she needs surgery. Yaghi remained trapped in a blockade and travel restriction hit Gaza since 2007. (Mohamed Abd El Ghany / REUTERS)

Palestinian journalist, Amjad Yaghi, and his mother, Nevine Zouheir, reunite after 20 years of separation, in Banha, Egypt . Yaghi was nine when his mother left the Gaza Strip on a short trip to Egypt for medical treatment. Zouheir, could not return because of spinal disc pain for which she needs surgery. Yaghi remained trapped in a blockade and travel restriction hit Gaza since 2007. (Mohamed Abd El Ghany / REUTERS)

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A worker of Christmas trees production, cuts firs, in La Petite-Pierre, northeastern France. The production of Christmas trees has been affected by global warming and breeders have to adapt and try new species. France has about 200 producers of natural Christmas trees on some 5,000 hectares. (Patrick Hertzog / AFP)

A worker of Christmas trees production, cuts firs, in La Petite-Pierre, northeastern France. The production of Christmas trees has been affected by global warming and breeders have to adapt and try new species. France has about 200 producers of natural Christmas trees on some 5,000 hectares. (Patrick Hertzog / AFP)

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Marine One lands on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Marine One lands on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

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Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) gives a bell to new European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as he delivers a speech during the handing-over ceremony at the European Union’s headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium. (Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP)

Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) gives a bell to new European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as he delivers a speech during the handing-over ceremony at the European Union’s headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium. (Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP)

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A nun looks at her mobile phone as she visits the area along the Medellin river after it was decorated for the Christmas season, in the Colombian city of Medellin. (Joaquin Sarmiento / AFP)

A nun looks at her mobile phone as she visits the area along the Medellin river after it was decorated for the Christmas season, in the Colombian city of Medellin. (Joaquin Sarmiento / AFP)

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A competitor takes part in the second stage of the 2nd Half Marathon Des Sables Ica Desert-Peru, in Paracas, Peru. Competitors compete in the race of 109 km divided into 3 stages through the Ica Desert at a free pace and in self-sufficiency conditions from December 1 to December 6, 2019. (Martin Bureau / AFP)

A competitor takes part in the second stage of the 2nd Half Marathon Des Sables Ica Desert-Peru, in Paracas, Peru. Competitors compete in the race of 109 km divided into 3 stages through the Ica Desert at a free pace and in self-sufficiency conditions from December 1 to December 6, 2019. (Martin Bureau / AFP)

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A boy and a girl looking out the window of a tent exchange glances, at a flooded camp for displaced Syrians near the village of Killi in the north of the northwestern Idlib province, Syria. (Aaref Watad / AFP)

A boy and a girl looking out the window of a tent exchange glances, at a flooded camp for displaced Syrians near the village of Killi in the north of the northwestern Idlib province, Syria. (Aaref Watad / AFP)

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg arrives by train from Lisbon to the Atocha train station in Madrid, Spain prior to taking part in a mass climate march on the sidelines of the COP25 Climate Change Conference. (Oscar Del Pozo / AFP)

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg arrives by train from Lisbon to the Atocha train station in Madrid, Spain prior to taking part in a mass climate march on the sidelines of the COP25 Climate Change Conference. (Oscar Del Pozo / AFP)

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Floral tributes are left for Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, who were killed in a terror attack in London, England. A former prisoner convicted of terrorism offences, killed two people in Fishmongers’ Hall at the North end of London Bridge on November 29, before continuing his attack on the bridge. The man was restrained and disarmed by members of the public before being shot by armed police. (Peter Summers / Getty Images)

Floral tributes are left for Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, who were killed in a terror attack in London, England. A former prisoner convicted of terrorism offences, killed two people in Fishmongers’ Hall at the North end of London Bridge on November 29, before continuing his attack on the bridge. The man was restrained and disarmed by members of the public before being shot by armed police. (Peter Summers / Getty Images)

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Princess Anne, Princess Royal (far left) talks to (L-R) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (back to camera), Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron (back to camera) and British PM Boris Johnson during a reception for NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace in London, England. Trudeau was filmed describing how surprised US officials appeared to be by Trump’s performance at an earlier news conference. (Yui Mok - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Princess Anne, Princess Royal (far left) talks to (L-R) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (back to camera), Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron (back to camera) and British PM Boris Johnson during a reception for NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace in London, England. Trudeau was filmed describing how surprised US officials appeared to be by Trump’s performance at an earlier news conference. (Yui Mok - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

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A woman holds a portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron painted as a royalty with a sign on top of it reading "14 May 2017 restoration of the monarchy" during a rally against the pension overhauls, in Paris. France scrambled to make contingency plans for a huge strike against pension overhauls that poses one of the biggest challenges yet to French President's sweeping reform drive. (Thomas Samson / AFP)

A woman holds a portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron painted as a royalty with a sign on top of it reading "14 May 2017 restoration of the monarchy" during a rally against the pension overhauls, in Paris. France scrambled to make contingency plans for a huge strike against pension overhauls that poses one of the biggest challenges yet to French President's sweeping reform drive. (Thomas Samson / AFP)

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An 18,000 years old Puppy found in permafrost in the Russia’s Far East, on display at the Yakutsk’s Mammoth Museum, Russia. Russian scientists presented this unique prehistoric canine, unusually well-preserved, with its hair, teeth, whiskers and eyelashes still intact. (Sergei Fyodorov, Yakutsk Mammoth Museum via AP)

An 18,000 years old Puppy found in permafrost in the Russia’s Far East, on display at the Yakutsk’s Mammoth Museum, Russia. Russian scientists presented this unique prehistoric canine, unusually well-preserved, with its hair, teeth, whiskers and eyelashes still intact. (Sergei Fyodorov, Yakutsk Mammoth Museum via AP)

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A man enters his home, damaged in a 6.4 magnitude quake that hit the Balkan country before dawn on November 26 was the most deadly and destructive in decades, to take his belongings in the earthquake hit city of Durres, western Albania. (Gent Shkullaku / AFP)

A man enters his home, damaged in a 6.4 magnitude quake that hit the Balkan country before dawn on November 26 was the most deadly and destructive in decades, to take his belongings in the earthquake hit city of Durres, western Albania. (Gent Shkullaku / AFP)

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A view of North Korean township of Samjiyon County after its completion. At the foot of Mount Paektu the township is touted by state media as “an epitome of modern civilization.” It said the town has a museum on the Kim family, a ski slope, cultural centres, a school, a hospital and factories. (KCNA via KNS / AFP)

A view of North Korean township of Samjiyon County after its completion. At the foot of Mount Paektu the township is touted by state media as “an epitome of modern civilization.” It said the town has a museum on the Kim family, a ski slope, cultural centres, a school, a hospital and factories. (KCNA via KNS / AFP)

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Polar bears outside the village of Ryrkaypiy in the Chukotka region, Russia. More than 50 polar bears have gathered on the edge of the village in Russia’s far north, environmentalists and residents said, as weak coastal ice leaves them unable to roam. (Maksim Dyominov / World Wildlife Fund - Russia / AFP)

Polar bears outside the village of Ryrkaypiy in the Chukotka region, Russia. More than 50 polar bears have gathered on the edge of the village in Russia’s far north, environmentalists and residents said, as weak coastal ice leaves them unable to roam. (Maksim Dyominov / World Wildlife Fund - Russia / AFP)

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