Photos of the week: Mountain biking through a desert and Julian Assange jailed

Pure pedal power at the Titan Desert mountain biking race against the unending dunes of the Moroccan Desert and a 50 week sentence handed to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after his arrest from the Ecuadorian embassy in London --photos of the week from across the world.

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Competitors ride their bikes along sand dunes during Stage 1 of the 14th edition of Titan Desert 2019 mountain biking race around Merzouga in Morocco. (Franck Fife / AFP)

Competitors ride their bikes along sand dunes during Stage 1 of the 14th edition of Titan Desert 2019 mountain biking race around Merzouga in Morocco. (Franck Fife / AFP)

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Turtles warm themselves by sitting on a tree branch in a park in Bucharest, Romania. (Vadim Ghirda / AP)

Turtles warm themselves by sitting on a tree branch in a park in Bucharest, Romania. (Vadim Ghirda / AP)

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Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Diogo Jota scores their second goal against Watford during their Premier League match at Vicarage Road in Watford, England. (Ian Walton / REUTERS)

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Diogo Jota scores their second goal against Watford during their Premier League match at Vicarage Road in Watford, England. (Ian Walton / REUTERS)

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Forensics officers search Kokkinopezoula lake, also known as ‘red lake’, for possible bodies of victims of a suspected serial killer near the village of Mitsero, Cyprus. (Stefanos Kouratzis / REUTERS)

Forensics officers search Kokkinopezoula lake, also known as ‘red lake’, for possible bodies of victims of a suspected serial killer near the village of Mitsero, Cyprus. (Stefanos Kouratzis / REUTERS)

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A cyclist steers down the narrow handrail of a stairway on Waterloo Bridge in London, England. (Henry Nichols / REUTERS)

A cyclist steers down the narrow handrail of a stairway on Waterloo Bridge in London, England. (Henry Nichols / REUTERS)

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A worshipper places her fingers inside holes in a column that form the shape of a cross before the arrival of the Holy Fire, at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (Raneen Sawafta / REUTERS)

A worshipper places her fingers inside holes in a column that form the shape of a cross before the arrival of the Holy Fire, at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (Raneen Sawafta / REUTERS)

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People take pictures next to a creation of Cuban artist Rachel Valdez during the 13th Havana Biennial, in Havana, Cuba. (Alexandre Meneghini / REUTERS)

People take pictures next to a creation of Cuban artist Rachel Valdez during the 13th Havana Biennial, in Havana, Cuba. (Alexandre Meneghini / REUTERS)

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A priest blesses cakes and eggs on the eve of the Orthodox Easter in Moscow, Russia. (Evgenia Novozhenina / REUTERS)

A priest blesses cakes and eggs on the eve of the Orthodox Easter in Moscow, Russia. (Evgenia Novozhenina / REUTERS)

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A man is seen outside of a polling station during Spain’s general election in Madrid, Spain. (Jon Nazca / REUTERS)

A man is seen outside of a polling station during Spain’s general election in Madrid, Spain. (Jon Nazca / REUTERS)

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Monks are seen next to a security personnel after a Buddhist ceremony as a tribute to victims, a week after a string of suicide bomb attacks across the island on Easter Sunday, outside Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Thomas Peter / REUTERS)

Monks are seen next to a security personnel after a Buddhist ceremony as a tribute to victims, a week after a string of suicide bomb attacks across the island on Easter Sunday, outside Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Thomas Peter / REUTERS)

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen before a race during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan. (Anton Vaganov / REUTERS)

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen before a race during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan. (Anton Vaganov / REUTERS)

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Great Britain’s Hayley Carruthers falls from exhaustion at the end of the women’s elite race during the 2019 London Marathon in London England. (Paul Childs / REUTERS)

Great Britain’s Hayley Carruthers falls from exhaustion at the end of the women’s elite race during the 2019 London Marathon in London England. (Paul Childs / REUTERS)

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A hat is seen in detail as a model presents a creation during the Cruise 2020 collection show for French fashion house Dior in Marrakech, Morocco. (Youssef Boudlal / REUTERS)

A hat is seen in detail as a model presents a creation during the Cruise 2020 collection show for French fashion house Dior in Marrakech, Morocco. (Youssef Boudlal / REUTERS)

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A Beluga whale wearing a GoPro harness, suspected to have escaped from a Russian military facility, is seen in Norwegian waters. (Jorgen Ree Wiig / Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries via REUTERS)

A Beluga whale wearing a GoPro harness, suspected to have escaped from a Russian military facility, is seen in Norwegian waters. (Jorgen Ree Wiig / Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries via REUTERS)

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An opposition demonstrator crouches down, holding rocks, on a street near the Generalisimo Francisco de Miranda Airbase “La Carlota” in Caracas, Venezuela. (Ueslei Marcelino / REUTERS)

An opposition demonstrator crouches down, holding rocks, on a street near the Generalisimo Francisco de Miranda Airbase “La Carlota” in Caracas, Venezuela. (Ueslei Marcelino / REUTERS)

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A worker holds a flag during a May Day protest near the National Monument (Monas) in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Willy Kirniawan / REUTERS)

A worker holds a flag during a May Day protest near the National Monument (Monas) in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Willy Kirniawan / REUTERS)

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Buildings damaged during Cyclone Kenneth are seen from the air in a village north of Pemba, Mozambique. (Mike Hutchings / REUTERS)

Buildings damaged during Cyclone Kenneth are seen from the air in a village north of Pemba, Mozambique. (Mike Hutchings / REUTERS)

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King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort, General Suthida Vajiralongkorn named Queen Suthida attend their wedding ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand. (Thailand Royal Household via REUTERS)

King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort, General Suthida Vajiralongkorn named Queen Suthida attend their wedding ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand. (Thailand Royal Household via REUTERS)

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Boys who are experiencing the lives of Buddhist monks by staying in a temple for two weeks as novice monks, enjoy a ride at Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea. (Kim Hong-Ji / REUTERS)

Boys who are experiencing the lives of Buddhist monks by staying in a temple for two weeks as novice monks, enjoy a ride at Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea. (Kim Hong-Ji / REUTERS)

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South Korea’s An Jaeh-Yun serves the ball to South Korea’s Jang Woo-Jin during the men’s singles quarter-final match at the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (Attila Kisbenedek / AFP)

South Korea’s An Jaeh-Yun serves the ball to South Korea’s Jang Woo-Jin during the men’s singles quarter-final match at the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (Attila Kisbenedek / AFP)

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A cemetery sits on melting permafrost tundra caused by rising temperatures, at the Yupik Eskimo village of Quinhagak on the Yukon Delta in Alaska. (Mark Ralston / AFP)

A cemetery sits on melting permafrost tundra caused by rising temperatures, at the Yupik Eskimo village of Quinhagak on the Yukon Delta in Alaska. (Mark Ralston / AFP)

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A Sudanese boy uses a fake camera made of cardboard and acts like he is filming during a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum, Sudan. (Ozan Kose / AFP)

A Sudanese boy uses a fake camera made of cardboard and acts like he is filming during a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum, Sudan. (Ozan Kose / AFP)

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A South Sudan People’s Defence Force chaplain prays during a visit to soldiers at Juba Military Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. (Alex McBride / AFP)

A South Sudan People’s Defence Force chaplain prays during a visit to soldiers at Juba Military Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. (Alex McBride / AFP)

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A little boy stands in front of a giant teddy bear measuring more than 20 meters long and weighing 4 tons, which entered the Guiness Book of World Records as the biggest of its kind, in Xonacatlan, Mexico. (Mario Vazquez / AFP)

A little boy stands in front of a giant teddy bear measuring more than 20 meters long and weighing 4 tons, which entered the Guiness Book of World Records as the biggest of its kind, in Xonacatlan, Mexico. (Mario Vazquez / AFP)

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Sunlight is reflecting on the mirrors placed on the top of the Ashalim solar tower near the southern Israeli kibbutz of Ashalim in the Negev desert. In the middle of the desert, a field of mirrors expanding 300 hectares will stretch out, directing sunlight toward the tower’s peak to an area called the boiler where electricity is produced. (Thomas Coex / AFP)

Sunlight is reflecting on the mirrors placed on the top of the Ashalim solar tower near the southern Israeli kibbutz of Ashalim in the Negev desert. In the middle of the desert, a field of mirrors expanding 300 hectares will stretch out, directing sunlight toward the tower’s peak to an area called the boiler where electricity is produced. (Thomas Coex / AFP)

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A man takes a selfie next to a Maltese dog during the 2019 Shanghai World Dog Show in Shanghai, China. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

A man takes a selfie next to a Maltese dog during the 2019 Shanghai World Dog Show in Shanghai, China. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

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A Pakistani labourer works at an iron factory on the eve of the International Labour Day or May Day, in Lahore, Pakistan. (Arif Ali / AFP)

A Pakistani labourer works at an iron factory on the eve of the International Labour Day or May Day, in Lahore, Pakistan. (Arif Ali / AFP)

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at court in London to be sentenced for bail violation. Assange was found guilty of breaching a British court order seven years ago, when he took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden. He was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison. (Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at court in London to be sentenced for bail violation. Assange was found guilty of breaching a British court order seven years ago, when he took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden. He was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison. (Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP)

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Wildlife personnel display seized ivory tusks before the confiscated ivory was destroyed at the Kualiti Alam Waste Management centre in Port Dickson, Malaysia. (Mohd Rafsan / AFP)

Wildlife personnel display seized ivory tusks before the confiscated ivory was destroyed at the Kualiti Alam Waste Management centre in Port Dickson, Malaysia. (Mohd Rafsan / AFP)

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A horse shakes off water during a bath after a workout at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky ahead of the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race. (Charlie Riedel / AP)

A horse shakes off water during a bath after a workout at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky ahead of the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race. (Charlie Riedel / AP)

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