News in pictures: Thursday April 20, 2023
Canoeists are framed by the tail of a breaching whale in Antarctica.  The photographer, from California, writes: “It was probably a once-in-a-lifetime moment”

Canoeists are framed by the tail of a breaching whale in Antarctica. The photographer, from California, writes: “It was probably a once-in-a-lifetime moment”

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A model wears a majestic floral coronation cloak designed by Helen James, the award-winning Harrogate-based florist, which will be the centrepiece of this week's Harrogate Spring Flower Show

A model wears a majestic floral coronation cloak designed by Helen James, the award-winning Harrogate-based florist, which will be the centrepiece of this week’s Harrogate Spring Flower Show

TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES GLOSSOP

Dennis Hong, a professor of mechanical engineering at UCLA in California, tests the stability of the humanoid robot Artemis.  It stands at 4ft 8in and can run, jump and stay on its feet when shoved.  Researchers say that at 6.9ft per second it is the fastest walking humanoid robot

Dennis Hong, a professor of mechanical engineering at UCLA in California, tests the stability of the humanoid robot Artemis. It stands at 4ft 8in and can run, jump and stay on its feet when shoved. Researchers say that at 6.9ft per second it is the fastest walking humanoid robot

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Visitors to Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight — the UK's oldest theme park — take a spin on Extinction, its newest ride.  The 60ft-high pendulum spins repeatedly through 360 degrees and offers its screaming passengers beautiful views across the Channel

Visitors to Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight — the UK’s oldest theme park — take a spin on Extinction, its newest ride. The 60ft-high pendulum spins repeatedly through 360 degrees and offers its screaming passengers beautiful views across the Channel

JUSTIN GARVANOVIC

Alain Robert, a 60-year-old rock climber known as the “French Spider-Man”, scales the 38-storey Alto Tower in La Defense, on the outskirts of Paris, as part of national protests against law pension reforms.  He has previously climbed the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Alain Robert, a 60-year-old rock climber known as the “French Spider-Man”, scales the 38-storey Alto Tower in La Defense, on the outskirts of Paris, as part of national protests against law pension reforms. He has previously climbed the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

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Luujin, a newly born Przewalski's foal, stays close to his mother, Charlotte, at Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable.  Przewalski's horses are the last truly wild horses left in the world.  They were once ranged throughout Europe and Asia but are now endangered and can only be found at sites in Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan

Luujin, a newly born Przewalski’s foal, stays close to his mother, Charlotte, at Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable. Przewalski’s horses are the last truly wild horses left in the world. They were once ranged throughout Europe and Asia but are now endangered and can only be found at sites in Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan

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Amanda Smith and David Wright from Dance Theater of Harlem rehearse a scene from Allegro Brillante before opening night at the New York City Center in Manhattan

Amanda Smith and David Wright from Dance Theater of Harlem rehearse a scene from Allegro Brillante before opening night at the New York City Center in Manhattan

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SpaceX workers in southern Texas prepare the Starship for a second launch attempt today.  Its first orbital test flight was called off moments before take-off on Monday because of a technical glitch.  It is the most powerful rocket system built to date and is designed for human missions to the moon, Mars and beyond

SpaceX workers in southern Texas prepare the Starship for a second launch attempt today. Its first orbital test flight was called off moments before take-off on Monday because of a technical glitch. It is the most powerful rocket system built to date and is designed for human missions to the moon, Mars and beyond

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Something resembling a galaxy appeared among the green ribbons of the northern lights near Delta Junction, Alaska — but the spiral phenomenon was the result of a SpaceX launch in California at the weekend, when excess fuel from the rocket was dumped in the air and turned to ice, reflecting sunlight in the upper atmosphere

Something resembling a galaxy appeared among the green ribbons of the northern lights near Delta Junction, Alaska — but the spiral phenomenon was the result of a SpaceX launch in California at the weekend, when excess fuel from the rocket was dumped in the air and turned to ice, reflecting sunlight in the upper atmosphere

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Sir Rod Stewart poses with the main cast of Ain't Too Proud: The Life And Times Of The Temptations at the Prince Edward Theater in London.  Stewart collaborated with the real-life vocal group on the 1991 single The Motown Song

Sir Rod Stewart poses with the main cast of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life And Times Of The Temptations at the Prince Edward Theater in London. Stewart collaborated with the real-life vocal group on the 1991 single The Motown Song

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Wrexham football club's co-owner Rob McElhenney, left, watches the team's Vanarama National League match with his co-stars in the US television comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia — Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson (McElhenney's wife) and Charlie Day.  Wrexham beat Yeovil Town 3-0 and took a further step towards promotion to the Football League

Wrexham football club’s co-owner Rob McElhenney, left, watches the team’s Vanarama National League match with his co-stars in the US television comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson (McElhenney’s wife) and Charlie Day. Wrexham beat Yeovil Town 3-0 and took a further step towards promotion to the Football League

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A black swan cygnet with its mother at Bird Gardens Scotland in the Scottish Borders.  Her three chicks, which hatched last week, will remain gray for a year

A black swan cygnet with its mother at Bird Gardens Scotland in the Scottish Borders. Her three chicks, which hatched last week, will remain gray for a year

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The Milky Way stretches across the night sky behind the 14th-century Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland along with the slight glow of the northern lights

The Milky Way stretches across the night sky behind the 14th-century Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland along with the slight glow of the northern lights

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A toddler triggered a security alert at the White House after he squeezed through metal fencing on the perimeter of the executive mansion in Washington.  Secret Service officers walked across the north lawn to swoop him up and reunite him with his parents on Pennsylvania Avenue

A toddler triggered a security alert at the White House after he squeezed through metal fencing on the perimeter of the executive mansion in Washington. Secret Service officers walked across the north lawn to swoop him up and reunite him with his parents on Pennsylvania Avenue

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Elesha Paul Moses, star of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, sings during its fifth anniversary performance at the Aldwych Theater in London

Elesha Paul Moses, star of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, sings during its fifth anniversary performance at the Aldwych Theater in London

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Kevin Meade, a 65-year-old engineer, has been building cannons for 15 years and hires them out for weddings and funerals.  The grandfather from Berwick St John, Wiltshire, became fascinated with the weapons as a teenager after a visit to the set of the television series Dad's Army and now one of his cannon has been used as a prop in the new BBC production of Great Expectations

Kevin Meade, a 65-year-old engineer, has been building cannons for 15 years and hires them out for weddings and funerals. The grandfather from Berwick St John, Wiltshire, became fascinated with the weapons as a teenager after a visit to the set of the television series Dad’s Army and now one of his cannon has been used as a prop in the new BBC production of Great Expectations

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It takes five days to fill the Gourock outdoor pool in Inverclyde with sea water for the new season, starting in May, then more than a week to heat and prepare it for visitors

It takes five days to fill the Gourock outdoor pool in Inverclyde with sea water for the new season, starting in May, then more than a week to heat and prepare it for visitors

WATTIE CHEUNG

With the aid of their wing foils these watersport enthusiasts traveled 19 miles along the coast from Walton-on-the-Naze to Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.  It took two hours

With the aid of their wing foils these watersport enthusiasts traveled 19 miles along the coast from Walton-on-the-Naze to Clacton-on-Sea in Essex. It took two hours

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A red panda at Dujiangyan Panda Park in southwest China's Sichuan province.  Slightly larger than a domestic cat, they have thick fur and typically spend their time in trees.  They are endangered and live in the high-altitude forests of Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar and China

A red panda at Dujiangyan Panda Park in southwest China’s Sichuan province. Slightly larger than a domestic cat, they have thick fur and typically spend their time in trees. They are endangered and live in the high-altitude forests of Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar and China

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The heads of human-like robots are kept on shelves at the offices of the AI ​​company Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong

The heads of human-like robots are kept on shelves at the offices of the AI ​​company Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong

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Yazidis visit a temple to mark Red Wednesday — the celebration of their new year — in Duhok province, Iraq

Yazidis visit a temple to mark Red Wednesday — the celebration of their new year — in Duhok province, Iraq

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