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This week's incredible photos from around the world

Sydney, Australia

Local and international visitors photograph with their smart phones on McDougall Street.
Local and international visitors photograph with their smart phones on McDougall Street. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images

Delighted tourists snap pictures of Sydney’s purple-flowered Jacaranda trees in full bloom. Although non-native to Australia, the trees have become a popular feature of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and the North Shore as well as the town of Grafton in New South Wales, which even held a festival to honour the trees last week.

New York, USA

Diary of A Wimpy Kid flies at Macy's Balloonfest.
Diary of A Wimpy Kid flies at Macy’s Balloonfest. Image by Getty Images

People gather in the suburb of CitiField to catch an early glimpse of the giant balloons set to be part of the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on 24 November.

Hángzhōu City, China

3000 quilts are aired in the sun ahead of China's forthcoming 'Singles Day.' Image: ImagineChina
3000 quilts are aired in the sun ahead of China’s forthcoming ‘Singles Day.’ Image: ImagineChina

Employees at Alibaba Group lay out thousands of quilts ahead of China’s “Singles Day” on 11 November. The day has become a festival to celebrate shopping sprees, with thousands of websites offering bargains in celebration.

Paris, France

eiffel tower green climate change
The Eiffel Tower is illuminated in green to celebrate the ratification of the COP21 (Conference of the Parties Climate Conference) climate change agreement in Paris, France on 4 November, 2016. Image by Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Iconic landmarks across the city of Paris were lit up in green in celebration of the first day of the implementation of a landmark global accord that sees countries all over the world working together to combat climate change

Offaly, Ireland

Lord Rosse and his grandchildren Henry, Charlotte, Olivia and William celebrate the announcement of Giants Grove.
Lord Rosse and his grandchildren Henry, Charlotte, Olivia and William celebrate the announcement of Giants Grove. Image by Fennell Photography

The seventh Earl of Rosse at the launch of an ambitious new project called Giants Grove, which will see the largest redwood forest in the world outside of California being planted in County Offaly, Ireland.

Hong Kong

Yayoi Kusama at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.
Yayoi Kusama at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. Image by Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

Acclaimed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the opening of her new wax figurine at Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong. The exhibition draws on Kusama’s iconic polka dots and gourd motifs and the artist’s concept of “self-obliteration”.