They say a picture paints a thousand words. To mark the end of a dreadful week that ended in tears, we bring you 6 of the most powerful photos captured this week:

1. Sydney Opera House lit up in the colors of the French flag to honour the victims of the Paris attacks2. Buddhist monks read the latest news on Myanmar’s first open elections in 25 years, expected to bring about an end to military rule3. Three Russian youngsters drink vodka as they pass by Alapayevsk railway on a cart, which is a popular transport in the remote region of Urals.4. Fuego volcano erupting near Guatemala City5. Gisele Marie, a Muslim heavy metal musician prepares to rock a concert benefiting Syrian refugees in Rio De Janeiro6. A model applies make up for Miss International Queen 2015, a transgender beauty pageant in Pattaya, ThailandPhoto credits: Nacho Doce / Reuters