Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures

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This week we go to Japan, a country known for its love of eccentric flavors, where confectionary giant Nestlé SA wants to sweeten Valentine’s Day with an exclusive run of ruby chocolate KitKats. Also making headlines is Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who talks of a plan to revive one of the world’s worst-performing economies and end years of isolation under predecessor Robert Mugabe. And we jump to the South American continent as 400,000 Chileans attend Pope Francis’ public Mass at O’Higgins Park in Santiago, where Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass three decades ago.

Daimler AG Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche (left) and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger drink a shot to celebrate the debut of the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class during an event at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 14. In the first revamp of the G-Class since the rugged sport-utility vehicle’s introduction nearly four decades ago, Mercedes took the approach that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Visitors stand inside Amberlight’s jewel-like “Dazzling Dodecahedron” installation, running as part of the annual Winter Lights festival at the Canary Wharf financial district in London.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Priests take photographs of Pope Francis arriving at O’Higgins Park in Santiago on Jan. 16; 400,000 Chileans attended the pope’s public Mass in the park, where St. John Paul II celebrated Mass three decades ago.

Photographer: Tamara Merino/Bloomberg

A customized Automobili Lamborghini SpA Murciélago  supercar decorated with Swarovski crystals sits on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon in Chiba on Jan. 12. It’s Japan’s biggest custom car show, with hundreds of exhibitors—from automotive titans such as Toyota Motor Co. and Mercedes to makers of tires, tools and toys—all there to thrill the 300,000 visitors in attendance.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Photographed with a variable planed lens, train carriages sit in a rail yard at Yangon Central Railway Station in Myanmar. A winner for the tender of the Yangon Central Railway Comprehensive Development Project will be selected in February, according to Myanmar Railways.

Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

A demonstrator holds a painting featuring the likenesses of (from left) Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest near Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, on Jan. 15. Trump told reporters he’s “the least racist person” as fallout continues from a vulgar remark about immigrants from Africa and Haiti that was attributed to the president, following a meeting with lawmakers last week. 

Photographer: Saul Martinez/Bloomberg

The shadow of a man falls on a Persian carpet laid out in the rug bazaar in Tehran on Jan. 15. The rugs can be considered works of art and coveted as investment pieces.

Photographer: Ali Mohammedi/Bloomberg

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa poses for a photograph following an interview in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Jan. 18. “I have been with the former president for 54 years. I don’t regret it. It was necessary,” he said, while admitting there were increasing demands for change. “The people’s voice, as I say, is the voice of God.”

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Japan has a penchant for quirky flavors, and Switzerland’s Nestlé SA plans to tap into that market with its launch of ruby chocolate KitKats, which have gone on sale there ahead of Valentine’s Day.

Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

The Paris Metro subway Line 12 expansion project by Vinci SA in Aubervilliers, France, on Jan. 16. A project to extend the city’s transit network is increasingly bogged down with accusations of mismanagement and a ballooning budget, partly because of tighter deadlines so it can be ready for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

Former Breitbart News Network LLC Chairman Steve Bannon (center) leaves after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 16.

Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

Attendees listen to a speaker during a CoinsBank Blockchain Cruise Asia conference event at Paradise Beach in Phuket, Thailand, on Jan. 17. When 600 cryptocurrency enthusiasts set sail from Singapore on Monday night for their second annual Blockchain Cruise, the price of Bitcoin was hovering comfortably above $13,500. By the time their 1,021-foot-long ship pulled into Thailand on Wednesday, for an afternoon of bottomless drinks and crypto-focused talks on a sun-soaked private beach, Bitcoin had cratered to $10,000.

Photographer: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

A trader wearing a “Dow 26,000” hat works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Jan. 16. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plowed past 26,000 as optimism over corporate earnings turbocharged the equity bull market.

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer waves to President Trump (second left) after greeting former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (center) during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony for Dole at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 17. Trump called Dole, the longtime Kansas lawmaker, “a true American hero.”

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Employees spread out steamed sorghum to cool ahead of fermentation at the Kweichow Moutai Co. distillery in the town of Maotai, in Guizhou province, China, on Dec. 14. Moutai baijiu’s fiery flavor—and potential to appreciate in price—is driving blistering demand. That in turn has pushed its market value to more than $145 billion, well past British spirits giant Diageo Plc.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire (left) and Peter Altmaier, Germany’s acting finance minister, depart a news conference at the Ministry of Finance in Paris on Jan. 18.

Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg