A gift from Messi, a win for Adele and epic surfing in Hawaii: The week in pictures

Our list of the top news photos from Feb. 20-26 include Adele at the Brit Awards, the world's largest mobile technology conference and a huge Buddhist festival in Thailand.

Top news images from the week of Feb. 20-26

Five year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, an Afghan fan of Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi, shows off his moves in a new signed shirt from his idol, in Kabul on Feb. 26. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

An Afghan boy gets a real Lionel Messi jersey.

A months-long case of serious internet sleuthing that began with a Facebook photo of a boy wearing a homemade FC Barcelona jersey came to a happy conclusion this week. The UN's children's fund announced it had replaced this five-year-old boy's plastic bag shirt with a real one signed by Lionel Messi.

Neil Bantleman rearrested in Indonesia.

Tracy Bantleman, the wife of Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman, held a tearful press conference on Friday after her husband, who was acquitted on charges of sexually abusing kindergarten children last year, was rearrested this week. Canada's Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion slammed the decision by Indonesia's Supreme Court and promised to raise the issue at the highest levels.

Bantleman's wife spoke to media on Feb. 26 in Jakarta. Indonesia's Supreme Court overturned his acquittal on charges of sexually abusing children at a private school. (Darren Whiteside/Reuters)

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz tag-teamed Donald Trump.

The Republican front-runner came under attack from his closest rivals over his position on immigration, his privileged background and his speaking style during Thursday night's debate. Donald Trump countered by calling Rubio "a choke artist" and Cruz a "liar."

Republican U.S. presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Donald Trump sparred in a raucous debate in Houston on Feb. 25. (Mike Stone/Reuters)

Refugees were sent back to Greece.

Hundreds of refugees bottlenecked on the main land route to Western Europe were bused back toward the coast as part of new restrictions aimed at holding Greece, the main refugee entry-point, accountable for its perceived failure to control its borders.

A child looks through a bus window after the family was turned back at the Macedonian-Serbian border, near the village of Tabanovce, on Feb. 24. (Marko Djurica/Reuters)

Meanwhile, in Milan…

Model Kendall Jenner walks the runway wearing Fendi on Feb. 25 as part of Milan fashion week. (Antonio Calanni/Associated Press)

And in London, Justin Bieber won a Brit Award.

He was named best international male artist. Hometown favourite Adele won four awards, including best global success at the 2016 Brit Awards, the British equivalent of the Grammys, on Thursday. See a gallery of highlights from the show here.

Bieber also performed his hits Love Yourself and Sorry at the awards show, which was held at the O2 arena in London on Feb. 24. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

In Russia, Tuesday was Men's Day.

Also known as Defender of the Fatherland Day, the Russian holiday involved a family-friendly weapons inspection in Sevastopol, Crimea, on Feb. 23. (Pavel Rebrov/Reuters)

Thai Buddhists observed Makha Bucha Day.

Monks gathered at Wat Phra Dhammakaya, one of Thailand's most prestigious temples, to honour Buddha's teachings on Feb. 22. (Jorge Silva/Reuters)

The Lantern Festival lit up Taijiang

Ethnic Miao people celebrated in fiery fashion in China's Guizhou Province on Feb. 22. (Reuters)

Samsung used virtual reality to launch its latest phones.

The World Mobile Congress, the largest trade show dedicated to mobile technology, is underway in Barcelona. Samsung utilized its Gear VR headsets during the launch for the S7 and S7 Edge smartphones on Feb. 21.

And the Eddie Aikau big wave surf contest was held.

Run only when the waves are big and consistent enough, the contest simply known as "The Eddie" was held in Waimea Bay, on the north shore of Oahu, on Thursday. It's the first time since 2009 conditions held up long enough to run the invitation-only competition, won by local surfer John John Florence.

With files from Reuters


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