Florence Prep, Brexit Strategies, Putin-Xi: Political Focus

U.K. officials pondering post-Brexit Britain, preparations for Hurricane Florence and the Russian and Chinese presidents seated side-by-side provided fodder for Bloomberg’s most compelling political photos from the past week. 

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Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland arrives at the U.S. Trade Representative office in Washington. Negotiators from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico have been trying to reach a deal on revamping the North American Free Trade agreement. 

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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Former U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends the presentation to Parliament of a report from Economists For Free Trade. Jacob Rees-Mogg, Johnson and other Brexit-backers have set out the case for a no-deal Brexit, which they said would make the U.K. richer. Euroskeptics are considering a formal challenge to Prime Minister Theresa May's leadership. 

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence look at a map of Hurricane Florence's potential path in the Oval Office. Trump this week disputed the official assessment that nearly 3,000 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico last year. 

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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A pensioner, who supplements her income with odd jobs as a seamstress, works in front of a sewing machine in Sao Sebastiao, Brazil. Years of recession, rising crime, and corporate and political scandal are pushing infuriated Brazilians into apathy or toward extremists ahead of next month's presidential election. The latest results from the polling company Ibope show 28 percent of voters are undecided or plan to void their ballots.

Photographer: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg

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Malaysia's People's Justice Party Founder Anwar Ibrahim drinks a cup of coffee during a live-streaming interview in Hong Kong. Anwar, who’s in line to become Malaysia’s next prime minister, sought to reassure foreign investors concerned about recent decisions to scrap several high-profile infrastructure projects.

Photographer: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg

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Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos departs federal court in Washington. Papadopoulos has been sentenced to 14 days in jail for making false statements to investigators in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Click here for an interactive guide to the conflicts and scandals current and former Trump aides face. 

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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Residents sit at a temporary Red Cross shelter at a high school in Conway, South Carolina ahead of Florence's landfall. The storm is threatening widespread destruction across the southeastern U.S. 

Photographer: Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks as he sits beside Chinese President Xi Jinping during day two of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok,  Russia. The two leaders pledged to bolster ties as Moscow  with help from Beijing  staged its biggest military exercises since the height of the Cold War.

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc poses for a photograph following a Bloomberg Television interview in Hanoi. Vietnam's government will rely on a combination of trade deals and domestic reforms to try and weather the fallout from a U.S.-China trade war, Phuc says.

Photographer: Maika Elan/Bloomberg

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Bank of England Governor Mark Carney departs a special Brexit 'No Deal' meeting of cabinet ministers at number 10 Downing Street. The U.K.  detailed plans for vehicle standards, mobile-phone roaming charges and environmental rules after Brexit in a batch of documents outlining preparations for tumbling out of the European Union without a deal.

Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

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The light trails of road traffic pass across a bridge in Vladivostok, Russia. While attending the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Putin called on two Russians accused of carrying out a nerve-agent attack in the U.K. to come forward

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg