In Pictures

Day in pictures: 8 August 2014

A selection of images from around the world, taken over the past 24 hours.

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Image caption Hot air balloons over north Somerset following a mass ascent at the 36th International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court Estate near Bristol - Europe's largest ballooning event.
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Image caption San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers comes out of the tunnel before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium.
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Image caption Soldiers start the engines of their disinfectant dispensers after the 6.1-magnitude earthquake whose epicentre was in Longtoushan Township in China's Ludian County, a region with steep hills and narrow roads. Almost 600 people are now known to have died in the earthquake that hit Yunnan province on Sunday, officials say.
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Image caption Relatives of a Georgian soldier killed during the country's conflict with Russia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia in 2008 light candles during a ceremony at the memorial cemetery in Tbilisi.
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Image caption A visitor walks past cells in the basement of the Stura maja or Corner house, the former headquarters of the Soviet KGB in Riga, Latvia. It was one of the most feared places in Latvia during Soviet times, but now people are able to take a tour and see its secrets.
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Image caption Up to 120 giant sculptures, depicting Shaun the Sheep in a variety of guises, will form a major public arts trail across London and Bristol next year. Following the success of Bristol's Gromit trail in 2013, each city will feature its own flock of 60 sheep, decorated by celebrities and artists. Here creator Nick Park poses with some of the sculptures in Parliament Square, central London.
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Image caption Aymara women walk past a battalion before the start of a military parade during Independence Day celebrations, in La Paz, Bolivia.
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Image caption Paul Scholes of the Class of '92 XI is mobbed by fans at the end of the match against Salford City at AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, England. Scholes has joined with former team-mates from Manchester United to take a controlling interest in the non-league club, who play in the Northern Premier League.
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Image caption A view of the World War One trenches on the crests of Massiges, north-eastern France, that have been restored by volunteers.
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Image caption Residents take their morning exercise at the bank of the Tonle Sap river near the Royal Palace, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.