In Pictures

Day in pictures: 20 August 2014

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

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Low water levels continue at the Bidwell Marina at Lake Oroville in California as the severe state-wide drought continues for a third consecutive year. Water levels in the state's lakes and reservoirs are reaching historic lows, with Lake Oroville currently at just 32 per cent of its total capacity.

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A police officer in Lima, Peru, holds a child rescued from the Shining Path rebel group. A special intelligence department of Peru's armed forces freed nine people, including three children, who were held captive by a column of the Shining Path rebels at the Amazon region of Junín.

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Two young girls walk to their ballet class at the Museu da Mare in the occupied Complexo da Mare - one of the largest favela complexes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Brazilian government has currently deployed around 2,400 federal troops to occupy the group of violence-plagued favelas.

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A protester lies in the road in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, where the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has sparked violent protests over the last 10 days. Police arrested 47 people during a mostly peaceful protest on Tuesday 19 August, which was more subdued than previous nights.

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A rescue helicopter hovers over an area devastated by a massive landslide in Hiroshima, western Japan, where at least 32 people have been killed. The landslides were triggered when the equivalent of a month's rain fell in the 24 hours up to Wednesday morning.

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Men sleep covered with a mosquito net on a bridge above a train station outside Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar.

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Hot air balloons take off during the 40th French Hot Air Balloon Championship in Sable-sur-Sarthe, western France. The competition runs until August 23 and there are 47 craft competing.

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A farmer in southern Germany inspects his apple trees ahead of the harvest in two weeks time. EU fruit and vegetable growers will get financial aid of up to 125m euros (£99.8m) as Russia's ban on Western food imports is expected to result in a glut of produce during what will be peak harvest time.

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Members of a Liberian church pray for the country to be rescued from its current Ebola crisis. The virus has killed more than 1,200 people in four African nations - with more in Liberia than any other country.