In Pictures

Day in pictures: 27 August 2014

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

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Ukrainian troops engage in fresh fighting with pro-Russian rebels in south-eastern Ukraine, a day after President Poroshenko promises a "roadmap" for peace.

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Palestinians headed back to their homes after a lasting ceasefire between Hamas and Israel ends seven weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

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John Jairo Velasquez Vasquez, notorious hit man for Colombian drug-lord Pablo Escobar, is freed from prison after 22 years.

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Trading places: Arnaud Montebourg (R) who quit as France's Economy Minister hands over to former banker Emmanuel Macron after an emergency cabinet reshuffle.

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The Italian navy carries away the bodies of another 24 drowned African migrants recovered from a capsized smuggler's boat that was fleeing Libya for Sicily.

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IMF boss Christine Lagarde poses for the cameras after announcing she is under formal investigation for negligence in a French fraud case dating back to 2008.

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Spectators brave the weather to watch the men's semi-final in the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Beach Volleyball competition in China.

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The World Health Organization has called for a ban on the use of e-cigarettes indoors until there is evidence they help smokers quit.