In Pictures

Week in pictures: 20-26 September 2014

Our selection of some of the best news photographs taken around the world this week.

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Image caption South Korea's Shin Alam (left) competes against China's Xu Anqi during their women's epee team fencing competition final at Goyang Gymnasium during the 17th Asian Games in Incheo.
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Image caption A Russian Soyuz spacecraft blasted off from Kazakhstan, carrying the first Russian woman to fly in space for 17 years. Cosmonauts Elena Serova and Alexander Samokutyaev, along with Nasa astronaut Barry Wilmore, are on their way to the International Space Station for six months.
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Image caption About 66,000 refugees - mainly Syrian Kurds - crossed into Turkey early in the week as Islamic State militants advanced in northern Syria. The UN said it was boosting relief efforts as hundreds of thousands more were expected to cross the border.
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Image caption European Ryder Cup player Martin Kaymer (left) kicks his ball as he walks with team-mates Rory McIlroy (centre) and Sergio Garcia along the seventh fairway during practice ahead of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Perthshire.
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Image caption Models present creations by Dries Van Noten during the 2015 spring/summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris.
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Image caption Workers pluck tea leaves during a spot of rain in a tea garden in the Sonitpur district of Assam state, India.
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Image caption Labour leader Ed Miliband, seen here with his wife Justine Thornton, addressed his party's annual conference in Manchester. He delivered his hour-long speech mainly from memory, without the help of an autocue and using only basic notes. He failed to mention immigration or the deficit, however, because he forgot.
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Image caption Kenya marked a year since the attack on a Nairobi shopping centre, in which at least 67 people were killed. The siege at Westgate lasted four days, with CCTV footage showing terrified shoppers fleeing the gunmen and cowering behind counters.
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Image caption A US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over northern Iraq after taking part in air strikes on Islamic State (IS) militants. IS controls much of north-eastern Syria and has seized territory in neighbouring Iraq, including the second city, Mosul.
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Image caption An attempt to play the world's highest game of cricket, breaking the previous record set in 2009 on Mount Everest, took place after a gruelling eight-day trek up Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The aim to play a full Twenty20 match on the crater just below its peak.
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Image caption A Palestinian boy uses a torch outside his family's destroyed house as others light a fire in the east of Gaza City. Palestinian negotiators in Cairo said they had agreed a "comprehensive" deal for a national unity government to take responsibility for running Gaza.
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Image caption A large screen showing a view of blue skies and buildings is seen amidst the smog of Beijing. China has pledged for the first time to take firm action on climate change, telling a UN summit that its emissions, the world's highest, would soon peak.