In Pictures

Week in pictures: 27 September - 3 October 2014

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

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Image caption Nine-year-old Mercy Kennedy cries as community activists approach her (away from the camera) outside her home in Monrovia, Liberia. This happened a day after her mother died in an Ebola ward. The virus outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March and has now claimed more than 3,300 lives.
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Image caption Nationalists tore down a statue of Lenin in the centre of Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv, in a move supported by officials. On Sunday night, when nationalist protesters had already gathered for a "Kharkiv is Ukraine" rally, the regional governor signed an order to dismantle the monument.
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Image caption British Prime Minister David Cameron embraces his wife Samantha after his main speech to the Conservative Party's annual conference in Birmingham. He pledged to cut taxes for 30 million people if the Tories won next year's general election.
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Image caption Hollywood superstar George Clooney married human-rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in Venice. The couple went by boat to the brief ceremony on Monday, having thrown a glittering reception for dozens of guests on Saturday evening.
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Image caption Japan's Keisuke Ushiro competes in the men's decathlon javelin throw event, during the 17th Asian Games at Incheon in South Korea.
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Image caption Lightning strikes the Hong Kong skyline as protesters take part in a rally against China's plan to vet election candidates. Tens of thousands have demonstrated over the past week, despite riot police using tear gas and warnings from the government that the protests must end.
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Image caption A couple pose as they arrive to attend the Elie Saab fashion show in Paris.
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Image caption First-time model Jon Leonardo blends into the skyline of Atlanta after being covered in camouflaged body paint by Italian artist Johannes Stoetter. It was part of the North American Bodypainting Championships.
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Image caption Team Europe golfers pour champagne over captain Paul McGinley while celebrating their victory over the US to retain the Ryder Cup. They lifted the trophy at the closing ceremony of the tournament at Gleneagles in Perthshire.
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Image caption Sixteen people remain missing after the eruption of Mount Ontake, Japanese officials have said. The volcano, about 200km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, erupted last Saturday and is still emitting poisonous fumes. At least 47 people were killed, mostly hikers.