In Pictures

Day in pictures: 21 October

Our selection of some of the best news photographs taken around the world during the past 24 hours.

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Image caption Fans take selfies with the new wax figure of Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch at Madame Tussauds in London, England.
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Image caption South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is led from the court in Pretoria, South Africa, having been given a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Her parents told the BBC they were happy with the sentence and relieved the case was over. The defence said it expected Pistorius to serve about 10 months in prison.
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Image caption Fierce fighting has erupted in the north of the Syrian town of Kobane, after two days of relative calm. The clashes began when Islamic State (IS) militants launched an offensive "on all fronts" against Kurdish fighters on Monday, activists said. Kobane, on the Turkish border, has been under assault from IS for weeks, with most civilians forced to leave.
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Image caption Children wait to be immunised against measles and rubella at the Losikito primary school in Tanzania. The government has begun a nationwide programme to protect 21 million children against the diseases.
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Image caption An Afghan policeman is seen through the shattered window of a military bus at the scene of a roadside bomb in Kabul.
Image copyright Mohammed Salem/reuters
Image caption Statues by artist Eyad Sabbah which depict the Palestinians who fled their houses during Israel's recent 50-day military operation stand in the east of Gaza City.
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Image caption A model displays work by designer Carven Ong during the Malaysia Fashion Week in Kuala Lumpur.
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Image caption A man welds steel bars during construction of the roof of a new railway station in Urumuqi in China.
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Image caption Ben Skinner, a volunteer at the Grovers Creek Hatchery, loads chum salmon into a mechanical lift in Poulsbo, Washington. The hatchery gives out free fish several days a week after the salmon have been measured, scanned for electronic tracking tags and have had their eggs removed.
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Image caption Hawaiian surfer John Florence goes airborne as he competes at the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal surf contest. Florence finished third.