In Pictures

Week in pictures: 18-24 October 2014

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

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Image caption In Oxfordshire, 25 fire engines and about 100 firefighters tackled a blaze at the gas-fired Didcot B power station, which broke out at about 20:00 BST on Sunday.
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Image caption Widows abandoned by their families light sparklers after offering prayers on the banks of the river Yamuna as part of Diwali celebrations. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali marks the victory of good over evil and celebrates the time when Lord Rama returned to his kingdom, Ayodhya, after vanquishing the demon king Ravana.
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Image caption The remains of 15 British soldiers who died in World War One have been reinterred in northern France, 100 years after they were killed in battle. Their remains were found during drainage work in 2009, close to the village of Beaucamps-Ligny near Lille.
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Image caption Moroccan horsemen perform during the seventh edition of the Salon du Cheval in the port city of El Jadida.
Image copyright Nina Grewal MP/Handout/Reuters
Image caption Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, insisted his country would not be intimidated, after a gunman rampaged through parliament before being shot dead. In the Conservative Party caucus room, shown shortly after gunshots were heard, MPs and staff barricaded the door.
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Image caption Rescuers try to save a sinking ship in the harbour off Harlingen in northern Netherlands during the first autumn storm of the year.
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Image caption South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was given five years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The parents of Reeva Steenkamp 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 erupted in the north of the Syrian town of Kobane, after days of relative calm. The clashes had begun 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 A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross into the tiny Spanish territory of Melilla in Morocco, which has become a magnet for poor sub-Saharan migrants.