In Pictures

Day in pictures: 1 December 2014

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

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Image caption Pro-democracy protesters gather as riot police attempt to clear a demonstration site in Hong Kong. The protesters want the people of Hong Kong to be allowed to choose their leaders in the 2017 elections, without interference from Beijing.
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Image caption Uruguay's leftist candidate Tabare Vazquez has easily beaten rival Luis Lacalle Pou in a presidential run-off. Mr Vazquez, 74, is a cancer doctor who served as president from 2005-10. "I want to be able to count on all Uruguayans, but not so that they follow me but so that they guide me, accompany me," he said.
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Image caption On World Aids Day a terminally ill patient is seen at the Buddhist temple Wat Prabat Nampu in Lopburi province, north of Bangkok. The virus that causes Aids - HIV - was first identified by scientists more than 30 years ago.
Image copyright Adrees Latif/reuters
Image caption An image of 18-year-old Michael Brown is seen on the tie of his father, Michael Brown Sr, as he attends Sunday service under a makeshift tent next to the destroyed Flood Christian Church in Ferguson, Missouri. A jury's ruling not to charge a police officer for killing Mr Brown sparked violence in Missouri's St Louis suburb, and protests across the US.
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Image caption London Mayor Boris Johnson meets commuters on the LRT train as he travels through Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. During his visit, he said he would consider plans to introduce car-free Sundays to parts of central London.
Image copyright Shizuo Kambayashi/ap
Image caption Yuzuru Hanyu, of Japan, performs during the gala exhibition of the NHK Trophy figure skating in Osaka.
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Image caption Brooke Ellsworth runs with her dog, Pooka, during the Blue Ridge Dog Training Club's AKC Dog Agility Trials in Kernstown, Virginia.
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Image caption Trade unions in Belgium are holding a month of intermittent strike action against government austerity measures. Here, workers block a road towards the port of Ghent.