In Pictures

Day in pictures: 4 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 The US justice department is to launch a civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner, a black man who was placed in an apparent chokehold by a white New York police officer. That decision prompted street protests in New York. Activists have called for a march in Washington next week.
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Image caption Alexei Almoukov of Austria competes during the men's 20km individual race of the Biathlon World Cup in Ostersund, Sweden.
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Image caption The most complete Stegosaurus skeleton in the world has gone on show at London's Natural History Museum. Although Stegosauruses are one of the most well-known dinosaurs, they are among those that scientists know the least about. There are only six partial skeletons of the creature, which lived about 150 million years ago.
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Image caption International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Christine Lagarde dances with a local woman after touring the community of Ayacucho in Peru.
Image copyright KIM JAE-SUN/epa
Image caption A small owl sits in the snow in Ansung City, Gyeonggi province, South Korea.
Image copyright AZHAR RAHIM/epa
Image caption An exhibition with about 200 exhibitors from more than 30 countries marks 160 years of stamp usage in Malaysia under the theme Stamps Are Our Heritage.
Image copyright Bill Ingalls/NASA/Getty Images
Image caption A US space capsule that could help get humans to Mars is making its maiden flight. Orion will launch on a Delta rocket out of Cape Canaveral in Florida and is seen here in a long-exposure photograph.
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Image caption Britain's Chancellor George Osborne is given a tour of the production line at Bentley Motors in Crewe, the day after making his Autumn Statement. Forecasters predict public spending will fall to levels not seen since the 1930s, suggesting the loss of one million public sector jobs by 2020.