In Pictures

Day in pictures: 5 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 Eric Marshall, 75, from Bagby, North Yorkshire, proudly shows off the mass of Christmas lights that adorn his home. The collection that Mr Bagby has built up over the past 16 years attracts coach parties and many visitors, who can contribute to the local church through the donation boxes he leaves outside.
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Image caption Staff from the Peruvian national water authority on their way to measure the thickness of ice on the Pastoruri glacier. According to Alejo Cochachin, co-ordinator of the authority's glaciology unit, the glacier in northern Peru retreated 576m (almost 1,900ft) between 1980 and 2014.
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Image caption King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand cancelled a public appearance to mark his 87th birthday, on medical advice. While thousands of people had turned out in the capital, Bangkok, in the hope of seeing him at the Royal Palace, this crowd gathered outside Siriraj hospital, where he is being cared for.
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Image caption Traditional worshippers burn herbs in prayer at Freedom Park, Pretoria, to commemorate Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, who died a year ago aged 95.
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Image caption A demonstrator in Boston, Massachusetts, one of thousands of people who took to the streets in US cities over grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers over the deaths of Eric Garner, a black man held in an apparent chokehold in New York, and Michael Brown, a black teenager shot in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Image caption Argentina's power chair footballer Valentino Zagarelli (right) plays the ball during a training session in Villa Ballester, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. For the first time the Argentine team are going to take part in a world championship, in the United States.
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Image caption Morning fog is no reason to stop play for these Indian cricket enthusiasts in a public park in Calcutta.
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Image caption British Prime Minister David Cameron with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (right) and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after meeting at 10 Downing Street in London. At an international conference, Mr Cameron said Britain would not abandon Afghanistan, even though most UK troops deployed to the country were leaving.