In Pictures

Day in pictures: 8 December 2014

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

Image copyright Attila Kisbenedek/AFP
Image caption Bulu Mata, a three-month old orangutan, prepares to leave Budapest Zoo for his new home at Monkey World in Dorset, UK. He was orphaned when he was born.
Image copyright Damian Dovarganes/AP
Image caption More than 250 firefighters battle a massive blaze in downtown Los Angeles at an apartment building under construction next to the 110 Freeway, a major road in the city.
Image copyright Eric Feferberg/AFP
Image caption A fighter from the self-styled Donestk People's Republic (DPR) stands guard at the Savur-Mohyla monument to Red Army soldiers who died during World War Two near the eastern Ukrainian city of Snizhne. The DPR held a ceremony there on Sunday in memory of pro-Russian rebels who have died fighting the Ukrainian army this year.
Image copyright Marwan Naamani/AFP
Image caption American swimmer Ryan Lochte competes in the men's 100m individual medley at the World Swimming Championships in Doha, Qatar. He took bronze with a time of 51.24, but saw the record he set in Istanbul in 2012 beaten by 0.05 seconds by Germany's Markus Deibler, who won gold with a time of 50.66.
Image copyright Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP
Image caption Locals enjoy a jug of beer at an annual beer festival in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi. The popular Bia Hoi draught beer was given away free at the event.
Image copyright Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Image caption People push a car stuck on the A93 in north-east Scotland. The UK Met Office has issued a yellow warning in Scotland, with snow forecast across much of the country.
Image copyright Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP
Image caption A member of the Somali security forces stands guard during an operation against al-Shabab in Mogadishu. Security has improved in Somalia's capital in recent years but the Islamist militant group has been blamed for a series of bomb attacks in recent weeks, including one targeting a United Nations convoy last week.

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