In Pictures

Day in pictures: 9 December 2014

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

Image copyright Hasan Jamali/ap
Image caption A policeman has been killed near Bahrain's capital, Manama, in a bomb attack the authorities have blamed on Lebanon-based Shia Hezbollah militants. The bomb had exploded on Monday night in Damistan as the officer had been "doing his duty", the interior ministry said, describing it as a "terrorist attack".
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Image caption The sister of Anni Dewani, Ami Denborg (left), weeps as she makes a statement to the press following the decision to throw out the case against British businessman Shrien Dewani who had been charged with the murder of his wife. The 34-year-old had always denied plotting to arrange the shooting of his bride in the back of their taxi while on honeymoon in November 2010.
Image copyright Erik De Castro/reuters
Image caption Typhoon Hagupit has been moving slowly over the Philippines depositing huge amounts of rain and bringing severe floods, with the Red Cross reporting that at least 21 people were killed by the storm, with the eastern island of Samar worst hit.
Image copyright Eric Politzer/reuters
Image caption A large fire at an apartment building under construction lights up the sky near near Los Angeles City Hall. More than 250 firefighters responded to the fire.
Image copyright AFP
Image caption Snow-covered trees are seen in the morning mist by the bank of Songhua river in Jilin, in north-east China.
Image copyright Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Image caption A worker walks through the partially completed Crossrail tunnel at Bond Street station in London. A total of 26 miles (42km) of train tunnels are being built beneath the streets of the capital by eight tunnelling machines.
Image copyright Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY/reuters
Image caption The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (right) attended a basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets in New York with former player Dikembe Mutombo (centre).
Image copyright Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Image caption The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for most of the UK for later on Tuesday, plus Wednesday and early on Thursday.
Image copyright Jason Reed /reuters
Image caption A 13-month-old chimp named Fumo carries a Christmas present of food treats in wrapping paper under his arm during a Christmas-themed feeding time at Sydney's Taronga Park Zoo.

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