In Pictures

Day in pictures: 11 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 Hong Kong authorities have begun clearing barricades at the main protest camp, after more than two months of pro-democracy demonstrations. The number of protesters has fallen to a few hundred, from the tens of thousands who turned out in September.
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Image caption Argentina's River Plate supporters cheer their team to victory during the Copa Sudamericana final against Colombia's Atletico Nacional at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires. River Plate won this second leg 2-0, after a 1-1 draw last week.
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Image caption Bolivian soldiers tasked to eradicate coca leaves in the fight against drugs are seen in Chimore, east of La Paz.
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Image caption Actress Reese Witherspoon arrives for the film premiere of Inherent Vice at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
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Image caption Bulgarian workers march through Sofia in protest against plans to raise their retirement age, an early challenge to the incoming government's promise to push through cuts.
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Image caption Mitch Marsh (right), of Australia, drops a catch next to Steve Smith off an edge from Cheteshwar Pujara, of India, during day three of the first test, at Adelaide Oval.
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Image caption Ed Miliband has ruled out any uncosted spending commitments in Labour's election manifesto, as he set out his party's plans to reduce the UK deficit. He argued boosting wages and taxing the better off, in addition to budget cuts in most areas, could contribute to eliminating the deficit by 2020.
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Image caption A notice is posted outside the palace, announcing that Monaco's Princess Charlene has given birth to twin babies, Gabriella and Jacques.