In Pictures

Day in pictures: 19 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 Jim Hart from New York feeds the birds in Battery Park in Manhattan. Hart has been feeding the birds three times a week for the past three years.
Image copyright Jung Yeon-je/ap
Image caption Park Han-chul (centre), the chief judge of South Korea's constitutional court, delivers judgement in Seoul on the government's petition to disband the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). The government had petitioned the court last year to ban the leftist UPP, which has five members in parliament. Some UPP members were previously arrested for plotting a rebellion.
Image copyright MADAREE TOHLALA/AFP
Image caption Residents watch an Indonesia-registered tanker which lies in rough sea off the coast of the southern Thai city of Narathiwat.
Image copyright Mario Tama/Getty Images
Image caption People take part in a stilt-walking workshop as part of pre-carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival takes place in February.
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Image caption Staff dressed as Father Christmas try to squeeze into a car at a theme park in Changsha in China. The most they managed to get inside at one time was 19.
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Image caption A candlelight vigil is held in the street where eight children were found dead at a house in Cairns in northern Queensland, Australia. Police said a 34-year-old woman who was the mother of at least seven of the children had been taken to hospital with stab wounds but was stable.
Image copyright PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP
Image caption Benfica's Brazilian forward Jonas Oliveira heads the ball with Sporting Braga's defender Andre Pinto during their Portuguese Cup football match at the Luz Stadium in Lisbon.