In Pictures

Day in pictures: 22 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 US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the shooting dead of two New York City police officers on Saturday by a man who later killed himself. The officers were killed while sitting in their squad car in Brooklyn. New York's police chief said they were "targeted for their uniform". Here people gather around a memorial to them.
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Image caption An employee of Shiniuzhai Scenic Resort dressed as Father Christmas hangs beside a cable car as he presents gifts to visitors, in Pingjiang, China.
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Image caption Toy animals are removed from the entrance of the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks, south of the city of Hilversum in the Netherlands, where the bodies of victims of downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 are being identified. A selection of the weather-damaged tributes will be cleaned and then stored.
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Image caption Standing 85m (279ft) tall and featuring more than 3m light bulbs, the world's largest floating Christmas tree sits in the harbour of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Image copyright Philimon Bulawayo/reuters
Image caption Visitors look on as an elephant and calf cross a road inside Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. According to park officials, Hwange is home to more than 53,000 elephants.
Image copyright JAGADEESH NV/epa
Image caption A stage artist from India's National School of Drama performs in William Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by Ratan Thiyam, during the North-Eastern Theatre Festival in Bangalore.
Image copyright Darren Staples/reuters
Image caption Druids gather for a winter solstice ritual marking the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere on Beacon Hill near Loughborough, England.
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Image caption Mac Bohonnon of the US competes in the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup team aerials event in Beijing, China.
Image copyright PAUL ZINKEN/epa
Image caption Fire-fighters extinguish a blaze on a fairground ride at the Alexanderplatz Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany. According to the city's fire department, nobody was injured.

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