In Pictures

Day in pictures: 23 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 Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds fly on the Poyang Lake, China, having made their way to take shelter from the cold winter.
Image copyright GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP
Image caption The sanctuary of the Basilica of the Fallen Lord of Montserrate is illuminated with Christmas lights in Bogota, Colombia.
Image copyright ETTORE FERRARI/epa
Image caption Germany's Felix Neureuther, centre, takes a fall on the podium after winning the men's slalom at the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. Fellow German Fritz Dopfer, left, came second and Sweden's Jens Byggmark finished third.
Image copyright KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP
Image caption Japanese Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers alongside Empress Michiko and flanked by Crown Prince Naruhito, left, and Prince Akishino, right, during celebrations for his birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
Image copyright Adnan Abidi/reuters
Image caption A man wrapped up in a quilt sits outside a temporary shelter for homeless people on a cold winter morning in New Delhi, India.
Image copyright FRISO GENTSCH/epa
Image caption Ten bikers set a new Guinness World Record by riding simultaneously around the inside of the Globe of Speed in Dortmund, Germany.
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Image caption Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Moscow's Kremlin. Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon can be seen on the right.
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Image caption Floral tributes are placed near to the spot where six people were killed by an out-of-control bin lorry in Glasgow city centre. The bin lorry crashed in George Square after careering up Queen Street at about 14:30 on Monday.

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