In Pictures

Day in pictures: 2 January 2015

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

Image copyright Ben Nelms/reuters
Image caption A man dives into English Bay during the 95th annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Image copyright Thomas Peter/reuters
Image caption People wave to the Japanese royal family standing on a balcony of the Imperial Palace (unseen) during their New Year public appearance in Tokyo.
Image copyright Brynn Anderson/ap
Image caption Ohio State players and staff hold the Sugar Bowl Classic trophy after defeating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football playoff in New Orleans.
Image copyright BAGUS INDAHONO/epa
Image caption The search for debris from AirAsia flight QZ8501 continued on Friday. The airbus A320-200, carrying 162 people from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, was just over 40 minutes into its flight on Sunday when contact was lost during bad weather.
Image copyright Bullit Marquez/ap
Image caption Residents who lost their homes in a huge fire on New Year's Day sift through the debris in Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines.
Image copyright HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP
Image caption A policeman attempts to extinguish burning tyres placed by anti-government protesters during a march against the government of Haitian President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince.
Image copyright Murdo-John MacAskill
Image caption Two passengers have suffered minor injuries after a plane came off the runway at Stornoway Airport on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. The Loganair service was due to fly to Glasgow at about 08:30. It is thought it may have been caught in strong crosswinds.
Image copyright Andres Kudacki/ap
Image caption Spanish police evacuated people from Madrid's Atocha train station following a bomb threat. Police said a man claiming to be carrying a bomb in his backpack was arrested, but nothing was found.