In Pictures

Week in pictures: 3-9 January 2015

Our selection of some of the best news photographs taken around the world this week.

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Image caption People gathered in Paris for a minute's silence for the victims of the attack at the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where gunmen killed 12 people on Wednesday.
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Image caption The Hoegh Osaka was run aground off the Isle of Wight on Saturday after developing problems once it had left Southampton. The 51,000-tonne ship, which carried 1,400 cars, had been on its way to Germany when it developed a problem.
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Image caption A protester, holding a Bahraini flag, confronts an armoured personnel carrier belonging to police. It was an attempt to stop it from entering Bilad Al Qadeem, south of Manama, during clashes over the arrest of opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman.
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Image caption At least 37 people were killed and 66 injured by a bomb blast outside a police academy in Yemen's capital, Sanaa. Yemen has experienced a wave of violence in recent months, with militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula battling Shia Houthi rebels, who have taken control of the capital.
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Image caption Indian soldiers are silhouetted against a traffic signal as they prepare to rehearse for the Republic Day parade on a foggy winter morning in New Delhi.
Image caption One of 80 teams who took part in a traditional horn sledge race are seen speeding down the track near the village of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southern Germany.
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Image caption AC Milan's Stephan El Shaarawy (left) in action against Sassuolo's Davide Biondini during their Italian Serie A football match in Milan. Sassulo won 2-1.
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Image caption Visitors explore an ice maze at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in north-east China.
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Image caption The latest gadgets were on show at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Here, a man tries an Oculus virtual-reality headset, possibly the next big thing as increasing numbers of games are being optimised for use with the technology.
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Image caption Jockey Tony McCoy makes his way into the Winners Enclosure on Aurore D'Estruval after winning the Mares' Hurdle at Sandown Park Racecourse, Surrey.