In Pictures

Day in pictures: 28 January 2015

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

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Image caption Riot police fire tear gas at demonstrators inside Faria Lima underground station during a protest against transport fare rises in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Image caption The mother of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is being held captive by Islamic State, is seen with his picture during a protest outside the prime minister's office in Amman. In footage released by IS, the speaker says Japanese hostage Kenji Goto has "only 24 hours left to live" and Jordanian hostage Moaz al-Kasasbeh "even less", unless Jordan releases Sajida al-Rishawi, an al-Qaeda militant.
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Image caption Members of the Jarl Squad dressed in Viking costumes and holding flaming torches march around a boat during the Up Helly Aa Viking festival, in Lerwick, on the Shetland Isles. Volunteers had built the boat and produced more than 1,000 torches, with preparations for the event beginning in October.
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Image caption A Russian woman sells meat on her stall outside an apartment building in Moscow, where rising prices are affecting living standards. US ratings agency Standard and Poor gave Russia a rating of BB+, which puts it at the same level as Indonesia and Bulgaria. Russia's economy has been in free fall since the middle of last year, when plummeting oil prices cut the income for its oil industry, and the unrest in Ukraine led to international sanctions.
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Image caption Engineers test-drive a petrol powered Salamander, an amphibious tricycle, at Taal lake in Batangas city, south of Manila in the Philippines. The vehicle, which was invented by H20 Technologies, is capable of travelling on both land and water, and can be used for rescue operations during flooding.
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Image caption Thousands of Cuban students and government officials march in Havana to celebrate the 162nd anniversary of the founder of Cuban independence Jose Marti's birthday.
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Image caption Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is seen ahead of the Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club in United Arab Emirates.
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Image caption A dog walker makes her way through the Kings Knot area below Stirling Castle in Scotland, as temperatures in the UK are expected to fall to below zero.
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Image caption While New York has avoided the worst of the winter storm on the east coast of the US, Massachusetts and Connecticut have seen around 2ft (60cm) of snow in badly hit areas.