In Pictures

Day in pictures: 12 February 2015

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

Image copyright Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters
Image caption A Buddhist monk feeds a tiger with water from a bottle at the Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, otherwise known as the Tiger Temple, in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand.
Image copyright Alba Aribau / Reuters
Image caption An orange toxic cloud is seen over the town of Igualada, near Barcelona, following an explosion at a chemical plant which injured three people. Catalan authorities told people to shut their windows and stay inside as a precaution.
Image copyright Kim Hong-Ji / Reuters
Image caption Daisuke Murakami of Japan performs during the men's short programme competition at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul, South Korea.
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Image caption Pupils at a school in the southern Indian city of Chennai give the thumbs-up to the Indian cricket team to wish them luck, as they hold a giant cut-out replica of the Cricket World Cup trophy.
Image copyright MAXIM MALINOVSKY / AFP / GETTY IMAGES
Image caption Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko (right) stands close to Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus, after a summit in the Belarusian capital Minsk aimed at ending 10 months of fighting in Ukraine.
Image copyright Binsar Bakkara / AP
Image caption A police officer carries a box of marijuana to burn along with piles of other illegal drugs confiscated in raids conducted over the past few months in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
Image copyright Ahn Young-joon / AP
Image caption Journalists try to get pictures of a bus carrying Cho Hyun-ah, the former vice president of Korean Air, through the windows of the Seoul Western District Court. A South Korean court sentenced Cho to a year in prison for aviation law violations that stemmed from her in-flight tantrum over how she was served macadamia nuts.
Image copyright OLIVER BERG / EPA
Image caption Costumed revellers ski down the steps in front of Cologne Cathedral in Germany as the city's carnival celebrations get underway.
Image copyright MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP
Image caption Relatives of Chinese passengers from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 hold a protest outside the Malaysia Airlines office in Subang on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, demanding that the company retract a statement declaring all passengers dead.
Image copyright Hoshang Hashimi / AP
Image caption Afghanistan National Army officers march during a graduation ceremony to mark the completion of a three-month programme at a training centre in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan.
Image copyright ED JONES / AFP
Image caption Students wearing traditional hanbok dresses bow as they attend a graduation and coming-of-age ceremony at the Dongmyeong girl's high school in Seoul, South Korea. About 500 students attended the ceremony, which signifies a child's passage into adulthood. Once a widespread tradition, such ceremonies are increasingly rare.