In Pictures

Day in pictures: 17 February 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 A military boot on a road near Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine where fighting between government forces and rebels continued despite a ceasefire.
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Image caption Pope Tawadros II, the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church, leads mass prayers for the Egyptians beheaded in Libya.
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Image caption A rescuer carries a child off a ship in southern Sicily following an operation to save migrants in difficulty between Lampedusa and the coast of Libya.
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Image caption French President Francois Hollande visits a Jewish cemetery in eastern France where 300 graves were desecrated.
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Image caption Two retired Iraqi men sit and drink tea on a street in the capital, Baghdad.
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Image caption Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena prays in front of a Buddha statue in India, during his first foreign trip since taking office.
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Image caption A sea lion at an oceanarium in Vladivostok, Russia, where an investigation is underway into the death of at least six animals.

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