In Pictures

Day in pictures: 20 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 Young people tackle the enormous waves caused by Tropical Cyclone Marcia, on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Image copyright Alessandro Bianchi/reuters
Image caption Italian national police overseeing migrants mainly from Africa and the Middle East being transferred by ferry to a centre on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa.
Image caption A rush-hour intercity train in Switzerland that collided with a suburban service at Rafz, between Zurich and the German border. Several people were injured, police said.
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Image caption Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men during a snowfall near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Image copyright Kelvin Trautman/PA
Image caption Swimmer Lewis Pugh off the coast of Cape Adare in the Antarctic Ocean on his way to completing the most southerly swim ever. The event, in temperatures as low as -1.7C (29F), is part of a series of five swims by the Briton in a campaign for a vast protected area in the Ross Sea.
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Image caption Chinese tourists watch soldiers on parade during a changing of the guard ceremony at the National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine in Taipei, Taiwan.
Image copyright Alkis Konstantinidis/reuters
Image caption Graffiti on a building in Athens, the Greek capital, of praying hands pointing to the ground. Negotiations are continuing between the anti-austerity government and the EU on an extension to the country's loan arrangements.
Image copyright Lucy Nicholson/reuters
Image caption A man in a Spider-Man outfit outside the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California, during preparations for the Oscar ceremony this weekend.
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Image caption US ski jumper Bill Demong soars through the air at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden.

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