In Pictures

Day in pictures: 23 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 British actor Eddie Redmayne has won the best actor Oscar for The Theory of Everything. Redmayne thanked his "staggering partner in crime", co-star Felicity Jones, and his "ferocious but incredibly kind director James Marsh".
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Image caption Russian President Vladimir Putin (centre) attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia. The Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on 23 February, honours the nation's military and is a national holiday.
Image copyright MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP
Image caption At least 70 people are known to have died in a ferry accident in Bangladesh. The ferry collided with a cargo boat crossing the Padma river, about 40km (25 miles) north-west of the capital, Dhaka.
Image copyright MARTIN BUREAU/AFP
Image caption French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (right) pets a lamb, flanked by French Agriculture minister and government spokesman Stephane Le Foll (centre), as they visit the Paris International Agricultural Fair at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre.
Image copyright Kai Pfaffenbach/reuters
Image caption Finland's Janne Ahonen soars past judges' windows during the normal hill HS100 mixed team ski jumping event of the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden.
Image copyright Owen Humphreys/PA
Image caption The Kirkstone Pass on the A592 in Cumbria, remains closed after cars were stranded late on Sunday, leading to a wintry start to the working week for many northern parts of the UK.
Image copyright PATRICK BAZ/AFP
Image caption A French Navy HawkEye reconnaissance plane sits on the deck of the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle now operating in the Gulf as part of the US-led military coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
Image copyright Wolfgang Rattay/reuters
Image caption Drachenburg Castle is illuminated with an installation by German light artist Wolfgang Flammersfeld in Koenigswinter near Bonn.
Image copyright Jared C Tilton/Getty Images
Image caption Joey Logano celebrates in the victory lane after winning the Nascar Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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