In Pictures

Day in pictures: 5 March 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 More heavy fighting took place in the Syrian town of Aleppo, with rebel positions allegedly targeted by barrel bombs after dozens of security personnel were reported to have been killed in an attack on an intelligence facility.
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Image caption Male Afghan women's rights activists in Kabul wore burkas to show their solidarity to Afghan women ahead of International Women's Day on Sunday.
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Image caption Iraqi Shia militiamen (pictured) and the army continued their efforts to encircle Islamic State fighters in Tikrit, but their approach has been hindered by roadside bombs, snipers and suicide bomb attacks.
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Image caption Russian Communist party supporters queued to place flowers on the tomb of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin during a memorial ceremony to mark the 62nd anniversary of his death in mysterious circumstances.
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Image caption A statue of Saint Martin is installed in front of the City Hall of Tours, in central France, where it will be on exhibition during an appeal for donations for its restoration.
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Image caption Sabine Atlaoui (centre), the wife of French death row inmate Serge Atlaoui, spoke to journalists after Indonesia's attorney general said the execution date for drug smuggling may be decided in a few days.
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Image caption After 70 years hidden in a church basement in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, thousands of Yiddish manuscripts that survived the Holocaust and Stalin's anti-Jewish onslaught are finally seeing the light of day.
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Image caption People celebrated the Hindu festival of Holi - or festival of colours - in Kathmandu, Nepal
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Image caption This sculpture by British artist Henry Moore went on display as part of an exhibition of his works in northern England
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Image caption The Crufts dog show began in Birmingham, England