In Pictures

Week in pictures: 29 November - 5 December 2014

Our selection of some of the best news photographs taken around the world this week.

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Image caption Hong Kong police clashed with pro-democracy activists, briefly shutting down government offices, in some of the worst unrest in two months of protests. The protesters want the people of Hong Kong to be allowed to choose their leaders in the 2017 elections without intervention from Beijing.
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Image caption Roberto Soldado, of Tottenham Hotspur, scored his first Premier League goal of the season to give his side a 2-1 home victory against Everton.
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Image caption A Lipizzaner horse executes a capriole, a classical leap-and-kick manoeuvre, during a display by the Viennese Spanish Riding School at the Ziggo Dome arena in the Dutch city of Amsterdam. The Austrian school will celebrate its 450th anniversary in 2015.
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Image caption A contestant in the UK Christmas Tree Throwing Championships at Keele Christmas Tree Farm in central England.
Image copyright Stoyan Nenov/reuters
Image caption Pope Francis releases a dove before presiding over Mass at the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
Image copyright Silvia Izquierdo/ap
Image caption A Brazilian boy watches his parents during their wedding ceremony at the Maracanazinho gymnasium, in Rio de Janeiro, where about 2,000 couples took part in the largest mass marriage the city has held.
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Image caption A camel appears to share the amusement of tourists checking photographs at Lighthouse Beach, north of the Australian city of Sydney.
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Image caption A tunnel on the A303 at Stonehenge was among dozens of road plans announced by the government as part of a £15bn "roads revolution" for England. Prime Minister David Cameron (second right) visited the ancient monument in Wiltshire, southern England, with (from left) Andrew Page-Dove, of the Highways Agency, Simon Thurley, of English Heritage, and Dame Helen Ghosh, of the National Trust.
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Image caption A crowd of about 2,000 people gathered near Tahrir Square in Cairo to voice their opposition to an Egyptian court decision to drop charges against Hosni Mubarak, the former president, over the killing of 239 protesters during the 2011 uprising against him. The former leader, 86, is serving a three-year sentence for embezzlement of public funds.
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Image caption An Orion rocket takes off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, carrying an unmanned version of the US space agency's new crew capsule. The ship is designed eventually to take astronauts beyond the International Space Station to destinations such as the Moon and Mars.

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