In Pictures

Day in pictures: 15 December 2014

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 hostage runs to armed police officers for safety having fled from a cafe where a gunman is holding staff and customers hostage, in Sydney, Australia.
Image copyright Enrique Castro-Mendivil/reuters
Image caption Delegates rest during a break at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. Despite an overrun, United Nations members reached an agreement on how countries should tackle climate change.
Image copyright Marcos Brindicci/reuters
Image caption Racing Club's footballers celebrate with the Argentine First Division tournament trophy after defeating Godoy Cruz in Buenos Aires.
Image copyright ANTHONY DEHEZ/afp
Image caption A soldier takes part in a re-enactment to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Ardennes, also known as the Battle of the Bulge, in Recogne, Belgium. During the winter of 1944-45 Nazi Germany launched a massive land offensive in a last-ditch attempt to reverse the course of World War Two.
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Image caption US President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle and their daughters take part in the recording of the Christmas in Washington television special to benefit Children's National Medical Center in the capital.
Image copyright David Davies/PA
Image caption Lewis Hamilton (right) has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014. The 29-year-old Mercedes driver won his second Formula 1 world title this season and joined an exclusive club by becoming the fourth Briton to win the drivers' championship at least twice. Hamilton is seen here with BBC present Gary Lineker.
Image copyright Edgar Su/reuters
Image caption Leonardo da Vinci's "Earlier Mona Lisa" painting is to go on show for the first time, at the Arts House in Singapore.
Image copyright Amit Dave/reuters
Image caption Labourers unload potatoes from a supply truck at a wholesale vegetable market in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.
Image copyright Ahn Young-joon/ap
Image caption A man works on a stairway during a snowfall in Seoul, South Korea.

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