In Pictures

Day in pictures: 16 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 Philippine Catholics attend the traditional Misa de Gallo (Dawn Mass) in front of a church in Las Pinas city, south of Manila.
Image copyright Vern Fisher/Monterey Herald/ap
Image caption Property managers work to clear drains to minimise flooding at a client's home in Pebble Beach, California, following heavy rains and high winds.
Image caption French President Francois Hollande (centre) arrives to visit a school during a trip to the Pas-de-Calais, in Boulogne-sur-Mer.
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Image caption Construction continues at the White House, a $20m (£13m) villa being built inside Dream City, a new exclusive residential suburb being developed in Erbil, Iraq.
Image copyright Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Image caption Recording artist Carrie Underwood performs at the American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Image copyright Lefteris Pitarakis/ap
Image caption A child looks at a statue of Paddington bear, outside British Prime Minister David Cameron's official residence at 10 Downing Street, in central London, as children and their families arrive for the charity Christmas party.
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Image caption A man adds a bunch of flowers to a growing floral memorial outside the Lindt cafe in Sydney's Central Business District, where a gunman held customers hostage for 16 hours. The siege ended as the police moved in, resulting in the deaths of three people, including the hostage-taker.
Image copyright Dado Ruvic/reuters
Image caption A miner pushes a bathtub loaded with coal out of an illegal mine near the Bosnian town of Vitez.
Image copyright Mohammad Sajjad/ap
Image caption A plainclothes security officer escorts pupils rescued from an army-run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, where at least 126 people, mostly children, have been killed in a Taliban assault.