In Pictures

Day in pictures: 24 December 2014

Our selection of some of the best news photographs taken around the world during the past 24 hours.

Image copyright Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
Image caption Christmas revellers have been enjoying a spectacular light installation in Seville, Spain
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption People in traditional Mongolian costumes attend a horse race on a snowy grassland in Hulun Buir, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
Image caption An elephant dressed as Santa Claus entertains pupils at a school in the city of Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, Thailand
Image copyright ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP
Image caption Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have found a novel way of showing their displeasure with Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying
Image copyright AMAN ROCHMAN/AFP
Image caption Bomb squad officers in Malang, on the Indonesian island of Java, are carefully searching churches ahead of Christmas services
Image copyright Owen Humphreys/PA
Image caption The Aurora Borealis was clearly visible behind Bamburgh Lighthouse in Northumberland, England. The aurora happens when the Earth's magnetic field is battered by storms of charged particles from the Sun
Image copyright FARSHAD USYAN/AFP
Image caption These children enjoyed a game of football in a field in a village on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan
Image copyright Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
Image caption Residents of Moscow brave icy conditions as they cross a bridge over the Moskva River near Christ the Saviour Cathedral
Image copyright SAFIN HAMED/AFP
Image caption This Iraqi Christian boy, whose family fled Islamic State militants in Mosul, poses for a picture at a Catholic church in Irbil, Kurdish northern Iraq

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