In Pictures

Day in pictures: 5 January 2015

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

Image copyright Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters
Image caption Visually-impaired Indian footballers compete during a match in New Delhi that will decide who goes to Seoul with the national team for the 2015 World Championships.
Image caption Participants write during a New Year calligraphy contest at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Some 3,150 people of all ages participated in the annual contest.
Image copyright REUTERS/Stringer
Image caption A Chinese woman in a mask rides her electric bicycle through thick smog in Jiangsu province. China says it is planning tougher pollution limits to improve air quality.
Image caption A wine bottle melted by the heat of an Australian bushfire stands in the remains of a home. Firefighters in South Australia are still trying to contain a major blaze.
Image copyright Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP
Image caption A black-capped squirrel monkey sits on an abacus at London Zoo, which is currently undertaking its annual stock take. There are 20 squirrel monkeys at the zoo.
Image copyright Channi Anand/AP
Image caption Indian Sikhs show off their martial arts skills during a religious procession ahead of the anniversary of the birth of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru.
Image copyright Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Image caption Dogs bite snow-covered branches on Feldberg mountain near Frankfurt in Germany, which is in the midst of a cold snap.

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