In Pictures

Day in pictures: 6 January 2015

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

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Image caption Members of the media photograph food and drinks as the Beverly Hilton reveals the menu for the 72nd annual Golden Globe awards held at the hotel in California.
Image caption A Sri Lankan woman walks past election posters for President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Colombo suburb of Piliyandala. The country goes to the polls on Thursday in what is predicted to be a close contest. The country's president is running for a third time, and his main challenger is a man who was part of his own government less than two months ago.
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Image caption David Warner of Australia bats during day one of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia.
Image copyright PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP
Image caption A pro-democracy supporter stands amid the last few tents allowed to remain outside the government building in Hong Kong. The main protest camps were cleared by the authorities last month.
Image copyright Ahn Young-joon/ap
Image caption A currency trader closes her eyes at the Korea Exchange Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, as Asian stocks sank for a second day.
Image copyright Anindito Mukherjee/reuters
Image caption Band members of the Indian security forces rehearse for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi. The country will celebrate its annual Republic Day on 26 January.
Image copyright NARENDRA SHRESTHA/epa
Image caption A worker cooks bricks at a factory in Lalitpur in Nepal. Indian and Nepali seasonal migrant labourers started to arrive at brick factories around the Kathmandu valley with the beginning of the winter season.
Image copyright Stoyan Nenov/reuters
Image caption A Bulgarian man breaks the ice as he wades through the Tundzha River during a celebration to mark Epiphany Day in the town of Kalofer. The ritual is believed to bring good health to the participants throughout the new year.
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Image caption Toyota's Giniel De Villiers of South Africa and co-driver Dirk Von Zitzewitz of Germany compete during the stage two of the Dakar 2015 between Carlos Paz and San Juan, Argentina.