In Pictures

Day in pictures: 16 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 Belgium is on high alert after a major police operation in which two suspected Islamist militants were killed. The suspects were shot dead in the eastern town of Verviers after they opened fire on police with automatic weapons on Thursday evening.
Image copyright Alessandro Bianchi/reuters
Image caption Italian aid workers Greta Ramelli (left) and Vanessa Marzullo arrived at Rome airport after their release from five months captivity in Syria.
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Image caption Many people are missing after a tug boat capsized in the Yangtze river in eastern China. The Xinhua news agency said the boat overturned on Thursday while it was conducting tests on the river near Zhangjiagang, in Jiangsu province.
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Image caption Relatives of victims of the Kobe earthquake light candles on the eve of the 20th anniversary in Japan. The Hanshin earthquake, which struck before dawn, killed more than 6,000 people.
Image copyright ERNESTO ARIAS/epa
Image caption In Lima protesters clash with the police during a demonstration against the Peruvian government's youth labour laws.
Image copyright Gareth Fuller/Pa
Image caption Mayor of London Boris Johnson talks to Metropolitan Police Commander Stephen Watson while trying out a police motorcycle as he meets with officers from the Metropolitan Police's newly formed Roads Transport Policing Command at Islington Police station.
Image copyright CAROLINE BLUMBERG/epa
Image caption Artist Adele Fame performs at the circus Arlette Gruss which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Bordeaux, France.
Image copyright Kevork Djansezian/reuters
Image caption Actress Marion Cotillard arrives at the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California.