In Pictures

Day in pictures: 21 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 US President Barack Obama gives a thumbs up to Secretary of State John Kerry (right) as he departs after concluding his State of the Union address to a joint session of the US Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. In his address he declared an end to the financial crisis and pledged economic policies to benefit all Americans,
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Image caption Wang Jianlin (centre), chairman of Dalian Wanda Group, and Atletico Madrid's President Enrique Cerezo arrive for a signing ceremony in Beijing. Chinese billionaire Mr Jianlin is buying a 20% stake in the Spanish football club for €45m ($52m; £34m) as he looks to diversify his business empire further.
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Image caption The Roman Catholic Church has shut its schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, as protests against President Joseph Kabila continue for a third day.
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Image caption At the end of the day Artur Aliaga closes his watch repair shop in Havana, Cuba. The US and Cuba are due to hold their highest-level talks in decades in the Cuban capital as part of a thaw in relations announced last month. in simultaneous speeches by US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro.
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Image caption Eugenie Bouchard of Canada takes a selfie using a spectator's phone after defeating Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during their women's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.
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Image caption The cold spell continues in parts of the UK as deer move through the fresh overnight snow at Raby Castle, in County Durham.
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Image caption Revellers throw turnips at the figure known as Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets while beating his drum during a traditional festival in Piornal, southwestern Spain.
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Image caption An internally displaced Pakistani man from tribal areas holds his son as a health worker vaccinates him against polio. Earlier in the week a policeman escorting polio vaccinators in Karachi was injured by gunmen. Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio remains endemic. Militants say polio teams are spies or that the vaccine causes infertility.