In Pictures

Week in pictures: 17-23 January 2015

Our selection of some of the best news photographs taken around the world this week.

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Image caption US President Barack Obama declared an end to the financial crisis and pledged economic policies to benefit all Americans, in his annual State of the Union address to Congress. "Tonight, we turn the page," he said. "The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong."
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Image caption Several thousand people gathered in northern Myanmar (also known as Burma) for the funerals of two teachers who activists allege were raped and killed by soldiers. The bodies of the women, who are from the Kachin ethnic minority, were found on Tuesday in a remote village in Shan state. Officials have launched an investigation into the killings.
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Image caption Children in uniform sing after raising the national flag at the Beichuan Red army elementary school in southwest China.
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Image caption Jubilant crowds brave a storm to greet Pope Francis in the Philippine city of Tacloban, which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan just over a year ago. Amid strong winds and pouring rain, he celebrated Mass, but eventually had to cut short his visit because of the weather.
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Image caption The sentencing of two Turkish policemen over the death of a protester in 2013 provoked demonstrations in Kayseri city in the Central Anatolia region. The officers were given 10-year prison terms but protesters outside the court in Kayseri said that was too lenient.
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Image caption Simon Cowell gestures towards Alesha Dixon (left) and Amanda Holden after his X Factor wins Best Talent Show during the National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
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Image caption Men dressed as the Statue of Liberty look for tourists to pose with them for pictures in exchange for donations in New York's Times Square.
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Image caption Spectators watch Indian Air Force jets performing stunts during the full-dress rehearsal ahead of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India on 26 January.
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Image caption A Citroen DS3 driven by Sebastien Loeb of France during the shakedown of the Rallye Monte Carlo 2015 in Chateauvieux.
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Image caption Spain's Joan Canellas competes with opponents from Qatar at the Men's Handball World Championship match in Doha.

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