In Pictures

Week in pictures: 24-30 January 2015

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

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Image caption Sahar, girlfriend of Israeli soldier Dor Nini mourns during his funeral in a cemetery at Shtulim village near Ashdod. He was one of two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper killed as Hezbollah militants traded fire with Israeli forces on the Lebanese border.
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Image caption US President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi relax in the gardens of Hyderabad House in New Delhi. At the end of a three-day visit to the country Mr Obama said: "India and the United States are not just natural partners - I believe that America can be India's best partner."
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Image caption A man comforts the wife of a civilian killed by shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine where Russian media has said shellfire has killed seven people. More than 5,000 people have been killed and some 1.2 million have fled since the rebels seized a big swathe of Luhansk and Donetsk regions last April, following Russia's annexation of Crimea.
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Image caption Auschwitz survivors attended a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp. More than one million people, mostly Jews, were murdered between 1940 and 1945 at Auschwitz making it the site of the largest mass execution of human beings ever recorded.
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Image caption A Kurdish fighter walks with his child in the centre of the Syrian border town of Kobane where four months of fighting has seen Islamic State militants driven out. Kobane's regional government says at least 50% of the town has been destroyed.
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Image caption Six-year-old Sam Brown who has Morquio, a condition that stops his bones growing properly, delivered a petition to Downing Street calling for the NHS to pay for a life-extending drug. The drug he needs costs £500 a day but Sam's funding is to cease in May, so the family made the lobbying visit to the British prime minister's residence.
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Image caption While New York avoided the worst of the winter storm which hit the East Coast of the US, Massachusetts and Connecticut were on the front line, with the heaviest snowfall recorded outside Boston - 91cm (36in) of snow in Lunenburg.
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Image caption The appeal court in Phnom Penh sentenced 10 residents to between six months and one year in prison for blocking the public roads during a protest outside the City Hall. Here Eng Sokha holds her mother Nget Khun's hand as she is taken away in a police van.
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Image caption Anti-austerity Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras vowed to end Greece's "five years of humiliation and pain" after his general election win.
Image copyright Anna Gowthorpe/PA
Image caption The Right Reverend Libby Lane, 48, was made Bishop of Stockport in front of more than 1,000 people during a ceremony at York Minster. The Church formally adopted legislation last November to allow women bishops, following decades of argument over women's ordination.
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Image caption Andy Murray came back after a poor start to beat Tomas Berdych and reach his fourth Australian Open final. The British number one tennis player lost a tense first set but recovered to win 6-7 (6-8) 6-0 6-3 7-5.

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