In Pictures

Day in pictures: 3 February 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 Madame Tussauds artist Katie Ashton puts the finishing touches to Yoda's figure, as set designers work on an atmospheric recreation of his Dagobah swamp scene from Star Wars. Other scenes from the first six films in the series are set to be re-created at the attraction.
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Image caption Residents of Oruro throw confetti over Bolivia's President Evo Morales as he dances during a ceremony to open a road that links the city to La Paz.
Image copyright HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP
Image caption A member of the Haitian police force helps escort a group of firefighters (not seen) to extinguish burning tyres placed by demonstrators in Port-au-Prince during a strike against high oil prices.
Image caption Italy's newly elected President Sergio Mattarella (waving) is seated next to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Rome having been sworn in.
Image copyright Stefan Rousseau/PA
Image caption Staff at the National Gallery in London begin a five-day strike in a row over the privatisation of services. According to the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, the National Gallery plans "to privatise almost all staff, including those who look after the paintings and help the gallery's six million annual visitors". The National Gallery said its "modernisation" plans would entail no job losses while enabling it to operate with "greater flexibility".
Image copyright FRANCK FIFE/AFP
Image caption France's scrum-half Rory Kockott lifts weights during an indoor training session as part of the preparation for the Six Nations rugby tournament, which begins this weekend.
Image copyright Navesh Chitrakar/reuters
Image caption Devotees offer prayer by rolling during the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu, in Nepal.
Image copyright GEORGE FREY/epa
Image caption Fireworks explode over Vail Village during the Opening Ceremony of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado, USA.

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