In Pictures

Week in pictures: 31 January - 6 February 2015

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

Image copyright Amr Abdallah Dalsh/reuters
Image caption The Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between Ghana and hosts Equatorial Guinea was described as a "war zone." Players ducked bottles thrown from the stands, Ghana fans sought safety behind a goal and riot police used tear gas as a helicopter hovered over the stadium. When play resumed Ghana won 3-1.
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Image caption A commuter train hit a jeep at a level crossing north of New York City, killing six people and injuring 15. The accident happened near Valhalla - about 20 miles (32km) from the City on Tuesday evening. The driver of the jeep was killed, along with five people on the packed train.
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Image caption Three people were killed and many more wounded when a shell hit a hospital in the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Violence has surged in recent weeks. More than 5,000 people have been killed in a conflict which began in the east last April.
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Image caption The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least four children were among 35 people killed in air raids in and around the Syrian capital Damascus. United Nations figures show that more than 220,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
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Image caption A TransAsia Airways plane crashed into a river in Taiwan, killing at least 35 people. It plunged into Taipei's Keelung River shortly after take-off from a Taipei airport.
Image copyright Jim Cole/ap
Image caption Wind whips up snow as a group of ice fishermen from Ashby in Massachusetts, push their portable "shanties" across a frozen Lake in Meredith, New Hampshire. Hundreds of fisherman are expected to attend this weekend's annual ice fishing derby.
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Image caption Golfer Rory McIlroy's court case against his former management agent in Dublin ended when both parties said the legal dispute had been settled. The world's number one golfer had complained fees charged by Horizon Sports Management were excessive. The Dublin firm counter-sued for outstanding fees, alleging breaches of contract.
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Image caption Another golfer Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand was focusing on the game. She was being watched intently on the eighth hole during the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic at the Ocean Club in Paradise Island.
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Image caption Australian journalist Peter Greste is reunited with his parents at Brisbane International Airport following his release from an Egyptian prison. Mr Greste and two colleagues were arrested in Egypt in 2013 and convicted of spreading false news and aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Image copyright KIMIMASA MAYAMA/epa
Image caption Nearly 2.5 million visitors are expected to attend the 66th Sapporo Snow Festival in northern Japan where one of the exhibits is a carving of characters from Star Wars.
Image copyright Phil Noble/reuters
Image caption The annual Tough Guy Challenge in Perton, England. Competitors take part in a cross-country run followed by a gruelling assault course featuring obstacles including freezing water pools, fire pits and tunnels.
Image copyright Marvin RECINOS/AFP
Image caption Pilot Gary Ward performed a stunt during the Ilopango Air Show in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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