In Pictures

Day in pictures: 2 March 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 One of about 40 professional cyclists in the Valparaiso downhill races through the Chilean city.
Image copyright Fred Dufour/ap
Image caption The Duke of Cambridge is seen at the British ambassador's official residence in Beijing during a visit to China. He is the most senior British royal to visit China since the Queen's tour of the country in 1986.
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Image caption Residents evacuate Noordhoek Manor, an old peoples' home, as a fire approaches, in Cape Town, South Africa.
Image copyright Evan Vucci/ap
Image caption US Secretary of State John Kerry called on the UN to examine rights violations in Ukraine. A UN human rights report states that the conflict has claimed at least 6,000 lives, with hundreds killed in the past few weeks alone, although it says that the real number of fatalities could be considerably higher.
Image copyright Omar Sobhani/reuters
Image caption Huge avalanches have hit Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley, closing off areas that were already difficult to reach, the provincial governor says. Here, survivors make their way to get supplies delivered by an Afghan army helicopter.
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Image caption Tributes are laid at the site of the killing of Russian opposition veteran leader Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow. An unidentified attacker in a car shot Mr Nemtsov four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in view of the Kremlin last week.
Image copyright Michael Dwyer/ap
Image caption Lauren Wallace (right) wins the women's 1000m ahead of Stephanie Brown and Treniere Moser during the US indoor track and field championships in Boston.
Image copyright Carlos Pazos/reuters
Image caption Uruguay's former President Jose Mujica (right) gets into his Volkswagen Beetle car after handing over the presidential sash to Tabare Vazquez (not pictured) in Montevideo. Mr Mujica, a former rebel who leads an austere life, was dubbed "the world's poorest president".

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