In Pictures

Day in pictures: 12 March 2015

Our selection of some of the best news photographs taken around the world during the past 24 hours.

Image copyright Reuters/Lawrence Bryant
Image caption Police in Ferguson, a Missouri town hit by riots over the killing of an unarmed black teenager last year. are on high alert after two officers suffered "very serious gunshot injuries" during a demonstration after the resignation of the town's police chief, which followed a report alleging racial bias in his department.
Image copyright Reuters/Thaier Al-Sudani
Image caption Iraqi government forces continued their advance into Tikrit on several fronts, forcing Islamic State militants to fall back to the city centre, reports said. The battle for Tikrit is being led with about 3,000 soldiers making a final push for the city, backed by 20,000 Popular Mobilisation militiamen and a much smaller force of Sunni tribesmen.
Image copyright AFP/SAFIN HAMED
Image caption Iraq's first Christian-only brigade of regular forces has graduated. Its brief is to help retake the community's towns and villages from Islamic State militants. Fighters performed exercises in front of Kurdish and Assyrian officials in the north-western town of Fishkhabur, near the borders with Syria and Turkey.
Image copyright Gettty Images/Peter Macdiarmid
Image caption A British military healthcare worker in Sierra Leone who has tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus was transferred back to the UK. He was collected at RAF Northolt and taken under motorcycle escort for specialist treatment.
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Image caption Ukrainian military students carried out exercises near Kharkiv as the International Monetary Fund said the country should complete debt restructuring by June to ensure that a new bailout operation can stabilise the country's finances and restore economic growth in 2016.
Image copyright Reuters/Marko Djurica
Image caption Elsewhere in Ukraine, people queued for free bread distributed by pro-Russian rebels in the village of Chornukhyne near the town of Debaltseve, north-east of Donetsk.
Image copyright AFP/VLADIMIR PUSHKAREV
Image caption Russian scientists working on the Yamal Peninsula, northern Siberia., say they have discovered seven giant craters in the remote area, telling the AFP news agency that "the mysterious phenomenon" is believed to be connected to climate change.
Image copyright AFP/ALEJANDRO PAGNI
Image caption Supporters of Argentina's Boca Juniors cheered for their team during their Copa Libertadores 2015 group five football match against Venezuela's Zamora at La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires. Boca Juniors won 5-0.
Image copyright AFP/Sergei Grits
Image caption Pressed plastic waste at the Trostenetskiy waste site on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus: the site has become one of the most environmentally friendly in the country since it opened in 2007 on a 30.8ha area.
Image copyright Reuters/Yves Herman
Image caption The hat which French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte wore during the battle of Waterloo went back on display at a museum at the battlefield where he was resoundingly defeated by British and Prussian forces 200 years ago this June.
Image copyright Reuters/Yves Herman
Image caption Also specially brought in for the display is the hat worn by the British commander, the Duke of Wellington.

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