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In pictures: The horsemen of Lagos beach

Image copyright Grace Ekpu/BBC Residents of Nigeria’s commercial hub, Lagos, take to the beach to get away from the stress of the city. They paddle, picnic, play football and party. The more daring might pay to take a ride on a horse – with the help of the beach horsemen. Image copyright Grace Ekpu/BBC Quadri Raji, 19, is a phone repairer during the week, but works with the horses on Atican beach at the weekend. He had to stop secondary school when his mother had her leg amputated after an…

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Bauhaus in pictures: The architects exiled by Nazis

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Bauhaus art school in Dessau, Germany. Established in 1919, in the wake of World War One, Germany’s Bauhaus art school brought a radical new approach to design and aesthetics which would eventually go on to help inform modernist architecture around the world. Now in its centenary year, we look at a selection of some of the buildings shaped by the influential art school. The Bauhaus was founded in Weimar by Prussian architect Walter Gropius (1883-1969). While Bauhaus translates as “building house”, Gropius didn’t…

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Your pictures on the theme of ‘inspiration’

Nina Sherman: “I was taking a photograph of these colourful newspaper stands in Chinatown, London when this gentleman walked past clutching a placard that read ‘don’t worry, be happy and smile’. It certainly inspired me to smile!” The next theme is “forgotten objects” and the deadline for your entries is 15 January. If you would like to enter, send your pictures to [email protected] Further details and terms can be found by following the link to “We set the theme, you take the pictures,” at the bottom of the page. Source…

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Golden Globes 2019: Red carpet in pictures

Stars of film and TV gathered in Los Angeles on Sunday night for the 76th annual Golden Globes – the first major ceremony of the 2019 awards season. Here are some of the best photos from the red carpet. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Be afraid. In fact, be terrified. Jodie Comer (right), who plays ruthless assassin Villanelle in TV drama Killing Eve, poses with her co-star Sandra Oh (centre) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who adapted the series for the small screen Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sandra Oh…

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China’s Harbin ice festival in pictures

One of the world’s largest ice festivals has opened in north-eastern China, featuring frozen castles, glistening snow sculptures and lots of snowmen. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival officially opened on Saturday. Image copyright EPA Image caption It opened with a fireworks display and a light show. Image copyright EPA Image caption The festival draws millions of visitors from around the world every year. Image copyright EPA Image caption Some 120,000 cubic metres of ice and 111,000 cubic metres of snow have been…

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Week in pictures: 29 December 2018 – 4 January 2019

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright Ilya Naymushin/REUTERS Image caption A man dressed as Ded Moroz, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, helps a member of the Cryophile amateur winter swimmers’ club into the icy waters of the Yenisei River during an event marking the Christmas and New Year season in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Image copyright Issei Kato/REUTERS Image caption Floyd Mayweather knocks down Tenshin Nasukawa during an exhibition boxing match at the Saitama Super Arena. The American former…

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In pictures: London Zoo’s animal census

Image copyright Yui Mok/PA Image caption Twelve Humboldt penguins are among the animals undergoing their first experience of London Zoo’s annual stocktake Twelve Humboldt penguin chicks are among the new entries in the list of residents at London Zoo, which is conducting its annual census. Each year, keepers take a record of all the animals at the zoo, which houses more than 700 different species. The count of every mammal, bird, reptile, fish and invertebrate usually takes about a week to complete. The animal stocktake comes a year after a…

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In pictures: London’s New Year’s Day Parade

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Feathers, flags and fun all featured at this year’s event Thousands of people have gathered in central London for the annual New Year’s Day Parade. The event, in its 33rd year, saw more than 8,000 performers entertain flag-waving crowds that lined the route. The event’s communications director Dan Kirkby said it was “a cool and crisp day” but was “invigorating” for the “fantastic crowd of people”. London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said there was “no better place to welcome in the New Year than London”. Image…

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In Pictures: New Year 2019 celebrations around the world

A wave of celebrations are illuminating the skies above cities around the world, dazzling millions of people as spectacular firework displays and light shows welcome the arrival of the New Year. Image copyright EPA Image caption The fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia lasted for 12 minutes Image copyright EPA Image caption Crowds enjoy an impressive pyrotechnic display over the Marina Bay in Singapore Image copyright EPA Image caption Hong Kong’s iconic skyline is lit up as revellers celebrate the arrival of 2019 in China Image copyright Lintao…

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Africa’s year in pictures 2018

A selection of the best photos from across and about Africa this year: Image copyright Reuters Image caption The New Year started with celebrations and these children see-sawing in a park in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Image copyright Reuters Image caption A Kenyan slum was engulfed by fire later in January as residents used sewage water in a desperate attempt to douse the flames. Image copyright AFP Image caption Ex-football star George Weah was sworn in as Liberia’s president in January, the country’s first transition between democratically elected leaders since 1944.…

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