In Pictures

Day in pictures: 27 August 2014

A selection of images from around the world taken over the past 24 hours.

Ukrainian soldiers ride atop an APC near the village of Sakhanka, eastern Ukraine, on 27 August 2014.

Ukrainian troops engage in fresh fighting with pro-Russian rebels in south-eastern Ukraine, a day after President Poroshenko promises a "roadmap" for peace.

A Palestinian man and his family prepare to return home from the UN school in Gaza City on 27 August 2014

Palestinians headed back to their homes after a lasting ceasefire between Hamas and Israel ends seven weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

John Jairo Velasquez Vasquez pictured at Combita prison in Boyaca, Colombia on 22 November 2009.

John Jairo Velasquez Vasquez, notorious hit man for Colombian drug-lord Pablo Escobar, is freed from prison after 22 years.

Outgoing French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg (R) and new incumbent Emmanual Marcon, at the Bercy Economy Ministry in Paris on 27 August 2014

Trading places: Arnaud Montebourg (R) who quit as France's Economy Minister hands over to former banker Emmanuel Macron after an emergency cabinet reshuffle.

Coffins containing bodies of migrants who died are carried off an Italian navy ship at the Sicilian harbour of Augusta on 26 August 2014.

The Italian navy carries away the bodies of another 24 drowned African migrants recovered from a capsized smuggler's boat that was fleeing Libya for Sicily.

IMF chief Christine Lagarde on the sidelines of a press conference in Paris on 27 August 2014.

IMF boss Christine Lagarde poses for the cameras after announcing she is under formal investigation for negligence in a French fraud case dating back to 2008.

Spectators watch the men's semi-final match during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Beach Volleyball at the Olympic Sports Park on 27 August 2014 in Nanjing, China.

Spectators brave the weather to watch the men's semi-final in the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Beach Volleyball competition in China.

Vape Lab employee Leonardo Verzaro uses an e-cigarette while working on 27 August 2014 in London, England.

The World Health Organization has called for a ban on the use of e-cigarettes indoors until there is evidence they help smokers quit.