In Pictures

Day in pictures: 27 August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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