In Pictures

Day in pictures: 6 October

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

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Image caption A hot-air balloon floats past an almost full rising moon on a warm autumn evening near Encinitas, California.
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Image caption Pope Francis has opened a gathering of more than 200 senior Roman Catholic bishops by urging them not to impose what he called "intolerable moral burdens" on believers. The gathering, known as a synod, is discussing the Church's position on controversial issues and is held in Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.
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Image caption The Colla Joves Xiquets de Valls group starts to form a human tower called a castell during a biannual competition in Tarragona city, Spain.
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Image caption Hundreds of pro-democracy campaigners remain camped out on the streets of Hong Kong as a government deadline for them to leave passed without incident. But their numbers dwindled overnight, and civil servants have returned to work in the government's headquarters. The protesters are angry at China's plans to vet candidates when Hong Kong holds elections in 2017.
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Image caption Germany's Lisa Katharina Hill performs on the uneven bars during the women's qualification round at the Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China
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Image caption A man and his dog take a dip in the sea in Piran, Slovenia.
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Image caption Fishermen work in the shallow water of a partly emptied fishpond to net carp in Peitz, north-eastern Germany.
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Image caption The New York Giants run out to the field prior to their game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Image caption A replica of the French frigate Hermione resumes engine testing. The frigate, whose construction began in 1997 in Rochefort, is scheduled to cross the Atlantic in the summer of 2015, in the wake of its illustrious predecessor, on which the Marquis de Lafayette and the French expeditionary force left to help American insurgents in 1780.