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India in pictures in 2015

Here is our selection of news photographs from India that define the year that was 2015.

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Image caption US President Barack Obama was the chief guest at India's Republic Day celebrations on 26 January. During his visit, the US and India announced a breakthrough on a pact that enabled American companies to supply civilian nuclear technology to India.
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Image caption Cartoonist RK Laxman, best known for his iconic character the "Common Man", died on 26 January. For more than five decades from 1951, his daily cartoon appeared on the front page of The Times of India, where the cartoonist offered a glimpse into the aspirations and quirks of Indians.
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Image caption Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won a stunning victory in the Delhi state elections in a huge setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP party. Mr Kejriwal's anti-corruption party won 67 of the 70 assembly seats in February.
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Image caption Fans were delighted on 15 February after defending champions India started their World Cup campaign with a 76-run victory over fierce rivals Pakistan. But India lost their semi-final clash against eventual winners Australia on 26 March.
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Image caption A massive heat-wave swept India in the month of April and May, killing nearly 1,700 people. The southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were the worst hit, where temperatures rose above 45C (113F).
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Image caption Mr Modi launched "India Digital Week" on 2 July to reinvigorate an $18bn campaign to strengthen the country's digital infrastructure. He spoke about his initiative in different parts of the world, including the Google campus in Mountain View, California.
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Image caption Hugely popular former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam died at the age of 83 on 27 July. Mr Kalam served as India's 11th president from 2002 to 2007 and was popularly known as the "Missile Man" after pioneering the country's military missile programme.
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Image caption In August, India's Supreme Court suspended an order of the Rajasthan high court banning santhara - the controversial Jain ritual of fasting unto death. The practice involves a Jain giving up food and water with the intention of preparing for death. Some human rights activists say the ritual is "a social evil" and should be considered as suicide.
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Image caption Hardik Patel, 22, became the face of massive caste protests which shut down Ahmedabad, the main city in Mr Modi's home state of Gujarat. No-one outside of Gujarat had heard of him until he was on the front pages of national newspapers in August.
Image caption In September, the family of 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was in shock after a mob lynched him over rumours that he had stored and consumed beef at his home in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh state. An investigation later found that the meat was mutton and not beef. Slaughter of cows is a sensitive issue in India as the animal is considered sacred by Hindus, who comprise 80% of the country's 1.2bn people.
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Image caption The duo of Nitish Kumar (left) and Laloo Prasad Yadav secured a landslide victory in Bihar state's assembly elections in November. The result gave Mr Modi a second consecutive setback in 2015 after he swept to power with an overwhelming majority in 2014.
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Image caption More than 300 people died when devastating floods hit the southern state of Tamil Nadu in early December. The capital, Chennai, was badly affected as many people had to be evacuated from low-lying areas. Even patients had to be evacuated from hospitals after flood waters entered some buildings.
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Image caption Mr Modi met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif during a surprise visit to the Pakistani city of Lahore on 25 December. He became the first Indian PM to visit Pakistan since 2004.