The day in pictures - 15th January 2013

Nun river, Nigeria

A young woman named Akpomene fishes in a creek polluted with oil

A young woman is pictured coated in oil stains as she sits in a canoe near river Nun in Nigeria's oil state of Bayelsa
A young woman is pictured coated in oil stains as she sits in a canoe near river Nun in Nigeria's oil state of Bayelsa Credit: REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

Damascus, Syria

A rebel sniper gestures after firing a rifle out of the window

A Free Syrian Army fighter in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus
A Free Syrian Army fighter in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus Credit: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Crowhurst, England

A road protester emerges from a makeshift tunnel in Combe Haven Valley

'Simon Sitting Bull' is protesting against the Bexhill to Hastings link road through the Combe Haven Valley, Sussex
'Simon Sitting Bull' is protesting against the Bexhill to Hastings link road through the Combe Haven Valley, Sussex Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Kenmore, Scotland

The salmon fishing season begins

Two year old Kiera Gowan from Pitlochry plays with a fishing landing net at Kenmore on the river Tay
Two year old Kiera Gowan from Pitlochry plays with a fishing landing net at Kenmore on the river Tay Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Madurai, India

Townspeople compete in a bull-taming festival

A man tries to control a bull on the outskirts of Madurai town, some 310 miles from the southern Indian city of Chennai
A man tries to control a bull on the outskirts of Madurai town, some 310 miles from the southern Indian city of Chennai Credit: REUTERS/Babu

Stockholm, Sweden

A woman hijacker crashes a train into an apartment block

Swedish officials say a cleaner hijacked an empty commuter train for a mile before crashing into an apartment building
Swedish officials say a cleaner hijacked an empty commuter train for a mile before crashing into an apartment building Credit: Reuters