Celebrations at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, after Brazil was chosen to host the 2014 Fifa World Cup. In the background is the Maracana Stadium.
A US Army Black Hawk helicopter flies over Baghdad.
The pack cycles by during the fifth stage of the 21st Tour du Faso cycle race in Burkina Faso, West Africa. It is the most popular bicycle race on the African continent.
A woman prepares marigolds for sale in Patzcuaro, central Mexico, for the Day of the Dead festival on 1-2 November, when many Mexicans remember relatives who have passed on.
Children approach Turkish soldiers on patrol in Sirnak province, south-east Turkey. Turkish forces have been massing near the Iraq border to counter the threat from Kurdish rebels.
A worker tips rubble from a wall as a woman walks by in Kabul, Afghanistan.
A municipal worker and his donkey collect rubbish in Castelbuono, a town in the province of Palermo, Sicily.
A six-month-old elephant fishes a pumpkin from a pond at the Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany.
A sculpture by Australian artist Frank Malerba on Bondi Beach on the eve of Sydney's Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.
Elite members of the Philippines' National Police on display during a visit by President Gloria Arroyo at Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, south of Manila.