A Venice gondolier begins his Christmas celebrations early.
A US soldier looks at the light provided by a flare outside Baghdad.
Epsilon has strengthened from a tropical storm to a hurricane - the record 14th to form in the Atlantic this year.
Emirati Ayesha Al-Qubaisi competes in a shooting event at the West Asian Games in Qatar.
Sotheby's auction house in London unveils a rediscovered work by the Dutch master Rembrandt
Union members demonstrate in South Korea over labour rights for non-regular workers.
The world's tallest and shortest working Santas pose in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.
A Palestinian man looks at Fatah faction candidate lists during elections in the West Bank town of Dura.
Fans continue to leave tributes to footballer George Best outside his father's home in Belfast, Northern Ireland, ahead of his funeral on Saturday.
A member of the US freestyle team trains in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
French enthusiasts mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's victory at the battle of Austerlitz in central Paris.