A South Korean riot policeman on duty in freezing temperatures in the capital, Seoul, where workers rallied to protest against planned changes to employment laws.
Lutiy, an endangered Amur tiger in the far east of Russia, where concerns are high over toxic chemicals entering the region from a Chinese industrial accident.
A Pakistani Kashmiri woman cooks on a temporary stove in the city of Muzaffarabad, two months after a devastating earthquake shattered the city.
A boy plays football on the beach in Athens, Greece, which is enjoying unseasonably warm December weather.
Dancers from the American Ballet Theater chat with US President George W Bush after children's holiday performance at the White House.
Alan Bond (l) and Derek Peacock kiss to celebrate registering their intention to form a civil partnership, as new laws on homosexual unions come into force in the UK.
A man sells traditional fire pots in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir.
A representative of Burma's Kachin minority people takes his seat at the country's National Convention, ostensibly a meeting to draw up a democratic national constitution.
A 20-foot tall replica of King Kong sits in New York's Times Square to mark the premiere of the movie's remake.
A South Wales bus driver, Mark Davis, sports a miniature Christmas tree woven into his hair.